Beauty and the Beast (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray) [Region Free]
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Acclaimed and treasured like no other, Disney's beloved modern classic, the first animated feature film in the history of the Oscars® nominated for Best Picture (1991), is brilliantly transformed to a new level of entertainment through the magic of 3D Blu-ray™ High Definition. The music you'll never forget, the characters who will fill your heart and the magical adventure about finding beauty within all come to spectacular life in 3D Blu-ray. Plus, all-new, immersive bonus features will transport you even further into Belle's enchanted world. So be our guest and join the beloved, independent Belle and the Beast with the soul of a prince as they cast an enchanting spell like never before.
- Three versions of the film
- Backstage Disney: Diamond Edition Composing a Classic: A musicial Conversation with Alan Menken, Don Hahn & Richard Kraft
- Deleted Scenes
- Family Play
- Music and More
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The 3D disc has soundtracks in English, German, Spanish, Hindi and Russian; subtitles in English, English for the Hearing Impaired, German, Spanish and Russian
The 2D Blu-ray disc has soundtracks in English, Spanish, Hindi and Portuguese; subtitles in English, English for the Hearing Impaired, Spanish and Portuguese.
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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. Needless, Beauty and The Beast has had possibly Disney's best ever treatment. Not only do you get a nice selection of extra features on the movie discs (both Blu-Ray and DVD), but the package as usual has yet another Blu-Ray disc dedicated to extras - so many that the back of the case can't fit them all. A week of owning this product has not been enough to join Lumiere in the virtual-castle and seek all the extra features that are on offer. Disney have frankly pulled out all the stops here, and it doesn't disappoint in any single way.
On a note of Disc formats, a few people are confused about the whole 'Double Play' description and what you get with the product. This is made all the worse because Disney, in a vein attempt to move people to Blu-Ray, have released the exact same product only in a DVD case. Essentially, the disc layout is the following, and this applies to ALL Diamond/Platinum Editions;
1 x Blu-Ray [Movie Disc, With Extras]
1 x DVD [Movie Disc, With *limited* Extras]
1 x Blu-Ray [Extras Disc - "Bonus Material"]
Therefore, PLEASE be aware that the dedicated "Bonus Material" is a Blu-Ray, NOT a DVD. If you want just a DVD only product, you will have to wait until it is released;
Beauty and the Beast [DVD]
On a final note, 'Double Play' simply means that the FILM can be played in both Blu-Ray and DVD formats within that product. Furthermore, a 'Triple Play' product means you get a Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital copy of the film to watch in that product. I know, it's all rather uncalled for and I have sympathy for those who are confused to find the alternative 'DVD Packaging' of the same product in the DVD section of high-street stores.
Picture quality needs very little mention, essentially because the film itself was mastered on digital files, and therefore does not require the same 35mm film scanning that older Disney films require from Lowry Digital. However, it will look dramatically different. The colour timing has been shifted away from any release seen before and into, what was stated, the "intended palette', meaning even the theatrical release never looked this good. Background paintings are stable and lush, revealing gorgeous water-colour detail. The animation is pin-sharp, itself revealing all the original pencil lines. It's as pristine as it will ever look. The sound also benefits Blu-Ray for the lossless format booms with emotion, just increasing that dynamic range and giving the Beast a menacing growl, while the music pierces the top ends.
Presented in a glorious slip-case and intuitive menu system, Beauty and The Beast has reached the treatment it deserves. With bags of humor and lessons of love, it is truly the ultimate family film and couldn't have been released at a better time. There is just something so majestic about this film that, as Belle and Beast dance through the Ball-Room and the camera tracks down from the ceiling, it is obvious animation can go beyond what live action may offer - possibly even touching the viewer and placing them in that very scene, such is the beauty of the artwork and relationship to the title song 'Beauty and The Beast'. It was just the right film at the right time.
However i am disappointed at the fact that in the DVD Pack of the whole DVD/Blu-ray combo is that out of all the 3 discs in the pack, 2 of them are Blu Ray which is why i've rated this a 4* instead of a 5. I do not have a Blu Ray player. I don't want a Blu Ray Player, and i'm sure there are plenty of people who don't require a Blu Ray Player as well. So why can't Disney have all the bonus features on the DVD - or DVDS if they made them on 2 other DVDs. It makes me wonder if i would be wasting my money buying this yet aside from The Little Mermaid this IS my fav Disney film in the world so how can i not have it?
Edit: Thank you thank you, thank you! I now see there is the DVD version of this film and i am estatic thank you very much!
The Film is Great, I understand the marketing strategy is not AMAZON's fault but the general service is 3 stars
ps I gotta buy Fantasia twice. Once to get extra dvd and and Once to get Fantasia 2000 (no dvd?)
CODA: I EMAILED AMAZON AND THEY HAVE SENT ME ONE WITH A COVER AT NO EXTRA COST, THEY CAN HAVE THE FIVE STARS NOW (FILM WAS ALWAYS WORTH IT)
Rated 5 Stars because Beauty and the Beast is a phenomenal film, amazing music, beautiful story and fantastic animation.
The classic story of Belle and her Beast teaches one to see beyond someone's exterior to the beauty held within.
Full of brilliant songs such as 'Be Our Guest', 'Tale As Old As Time' and 'Gaston', children and adults alike will be singing along.
This is Disney at its best!
An amazing family film.
If you thought Aladdin and The Little Mermaid were good, prepare to have your socks blown off!
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