***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
The beloved animated classic has truly stood the test of time and now a whole new generation of viewers are invited to be our guest and fall in love with this enchanting tale, its captivating characters and unforgettable, award-winning music score and original song, “Beauty and the Beast.”
The Walt Disney Signature Collection edition features four versions of “Beauty and the Beast.” 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.
There is also a host of all-new bonus extras including a rare opportunity to gather around the piano with some of Disney’s greatest composers, 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”) 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.
We received a copy of this awesome new release to check out for ourselves. I have to admit, I was immediately taken back to my childhood. "Beauty and the Beast" was always my favorite Disney animated film, and I could always identify with Belle. I, too, was the kid who never quite fit in. I was the kid sitting on a bench at recess, book in hand and not a care in the world. In fact, I was totally jealous of Belle's Library in the film. All of those beautiful, beautiful BOOKS! Wow!
Okay....So I am still jealous of Belle's Library. Sigh.
Anyway, we really enjoyed this release. Not only is the film absolutely AMAZING in crystal clear HD, it was also tons of fun seeing the alternate versions offered and all of the fun, bonus features that were included. Our favorite would have to be the brand new Sing-Along version!