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"Beauty and the Beast" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Stephen Hornbrook

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Synopsis

Beauty and the Beast is about a young, handsome prince who is fooled by an old ugly woman that offers him a rose in exchange for a night of shelter. However, she turns out to be a beautiful enchantress and when he refuses to take her in, she curses him. The prince is turned into a hideous beast and all his servants are turned into enchanted clocks, pots, candlesticks and so forth. The curse will last till his 21st birthday unless he can find someone to love and whom will love him back.  A young woman Belle is portrayed as a bit odd, but she is physically beautiful.  The town hunk, Gaston, decides he is going to make Belle his wife, but Belle will have nothing to do with the mean, selfish Gaston.  Belle's father is a crazy old inventor who has little respect with the town. One day he gets lots in the woods and stumbles upon the cursed castle where the Beast lives. The Beast locks Maurice up until Belle comes looking for him and asks the Beast to take her prisoner and let her sick father go.  Slowly, Belle starts to discover the man that lives behind the Beast and they fall in love.

Specifications

  • Disney
  • 1991, Color, Rated G, 1 Hr 31 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: MPEG4
  • English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring Voices of: Paige O'hara, Robby Benson, Angela Lansbury
  • Directed by Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
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  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

Beauty and the Beast is a true classic and Disney has done a wonderful job with this Blu-ray release. A must buy.

Technical

Disney has done a phenomenal job cleaning up and restoring Beauty and the Beast. The image is so crisp and clear that you can really see the detail in the hand painted backgrounds. A beautiful and flawless transfer.  The new DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track sounds great as well. By far the best I have ever heard this movie's wonderful score by Alan Menken sound.

Extras

Included are both the original theatrical release and the special extended edition cut featuring "Human Again." Commentary tracks, sing-along, and featurettes about the music, story, and making of. Definitely a lot of good material for fans.