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Beauty And The Beast (Three-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo in DVD Packaging) by Directors: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
Review by Charles Mohapel
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Blu-ray  ISBN/ITEM#: B003DZX3US
Date: 10 October 2010 List Price $39.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

Links: IMDB.com / IMDB.com - Awards / Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont / 'Beauty and the Beast' / Show Article /

Premiering on November 13, 1991, "Beauty and the Beast" was released in the US and Canada on November 22, 1991, beginning that year's pre-Christmas season with a big winner. Nominated for 4 Oscars, it shocked Hollywood by winning 2 Oscars for "Best Music, Original Score" (Alan Menken) and "Best Music, Original Song" (Alan Menken (music) and Howard Ashman (lyrics) for the song "Beauty and the Beast"). According to IMDB.com, in addition to those 2 Oscars, it had another 16 wins and 14 nominations, including a 1992 nomination for a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, losing to "Terminator 2: Judgment Day".

When I saw the promo spots for Beauty and the Beast (Three-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo in DVD Packaging) on other Disney releases, I knew that Disney would spare no expense in their digital restoration of this modern classic animated feature.

From official release/information:

Product Description:
Acclaimed and treasured like no other, Disney's beloved modern classic, Beauty and the Beast was the first animated feature film in the history of the Oscars to be nominated for Best Picture (1991), and is brilliantly transformed to a new level of entertainment through the magic of 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 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.

Running Time: IMDB.com: 84 minutes/91 minutes Special Edition/Approximately 92 minutes per the DVD case

According to the Packaging:

Disc 1: DVD
All-New Digital Restoration
3 Versions of the Film
Disney Sing Along Mode
Audio Commentary

Disc 2: Blu-ray Feature
Features Disney Enhanced High Definition Picture and Sound
All-New Digital Restoration
3 Versions of the Film
"Composing A Classic"
"Broadway Beginnings"
All-New Music Video
Never-Before-Seen Alternate Opening
Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scene
Disney Sing Along Mode
Audio Commentary

Disc 3: Blu-ray Bonus Material
"Beyond Beauty" The Untold Stories
"Enchanted Music Challenge" Game
"Bonjour, Who Is This?" Game Use your phone, receive secret messages, and guess players' identities before they guess yours
Classic DVD Bonus Features
And Much More!

(Source: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment)

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