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Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” arrives home (June 6) on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand. The live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic, broke box-office records with unforgettable songs, stunning state-of the-art technology, and its heartwarming message that true beauty comes from within. The spectacular cinematic event features a remarkable ensemble cast, including the beloved Emma Thompson (Howards End), Emma Watson (Harry Potter), Dan Stevens (Night at the Museum 3), Luke Evans (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies), Kevin Kline (A Fish Called Wanda), and Josh Gad (Disney’s Frozen) —just to name a few!
Now fans can enjoy the 2017 “Beauty and the Beast” at home with three ways to watch the movie – the original theatrical cut, the premiere cut with overture, and a musical experience with a sing-along version. Each way offers a memorable and exciting experience. Additionally, the release is packed with fun bonus features allowing the viewers to get up and personal with the cast and filmmakers during the interesting Enchanted Table Read, explore the amazing process of turning an animated classic into a new live-action classic in A Beauty of a Tale, and much more!
About the Bonus “Beauty and the Beast” Features
BLU-RAY & DIGITAL HD:
- 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 – See what goes into making some of the best-known moments from “Beauty and the Beast.”
- “Belle” — Filmmakers and cast reveal how it felt to shoot this memorable scene.
- “Be Our Guest” — Discover all that went into creating this epic, primarily virtual performance.
- “Gaston” — Join the cast for rehearsals and filming of this rousing, high-energy number.
- “Beauty and the Beast” — You’re invited on set for the filming of this beloved, classic scene.
- Deleted Scenes
- 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.
- 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.
- “How Does a Moment Last Forever” (Music Box)
- “Belle” (Reprise)
- “Be Our Guest”
- “Days in the Sun”
- “Something There”
- “How Does a Moment Last Forever” (Montmartre)
- “Beauty and the Beast”
- “The Mob Sing”
- “Beauty and the Beast” (Finale)
- “Beauty and the Beast” Music Video
Beauty and the Beast | The Dress
Beauty and the Beast | The Dancing
Beauty and the Beast | Filming at Shepperton
Beauty and the Beast | Table Read
Beauty and the Beast | Be Our Guest Table Read
“Beauty and the Beast” A Timeless Classic Brought To Life!
Based on the 1991 animated ﬁlm “Beauty and the Beast,” the live-action adaption was directed by Bill Condon and written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos. The work that went into this movie shines through in every scene. It captures and captivates the audience with its timeless tale and unforgettable songs brought to life in spectacular detail!
The story is about a dashing young Prince (Dan Stevens) who lived in a magniﬁcent castle. During an extravagant dance party, he is handed a single rose in return for shelter during a bitter storm from an old beggar woman. Repulsed by her haggard appearance, the prince turns the woman away. She warns him not to be deceived by appearances for beauty is found within. The prince dismisses her once again and the old woman’s appearance melted away into a beautiful enchantress (Hattie Morahan). Seeing there was no love in his heart, the enchantress punishes him for his cruelty by turning him into a hideous beast and placing a powerful spell on the castle and all who lived there.
Years pass and the prince and his servants are forgotten by the world, because the enchantress erased the memories of the people they loved. The rose remains in the castle as a reminder of the curse. If the prince could learn to love another and earn their love in return before the last petal falls from the rose the spell would be broken. If not, he would be doomed to remain a beast forever.
After several years, the prince fell into despair and lost all hope that anyone could learn to love a beast. Then one day a bright and spirited young woman appeared at the castle in search for her lost father, Maurice (Kevin Kline). Maurice was imprisoned by the beast for trespassing and stealing a rose. Coming face to face with the Beast, Belle (Emma Watson) pleads for his release, eventually trading her own freedom for her father’s.
While in the castle, Belle is introduced to the former members of the castle who were turned into enchanted objects including, Lumière (Ewan McGregor), a candelabra; Cogsworth (Ian McKellen), a mantel clock; Mrs. Pots (Emma Thompson), a teapot; Madame de Garderobe (Audra McDonald), a wardrobe; Plumette (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), a feather duster; and Maestro Cadenza (Stanley Tucci), a harpsichord. The cursed staff is hopeful that Belle will be the one to break the spell and return them all back to normal again.
I’m sure most of you know how the story ends, but you have NEVER seen it told like this before! It is by far the best version of the timeless classic I have ever seen. Three new songs written by Menken and Tim Rice mixed with new recordings of the original songs from Menken and Howard Ashman are just magical. Not to mention, Emma Thompson serenading with her version of Beauty and the Beast during the private ballroom dance of Belle and the Beast is extremely heartwarming. I swear I thought I was whelming up with a tear! Absolutely amazing!
Additionally, the awkward chemistry between LeFou (Josh Gad) and Gaston (Luke Evans) is comical. LeFou worship for Gaston while Gaston has no regard for him whatsoever and makes him the brunt of most of his jokes, adds humor. At the end of the movie during the ballroom scene, viewers get a rather funny yet good look of Lefou coming to terms with his feelings. I think it confirms what you probably think about Lefou from the beginning.
My favorite moment in the movie is when Lumière sings the musical number, “Be Our Guest.” It is the most extravagant number in the entire film and is breathtaking!
The scene takes place in the dining room of the castle and was one of the most technically challenging aspects of the movie. Bringing everything to life took one month to shoot, six months to prep and over a year to complete. The actual elements were all real and shot in camera using special equipment including a techno-dolly, a crane and other special lighting. The visual effects are incredible!
From the lavish costumes, enchanted setting, realistic beast, unforgettable songs (new and old), and talented cast—2017 Beauty and the Beast is pure ingenious entertainment that brings an old as time classic to modern, stunning life for all ages to enjoy. LOVED IT!