Movie Review: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast was directed by by Bill Condon and based on the 1991 animated film “Beauty and the Beast.” The live-action movie features an extraordinary ensemble cast that includes Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as The Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Josh Gad as LeFou, Ewan McGregor as Lumière, Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Hattie Morahan as the enchantress and Nathan Mack as Chip with Ian McKellen as Cogsworth and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast follows Belle (Emma Watson), a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) in its castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast’s hideous exterior, allowing her to recognize the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on the inside.

Beauty and the Beast is the timeless tale of finding love in the strangest place and when you least expect it. There’s also an eternal curse thrown in that the heroes have to overcome. Belle ends up as the Beast’s prisoner at the beginning of the movie but she quickly finds herself more of a houseguest to the mysterious host than anything else. His old castle is also full of amazing objects and trinkets that are lively and full of energy and personality as they welcome Belle in with open arms. It doesn’t take long for Belle and Beast to find something special about each other and end up forming a close friendship. Of course, there has to be a few obstacles along the way (thanks Gaston) but in the end all it takes is love to release Beast from his eternal curse. And in the end, this special friendship ultimately blossoms into a magical romance.

I missed the opportunity to catch this movie when it was at the theater and I kind of regret that now. We’re all familiar with the timeless story (and that’s why I passed at first) but making this movie into a live-action feature means that there were some amazing sets created and breathtaking scenery and I would have liked to witness this all on the big screen. Still, this home video release looks pretty darn impressive on my own television so the magic was still evident, just in a smaller size. Bill Condon did such an amazing job telling this iconic story and bringing it all to life on screen. To compliment his work is the amazing cast led by Emma Watson and Dan Stevens who played the two leads. As funny as it has look to sport around in a mo-cap suit while your filming, the end result is very impressive and I liked the way Beast looked on screen. Dan Stevens does an amazing job with his mo-cap performance. Emma Watson plays Belle perfectly and she’s a strong female character that little girls can look up to.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front of the packaging features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc is color coded and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, this live-action version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast was as good as the animated classic that my generation first witnessed back in 1991. Bill Condon and this incredible cast and crew not only honored the 1991 original but it added even more magic to the already wonderful tale of beauty only being skin deep and finding love in the strangest place. I’m not a big fan of musicals and I knew going in that there would be some song and dance but I was curious to see if this live-action version could pull off the magic that the animated classic featured and it delivered the goods. The neat thing about this home video release is that it features three ways you can watch the movie – the original theatrical cut, the premiere cut with overture, and a musical experience with a sing-along version – so you can have even more song and dance if you want it. There’s no wonder that this magical movie has already entered the top ten highest-grossing films of all time because it really was a grand watch. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast arrives on Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD Combo Pack on June 6th and is a must have. Go ahead and add this new classic to your Disney home video collection.

Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

Run Time: 123 Minutes

Rated: PG

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 / English Descriptive Audio 2.0 / Spanish and French Dolby Digital 5.1

DVD Video: Widescreen Presentation (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English, Spanish and French Dolby Digital 5.1 / English Descriptive Audio 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French

Special Features: Good Stuff! Fans who bring home “Beauty and the Beast” can celebrate the release with three ways to watch the movie – the original theatrical cut, the premiere cut with overture, and a musical experience with a sing-along version.  The release invites viewers to get up close and personal with the filmmakers and cast to see how this beloved animated film was transformed into a new live-action classic, from the first enchanted table read to a fascinating look at how the film was brought to life utilizing lavish sets, elaborately designed costumes and props, and state-of the-art technology. A feature on the amazing women behind the enchanted tale hosted by Emma Watson; and over 10 minutes of deleted scenes along with musical extras, including the “Beauty and the Beast” music video starring Ariana Grande and John Legend, Celine Dion’s heartfelt take on the new song “How Does a Moment Last Forever,” and jump directly to all you favorite unforgettable songs.

Blu-ray and Digital HD:

  • Enchanted Table Read – Join the cast for the movie’s elaborately staged table read, complete with singing and dancing to live music, set pieces and more. (13:31)
  • A Beauty of a Tale – Explore the process of transforming a beloved animated film into a new live-action classic. (27:08)
  • The Women Behind “Beauty and the Beast” – Emma Watson introduces several of the talented women in all aspects of production who helped bring this enchanted tale to life. (05:17)
  • Making a Moment with Celine Dion – Celine Dion shares what it’s like to sing “How Does a Moment Last Forever” – and be a part of the legacy of “Beauty and the Beast. (03:24)
  • From Song to Screen: Making the Musical Sequences – See what goes into making some of the best-known moments from “Beauty and the Beast.” (13:26)
  1. “Belle” — Filmmakers and cast reveal how it felt to shoot this memorable scene.
  2. “Be Our Guest” — Discover all that went into creating this epic, primarily virtual performance.
  3. “Gaston” — Join the cast for rehearsals and filming of this rousing, high-energy number.
  4. “Beauty and the Beast” — You’re invited on set for the filming of this beloved, classic scene.
  • Deleted Scenes: Introduction by Director Bill Condon — Director Bill Condon presents a collection of scenes that, for one reason or another, ended up on the cutting-room floor. (06:23)
  1. Gaston Courts Belle — Pleased with himself after settling a disturbance with the townspeople, a triumphant Gaston attempts to woo Belle.
  2. Bread and Jam for Agathe — On her morning market rounds, Belle stops by to see Agathe, the village beggar woman.
  3. Storming the Ice Gates — The angry mob of villagers, led by Gaston, overwhelms the castle’s defenses.
  4. Lumière Torches LeFou — As the fight rages around them, LeFou scuffles with Plumette … until he experiences a sudden, extremely heated interruption.
  5. Monsieur Toilette — LeFou escapes from the brawl into a small room, where he’s startled by a castle resident.
  6. Cogsworth Rescues Lumière — When Clothilde the fishmonger threatens Lumière, Cogsworth leaps into the fray.
  7. Treacle the Lasses — Three village lasses chase Chip and Froufrou – Madame Garderobe’s dog-turned-footstool – into the kitchen, where a surprise awaits.
  8. LeFou and Monsieur Toilette Reunite — After the spell is broken and the castle residents are returned to human form, LeFou and his new acquaintance meet again.
  • Extended Song: “Days in the Sun” – Learn more about Beast’s childhood in an alternate version of this beautiful song, introduced by director Bill Condon. (04:08)
  • “Beauty and the Beast” Music Video – Award-winning artists Ariana Grande and John Legend perform a moving version of this iconic song. (04:02)
  • Making the Music Video – Go on set to capture the magic as it happens in Ariana Grande and John Legend’s “Beauty and the Beast” music video. (02:07)
  • Disney Song Selection – Jump directly to all your favorite songs and sing along with the movie. (33:09)
  1. “Belle”
  2. “How Does a Moment Last Forever” (Music Box)
  3. “Belle” (Reprise)
  4. “Gaston”
  5. “Be Our Guest”
  6. “Days in the Sun”
  7. “Something There”
  8. “How Does a Moment Last Forever” (Montmartre)
  9. “Beauty and the Beast”
  10. “Evermore”
  11. “The Mob Sing”
  12. “Beauty and the Beast” (Finale)

DVD:

  • “Beauty and the Beast” Music Video (04:02)

 

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