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Tuesday November 2, 2010 4:13 pm

Beauty and the Beast Blu-ray review

beauty and the beast blu-ray review

Wanna know how impressed we were with Beauty and the Beast on Blu-ray? Well, there are still plenty of folks out there who doubt that there is any real discernible difference between a Blu-ray disc and a DVD as far as looks are concerned, but we'd bet if you sat them down in front of this classic, they'd be sold immediately.

No, seriously -- Beauty and the Beast has one of the best Blu-ray transfers we've ever seen, with a powerful 7.1 soundtrack to match. We've never seen an hand-drawn animated feature look any better than this, and we've seen all the Diamond Editions that Disney has been releasing over the years. The colors here are vibrant, and every detail is on point. It's better than we've seen it on any other home medium, and better than it looked on the big screen as well. Disney has made this one feel new again.

Being that this is a Diamond Edition, you know that there'd be tons of extras. To start, you get three versions of the film available to watch (theatrical edition, extended edition, and storyreel picture-in-picture) on a Blu-ray disc, and another Blu-ray disc full of features. They also provide a DVD copy in the package, which is nice to have for portable DVD players, or in the car.

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There are a bunch of special features that you'll find, the bulk of which has been available on other releases in the past. Of course, if this is your first time purchasing the movie, it's nice to have all that bonus material, especially for such a classic movie like this one. Here's what you'll find:

  • Three Versions of the Film
  • Beyond Beauty: The Untold Stories Behind Making Beauty and the Beast – journey back through time as we look at the personal stories from the creators of this award-winning animated film
  • Broadway Beginnings: Up-close and personal celebrity interviews with Nick Jonas, Donny Osmond, Jamie Lynn Sigler, Deborah Gibson and others who have starred in the Broadway production
  • Composing A Classic: A Musical Conversation with Alan Menken, Don Hahn & Richard Kraft where they reminisce, sing songs and share personal stories of the
  • times during production of Beauty and the Beast
  • Deleted Scenes: Alternate Opening and Ending, Belle In The Library – never before seen moment where Belle meets four new characters in the Library
  • New Jordin Sparks “Beauty and the Beast” Music Video
  • Sing-Along – when you select this option, the words to the song appear on the screen so you can sing along to your favorites.
  • Audio Commentary – by Don Hahn (Producer), Kirk Wise (Director), Gary Trousdale (Director) and Alan Menken (Composer)
  • Chip’s Musical Challenge
  • Mrs. Pott’s Personality Profile Game
  • Beyond Beauty: The Untold Stories Behind Making Beauty and the Beast This interactive experience allows fans to expand areas of the documentary to uncover even more about each topic making have up to 3 hours of additional content. Areas include the story of Beauty and the Beast, Walt’s fascination with fairy tales, the Purdum Reel and Kurt Wise/Gary Trousdale short, tribute to Howard Ashman and much, much more…
  • Beauty and the Beast Music Video Performed By Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson
  • Alternate Version of “Be Our Guest”
  • Alternate Score of “The Transformation”
  • Introduction To Deleted Songs By Don Hahn: “Human Again”
  • Introductions To Deleted Song By Alan Menken: “Human Again”
  • Deleted Song: “Human Again”
  • Bonjour, Who Is This? A Disney TelePlay Game powered by BD-Live. Using any phone, guess the identity of the other players before they guess yours. Available in the US and English speaking Canada only. Requires BD-Live enables Blu-ray player and internet connection.
  • Enchanted Musical Challenge: A DisneyQuest Game

Beauty and the Beast features the voices of Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Angela Lansbury, Jerry Orbach, and David Ogden-Stiers. The Blu-ray/DVD combo release was on October 5, 2010, and the movie is rated G and runs for 92 minutes.

Disney has set the bar for animated re-releases with this one. It's definitely worthy of the "Diamond Edition" title. You can pick it up now from Amazon for $24.99, a $15 savings.

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I already seen this and its really damn good entertainer. I enjoyed this so much.

Hmm really it is good new buddy.

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