Check out the cute photo of my youngest daughter in a Belle costume. Disney gave me the gown and accessories to celebrate the release of Beauty and the Beast. My oldest daughter has seen the movie three times already. She really loves it. I really like the film too. It’s a love story and a musical with wonderful songs. I also like the messages in the movie: inner beauty is more important than how you look on the outside, the right person can bring out the best in you, and a woman doesn’t have to settle for just any man to be happy. The film is excellent and I think everyone will enjoy it. Beauty and the Beast is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital HD. Note: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (WDSMP) sent me a Blu-ray to review on my dad blog. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.
Based on the Animated Film
If you’ve seen the animated version of Beauty and the Beast, then you know the basic storyline of this live version as well. The story starts off with a prince. He was so vain that a witch cursed him and turned him into a beast. The only way he could turn back into a human is if someone fell in love with him for who he is on the inside instead of how he looked on the outside.
Two Love Stories in One
One day, a man (Maurice) stumbles into the cursed castle. He is held prisoner by the Beast. Maurice’s daughter, Belle, finds him and takes her father’s place in the castle. When the Beast asked her why she would do that, Belle said “because he’s my father.” Belle and her father have a strong bond, and they are willing to do anything for each other. While the movie is mostly a love story about a beautiful woman and a monster, it’s also a love story about a man and his strong-willed daughter.
Hermione Can Sing
Emma Watson is wonderful as Belle. I’m use to seeing Emma as Hermione in the Harry Potter series, so I was surprised when she started singing in Beauty and the Beast. And Emma can actually carry a tune. Excellent casting. Other cast members include Dan Stevens (Beast), Luke Evans (Gaston), Josh Gad (LeFou), Kevin Kline (Maurice), Hattie Morahan (Agathe / Enchantress), Haydn Gwynne (Clothilde), Gerard Horan (Jean the Potter), Ray Fearon (Père Robert), Ewan McGregor (Lumière), Ian McKellen (Cogsworth), Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts), Nathan Mack (Chip), Audra McDonald (Madame Garderobe), and Stanley Tucci (Maestro Cadenza). Beauty and the Beast was directed by Bill Condon.
Three Ways to Experience the Movie
The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes the PG-rated movie in Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD formats. BTW, the Blu-ray offers three ways to watch the film: Play Movie (normal), Play Movie With Overture, and Play Movie In Sing-Along Mode. In addition, the combo pack includes the following special features.
- Enchanted Table Read
- A Beauty Of A Tale
- The Women Behind Beauty And The Beast
- From Song To Screen: Making The Musical Sequences
- Making A Moment With Celine Dion
- “Beauty And The Beast” Music Video & Making The Music Video
- Extended Song: “Days In The Sun”
- Deleted Scenes
- Song Selection
Beauty and the Beast Synopsis
The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic “Beauty and the Beast,” a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s father; Josh Gad as LeFou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor as Lumière, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe, the wardrobe; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; Hattie Morahan as the enchantress; and Nathan Mack as Chip, the teacup; with Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.
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