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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films ever made!, May 8, 2001
This review is from: La Bella y La Bestia (Beauty and the Beast) [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Disney's animated version of the classic tale, "Beauty and the Beast," is every bit as enchanting as the "tale as old as time" that it tells, making its way into our hearts as well as motion picture history. Being the first film nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, as well as six nominations altogether, Disney proves that it has what it takes to make an animated feature enjoyable for adults and children. I remember watching the film as a small child, and now, as an adult, is hasn't lost its luster, and everything is just as I enjoyed it before.
Through brilliant animation and song, as well as some terrific voice talents, the story of unexpected love comes to new and exciting life. Small-town girl Belle is forced to head into the woods once her father turns up missing, bringing her to a gloomy, secluded castle where she finds him and his captor, a vicious-looking beast. Of course, the beginning of the movie explains the beast's origins: he was once a selfish prince who, after turning out an old beggar woman, was transformed, given an enchanted rose, and told "if he could learn to love another, and earn their love in return by the time the last petal fell, then the spell would be broken. If not, he would be doomed to remain a beast for all time."
This begins their rocky-turned-romantic relationship, as they begin to warm to one another. Meanwhile, the town brute, Gaston, has plans of his own, involving some sinister maneuvers involving Belle's father in hopes that she will agree to marry him.
Many have hailed this as the best of Disney's films, and they wouldn't be wrong in saying so, either. It's easy to see why the movie has become such a success: there are elements at work in this film, just as in every other Disney film, only they seem to have taken on a small degree of maturity with this film's creation.
The animation is some of the best and most believable I've seen for an animated film in a long time. Most of the scenes involving solely characters is the same as most of Disney's works, but there are scenes of pure life-like reality that have a special flare to them. The ballroom scene is one such scene: the camera angles sweep across a room filled with high-arched glass windows and a chandelier which looks as real as the words you're reading on this page. Some nice effects go into the creation of the castle as well, especially in the end once everything returns to normal.
The is one of the most moving Disney soundtracks to come along since that of "Cinderella" and "Pinocchio." It is clear that composers were striving to capture the feeling and influence of their previous score for "The Little Mermaid," and they truly succeed in doing so. The songs are delightful and will have kids and adults alike smiling and singing along. The score is the perfect underlining for scenes of romance as well as tension and suspense. In case you were wondering, three of the originally written songs were nominated for Academy Awards; that should say something.
This is one of Disney's most ambitious and successful projects, ranking alongside such cinematic achievements as the successes of "Citizen Kane" and "Gone With The Wind." Winner of the Golden Globe Award for Best Picture, as well as its Oscar nominations, "Beauty and the Beast" is a hallmark of a time when movies were something that everyone, young and old alike, could enjoy on the same levels. This is the best picture of 1991.
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Initial post: Apr 18, 2010 5:44:38 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 10, 2010 10:10:25 PM PDT
DMF says:
Is This version in Spanish??

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2010 2:42:29 AM PDT
NCTejana says:
The version on which the reviewer posted his review IS in Spanish, yes. I find it odd that the reviewer didn't mention it (and you evidently do, too), since he chose that version as the place for his review, but there is a Spanish VHS version and that's where he posted it. Now that it's coming out in Blu-Ray, I'll be interested to see if Disney does the same strange thing it did with "Up"; the deluxe Blu-Ray package had a Blu-Ray disc with a Spanish audio track available, plus a standard-DVD disc that did NOT have Spanish audio. It was very frustrating for us, because the family members that don't have Blu-Ray are the ones who speak only Spanish (before someone slams them for that, I'll point out they live in a Spanish-speaking country) and can't follow subtitles, while the family members who don't need the Spanish dub are the ones with a Blu-Ray machine. I hope Disney will show a little more sense this time around. Several of their super-duper-deluxe DVD versions of films omit the Spanish audio in favor of far-less-meaningful extras such as an interactive game no one bothers to play. We can hope!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2011 8:46:40 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 12, 2011 8:47:31 PM PST
I'm pretty sure the DVD in the Blu-Ray version is exactly the same as it was in the DVD release, since I have both packages. The Blu-Ray disc has added features, including the Spanich audio track.

Ironically, the Blu-Ray version also has more artifacts on our Blu-Ray player.
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