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5. La Bella y la Bestia (Beauty and

1. Beauty and the Beast (Disney Special Platinum Edition)
Director: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent job Disney.
I saw this when it first came out in theaters back in 1992. I was only 7 or 8 at the time, and it just didn't appeal to me as much as The Little Mermaid or The Rescuers Down Under. I don't really know why, but having just getting the DVD in the mail, my view of the movie is completely different.

Beauty and the Beast really is one of Disney's top 4 animated films. How they managed to combine a massive cast of characters into the main plot is amazing. Beast is one of my favorite Disney characters after re-watching this. There's so much emotion inside of him. Anger, rage, pity, ambition, and love. You'll really care for him from the moment he appears on screen. Belle is possibly the most humble heroine to date. She doesn't see that she's beautiful, but just cares for helping others and reading books. The supporting cast is just as good. Gaston, the villain, is just a....well I can't use the word. You can bet your money you'll feel the same way. But the characters are just the icing on the cake. The story is what the strong point's always been. Disney did a great job adding so much more to it, whereas the original didn't focus on anyone but Belle and the Beast really. But I'm sure you all know the story, so I'll just get into the features on this DVD.

On the first disc, you get 3 different versions of the film- theatrical, work in progress, and special edition. The theatrical is what you saw in theaters or on the home video release. Work in progress is mostly drawings in black and white while the voices and everything else is put in. The special edition has a few lines changed here and there, and the added musical "Human Again" into the film. Personally, I hated "Human Again". It comes right after and before other songs in the film, making you want them to just get on with the story. Plus the animation in it really stands out since it's newer and has those annoying shadows on every character that you see in so many made for video animated movies. There's also a commentary track that adds a lot of depth and information, and a game that unlocks another game. People complain about the picture quality of the movie, but it's not that bad. On a scale of one to ten, I'd give it a 7.5.

The second disc has a well done documentary on the making of Beauty and the Beast, story origins of a few other Disney movies, art galleries, music videos, more games, and much more. Amazon lists that the Broadway Musical is on this, but it isn't. It's mentioned in the documentary, that's all. This sets the standard for extras on Disney special editions of their movies. It's too bad The Lion King has nothing compared to this. Either way, if you like Disney at all...or just movies, you should go for this while you can. It's a masterpiece, and getting harder to find.

5-0 out of 5 stars A thinking girl's heroine
When I saw "Beauty and the Beast" in the theater, I had a rare and magical experience: I felt like a child again watching an enchanting Disney movie. In fact, "Beauty and the Beast" seemed even better than the Disney classics like "Cinderella" and "Sleeping Beauty" that were such a wonderful part of my childhood. The animation is absolutely gorgeous--particularly the waltz scene, which feels incredibly three-dimensional. The songs are beautiful, singable instant classics.

Despite the animated characters, I felt like I was watching an old musical. The movie opens with a scene reminiscent of "The Sound of Music," with our heroine, Belle, singing on a hilltop about wanting more out of life. The "Be Our Guest" scene, featuring a Lumiere (the Maurice Chevalier-inspired singing candlestick), dancing dishes and champagne corks popping like fireworks, reminded me of the Busby Berkely musical extravaganzas of the '30s.

A big appeal for me is that Belle is a much different heroine than the Disney princesses of my childhood. Belle isn't looking for a man to rescue her from her life of drudgery. She loves to read and longs for a more interesting life. She already has the "town catch," Gaston, wanting to court her, but she's having none of it.

Belle's escape from "her provincial life" begins when her father, a kooky inventor, doesn't return from his travels. (He has sought shelter from a snow storm in a spooky enchanted castle and is being held prisoner by the Beast.) Belle tracks down her father and, out of concern for his ailing health, takes his place in captivity. The Beast, who has been placed under a spell, wonders if Belle might be "the one"--the young woman whose love will return him to his original human form.

