A struggling merchant stumbles upon the magical domain of the fearsome Beast, who sentences him to death for stealing a rose. The merchant’s youngest daughter Belle bravely sacrifices herself and takes her father’s place. Once at the Beast’s castle, it is not death that awaits Belle, but a strange and fantastical life unlike anything she has ever experienced… and the discovery that her mysterious host is living under a terrible enchantment. As Belle valiantly attempts to release the Beast from his curse, the two discover that a most unlikely bond blooms between them… true love.

beautybeastbluStudio: Shout! Factory
Year: 2014
Release Date: February 21, 2017
Run time: 112 minutes
Rating: PG-13

Audio: DTS HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD/1 DVD
Region: A

The storyline of a prince being turned into a beast for killing his beloved wife and later being removed of the curse by the tear of his new found love was a beautiful romantic fairytale. It is a familiar fairy tale retold with many refined versions.

What makes this movie standout is the superb casting of Lea Seydoux as Belle who injected a slightly independent toughness in her love for the Beast by Vincent Cassel.Though her dreams, she begins to know the Beast and later fall in love with him as a person. On the other hand, Vincent Cassel convinced us with his tough exterior but fragile interior beastly nature.From his love and hate of himself, we can appreciate the suffering he went through and why Belle fall for him. The light-hearted moments of lovable gremlins and adorable dogs injected fun and humor which capture little kids imagination. It is a delightful family movie given a modern twist.
Movie Quality: 9/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 2:39:1 aspect ratio. Shout Factory does another excellent job here with bringing this to high definition. I am enjoying these niche or cult releases on Blu-ray from Shout Factory considering that we probably would of never received a proper release from one of the main studios. Colors hold up really well here along with some very strong black levels. The levels of detail quite surprised me as to how good everything looks. While this is not a razor sharp looking image, details are quite awesome and more than I expected.
Print Quality: 9/10

The audio is presented in a DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. ‘Beauty and the Beast’ shines on Blu-ray in the audio department as I felt the audio here is the best it has ever been for this film. The audio mix throughout the entire presentation was cranked up a few notches. The soundfield is immerse at all times no matter if it is the special effects or dialogue. Dialogue is also well placed in the center channel sounding crisp and clear.
Print Quality: 9/10

Special Features

  • Interview with Director Christophe Gans [HD]
  • Interview with Vincent Cassel [HD]
  • Interview with Léa Seydoux [HD]
  • Theatrical Trailer [HD]

Special Features: 5/10

Final Thoughts

‘La Belle et la Bête’ is such a beautiful movie with high production values that it could pass for one of these recent Hollywood blockbusters picking up all those old fairy tales and turning them into live-action movies.
Overall Rating: 8/10