I still remember the first time I saw Beauty and the Beast. The wonder, the magic, the fun – I remember it all vividly. I’ll always love certain Disney cartoons because of how I felt when I watched them, and Beauty and the Beast is a definite favorite because it’s one my mom loved the best. My dad even gave her a special collectible teapot for Christmas one year. We bought it as soon as it came out on VHS (wow, VHS) and watched it often.
The Story: Set in and around a quaint French village during the late 18th century, Beauty and the Beast follows the fantastic adventures of Belle, a bright and beautiful young woman who finds escape from her ordinary life, and the advances of a boorish suitor, Gaston, by reading books. Meanwhile, off in a castle in the distance, a cruel young prince is cast under the spell of an enchantress who turns him into a tormented beast, while transforming his servants into animated household objects.
In order to remove the curse, the Beast must discover a true love who will return his affection before the last petal falls from an enchanted rose. When Belle’s inventor father stumbles upon the Beast’s castle and is taken prisoner, Belle comes to the rescue and agrees to take her father’s place. With the help of the castle’s enchanted staff, she sees beneath the Beast’s exterior and discovers the heart and soul of a human prince.
And now, it’s back! On October 5, it was released in a 3-disc Diamond Edition DVD/Blu-Ray combo pack! This special edition includes three versions of the film (original storyboard, extended edition, and original theatrical version) plus a ton of special features including a never-before-seen alternate opening and deleted scene, Disney Sing-a-Long mode, an all-new music video, documentaries and much more!
I introduced my daughter to it for the first time and she loved it! Classics like this appeal to older folks (like me?) with the charming romantic story and the young love it because of all of the singing and humor included. This is one of the best Disney classics ever in my opinion because it has everything: humor, music, drama, romance, and danger. And the special features make me happy – I love interviews, documentaries, deleted scenes, and alternate endings, so I’m in heaven here. :) If you haven’t seen Beauty and the Beast yet or don’t own it on DVD, don’t miss out on this amazing edition!
Fun Activities for Kids
Download printable Beauty and the Beast coloring pages, bookmarks, and activities for your kids here!
You can purchase the Beauty and the Beast Diamond Edition Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack from Amazon.com for $24.99 right now! Alternatively, there’s a DVD-only 2-disc Diamond Edition available for $18.99.
I would like to thank Disney for sending me the Beauty and the Beast Diamond Edition in order to write a thorough review. This post is 100% my own opinion, thoughts, and experiences, and was not edited or reviewed by anyone. I do not feel obligated to write a positive review – I’ll always share my honest thoughts on products.