Excerpt: The staff of the Enchanted Castle, now human again, reminisces on Christmas Eve about their last holiday the year before. While still household objects, they had to deal with a crisis unseen in the film. Shortly after the Beast rescued Belle from the wolves in the movie, the two started to become friends. For the first time Beast begins to open up to Belle and there's hope that the curse of the Enchantress will be lifted.
Excerpt: "Acclaimed and treasured like no other, Disney's beloved modern classic, the first animated feature film in the history of the Oscars® nominated for Best Picture (1991), 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.
Excerpt: The Disney favorite “Beauty and the Beast” returns to the big screen, and we do mean “big screen”. The movie has been revamped and cleaned up to be shown on IMAX and other giant screens. Along with cleaning up animation errors and the colors, a new 6-minute song called “Human Again” has been added. (This was first seen in the Broadway musical though it was always intended to be included in the film.
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas Special Edition (Blu-ray)
30 November 2011
Summary: It’s faithful to the original style if not near so lavish. You really don’t get the sense of a huge Broadway production here as you did in the original. Of course, there’s no Howard Ashman to guide that kind of an experience. He was the guiding force of the Broadway style of that film but died before the film actually was released. Now, of course, we’ve lost Jerry Orbach, and it’s hard to believe that anyone can voice Lumiere as well.
Conclusion: I know it's Christmastime, and I know your kids just love 'Beauty and the Beast,' but try your hardest not to give in to their cries when they see this sitting on the store shelves. It really is that bad. There's really nothing good to take away from 'Enchanted Christmas,' just a sour reminder of how much we disliked Disney's tactics in the late 90s. Luckily they've outgrown that phase, but they should've left this one in the past as well.
Conclusion: One of Cinema's greatest classics, Jean Cocteau's La Belle et la Bete , is given a very special treatment by Criterion. Considering its age and various inherited limitations, the film looks as good as it possibly can. Naturally, I expect this Blu-ray release to be the definitive presentation of La Belle et la Bete for years to come. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Did you find this review helpful?