BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION REVIEWED
“Beauty and the Beast” is coming into a bit of rediscovery. Sure, the Disney live-action remake is coming up next year and now we’ve got the Gans version to enjoy…what about the 1991 fan favorite? For those that don’t know, we’ll break down the story. Belle’s dad is an inventor that gets lost in the middle of the night. He is discovered by the Beast trespassing and it’s up to Belle to save his life. Belle takes her father’s place in The Beast’s castle and now she will be forced to love him.
While Belle wins over the castle’s magical bric-a-brac, she must turn the hairy guy back to normal. Meanwhile, her dad has got the townspeople in a fervor to come rescue her. This leads to typical Disney claptrap and we get Angela Lansbury singing. This is still one of those evergreen properties that Disney loves to milk from time-to-time. This release is quite similar to the 2011 Blu, however there’s more retrospective material on this release. Plus, you get that extensive look at the Emma Watson version coming to theaters soon. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m kinda stoked.
The Blu-ray also comes with three totally restored cuts of the film. You get a look at the alternate opening and a few deleted scenes. If that wasn’t enough, the Blu-Ray gets a bonus challenge game and a BD-Java intensive game. For those that dig Jordin Sparks, you get a new music video with her celebrating the film’s music. The audio commentary is a port from the DVD Platinum Edition. There are more special features for the concerned. If you missed out on the last edition, this is a must-buy.
- Three Versions of the Film
- and more!
- 1.78:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track
RELEASE DATE: 9/20/16
- Video - 98%98%
- Audio - 98%98%
- Supplemental Material - 95%95%
- Film Score - 94%94%
The Plot Thus Far
Belle, whose father is imprisoned by the Beast, offers herself instead, unaware her captor to be an enchanted prince.