Bring Home the Tale as Old As Time: Beauty & the Beast

I grew up loving Disney's animated Beauty and the Beast and wanting to be Belle. So I was excited and nervous when I heard that they were making a live action version. Would it be as good as the original? Would they change any of the major characters, songs, or plot? When we had a chance to view the movie at home to facilitate a review, I watched with baited breath. I had nothing to worry about! Not only did the live action Beauty and the Beast stick to the major plot and keep my favorite songs, it also added in a few new songs. The characters were wonderfully developed, and they couldn't have chosen a better actress to play Belle.  Breathtaking backdrops and scenery bring the setting to life. One thing this version did well was explain the backstory of Belle and the Beast. We find out why Belle was raised by her father and how the Beast became such a cold and harsh prince. They even gave the character of the enchantress more depth.  I had heard that there were scenes of an "inappropriate nature" regarding LeFou, but I personally think that was overrated. You really had to search for these scenes and I doubt kids would even pick up on it. I applaud Disney for being accepting of everyone's life choices. The live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast is a movie the whole family will enjoy. Bring it home on June 6 on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand.
About Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”
The live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic, brought the story and characters audiences know and love to spectacular life and broke box-office records. Fans who bring home “Beauty and the Beast” can celebrate the release 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. Viewers can get up close and personal with the filmmakers and cast. See how they transformed the beloved animated film into a new live-action classic. “Beauty and the Beast” features an extraordinary ensemble cast, including Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as The Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Josh Gad as LeFou, Ewan McGregor as Lumière, Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Hattie Morahan as the enchantress and Nathan Mack as Chip with Ian McKellen as Cogsworth and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts. As Condon explains, “There’s something about this story – and specifically the score, which was written 25 years ago – that is just magical, and I think that’s what still draws people in and is what makes this such a special experience.” The story’s music, adventure and romance once again captivate audiences of all ages, thanks to the artistry and imagination of Condon and a brilliant creative team.
Summer Reading Program
Just like Belle loves to read, you can encourage your kids to read this summer with a special BEAUTY AND THE BEAST sponsored reading program! WHERE: at www.dogobooks.com the largest website dedicated to kids’ reading and book reviews by-and-for children. WHEN: May 26th to September 15th, 2017 HOW: 1. Sign-up at www.dogobooks.com and create your avatar! 2. Select books to read from a Reading List of 45 books 3. Read books and write reviews of 30 words or more 4. Win Prizes
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. 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 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. 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 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 a castle resident startles him.
  • 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 - LeFou and his new acquaintance meet again after the spell is broken and the castle residents are returned to human form.
Extended Song: “Days in the Sun” – Learn more about Beast’s childhood in an alternate version of this beautiful song. “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 music video. Disney Song Selection – Jump directly to all your favorite songs and sing along with the movie.
  • “Belle”
  • “How Does a Moment Last Forever” (Music Box)
  • “Belle” (Reprise)
  • “Gaston”
  • “Be Our Guest”
  • “Days in the Sun”
  • “Something There”
  • “How Does a Moment Last Forever” (Montmartre)
  • “Beauty and the Beast”
  • “Evermore”
  • “The Mob Sing”
  • “Beauty and the Beast” (Finale)
DVD: “Beauty and the Beast” Music Video
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