The enchanted furniture, candlestick, clock and dishes added lots of fun characters to the traditional story. Cogsworth, a stuffy clock, and Lumiere, the match-making candlestick are a great comic duo. Cogsworth's romantic advice to Beast about wooing Belle is especially funny: Give her "flowers, chocolates, promises you don't intend to keep."

Gaston, meanwhile, wants to woo and wed Belle himself. He sings about his he-man attributes in one of the funniest ode to a redneck that I've ever heard: "I use antlers in all of my decorating," Gaston sings about himself.

When Gaston realizes that Belle loves the Beast instead of him, he stirs up an angry mob to head to the castle. In another twist on the traditional fairy tale ending, Belle ultimately rescues the Beast--not the other way around.

"Beauty and the Beast" is a delightful classic whether you are a child or a grownup who knows how to feel like a child at times.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pure Magic!
Bringing this classic fairy tail to life is one of the best things that Disney has ever done. Every second of this film is full to the brim with wonder and magic. More than ten years after first seeing it, there are still some scenes that make me gasp at their beauty.
The movie provides all of the usual Disney elements of gorgeous animation, skilled voice actors, awesome original songs, and non-stop entertainment, but there's something special in the mix. We get one of the most believable and heart felt romances to ever grace the animated world. As a child every time I read a picture book of this Fairy Tail I found it impossible to believe that a woman could love a beast, but Disney found a way to make it happen. You truly believe that it's possible, and feel her pain when she thinks she's lost him.
In the classic Disney fashion, Beauty and the Beast brings along a message for the kids to learn. We see the value of intelligence and compassion, learn to look beyond the superficial, and discover that love knows no boundaries.

5-0 out of 5 stars After A While One Doesn't Notice It Is Animated
It is quite rare for any animated film to be treated with the same respect as any other honored non-animated one. In BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, directors Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale take the time-worn fairy tale of the outwardly loathsome beast who impossibly enough allows his inner nobility to shine forth sufficiently to cause the beauty to fall in love with him. Robby Benson is the voice of the Beast and Paige O'Hara is Beauty. Even for those readers familiar with the spoken tale or the revamped music video with Meatloaf as the Beast cannot help but allow themselves to be entranced with the seamless melding of sight to sound. The plot is simplicity itself with the Beast as the archetypal symbol of the rebirth of nobility long hidden by the evil spell of a unnamed wizard. There is nothing childish is the unfolding of the tale of Belle the Beauty who chooses to sacrifice herself in marriage to save the life of her doddering inventor father. Enter the Beast who is initially presented as the roaring brute that his tormenting wizard clearly intended him to be. Yet, as Belle ministers to his psychic wounds of self-loathing and his physical wounds incurred in defending her against a pack of wolves, the viewer can see a competing spell at work, one that is older than time itself--the power of love that the film's many songs allude to and function as as subtext that imbues it with timeless energy. There is, of course, some needed plot complications of unwanted attention heaped on Belle by the handsome but warped Gaston, who plots to snare Belle in marriage as firmly as he would stalk a reindeer for its antlers. As Gaston leads the villagers in an assault on the Beast's manor, one is reminded in reverse of the cliched villagers pounding at the walls of Doctor Frankenstein's castle, but in this case the attack in presented in comic tones that keep the real world of harm at bay.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST has no down moments, with each fresh plot advancement heralded by stunningly effective animation and song. This film was a deserved nominee for Best Picture in 1991, and with repeated viewings, one may rest assured that the alternately gloomy and resplendent halls of the Beast will eternally resonate with the same cachet that gives Tara, Oz, or Rick's Cafe a ticket that allows the bearer to see just how awesome the human spirit can be.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Beauty
This is a beautiful movie and is in a wonderful set. It has two discs with great behind the scenes stuff for Beauty and the Beast that you definitely wont want to miss out on.
The colors in this movie is beautiful and the music is lovely.
I really wouldn't miss out on this movie because it's a great film and a wonderful set. ... Read more


2. Atlantis - The Lost Empire (Disney Collector's Edition)
Director: Kirk Wise, Gary Trousdale
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2-0 out of 5 stars Someone should put Disney out of their misery
Disney hasn't made a decent movie since the Lion King. Since then, their films have been kiddie fare with plots and characters as deep as a puddle.

