From the moment I saw the preview for Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast remake, I was instantly hooked. The original animated version is a favorite in our home and holds special memories for my youngest daughter. Of course, I wondered how the new film would compare to the old but, I still held out hope. For months and weeks, my family was counting down until the film was released in theaters. We all went (yes, even the hubby) the first weekend and were wow’d. The film had the same captivating characters we knew and loved with fantastic new music. I can’t believe it’s time to say that finally, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (get it here and with Prime you’ll have it by tomorrow!) is on Digital HD, Blu-ray, DVD and Disney Movies Anywhere. And now that it’s summer, you can hear it playing in the background almost daily. We know all the songs by heart, of course, and the new scenes are becoming some of our favorites to quote.
Disclosure: Disney sent me this DVD to screen and post my honest opinions on. All opinions below are 100% mine unless noted otherwise.
The record-breaking movie brings the enchanting animated tale to life and features Emma Watson as Belle. Emma was made to play Belle in all the right ways. She’s courageous, smart, opinionated, and brings that extra added charm to the role perfectly. The question of if she can actually sing… well… that’s for a different post. I will say that I was not happy with all of the unforgivable auto-tuning they did with her voice. Dan Stevens plays the Beast and although, yes, he can be scary for some kids, my 6-year-old included, you cannot look passed the amount of detail that went into making him a breathtaking life-like beast.
Beauty and the Beast is the best Disney remake so far and watching it at home on blu-ray I’m able to catch some things I missed in theaters. First, it is a wonderful homage to the 1991 original without stepping on its toes. If you’re expecting a carbon copy, you will be disappointed to some level. I’m glad they didn’t change much; the animated version is near-perfect, but I’m also glad Disney writers added in some new scenes which help tie the loose ends and little hiccups I’m sure we all noticed as adults. Why it’s snowing in summer? How did the Beast get on Phillipe after the wolf fight? Where books come from in a village where no one reads? What happed to Belle’s mom?! It shows that someone was paying extremely close attention to detail by adding those notes into the live-action film. I believe there was respect shown to what came before, even letting a few famous lines slide by without emphasis, almost as if there was some reference to our memories, something I deeply appreciated.
I was blown away by the complicated artistry, by the vast amount of work that was put into each moment and sparkle, especially in Belle’s ballroom gown. There are also new songs to hear. All of which I enjoyed very much. Dan Stevens was great as a voice and as a singer, his original song becoming the highlight of the entire movie to me. Luke Evans was a solid Gaston, Gad an expectedly silly LaFou, Kline surprisingly strong, and the castle crew wonderfully unique; Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellan, Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci.
You’ll receive some brilliant bonus extras when you purchase Beauty and the Beast on blu-ray. I’m the one in the store still buying a physical movie because I love to watch the bonus videos, and you should too.
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast *NOW* on Digital HD, Blu-Ray, and DVD
Bonus features include – 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.”
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.