An adaptation of the fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love.

beautyandthebeastbluStudio: Walt Disney Studios
Year: 2017
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Run time: 129 minutes
Rating: PG

Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 7.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD50 / 1 DVD
Region: A

‘Beauty and the Beast’ is the fourth of the live- action Disney remakes after Maleficent (2014), Cinderella (2015) and The Jungle Book (2016). I thought they were pretty good film, but none of them are on the same level as this wonderful gem.

The new cast shines providing much of the reality and magic to the living furniture. They, after all, are human. Emma Thompson is strong and sweet. The rest of the cast does a decent job. And there is Belle who in spite of not being a professional singer manages to handle the songs nicely. No superb singing, but she’s not a singer, she’s alternate misfit. Unlike recent musicals, this is one is touching and fill of memorable and deep interpretations. There’s plenty to him along even in the new songs.

Like all Disney animated movies, the original was magical and I wondered if it would translate well on live-action. The previous three live-action remakes were alright, but they took away so many details that made the original so great in order to make it more realistic. But who cares about realistic in a fairy tale? Thankfully, this one kept the magic of the original and expanded the whole story in order to fill in some plot holes and it worked very well. I wasn’t bored for a second. In fact, I just didn’t want it to end. I was sucked into this beautiful, magical story and to this day I can’t stop thinking about it. Especially since this story is so relate-able to many young girls out there.

Movie Content: 9/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/MPEG-4 with a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. The visuals were stunning. It was such a beautiful movie to watch, from the animation to shots of the castle, forest, and village. The costume design was spot on, as well as hair and makeup. This has to be one of the most colorful live action films based off of a Disney franchise that I have seen on Blu-ray. Due to the colors popping off of the screen, it brings out the fine details. The lush looking jungle looks fantastic on Blu-ray with several dominant color really sticking out. Blacks are strong and almost inky at times. Nowhere did the image ever appear soft with such strong colors and black levels. Flesh tones were also natural. The image just pops throughout the entire presentation and was very colorful. I was initially concerned the CGI was going to look tacky here, but it really looks beautiful and nowhere did I feel like it was out of place.
Video Quality: 9.5/10

The audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 7.1 mix. The rears get a ton of activity throughout the movie between dialogue, the score, and action sequences. I was quite impressed with hearing how impressive the soundtrack sounded with the songs that were sang throughout the movie. What is rather impressive is the use of the center channel where all the dialogue comes through. All of the dialogue and action pieces come through so clean that it is amazing with what can be done on the audio front.
Audio Quality: 10/10

Special Features

  • Enchanted Table Read [HD]
  • A Beauty of a Tale [HD]
  • The Women Behind Beauty and the Beast [HD]
  • From Song to Screen: Making the Musical Sequences [HD]
  • Extended Song [HD]
  • Deleted Scenes [HD]
  • Making a Moment with Celine Dion [HD]
  • “Beauty and the Beast” Music Video by Ariana Grande and John Legend [HD]
  • Making the Music Video: “Beauty and the Beast” [HD]
  • Disney Song Selection [HD]

Special Features: 9/10

Final Thoughts

This is one of those films that anyone with children need to add to their collection. Disney fans need to do the same. And if you enjoy a well-made and entertaining film then you’ll want a copy as well. It satisfies on all levels.
Overall Rating: 9/10