Now they are trying to appeal to the sought-after teen audience. First they tried with the CGI Dinosaur, which was a spectacular flop. Then they tried with Atlantis, which is pretty much also a flop (Shrek is crushing it).

Atlantis tries to look hip and mature with an array of machinery, some cartoon violence, and some slightly-above-average humor. Unfortunately tDisney just dosen't get it. Just because a film is rated PG instead of G does not make it a more intense movie, nor does it draw a broader audience. Atlantis's plot is rushed and confused (makes sense, since the plot was ripped of from a 39-episode series called NADIA), and its characters are, as usual, one-dimensional and stereotyped. Not even the character designs are very impressive.

Note to Disney: You want to get back your reputation and some teens into your audience? Then fire your writers, and get the people who did Watership Down, or even Princess Mononoke.

Atlantis gets 2 stars for some impressive eye candy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not Your Typical Disney Film, but Lots of FUN
Despite the venom spewed forth by previous reviewers, I really think there's a justifiable place in the Disney vault for Atlantis, and I'll admit, it has quickly become an unlikely favorite of mine among Disney animated features. I hold it akin to an animated Star Wars, if that makes sense. With lots of action, no sing-alongs, and a cast of animated adults, this movie will lend itself more towards 8 year-olds than toddlers. I don't see a problem with that as children aren't one age and have different tastes.

This is not your usual, happy-go-lucky, sing-a-long style movie that Disney is known for proliferating. It takes me back to Disney's Black Cauldron in terms of mood and feel. It is somewhat dark, eerie, and action packed. But the characters are fun and interesting, and Michael J. Fox does a great job as Milo Thatch.

It is true that the story is set as a period piece in the early 1900's, but I don't agree with one viewer's gripe that historical accuracy was not maintained. Don't fault Disney for not being a historical educator. They're not! In response to "How are children to know the difference between what is real and what isn't if adults don't show them?", my first reaction was to think who would intrepret animation as reality? It's moving ink! It is not reality! It's entertainment. So what if you cross time periods? Or if the weapons and objects in Atlantis weren't invented for decades afterwards? By this logic, Rambo was a more educational movie because he used the weapons of the time?

And as far as "If you want to teach your children to smoke buy this movie." - Gimme a break. I'd like to believe that parents play a larger role in child development than to blame TV for how their kids turn out.

Great movie though. If you think you'd enjoy the action and adventure of Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark in an animated form, this is for you.

4-0 out of 5 stars A New Age Adventure
Atlantis: The Lost Empire has the most mesmerizing, clear, crisp, animation since Fantasia. The music is also exceptional - I am going to purchase the soundtrack. The story is inventive and original, capitalizing on the intriguing mystery of the lost city of Atlantis.

Michael J. Fox is wonderful as Milo, the unrecognized and unappreciated geek archaelogist who spends his time researching Atlantis and fixing the New York Museum of Natural History's cantankerous boiler in the basement. His life takes a turn when a beautiful woman (voiced by the woman who did the Fairy Godmother's voice in Shrek 2) takes him to a reclusive millionaire who is willing to fund an expedition to search for the legendary city.

Other great voice talent brings the characters to life: Cree Summer as the beautiful Princess Kida, Leonard Nimoy as the King of Atlantis, the late Jim Varney as Cookie, and James Garner as the military leader of the expedition. The movie's creators brought in a linguist who had worked on the Star Trek movies to create an Atlantean language.

The very last scene made me cry. Grab your crystal and some popcorn. The movie is at once dreamy and inspirational, and highly recommended.

