Friday, September 9, 2016

Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Edition

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the beloved animated classic “Beauty and the Beast,” Disney fans are gaining unprecedented access to Disney’s Princess films. On Sept. 6, the beloved animated classic featuring Belle and Beast will be released as part of The Walt Disney Signature Collection and in celebration of the event, for the first time ever, all 11 Disney Princess films are being made available to bring home at the same time, Sept. 6 – Oct. 17.

“Beauty and the Beast” 25th Anniversary Edition
Releases Sept. 6 on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere and Sept. 20 on Blu-ray™ and DVD
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. The beloved classic won two Oscars®, including best song and best original score, as well as a Golden Globe Award® for best comedy/musical. Now a whole new generation of viewers will follow the magical journey of Belle, an independent and intelligent, modern-day heroine who is taken prisoner by a beast 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. 

The Walt Disney Signature Collection edition features four versions of “Beauty and the Beast,” including a never-before-released on home entertainment, sing-along version. A host of all-new bonus extras include a rare opportunity to gather around the piano with some of Disney’s greatest composers, as they sing and share how they’ve personally been inspired by the film’s award-winning music; a look at how Walt Disney himself sought to adapt this famous fairytale; a nostalgic look back with Paige O’Hara, the voice of Belle; behind-the-scenes access into the recording booth with the cast; and a sneak peek at Disney’s upcoming live-action re-telling of “Beauty and the Beast,” arriving in theaters in 2017.

For nearly 80 years, audiences have followed the dreams and magical adventures of Disney Princesses including Belle, Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana, Rapunzel and Merida. The timeless tales that introduced the world to these inspirational heroines include “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Tangled,” “Cinderella,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “Brave,” “Pocahontas,” and  “Mulan.” And now, for the first time ever, all 11 of these timeless family favorites will be available to purchase during the same six-week window.

My Thoughts

It's a tale as old as time, and I'm feeling pretty old myself right now. I remember going to watch this in the movie theater when I was a sophomore in high  school when it first came out. My friends and I actually got everyone in the theater to give the movie a standing ovation at the end.  I can't believe it's been 25 years since it came out!

Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite Disney films. I related to Belle, who was a book worm just like me, and I admired her ability to look beyond exteriors. The songs were fun, and the animation remarkable for it's time. I cheered on the love between Belle and the Beast, and enjoyed the antics on the castle staff.  Having this classic film on Blu-ray, and being able to enjoy it with my own children is a wonderful gift.

In addition to the feature film, you'll find some fun bonus features,including a sneak peek at the new Beauty & the Beast Movie.   Every Disney fan is going to want this film in their collection. If you want to grab a copy of the anniversary blu-ray,  you can find it in stores nationwide or on Amazon.