Beauty & The Beast Diamond Edition

My daughter loves watching some of the older Disney movies once they come out on DVD, and Bluray.  This is because we have the older movies, but they are on VHS.  That being said we don’t watch them because I don’t believe in VHS technology at this point.

We recently got information about another upcoming title from Disney Studios Home Entertainment.

A Beloved Fairy Tale Is Restored To All New Heights On Blu-ray™!
Disney’s Academy Award®-Winning Animated Classic

Beauty and the Beast: Diamond Edition

On Blu-ray™+ DVD Combo Pack – October 5, 2010  
And Standard Definition DVD – November 23, 2010

Burbank, Calif., March 29, 2010 – Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (WDSHE) proudly
announces the Blu-ray high-definition debut of Disney’s animated masterpiece, Beauty and the
Beast on October 5, 2010.   

Disney’s most requested film, Beauty and the Beast, arrives for the first time on Blu-ray Hi-Def as
the second installment to the company’s new Diamond Collection. The Blu-ray transformation
reveals the magic, music and majesty of the film as never before experienced with state-of-the-art
picture restoration, pristine 7.1 Digital Surround Sound and hours of additional viewing
experiences that include behind the scenes features, deleted scenes, enhanced music tracks,
immersive games and more.

The first of only two animated films ever to be nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Picture
(the second is 2009’s Up), Beauty and the Beast earned six Academy Award® nominations and
won two Oscars® in 1992 for Best Original Song (“Beauty and the Beast”) and Best Original
Score.  

Unavailable in any form since 2003, Beauty and the Beast will be released from the Disney vault
for a limited time only, arriving on a Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack (2 Blu-ray Discs + DVD) October
5, followed seven weeks later with the release of a 2-Disc standard definition DVD on November
23.  
 
The Beauty and the Beast Blu-ray™ + DVD Combo Pack has a U.S. suggested retail price of
$39.99 and the 2-Disc DVD set has a U.S. suggested retail price of $29.99.

Film Synopsis:
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.
 
Film Accolades:
Beauty and the Beast received two Academy Awards® for music in 1992, three Golden Globes®
for Best Motion Picture, Best Original Score and Best Original Song in 1992, and two Grammy Awards
in 1993. Listed as number seven on the American Film Institute’s Top 100 Animated Films, Beauty
and the Beast helped define Disney animation for a new generation as the second film in the “Disney
Animation Renaissance” (1989-1999) which launched with The Little Mermaid and revitalized animated
features by captivating mature audiences while still delighting young viewers.  
 
Beauty and the Beast features a cast of top vocal talent. Veteran stage actress and singer Paige
O’Hara is the voice of Belle, one of Disney’s most beloved and independent heroines, and Robby
Benson (TV’s “American Dreams”) delivers a powerful portrayal of the Beast. Three-time Oscar®-
nominated screen star (The Manchurian Candidate in 1963, The Picture of Dorian Grey in 1946,
and Gaslight in 1945) and six-time Golden Globe® award winner (TV’s “Murder, She Wrote” in
1992, 1990, 1987 and 1985, The Manchurian Candidate in 1963, and The Picture of Dorian Grey
in 1946), Angela Lansbury gives a bubbly performance as Mrs. Potts. The late Jerry Orbach (TV’s
“Law and Order,” “House of Mouse”) shines as the voice of Lumiere, the passionate candelabra,
and David Ogden-Stiers (TV’s “M*A*S*H,” Lilo & Stitch) is Cogsworth, the tightly-wound mantel
clock who functions as the head of the household.   
 
Beauty and the Beast was also the first Disney animated film to inspire a Broadway stage
production by the same name. Highlighting the film’s music by Alan Menken and Howard
Ashman, seven new songs were written for the stage musical. Beauty… was nominated for
nine Tony Awards in 1994 and ran on Broadway for 5,464 performances until 2007, becoming
Broadway’s sixth-longest running production in history.

About Disney’s New Blu-ray™ Diamond Collection:
The new Blu-ray™ Diamond Collection represents The Walt Disney Studio’s most prestigious animated
classics. The Collection will be comprised with many of Walt Disney’s most treasured animated classic titles
to be released through 2016. These titles represent the highest level of picture and sound, feature
groundbreaking, state-of-the-art immersive bonus content, and include unprecedented levels of interactivity,
personalization and customization, made possible because of Blu-ray technology.

About Disney Combo Packs (Blu-ray + DVD in a single package):  
To provide consumers with unprecedented quality, value and portability of their favorite Disney classics, in
2008 WDSHE pioneered the Combo Pack – a Blu-ray Disc plus a DVD in a single package. Current
Disney Animated Classic titles available as Combo Packs include Sleeping Beauty, Pinocchio and
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

About Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment:
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, a recognized leader in the home entertainment industry,
is the marketing, sales and distribution company for Walt Disney, Touchstone, Hollywood Pictures,
Miramax and Buena Vista product, which includes DVD, Blu-ray Disc™ and electronic distribution. Walt
Disney Studios Home Entertainment is a division of The Walt Disney Studios.

I wish they would actually put diamonds, or platinum in with the movies.  This way the title would make more sense to the unknowing.

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