1-0 out of 5 stars Another rip-off by Disney!!!
This trashy Disney film is nothing but a rip-off of Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, which is a wonderful japanese anime series.

4-0 out of 5 stars This "Lost Empire" is Waiting to be Discovered!
Any time you stray from the basic formula (even if it hasn't produced anything worthwhile in several years), people are going to question it. Whenever you attempt to try something new, people are going to have mixed reactions. And just because something is supposed to have a certain look, a certain feel, yet goes in an entirely different direction, does not necessarily label it as bad. Such is the case with Disney's "Atlantis: The Lost Empire."

This film was largely passed over by movie-goers simply because it came out during Disney's animated dry spell (which began a long time ago and is still occurring today). I consider it a hidden gem just waiting to be discovered. This movie has a lot going for it - namely because it's not your typical animated fare from Disney. Everyone involved tinkered with a formula that desperately needed an extreme makeover. And for the most part, it worked.

I don't watch a movie for deep, moving storylines. I don't plunk down my eight bucks for a film that will tug at my heartstrings. I tune in to be entertained, plain and simple. And "Atlantis: The Lost Empire" did just that. I enjoyed this movie from the opening scenes to the closing credits. For the first time since "The Lion King" back in 1994, an animated feature from Disney held my interest. And while I wouldn't place it on a pedestal next to likes of "The Lion King" or "Beauty and the Beast" or "The Little Mermaid," it does rank as one of Disney's better animated movies of all time (especially lately).

"Atlantis: The Lost Empire" is not littered with sing-a-long songs. What it does have is an awesome orchestral soundtrack by James Newton Howard (one of the best composers of any era EVER); I disagree with one reviewer who said there wasn't "a breathtaking musical score." What movie were you watching? There isn't a witty sidekick to accompany the main character on his adventure. What the movie does have is several eccentric characters which flesh out the film, rather than relying on the cliché partner/chum to spout off nifty one-liners. And the feature isn't cutesy-wutesy like most Disney animated films. It's got some attitude, it's rough around the edges, and it's just plain awesome to look at from a visual standpoint; very exotic. I agree with another reviewer who said this movie is "one of Disney's most underrated films ever made." You hit the nail right on the head.

This movie is not groundbreaking. It will not change your life. But it sure is entertaining. It's got lively voice actors (Michael J. Fox, James Garner, etc.), a delightful Disney heroine in Princess Kida (she ranks up there with Ariel and Beauty, in my opinion), and it's a visually-stunning treat that mixes standard animation with computer-generated effects.

"Atlantis: The Lost Empire" is one of the few good animated films offered from Disney in the past several years. Like I said earlier, it's a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Give it a chance. What have you got to lose? You could waste your time with far worse movies than this one. ... Read more


3. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Director: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
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4-0 out of 5 stars Whom the Bells Told
Disney brings the Victor Hugo's classic tale into a spectacular and touching animated wonder. Gentle and deformed bell ringer Quasimodo (voiced by Tom Hulce) lives a solitary life on the top of majestic Notre Dame. When Quasimodo befriends gypsy beauty Esmeralda (voiced by Demi Moore), he embarks on an adventure to protect his true friend from the harsh authority of his master Frollo. "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" is a powerful, star-studded and stunning masterpiece. The movie appeals to both kids and adults, but some content may be too strong for younger audiences. The story is well-paced and uplifting. The voice cast also includes Kevin Kline and Jason Alexander. The animation, music score and detailed backgrounds are quite amazing.

"The Hunchback of Notre Dame" is a surprisingly good DVD. This animated tale is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen format. The DVD contains a detailed video transfer with bright colors. Both 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS sound are remarkable with stunning clarity. The animated menus are simple but certainly appealing. Its supplemental material features the pleasant Making of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" featurette, an audio commentary with directors Kirk Wise and Gary Tousdale, and the Topsy Turvy Underground game. Like so many Disney DVDs, it also contains forced commercials and trailers. With its fine DVD presentation, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" scores a "B".

