Twenty-five years ago, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast broke ground as the first animated feature film to receive an Academy Award nomination for best picture, and now this tale as old as time joins the Walt Disney Signature Collection. The Blu-ray release will include the original theatrical film; an extended version with the ?Human Again? song sequence and a never-before-released on home entertainment sing-along version. ?The original work-in-progress version will be available digitally and on Disney Movies Anywhere.?Relive the magic on Sept. 6 on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere, and on Sept. 20 on Blu-ray and DVD.
Walt Disney Pictures? magical animated classic ?Beauty and the Beast? captures the magical journey of Belle (voice of Paige O?Hara), an independent and intelligent, modern-day heroine who’s taken prisoner by a hideous beast (voice of Robby Benson) in his castle. Despite her precarious situation, Belle befriends the castle’s enchanted staff?a teapot, a candelabra and a mantel clock, among others?and ultimately learns to see beneath the Beast’s exterior to discover the heart and soul of a prince.
Bonus Features for BLU-RAY, DIGITAL HD* & DISNEY MOVIES ANYWHERE:
- Menken & Friends: 25 Years of Musical Inspiration ? Get a front-row seat for an intimate discussion between legendary music composers from classic and future Disney films, including Alan Menken (?Beauty and the Beast,? Aladdin), Stephen Schwartz (?The Hunchback of Notre Dame,? Pocahontas), Kristen Anderson-Lopez (?Frozen,? Disney’s upcoming Gigantic), Robert Lopez (?Frozen,? Disney’s upcoming Gigantic) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Disney’s upcoming Moana). Discover how the composers are personally connected, how they first experienced ?Beauty and the Beast? and how they find ?inspiration for their own films. And watch as they pay tribute to the film’s award-winning music score and the man who has inspired them all?Alan Menken.
- #1074: Walt, Fairy Tales & Beauty and the Beast ? Long before ?Beauty and the Beast? became the instant classic we know and love, Walt Disney made two attempts?between the 1930s and 1950s?to adapt the famous fairy tale into an animated film. Discover what Walt and his team was dreaming up through Walt’s actual voice recordings, archived artwork, story notes, and learn why the project was sidelined for decades.
- Always Belle ? The original voice of Belle, Paige O?Hara, reminisces about earning the role of the beautiful bookworm in ?Beauty and the Beast? and recalls how the iconic character changed her life and continues to inspire fans both young and old.
- The Recording Sessions ? Go in the recording booth with the cast of Beauty and the Beast and see what went into adding voices to the characters and the lines we know and love.
- 25 Fun Facts About Beauty and the Beast ? Disney Channel’s Gus Kamp and Kayla Maisonet host this entertaining countdown featuring little-known fun facts, anecdotes and hidden Easter Eggs (references to Disney animated films and characters) from one of the most cherished animated films of all time.
- ?Beauty and The Beast? Sneak Peek ? An exciting first look into the live-action re-telling of ?Beauty and the Beast,? which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs.
Feature Run Time: Approximately 85 minutes
This is one of those Disney movies I watched as a child but never really loved till I watched it again as an adult. I just love the story and I can’t wait to watch it again as well as watch all the bonus features on this new 25th anniversary edition.