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Beauty And The Beast 1991


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Disney double bill. In 'Beauty and the Beast' (1991) a prince is turned into a hideous beast by a malevolent, magical spell, and finds that the only way out of his predicament is to win the love of the beautiful Belle. Belle agrees to come and stay at his home in exchange for the freedom of her father, whom the Beast had previously captured. At first she is repulsed by his hideous features, but as time passes she learns to recognise his true inner beauty. In the more recently filmed 'Beauty and the Beast - The Enchanted Christmas' (1997), Belle decides to fill the Beast's castle with Christmas spirit even though the Beast doesn't like the festive season. To attain her goal, Belle invites all the enchanted objects from the castle to help, and they sing and dance until the atmosphere is a truly joyous one.

Paige O'Hara, Jerry Orbach
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Product Details

  • Feature universal
Runtime 1 hour 27 minutes
Starring Paige O'Hara, Jerry Orbach, Robby Benson, Richard White, David Ogden Stiers, Rex Everhart, Jesse Corti, Angela Lansbury
Director Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
Rental release 29 November 2010
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Courtney Mower on 24 Feb. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Truly, truly an amazing movie. The story, characters and music that I fell in love with when I was a young child have been magically revived in this wonderful DVD.

The story is a basic boy meets girl romance, but with a twist. Beautiful Belle (beautiful in French) is the classic Disney heroine - Intelligent, not getting what she deserves in her life and with an arrogant man after her, who gets trapped by a 'beast' in an enchanted castle after saving her father from the prison. Little does she know that with a little help from the residents of the castle, humans that have been turned into house hold objects by a curse, she will fall in love with the beast, who is a prince that was transformed by the same curse and her love will ensure he and all the residents of the castle turn back in to their original state.

Each song is fantastic, with the highlight being of course "Be Our Guest" and "Beauty and the Beast" which gives me Goosebumps every time I hear it.

What's more the three versions of the film on this DVD include an extended version of the film, and there is also a never before seen start of the film - so even if you have seen the movie it is sooo worth buying this amazing DVD.

Ok, so it sounds stupid right? But you have to watch it to really appreciate the wonder of the story.

I was so pleased with the service from amazon as well, not only did I purchase the DVD for less than half of the RRP, it arrived in perfect condition the next day.

With the restored digital imaging, stacks of bonus features and the classic songs I just have one question....Why are you reading this, and not watching the movie?

Off to watch it for the second time today now, no really.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 Sept. 2003
Format: DVD
Belle is bored with life in her village. Her only escape is her books, and she longs to have an adventure of her own. When her father heads out to a fair, he gets lots, and Belle finds him in an enchanted castle. The objects are thrilled, because if she and their master, the Beast, fall in love, they will all be freed from the enchantment. But will Belle be able to see past the outward appearance? And what about the handsome bore back home who wants to marry Belle?
I feel in love with this movie the first time I saw it, and that love has only grown over the years. The story is the right mix of fun and uncertainty. Gaston was a wonderful addition to the mix because his story was the part I was most uncertain about the first time around. The artwork on the film catches your eye from the first shot of the castle, and doesn't let go. Beside the incredible background shots are wonderful drawings of the characters. I especially love the boyish excitement they manage to give the Beast in several scenes. Finally, there's the music. Every song adds to the story and is memorable in its own right.
This DVD is perfect for any fan of this movie. Disc 1 includes three versions of the film. The first is the "in progress" version shown to the New York film festival 6 weeks before the premier of the movie in 1991. While it's fun to have, I won't be watching it regularly. The second version is the original release. And finally comes the special edition, with the added scene and "Human Again." Ironically, this is probably my least favorite of the songs added to the Broadway version, but it does advance the story. And, there's always the option of watching the original version.
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96 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Picard TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Nov. 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Just consider for a moment that this film was nominated for an Oscar among other wonderful films of its day, such as Silence of The Lambs, Terminator 2, Hook and even JFK. Now that is rare for animation... This is pivotal in itself for so often in the past, the animated film has been considered expendable amongst the recognition of live action films. Beauty and The Beast broke that mould however with its throwback to the glory days of traditional Disney animation. The film does not try to be clever, nor does it hold any sophisticated meaning apart from one simple truth; that love can prevail when one looks beyond appearance. How fitting it is then that our protagonist 'Belle', the young book lover and son of an inventor, is at first horrified by the appearance of the ghastly Beast, living alone in his gloomy (yet enchanted!) castle - yet once she see's beyond the cover, the contents is undoubtedly loveable.

This is only half the value of the movie, for the soundtrack lends itself as an important motive to the films enjoyment. Every single song from the film is memorable both in lyric and melody, making it all the more sad that the lyricist Howard Ashman passed away before the movie was even released. It's also challenging to say that much of Beauty and The Beast's music is more emotionally captivating than many of the studio's efforts beforehand. This is no fluke - it was a need and a wanting to return to importance of sound within animation.

'Diamond Edition' - Disney's latest blurb for their hand-picked movies that they consider to the studio's finest, though I would argue this entirely given that 'Fantasia' was dropped from the line only earlier this year (for some reason...), and that itself was pivotal in movie history.
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