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"Beauty and the Beast" Diamond Edition Arrives October 5, 2010

by on September 23, 2010

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has announced that the Beauty and the Beast Diamond Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack will be available on October 5, 2010, carrying a suggested retail price of $39.99. A DVD-only package will be released seven weeks later on November 23, 2010 with a suggested retail price of $29.99. The movie has been unavailable on home video since 2003, and was the first animated feature film to be nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award.

In addition to the press release, Disney has also made the following video clip available:

The full press release follows (UPDATED September 23, 2010, with full list of bonus features):

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

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Burbank, Calif., Sept 21, 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.

Bonus Features include the following and more:

• Three Versions of the Film
o Original Theatrical Release
o Special Extended Edition
o NY Film Festival storyboards of the film

• Disney Backstage
o Beyond Beauty: The Untold Stories Behind Making Beauty and the Beast – journey
back through time as we look at the personal stories from the creators of this award-
winning animated film
o Broadway Beginnings: Up-close and personal celebrity interviews with Nick Jonas,
Donny Osmond, Jamie Lynn Sigler, Deborah Gibson and others who have starred in
the Broadway production
o Composing A Classic: A Musical Conversation with Alan Menken, Don Hahn &
Richard Kraft where they reminisce, sing songs and share personal stories of the
times during production of Beauty and the Beast

• Deleted Scenes
o Alternate Opening and Ending
o Belle In The Library – never before seen moment where Belle meets four new
characters in the Library

• Music And More
o New Jordin Sparks “Beauty and the Beast” Music Video
o Sing-Along – when you select this option, the words to the song appear on the
screen so you can sing along to your favorites.
o Audio Commentary – by Don Hahn (Producer), Kirk Wise (Director), Gary Trousdale
(Director) and Alan Menken (Composer)

Beauty and the Beast: Diamond Edition
Blu-ray™+ DVD Combo Pack – October 5, 2010 Page 3

• Family Games & Activities
o Chip’s Musical Challenge
o Mrs. Pott’s Personality Profile Game

BLU-RAY (All of the above plus…)
• Additional Version of the Film
o Original Storyboard – Original theatrical version with a picture-in-picture of the
storyboard version running simultaneously throughout the entire feature. With
introduction by Don Hahn.

• Backstage Disney
o Beyond Beauty: The Untold Stories Behind Making Beauty and the Beast
This interactive experience allows fans to expand areas of the documentary to
uncover even more about each topic making have up to 3 hours of additional
content. Areas include the story of Beauty and the Beast, Walt’s fascination with
fairy tales, the Purdum Reel and Kurt Wise/Gary Trousdale short, tribute to Howard
Ashman and much, much more…

• Music And More
o Beauty and the Beast Music Video Performed By Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson
o Alternate Version of “Be Our Guest”
o Alternate Score of “The Transformation”
o Introduction To Deleted Songs By Don Hahn: “Human Again”
o Introductions To Deleted Song By Alan Menken: “Human Again”
o Deleted Song: “Human Again”

• Family Games
o Bonjour, Who Is This? A Disney TelePlay Game powered by BD-Live. Using any
phone, guess the identity of the other players before they guess yours. Available in
the US and English speaking Canada only. Requires BD-Live enables Blu-ray player and
internet connection.
o Enchanted Musical Challenge: A DisneyQuest Game
• The Beauty of Voice Acting – Learn about the extremely talented and creative actors who
have performed some of Disney’s most memorable and endearing characters – from Walt
Disney himself (the voice of Mickey Mouse), to Cliff Edward’s Jiminy Cricket, to the cast of
Beauty and the Beast. Paige O’Hara (Belle), Robby Benson (Beast), Angela Lansbury
(Mrs. Potts), Richard White (Gaston), Jerry Orbach (Lumiere) and David Ogden Stiers
(Cogsworth) tell in their own words how some of the movie’s most sensational moments
came to be. Featuring rare archival interview footage of the late Jerry Orbach and
exclusive new interviews with Richard White and David Ogden Stiers.

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 mantle 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 The Disc:

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.

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