The early animation here shows us nearly a quarter of a decidedly more European-feeling, Cinderella-esque version of Beauty and the Beast -- an approach that was later scrapped wholesale. The only animated movie to ever be nominated for Best Picture was Disney's 1991 classic. As it turns out, her instinct to put her strong personal character into action in that moment will radically change her life. On the contrary, a visit with these age-old dramas can be heartily refreshing. The characters are not only fully realized and incredibly believable, they're also unforgettably lovable. In fact, all of the reds now skew toward a much more candy-appled color.Next
It's the same idea, but the final cut now fills up most of the screen instead, while the storyboard version plays picture-in-picture. Plugs for umpteen Disney products abound, and much of the second disc's making-of material has the sales-pitch tone of an infomercial. After that is a Sing-Along Track again, choose Play, then Modes , which is pretty much what you would expect. Reuniting the original voice cast, this spectacular gem sparkles with exciting bonus features, delightful songs, spellbinding visuals, and enduring themes of hope, friendship and love. Colors are astoundingly full and vivid. This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to create or digitize it. In addition to proving how much Blu-ray really has to offer traditional animation, this transfer pays a huge compliment to Disney's animators, whose immaculate work can now be appreciated on a whole new level.Next
One might expect, then, that we'd grow weary of the original stories after decades of seeing them turned on their heads. That's good news because it's quite the fascinating and highly entertaining conversation. She asks all the Enchanted Objects to chip in, including reluctant Angelique -- a beautiful tree ornament who was once the castle decorator. These changes were also made in the 3D re-release. Along the way, Menken performs abridged versions of nearly every song in the movie, acoustic piano style. The important thing is that they be treated with respect.Next
Beauty and the Beast is pretty much critic proof, while still being a great movie. The Platinum's transfer just looks washed out in comparison. Work in Progress With all of the musical soundtracks in the modern Disney movies, Beauty features one of the best. The skies are a crisp blue rather than a dull one and in the opening number, the sky is strikingly orange , Belle's dress is a deep gold instead of pale yellow, and her hair is a darker brown with a noticeably redder tint. And then, of course, there are the songs. But the movie owes its greatness to more than just its refined and intelligent script.Next
On the other, it's no more so than a dozen other animated classics that haven't been so recognized, including a few released that same decade. Otherwise, the bad news is that it looks increasingly likely that the public will go on robbed of the truly theatrical version in the future. There is a noticeable but just barely level of grain that goes beyond what you find in the high-def presentation, creating a pervasive softness. Of course, that's all true of the Platinum transfer too. If most of today's romcoms and adventure stories are derivative, the fairy tale is the source from which they are derived.Next
For those who insist, both the 1. Work in Progress As great as the film's soundtrack is, my favorite thing will always be the animation. The first is the original theatrical cut, which isn't exactly that. The groan-inducing nadir: Disney chief Michael Eisner ruminating that he'd like to do a live-action film version -- in Europe! This is the unfinished preview version shown at the New York Film Festival in September 1991, with 80% of its animation complete, the remaining footage represented by sketches, drawings and painted storyboards. Shortly before general theatrical release and before the film was finished, Disney screened Beauty at the New York Film Festival. This scene is not in the video version.Next
Edge enhancement is also a recurring problem but it's much less pronounced than on the Platinum. As an added bonus, you can still hear the old Walt Disney Pictures blue castle theme music at the start of their conversation. Everything about the film is epic, rich, and classy. Those interviews include a very mumbly Nick Jonas, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Donny Osmond, Ashley Brown in her Mary Poppins dressing room! The animation is extremely lavish in detail, evidencing the real strides that had been made even since The Little Mermaid, released just two years prior. The voice cast is up to the challenge of these lively roles, with Angela Lansbury, David Ogden Stiers, and the late Jerry Orbach earning extra notice for their very special work in making a teapot, a portly little clock, and a candelabra so endearing.
Grade: A More from Entertainment Weekly:. Without authoritative explanation from the filmmakers themselves, it's hard to say with any certainty which transfer really gets it right. Without a doubt, this is the best traditional animation has looked in a high definition release. Given that they were apparently involved in preparing this latest transfer, they may very well have guided the studio to a presentation here that's truer to their original work or intent. If the file has been modified from its original state, some details may not fully reflect the modified file. Fairy tales are simultaneously the cause and the cure of our biggest complaint about Hollywood: retread.Next
So close, in fact, that the difference isn't really worth quibbling over. Next up is a Deleted Scenes gallery with four video items inside it. I suspect those are the very themes that made it so appealing to the Academy, which routinely honors that kind of thing at the expense of any other filmmaking objective. But Belle, Cogsworth, Lumiere and a host of new, enchanting friends must first undo the plans of Forte -- an evil, plotting pipe organ -- who gets wind of their plan. There's so much volume and clarity that you really start to feel you're inside the movie. So dazzling and wonderfully colorful is this new transfer that one can't help but wonder whether it's entirely faithful to its source.
I'm among the few Disney fans who embrace the song's addition as a meaningful glimpse into the castle characters' collective anxiety, but it isn't without its problems. With three versions of the movie crammed onto one single-sided, dual-layered disc, there's not enough breathing room for stellar video quality. Unlike her princess predecessors, she is the philosopher, the rescuer, and the moralist. Directionality and channel separation are the order of the day. Some may also question whether the picture has been digitally scrubbed clean at the expense of the original filmic qualities, but there is still original grain to be seen in the element, particularly in darker scenes and with darker colors, where the grain is actually pretty consistent. Fortunately, this review is a little more organized and will help you sort through it all! When her father befalls peril, her decisive bravery and swift action leads her on a journey toward the very kind of adventure she's determined to have, though she doesn't know it at the time.Next