5-0 out of 5 stars A Disney Must See
This is the first video I've owned that I've had to replace because I literally wore it out by watching it too often. "Hunchback" is a wonderful adaptation of Hugo's novel. Of course it has the Disney touch. This movie has everything - from intense drama to hilarious scenes that make me laugh just thinking about them. The animation is fantastic and the story is engaging. You'll hear the voices of Kevin Kline, Demi Moore, Jason Alexander, David Ogden Stires and Tom Hulce. The music is by the award winning duo of Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz and it is captivating from the biggest show stopping numbers down to the almost subliminial latin liturgical chants in the backgrounds of some songs. As Disney videos go this one can be considered pretty intense at times with perhaps the most well developed and complicated villan of any Disney film. Watch it first before you let the very youngest kids see it just in case. You'll want to see it twice anyway. It's lots of fun for most kids and just about everyone else. If you liked Aladdin or Beauty and the Beast you'll most likely love Hunchback of Notre Dame. END

1-0 out of 5 stars Not too good.
I saw this movie when I was maybe seven I suppose. It was downright disturbing. I mean they tie up Quasimodo, throw rotten fruit at him at him, they show Quasimodo's Mum being killed while trying to seek refuge in a chruch, we see the evil guy nearly drowning baby Quasimodo in a well, a house is set on fire with children inside, there is predjudice against gypsies, there is a song about Hell (I didn't fully comprehend the message they were trying to get accross at that part, I'm pretty certain it was Hell though), they nearly burn Esmeralda at the stake and a whole bunch of other really WEIRD stuff goes on. It's a big royal mess from beginning to end. I understand bad thing shappen in the world but this movie was intended for children and I don't recommend it for small children or anyone else for that matter. In a few short words, it creeped me out and I didn't see a point to it.

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW.
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTORE DAME WAS THE BEST. I M GETTING IT ON VHS,I WATCHED IT HALF AND IT WAS ASWME. LOVE IT. COOOOOOLOE.WALT DISNYS MASTERPIECE.WOW.JUST WOW.

4-0 out of 5 stars Probably the most detailed Disney film ever made.
This is a really cool Disney flick because it is the least cartoonish. Everything about it is detailed, more so than some of the Pixar films. The animation is very intriquite and miraculously precise in bringing the Gothic city of Paris to life. The voice casting is very star studded and well done. The music is very good as well, and the score is very moody and probably the most dramatic of all the Disney films. It isn't the best but it is definately "the most". ... Read more


4. Atlantis - The Lost Empire
Director: Kirk Wise, Gary Trousdale
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2-0 out of 5 stars Someone should put Disney out of their misery
Disney hasn't made a decent movie since the Lion King. Since then, their films have been kiddie fare with plots and characters as deep as a puddle.

Now they are trying to appeal to the sought-after teen audience. First they tried with the CGI Dinosaur, which was a spectacular flop. Then they tried with Atlantis, which is pretty much also a flop (Shrek is crushing it).

Atlantis tries to look hip and mature with an array of machinery, some cartoon violence, and some slightly-above-average humor. Unfortunately tDisney just dosen't get it. Just because a film is rated PG instead of G does not make it a more intense movie, nor does it draw a broader audience. Atlantis's plot is rushed and confused (makes sense, since the plot was ripped of from a 39-episode series called NADIA), and its characters are, as usual, one-dimensional and stereotyped. Not even the character designs are very impressive.

Note to Disney: You want to get back your reputation and some teens into your audience? Then fire your writers, and get the people who did Watership Down, or even Princess Mononoke.

