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Toon Talk: Beauty and the Beast Diamond Edition Blu-Ray
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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 aspirations.

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 objects.

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.

Toon Talk Rating: A

Coming Soon:

  • The true story of the legendary racing horse Secretariat comes to the big screen October 8 from Walt Disney Pictures.
  • The second in the DisneyNature series, Oceans, premieres on DVD and Blu-ray October 19.
  • Jim Carrey has a Dickens of a time in Disney’s A Christmas Carol, directed by Robert Zemeckis (Disney DVD and Blu-ray, November 16).

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-- Kirby C. Holt
-- Logos by William C. Searcy, Magic Bear Graphics

Kirby is a lifelong Disney fan and film buff. He is also an avid list maker and chronic ellipsis user ... In addition to his Toon Talk reviews, Kirby is the creator of Movie Dearest, a blog for movie fans.

Took Talk: Disney Film & Video Reviews by Kirby C. Holt is posted whenever there's something new to review.

The opinions expressed by our Kirby C. Holt, and all of our columnists, do not necessarily represent the feelings of LaughingPlace.com or any of its employees or advertisers. All speculation and rumors about the future plans of the Walt Disney Company are just that - speculation and rumors - and should be treated as such.

-- Posted October 5, 2010

 

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