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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Poor but beautiful Belle (voice of Paige O'Hara) lives with her inventor father Maurice (Rex Everhart) in a small provincial French town. Belle is considered eccentric by most of the townsfolk, since she's more interested in reading books than in the attentions of her would-be suitor, the handsome but conceited Gaston (Richard White). While travelling through the woods one night, Maurice is taken prisoner in the castle of the mysterious Beast (Robby Benson) who is secretly under a spell that will only be broken when a woman falls in love with him. When Belle travels to the castle in search of her father, the Beast agrees to release Maurice only if Belle will become his prisoner forever.

Review by Jake Wilson:
It's the small-scale, comic aspects of the film that generally work best for me. If Beauty And The Beast remains one of the better recent Disney features, it's mainly due to the intriguing ambiguity of the original fairy-tale (an inspiration for many storytellers in Hollywood and beyond).

From one angle it's a fable about the redeeming power of love; from another, a perverse fantasy about a woman who falls for her brutish jailer. Geared to the core audience of pre-teen girls, the script is thoroughly upbeat, professional and knowing, steering clear of the gothic aspects of the story while striving to fulfill as many audience fantasies as possible.

Belle is a feisty independent thinker, but also a dreamer who longs for a handsome prince; similarly, the Beast is both barbaric and softhearted, fearsome and vulnerable. Despite the obligatory touches of political correctness, the film is at pains to let us know that at heart it's an archetypal romance, a 'tale as old as time.'

New DVD bonus features include original theatrical release, work in progress edition, special extended edition, deleted scenes as well as the original bonus features. These include games and activities, the story behind the story, Beauty and the Beast music video performed by Celine Dion and Peabo Byrson, Early presentation reel, Alternative version 'Be Our Guest', alternative Score, deleted song, animation, acamera move test, trailers and tv spots plus audio commentary. Backstage Disney features include Beyond Beauty: The untold stories behind making Beauty and the Beast, Broadway Beginnings, Composing a Classic, music video, sing-along track and more. There are also new blu-ray bonus features.

Published October 21, 2010

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: DVD (G)
(US, 2010)

VOICES: Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White, Jerry Orbach, Angela Lansbury, Rex Everhart

PRODUCER: Don Hahn

DIRECTOR: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

SCRIPT: Helen Aberson, Harold Pearl

CINEMATOGRAPHER: n/a

EDITOR: John Carnochan

MUSIC: Alan Menken

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Art direction: Brian McEntee

RUNNING TIME: 84 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Walt Disney Home Entertainment

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: October 13, 2010

PRESENTATION: 16:9

SPECIAL FEATURES: New DVD bonus features include original theatrical release, work in progress edition, special extended edition, deleted scenes as well as the original bonus features. These include games and activities, the story behind the story, Beauty and the Beast music video performed by Celine Dion and Peabo Byrson, Early presentation reel, Alternative version 'Be Our Guest', alternative Score, deleted song, animation, acamera move test, trailers and tv spots plus audio commentary. Backstage Disney features include Beyond Beauty: The untold stories behind making Beauty and the Beast, Broadway Beginnings, Composing a Classic, music video, sing-along track and more. There are also new blu-ray bonus features.

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Walt Disney Home Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: October 13, 2010







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