Atlantis gets 2 stars for some impressive eye candy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not Your Typical Disney Film, but Lots of FUN
Despite the venom spewed forth by previous reviewers, I really think there's a justifiable place in the Disney vault for Atlantis, and I'll admit, it has quickly become an unlikely favorite of mine among Disney animated features. I hold it akin to an animated Star Wars, if that makes sense. With lots of action, no sing-alongs, and a cast of animated adults, this movie will lend itself more towards 8 year-olds than toddlers. I don't see a problem with that as children aren't one age and have different tastes.

This is not your usual, happy-go-lucky, sing-a-long style movie that Disney is known for proliferating. It takes me back to Disney's Black Cauldron in terms of mood and feel. It is somewhat dark, eerie, and action packed. But the characters are fun and interesting, and Michael J. Fox does a great job as Milo Thatch.

It is true that the story is set as a period piece in the early 1900's, but I don't agree with one viewer's gripe that historical accuracy was not maintained. Don't fault Disney for not being a historical educator. They're not! In response to "How are children to know the difference between what is real and what isn't if adults don't show them?", my first reaction was to think who would intrepret animation as reality? It's moving ink! It is not reality! It's entertainment. So what if you cross time periods? Or if the weapons and objects in Atlantis weren't invented for decades afterwards? By this logic, Rambo was a more educational movie because he used the weapons of the time?

And as far as "If you want to teach your children to smoke buy this movie." - Gimme a break. I'd like to believe that parents play a larger role in child development than to blame TV for how their kids turn out.

Great movie though. If you think you'd enjoy the action and adventure of Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark in an animated form, this is for you.

4-0 out of 5 stars A New Age Adventure
Atlantis: The Lost Empire has the most mesmerizing, clear, crisp, animation since Fantasia. The music is also exceptional - I am going to purchase the soundtrack. The story is inventive and original, capitalizing on the intriguing mystery of the lost city of Atlantis.

Michael J. Fox is wonderful as Milo, the unrecognized and unappreciated geek archaelogist who spends his time researching Atlantis and fixing the New York Museum of Natural History's cantankerous boiler in the basement. His life takes a turn when a beautiful woman (voiced by the woman who did the Fairy Godmother's voice in Shrek 2) takes him to a reclusive millionaire who is willing to fund an expedition to search for the legendary city.

Other great voice talent brings the characters to life: Cree Summer as the beautiful Princess Kida, Leonard Nimoy as the King of Atlantis, the late Jim Varney as Cookie, and James Garner as the military leader of the expedition. The movie's creators brought in a linguist who had worked on the Star Trek movies to create an Atlantean language.

The very last scene made me cry. Grab your crystal and some popcorn. The movie is at once dreamy and inspirational, and highly recommended.

1-0 out of 5 stars Another rip-off by Disney!!!
This trashy Disney film is nothing but a rip-off of Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, which is a wonderful japanese anime series.

4-0 out of 5 stars This "Lost Empire" is Waiting to be Discovered!
Any time you stray from the basic formula (even if it hasn't produced anything worthwhile in several years), people are going to question it. Whenever you attempt to try something new, people are going to have mixed reactions. And just because something is supposed to have a certain look, a certain feel, yet goes in an entirely different direction, does not necessarily label it as bad. Such is the case with Disney's "Atlantis: The Lost Empire."

This film was largely passed over by movie-goers simply because it came out during Disney's animated dry spell (which began a long time ago and is still occurring today). I consider it a hidden gem just waiting to be discovered. This movie has a lot going for it - namely because it's not your typical animated fare from Disney. Everyone involved tinkered with a formula that desperately needed an extreme makeover. And for the most part, it worked.

I don't watch a movie for deep, moving storylines. I don't plunk down my eight bucks for a film that will tug at my heartstrings. I tune in to be entertained, plain and simple. And "Atlantis: The Lost Empire" did just that. I enjoyed this movie from the opening scenes to the closing credits. For the first time since "The Lion King" back in 1994, an animated feature from Disney held my interest. And while I wouldn't place it on a pedestal next to likes of "The Lion King" or "Beauty and the Beast" or "The Little Mermaid," it does rank as one of Disney's better animated movies of all time (especially lately).

