Ashman’s musical partner, Alan Menken, is at the center of disc one’s
“Composing a Classic: A Musical Conversation with Alan Menken”, wherein the
Oscar winning composer relates the creation of each of the film’s iconic songs.
That, of course, includes the Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy Award winning title
track, which is also heard in a new music video featuring American
Idol winner Jordin Sparks.
“Broadway Beginnings” offers a unique look at Beauty’s
Broadway legacy with interviews with various celebrities who trod the boards in
the long-running crowd pleaser, including Donny Osmond (who played, um, Gaston),
Nick Jonas (who knew he was a Chip?) and a host of Belles, such as Deborah
(formerly Debbie) Gibson, Jamie-Lynn (formerly Meadow) Sigler and Andrea
(formerly Annie) McArdle. This will certainly prove inspiring to every kid out
there with Glee-ful
Two never-before-seen deleted scenes round out disc one’s bonuses. The first
is a lengthy story reel of the original opening sequence of the film, way back
when the movie wasn’t even a musical and had an entirely different plot. In this
version, Belle had a younger sister and a snooty aunt, Gaston was a rich fop and
Cogsworth was a grandfather clock. The second deleted scene finds Belle
exploring the castle’s library, where she encounters four “lost” enchanted
In addition to two new games (the music-themed “Enchanted Musical Challenge”
and the BD Live only “Bonjour, Who is This?”), disc two also includes a
selection of “Classic DVD Bonus Features”, a.k.a. carry-overs from the Beauty Platinum
Edition DVD. These offer an interesting chance to compare them to the current
Blu-ray features, which certainly out shine them in technical pizzazz.
As seen in this latest presentation, it is quite clear that Beauty
and the Beast will be telling its
“tale as old as time” for generations to come.