Disney Will Release Special Editions of "Beauty and the Beast" Films

News   Disney Will Release Special Editions of "Beauty and the Beast" Films
"Beauty and the Beast" special editions, "The Enchanted Christmas" and "Belle's Magical World," will hit shelves Nov. 22. Both editions include special bonus features.

"Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas Special Edition" will be released in a two-disc Blu-ray combo pack (Blu-ray and DVD) and one-disc DVD, as well as high definition and standard definition digital formats. The "Enchanted Christmas" special is the holiday movie inspired by the Disney classic and reunites the voices of the original 1991 film. According to press notes, "Mrs. Potts recounts another 'tale as old as time' about a Christmas past that almost wasn’t–thanks to the scheming of former court composer Forte, who is determined to keep Belle and Beast apart forever."

"Beauty and the Beast: Belle's Magical World Special Edition" will be released as a one-disc DVD as well as a standard definition digital format. Here's how "Belle's Magical World" is described: "Join Belle, Beast, Cogsworth, Lumiere, plus some charming new friends, as they discover how teamwork and friendship can turn a once-gloomy castle into a dazzling palace fit for a princess!"

Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, "Beauty and the Beast" first debuted in theatres in 1991. It has a screenplay by Linda Woolverton and a score by Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken and late lyricist Howard Ashman. The two won Oscars for Best Original Score and Best Song (for the title number).

Among the notable voices in the film are Paige O'Hara (Belle), Robby Benson (Beast), Angela Lansbury (Mrs. Potts), Jerry Orbach (Lumiere), Richard White (Gaston) and Jo Anne Worley (Wardrobe).

The film was also adapted and expanded into a 1994 stage musical, which ran for 5,461 performances on Broadway.

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