"Atlantis: The Lost Empire" is not littered with sing-a-long songs. What it does have is an awesome orchestral soundtrack by James Newton Howard (one of the best composers of any era EVER); I disagree with one reviewer who said there wasn't "a breathtaking musical score." What movie were you watching? There isn't a witty sidekick to accompany the main character on his adventure. What the movie does have is several eccentric characters which flesh out the film, rather than relying on the cliché partner/chum to spout off nifty one-liners. And the feature isn't cutesy-wutesy like most Disney animated films. It's got some attitude, it's rough around the edges, and it's just plain awesome to look at from a visual standpoint; very exotic. I agree with another reviewer who said this movie is "one of Disney's most underrated films ever made." You hit the nail right on the head.

This movie is not groundbreaking. It will not change your life. But it sure is entertaining. It's got lively voice actors (Michael J. Fox, James Garner, etc.), a delightful Disney heroine in Princess Kida (she ranks up there with Ariel and Beauty, in my opinion), and it's a visually-stunning treat that mixes standard animation with computer-generated effects.

"Atlantis: The Lost Empire" is one of the few good animated films offered from Disney in the past several years. Like I said earlier, it's a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Give it a chance. What have you got to lose? You could waste your time with far worse movies than this one. ... Read more


5. La Bella y la Bestia (Beauty and the Beast - Special Edition)
Director: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
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Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Movie good, DVD extras not so good
1991's Beauty and the Beast, is of course, one of the greats in the history of Disney animation, thus the designation as the second in a ten-line "Platinum Edition" collection. However, I felt the DVD extras were not up to par with those of Snow White's, the first Platinum title. My major problem is with the "West Wing" interactive game area. The idea is that you must follow Chip through the West Wing, playing several games, in order to restore those in the castle to human form. The games were quite difficult to master, and I found them hard to understand. The candle game and the bouncing ball game had me stymied - the narration said when the rose blinks you can move, and yet the rose never blinked. Also I found I had to click twice to move in the candle game, something that was never stated. The bouncing ball game is hard to figure out, as the direction you are supposed to move in makes no sense. I also had trouble getting to the games - I did not know you had to click twice to actually get INTO the games menu. I feel the games would go quicker if there was some sort of instructions printed.

I also have to ask why there are two versions of the same documentary on the disc? "The Making of Beauty and the Beast" and "A Tale as Old as Time" are the same thing, one is just lengthier than the other. Oh well. It's a great documentary, however, and I thought it was a nice look at the making-of the film. The Howard Ashman memorium, as he died before the film was released, was a very nice touch.

The film, however, is one of the best Disney did, and I would have been happy just to have the film on DVD, with or without any extras, so I guess it's just a moot point.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Disney Masterpiece
I originally didn't want to see this movie in when it was in the theater; I thought I was too "grown up" for it (I was 18 when it came out), and waited for it to come to video to see it. I saw it at a friend's house and from the first frame, I had a tear in my eye, so I knew I was in for something good. Boy, did I underestimate this movie. I loved it! It did a wonderful job of explaining what the story was all about--a prince turned into a hideous beast by an enchantress "who had seen that there was no love in his heart". The bottom line in this movie is to learn not to be tricked by appearances. True beauty lies within.

The DVD release was a real treat for me as I had worn out 2 copies of this tape! Not only are both versions (theatrical version and the IMAX version) on the disc, but it was really cool to see it as a "work-in-progress". I also loved seeing the Celine Dion/Peabo Bryson video in the end. Even though I am not a fan of either of them, I really love this song.

If you have never seen a Disney movie (and I don't think that there's anyone young or old who hasn't!), don't just rent this one, BUY IT! You'll be glad you did!

