Beauty and The Beast
The Criterion Collection
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Once upon a time, in a world of magic and wonder, the true love of a beautiful girl may finally dispel the torment of feral but gentle-hearted beast. "Beauty and the Beasts (La Belle et la Bete) is a landmark feat of cinematic fantasy, in which master fi
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The transformation of the Beast into the prince is magical but also dissapointing. The beast shows more human emotions that any of the human characters in the film which are selfish, greedy and spoiled (with the exception of Belle). With this transformation, we can't help but wonder if just the outside change or the inside too. We are like Belle thrilled to see the Beast as human but also a little bit dissapointed that the magic is gone.
Cocteau created a wonderful masterpiece which themes still resounds today and the story still fills us with joy and magic.
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Criterion has done a great job with this film. Due to its age and inherent limitations there are some signs of softness, damage and transition issues. Still, the picture has never look better with corrected color, sharp contrast and great detail. This is easily the best presentation of the film.
The uncompressed monoaural soundtrack is superb with added clarity and no damage. Even more impressive is the Philio Glass Opera score now remixed in 5.1 DTS-HD MA which sound absolutely terrific.
You have plenty of bonus material on this disc. First you have two great audio commentaries, one by Arthur Knight and the other by Sir Christopher Frayling. They discuss the making of the film, its legacy and importance in film history. Then you have a making-of documentary "Screening at the Majestic" which taks about how the film was made. Then you have an interview with the film's cinematographer Henri Alekan and also a 1964 interview with the film's make up artist Hagop Arakelian. You also have a restoration demonstration, a theatrical trailer, a restoration trailer and a gallery.
A booklet is also included with essays by film scholars, Cocteau himself and Philip Glass.
Beauty and the Beast is a classic that is still full of mistery and magic. This set features great video, superb audio and plenty of bonus features to enjoy which is why it comes Highly Recommended!!
Considering the age of the film the special effects are remarkably good; and the overall design and atmosphere of the film capture the spirit of the original story perfectly.
Since the film was made for children as well as adults, the dialogue is very clear and simple, making it a wonderful choice for beginning French students as well as non French speakers.
I had my younger sister watch it with me (she is 14 years old) and she told me that she likes it much better than the Disney version which is high praise indeed!
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