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June 10, 2017

Disney's Beauty and the Beast live-action remake available now for home viewing

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Can Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” already be available for home viewing on discs and devices? It sure can! The movie was released in theaters in mid-March and less than three months later, we are able to own our own copies. I’m not complaining!

Like so many others, my children and I really were enchanted with the live-action remake, and my daughter was counting down the days until we could purchase it. (You can read my review of “Beauty and the Beast” here.) Our Blu-ray-DVD-digital HD copy came loaded with bonus features, including a sing-along version of the movie and many deleted scenes.

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The Blu-ray-DVD-digital HD offers the most extensive package of extra content, including three ways to view the movie, supplemental material and deleted scenes. This version is bulging with bonus features! (The DVD-only package gives the audience a music video, while the digital-only version offers all the bonus content without the different modes of viewing.)

Here’s a look at the all-new supplemental features:

** 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.

** A Beauty of a Tale – Explore the process of transforming a beloved animated film into a new live-action classic.

** 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.

** 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.”

** From Song to Screen: Making the Musical Sequences Making the Musical Sequences – See what goes into making some of the best-known moments from “Beauty and the Beast.”

The deleted scenes include:

** 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.

** Gaston Courts Belle — Pleased with himself after settling a disturbance with the townspeople, a triumphant Gaston attempts to woo Belle.

** Bread and Jam for Agathe — On her morning market rounds, Belle stops by to see Agathe, the village beggar woman.

** Storming the Ice Gates — The angry mob of villagers, led by Gaston, overwhelms the castle’s defenses.

** Lumière Torches LeFou — As the fight rages around them, LeFou scuffles with Plumette … until he experiences a sudden, extremely heated interruption.

** Monsieur Toilette — LeFou escapes from the brawl into a small room, where he’s startled by a castle resident.

** Cogsworth Rescues Lumière — When Clothilde the fishmonger threatens Lumière, Cogsworth leaps into the fray.

** Treacle the Lasses — Three village lasses chase Chip and Froufrou – Madame Garderobe’s dog-turned-footstool – into the kitchen, where a surprise awaits.

** 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.

Plus, enjoy these musical features:

** 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.

** “Beauty and the Beast” Music Video – Award-winning artists Ariana Grande and John Legend perform a moving version of this iconic song.

** 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.

** Disney Song Selection – Jump directly to all your favorite songs and sing along with the movie.
“Belle”
“How Does a Moment Last Forever” (Music Box)
“Belle” (Reprise)
“Gaston”
“Be Our Guest”
“Days in the Sun”
“Something There”
“How Does a Moment Last Forever” (Montmartre)
“Beauty and the Beast”
“Evermore”
“The Mob Sing”
“Beauty and the Beast” (Finale)

Will you be watching “Beauty and the Beast” again at home? Tell us about it in the comments below.


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March 18, 2017

Disney movie review: Beauty and the Beast will enchant audiences

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Beast may not be Prince Charming, but Walt Disney Studios' reboot of “Beauty and the Beast” is quite charming. The live-action film stays true enough to the original story to please most Disney fans while adding enough back story material and new songs to keep audiences interested in a well-known tale.

Prepare to be enchanted by Director Bill Condon’s look at the life of royalty in France in the mid-1700s. Our first view of the inside of Beast’s castle comes before the prince is condemned, and we see a luxe setting populated by the upper class who are dressed fabulously. The beautiful costuming continues throughout the movie, both in the provincial village and during scenes in the castle. Best of all, Belle’s gowns are just breathtaking. (An aside: Belle’s actual iconic yellow gown from the movie is on display at Hollywood Studios.)

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Emma Watson steps into the role of Belle with confidence and makes us believe that she is the clever, albeit slightly awkward, girl who assists her father, Maurice (Kevin Kline) with his inventions and prefers books over boys. Beast, played by Dan Stevens, is just how we know him in the animated movie – an angry animal whose gruff exterior hides his desperation at his doomed plight. And both actors make their romance believable. We fall in love with them and root for Beast to overcome what seems to be an almost-certain fate.

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Equally strong are the performances by the actors playing objects that have come to life. We are first struck by the ornate beauty of Cogsworth (Ian McKellen) and Lumiere (Ewan McGregor) before being drawn into their witty banter. Madame Garderobe (Audra McDonald) and Maestro Cadenza (Stanley Tucci) are outlandish and appropriately so, while Mrs. Potts (Emma Thompson) and Chip (Nathan Mack) are sweet together. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself a little teary when the household objects are saying goodbye to each other as the curse stills their movements. They are that endearing.

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And then there are the villain Gaston (Luke Evans) and his sidekick LaFou (Josh Gad). Gaston is, of course, that horribly chauvinistic male who wants to marry Belle because he sees her as a trophy, not because he cares about her and her interests. His pursuit of Belle, though, is dogged and he relies on LeFou to help him carry out his plans. It had been announced that LaFou is the first character to have a “gay moment.”

“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston,” Condon said in an interview with “Attitude” magazine. “And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it. And that’s what has its payoff at the end, which I don’t want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.”

I appreciate and applaud this watershed moment. This particular thread is so naturally woven into the plot that it just feels like it’s always been a part of the story – and that’s how it should be. It’s not a shocking scene; just what you would expect this LeFou to do.

Likely more memorable are the other additions to “Beauty and the Beast.” We learn more about the Prince’s unhappy childhood and the fate of Belle’s mother – and the losses they both suffer help them eventually bond. Plus, we are treated to three brand-new songs: "How Does A Moment Last Forever" (two versions); "Days In The Sun"; and "Evermore.” The songs were written by Alan Menken, who also wrote the songs for the original animated movie that debuted in 1991. For this live-action version, he worked with lyricist Tim Rice.

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Of course, the special effects make “Beauty and the Beast” a visual feast. CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) allowed filmmakers to create the amazing Beast’s Castle both in its heyday and in disrepair; bring to life the inanimate objects that the household staff has become; and make Beast a real, believable character. My children and I saw the movie in 3D, and that added depth definitely enriched the experience, as well.

We were pleasantly surprised at how much we enjoyed “Beauty and the Beast” – especially after the recent spate of Disney remakes that seemed to be hit or miss on their appeal. (If you’re so inclined, you can read my reviews of the live-action versions “Cinderella” “Jungle Book” and “Alice Through the Looking Glass.”)

“Beauty and the Beast” is rated PG for some action violence, peril and frightening images. My daughter pointed out that she thought the gunshots might scare young children. There also is a scene with Beast battling wolves that they might find scary. Still, these scenes do not last long, and there is no blood or gore involved.

DISCLAIMER: I viewed Disney’s "Beauty and the Beast” at a media screening before its official release. This did not affect my review; my opinions are my own.


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