5-0 out of 5 stars A reminder of how it used to be....
I`ll be honest with you here - I went out and bought this DVD because I remember loving the film at the cinema in Britain a decade ago (well, I was around nine years old then, cut me some slack), and I wanted to re-aquaint myself with it.
So how does this film hold up? Was it a sane purchase, or has nostalgia messed up my brain, exposing this reviewer as a sad and lonely individual? Read on to find out....

You probably all know the story backwards, but I`m going to tell you anyway. Set in and around a quaint little village in France in the 18th Century, we follow the adventures of Belle (Paige O`Hara) a bright and beautiful young girl who finds escape from her everyday life - and the advances of a boorish, somewhat foppish suitor named Gaston - by reading books. Meanwhile, off in a castle, a cruel prince is turned into a tormented beast by an enchantress, also transforming his servants into household objects. In order to remove the curse, the Beast (Robby Benson) must discover a true love who will return his affection before the last petal falls from an enchanted rose. With the help of the castle`s enchanted staff, Belle sees beneath the Beast`s exterior and discovers the heart and soul of a human prince.

Beauty And The Beast came in the middle of a Disney renaissance (starting off with 1989`s The Little Mermaid). To this day, BATB remains the only animated movie in the history of the Academy to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture - something the likes of Shrek (2001) and the Toy Story films couldn`t match.

Disc 1 houses 3 versions of the movie (Original 1991 Theatrical release, Special Edition and rarely seen "Work In Progress"). I started with the 1991 release as thats` the one I remember.
The film looks brilliant, with a High Definition, anamorphic 1.85:1 transfer meaning I could pick out little details I`d never noticed before - and an excellent Dolby Digital 5.1 track too, the best I`ve heard this film sound. I`m no expert but I don`t think DD sound was invented back in 1991...
This is just simply a lovely, charming film - even though its` a story which has been told and spoofed countless times (most recently in Shrek in 2001). I also felt for the characters (its` rare when an animated film does that) especially the Beast`s "death" scene - that is emotional.
The animation is excellent - the famous ballroom dancing scene (because of its` use of computers) was groundbreaking at the time.

The songs are great - giving the film an almost Broadway/West End like feel, as if it was meant to be performed on stage, from the operetta like opener Belle, to comedy character song Gaston (funny!) to the superb Busby Berkely like, showstopping Be Our Guest (this song even inspired a "Simpsons" parody - See My Vest).
Be Our Guest in particular is a testament to the composing genius of Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, as it sounds like a classic musical song like you`ve heard before, yet it is also very fresh at the same time. 3 songs - Belle, Be Our Guest and the title song Beauty And The Beast - sung by Angela Lansbury in the film and Celine Dion and Paebo Bryson over the end credits, were Oscar nominated. The title song ended up with the gong.
Marvellous.
In the Special Edition version, listen out for an extra song called Human Again.

Disc 2 is full of extras - Making Ofs, Trailers, TV spots, Conceptual Art... the list goes on. I haven`t been through all of these yet but they`re very well presented indeed - if you have patience check out the Break The Spell game in The West Wing (navigate falling objects with complex button presses, and match character`s shadows to their human equivalents).

Some people may sneer at Disney for their curious paractices concerning Asian cinema, but the fact remains they have made some classic animated features - see this as a reminder of what Disney was capable of before "traditional" animated films fell out of fashion - and prepare to smile with joy, sniffle, and go "awwww" all over again.

1-0 out of 5 stars I'd expect more from Disney
If by "Special Platinum Edition" they meant "Not the Real Version" then this is the DVD you've been waiting for. The soundtrack has been altered. The colors have been messed with. Considering that this was one of the most awaited DVD's, you would think Disney would have stayed true to the original 1991 classic.

5-0 out of 5 stars THE BEST!
This is the most spectacular Disney DVD package we have got so far! I am so impressed! It is high quality. The #2 DVD with the games is my daughters ultimate favorite of this set. It is worth every penny. I cannot say enough good things about this DVD set. If I could give it more stars I would! What a great gift! ... Read more


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