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Set in and around a quaint French village during the late 18th century, Beauty and the Beast follows the fantastic adventures of Belle, a bright and beautiful young woman who finds escape from her ordinary life, and the advances of a boorish suitor, Gaston, by reading books. Meanwhile, off in a castle in the distance, a cruel young prince is cast under the spell of an enchantress who turns him into a tormented beast, while transforming his servants into animated household objects. In order to remove the curse, the Beast must discover a true love who will return his affection before the last petal falls from an enchanted rose. When Belle's inventor father stumbles upon the Beast's castle and is taken prisoner, Belle comes to the rescue and agrees to take her father's place. With the help of the castle's enchanted staff, she sees beneath the Beast's exterior and discovers the heart and soul of a human prince.
The most interesting of the extras on this multi-disc set is the storyboard for the first version of the film. British commercial animator Richard Purdum was originally slated to direct Beauty and the Beast: he envisioned a darker retelling of the story with no songs. The storyboards and scratch voice track for this version offer rare insights into the creation of an animated feature--including the wrong turns. Although the artists boarded nearly a quarter of the film, the viewer sees very little of Beauty and nothing of the Beast; too much time is spent on Beauty's well-intentioned father, his comic horse, and her mean aunt. It's easy to see why Jeffrey Katzenberg rejected this version and called in Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. Unfortunately the discs have needlessly fussy, uncooperative menus: why list features on one disc that appear on another? --Charles Solomon
While this is a 5+ star movie, the description says the film is dubbed in French and Spanish but does not clarify: Spanish in US versions and French only in Canada. Read morePublished 1 day ago by L. Peters
I love watching these old Disney movies with my daughter. This one is, of course, a classic.Published 2 days ago by Nathan C. Smith
I wish I could get the "Human Again" scene, but I guess that is a deleted scene and it was not advertised as having it. Best movie Disney's made, hands downPublished 6 days ago by Joann Cirrone
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Not accurate. The press release specifically said The Little Mermaid will be released in 3D in September 2013 and it also coincides with its Blu-ray release in October 2013.
Oct 6, 2011 by Rocky Boat | See all 10 posts
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If you don't need it on Blu-Ray and are happy with just a dvd, search for Elements Media. They have it for $12.99. I just ordered it for my 5 year old. What the sellers are charging here is just ridiculous.
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|Any Idea when "Aladdin" Will See the Blu-ray light of Day ?||
Aladdin will be released on Spring 2013 as part of the Diamond Collection. This information is found inside the new Lady and the Tramp DE BD set.
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this is GREAT news!!!!
thanks for letting the fans know. :D
Mar 24, 2010 by bOoKwOrM | See all 9 posts
It was last release 10/ 2002 and is currently in the vault. It is expected to be re- released 10/ 2009.
I spent $40 and it was well worth it. Love the movie ( so does my daughter) and I don't want to wait another 1 1/2 years
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