From the time I was little, Disney movies have always been a favorite of mine. There's something magical about them, and, even as an adult I find myself loving them just as much. Being able to share timeless movies like those from Disney is one of my favorite things. Kaelyn has been introduced to many of them, but one that she had never seen before was Beauty and the Beast. As she gets older, she has become very much into princesses...so I knew she'd be absolutely thrilled when she found out we were going to have the opportunity to review Beauty and the Beast Diamond Edition on Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack thanks to Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment!
Out of all the Disney movies, this is definitely at the top of my list. It did not surprise me that it is one of Disney's most requested films. It has been unavailable in any form since 2003, but now is available for a limited time only on a Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack TODAY! When it arrived on our doorstep, I couldn't wait to sit down with Kaelyn and watch it. It's been years since I had seen it, so it was something we both enjoyed a lot! Kaelyn absolutely loved it and couldn't stop talking about Belle once it was over. And the songs...I had forgotten how catchy and beautiful they are! They are stuck in my head now that we've watched it...even Kaelyn will sing them around the house! I love the message of kindness that this movie has. Beneath the Beast's exterior, Belle discovers the heart and soul of a human prince.
This is a DVD I'm so happy to have as part of our Disney collection, and one I know will be watched time and time again!
From the Press Release:
Film Synopsis: Set in and around a quaint French village during the late 18th century, Beauty and the Beast follows the fantastic adventures of Belle, a bright and beautiful young woman who finds escape from her ordinary life, and the advances of a boorish suitor, Gaston, by reading books. Meanwhile, off in a castle in the distance, a cruel young prince is cast under the spell of an enchantress who turns him into a tormented beast, while transforming his servants into animated household objects. In order to remove the curse, the Beast must discover a true love who will return his affection before the last petal falls from an enchanted rose. When Belle’s inventor father stumbles upon the Beast’s castle and is taken prisoner, Belle comes to the rescue and agrees to take her father’s place. With the help of the castle’s enchanted staff, she sees beneath the Beast’s exterior and discovers the heart and soul of a human prince.
Film Accolades: Beauty and the Beast received two Academy Awards® for music in 1992, three Golden Globes® for Best Motion Picture, Best Original Score and Best Original Song in 1992, and two Grammy Awards in 1993. Listed as number seven on the American Film Institute’s Top 100 Animated Films, Beauty and the Beast helped define Disney animation for a new generation as the second film in the “Disney Animation Renaissance” (1989-1999) which launched with The Little Mermaid and revitalized animated features by captivating mature audiences while still delighting young viewers.
Beauty and the Beast features a cast of top vocal talent. Veteran stage actress and singer Paige O’Hara is the voice of Belle, one of Disney’s most beloved and independent heroines, and Robby Benson (TV’s “American Dreams”) delivers a powerful portrayal of the Beast. Three-time Oscar®- nominated screen star (The Manchurian Candidate in 1963, The Picture of Dorian Grey in 1946, and Gaslight in 1945) and six-time Golden Globe® award winner (TV’s “Murder, She Wrote” in 1992, 1990, 1987 and 1985, The Manchurian Candidate in 1963, and The Picture of Dorian Grey in 1946), Angela Lansbury gives a bubbly performance as Mrs. Potts. The late Jerry Orbach (TV’s “Law and Order,” “House of Mouse”) shines as the voice of Lumiere, the passionate candelabra, and David Ogden-Stiers (TV’s “M*A*S*H,” Lilo & Stitch) is Cogsworth, the tightly-wound mantel clock who functions as the head of the household.
If you love Disney movies as much as I do...this one would be a great addition to your collection!
Feature Run Time: 90 Minutes
Buy It: The Beauty and the Beast Blu-ray™ + DVD Combo Pack has a U.S. suggested retail price of $39.99 and the 2-Disc DVD set has a U.S. suggested retail price of $29.99.
**The product for this review was provided for free. All opinions found here are my own and were not influenced in any way.**
Posted by Jenna | Tuesday, October 05, 2010