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– by Michael Connally

Bring Home the Timeless Tale Beloved by Generation and Go Beyond the Magic & Music in Ways Like Never Before, and for the first time, experience how this film was brought to life.

Today is the DVD release of the current top grossing film of 2017, Beauty and The Beast.  After seeing success making live adaptations of classics like Alice In Wonderland, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book Disney swung for the fences recreating Beauty and The Beast.  Securing an All-Star cast led by Emma Watson and director Bill Condon it was sure to be a world wide success critically and financially.  The live adaptation of Beauty and The Beast kept all the classics things we loved about the original while taking the opportunity to expand the story.  In this version of Beauty and The Beast we get a better understanding of how the prince became The Beast and how Belle became the woman she is. To top the theatrical release of this movie Disney has added an abundant amount of bonus features that will leave you mesmerized in the making of this enchanted tale.

The fan favorite of this Blu-Ray will be all the musical extras.  From Song to Screen: Making the Musical Sequences where the viewer can see what went into making some of the best-known moments from Beauty and the Beast, to the Disney Song Selection where fans can sing along with all their favorite songs in the movie.  Fans of all ages can sing their hearts away all day long listening to the classic songs from this musical.

The main star of the main bonus features has to be the Enchanted Table Read where you witness the movie’s elaborately staged table read, complete with singing and dancing to live music, set pieces and more..  Unlike anything you have ever seen before, Bill Condon and the cast act, sing, and dance through the entire script showing all the details that went into this movie. This feature reminded me of one of my all time favorite plays Noises Off where you can see all the controlled chaos that goes on behind the scenes of a great production.  This feature  gives great insight into how much the entire cast respected and appreciated what they were being a part of.

If you still don’t believe me take a look at some of the clips from the features included in the Blu-Ray release of Beauty and The Beast listed below:

·          Enchanted Table Read — Join the cast for the movie’s elaborately staged table read, complete with singing and dancing to live music, set pieces and more.

·         A Beauty of a Tale — Explore the process of transforming a beloved animated film into a new live-action classic.

·         The Women Behind “Beauty and the Beast” — Emma Watson introduces several of the talented women in all aspects of production who helped bring this enchanted tale to life.

·         Making a Moment with Celine Dion — Celine Dion shares what it’s like to sing, “How Does a Moment Last Forever” — and be a part of the legacy of “Beauty and the Beast.”

·         From Song to Screen: Making the Musical Sequences — See what goes into making some of the best-known moments from “Beauty and the Beast.”

o    “Belle” — Filmmakers, and cast, reveal how it felt to shoot this memorable scene.

o    “Be Our Guest” — Discover all that went into creating this epic, primarily virtual performance.

o    “Gaston” — Join the cast for rehearsals and filming of this rousing, high-energy number.

o    “Beauty and the Beast” — You’re invited on set for the filming of this beloved, classic scene.

·                   Deleted Scenes:

o     Introduction by Director Bill Condon — Director Bill Condon presents a collection of scenes that, for one reason or another, ended up on the cutting-room floor.

o     Gaston Courts Belle — Pleased with himself after settling a disturbance with the townspeople, a triumphant Gaston attempts to woo Belle.

o     Bread and Jam for Agathe — On her morning market rounds, Belle stops by to see Agathe, the village beggar woman.

o     Storming the Ice Gates — The angry mob of villagers, led by Gaston, overwhelms the castle’s defenses.

o     Lumière Torches LeFou — As the fight rages around them, LeFou scuffles with Plumette…until he experiences a sudden, extremely heated interruption.

o     Monsieur Toilette — LeFou escapes from the brawl into a small room, where he’s startled by a castle resident.

o     Cogsworth Rescues Lumière — When Clothilde the fishmonger threatens Lumière, Cogsworth leaps into the fray.

o     Treacle the Lasses — Three village lasses chase Chip and Froufrou — Madame Garderobe’s dog-turned-footstool — into the kitchen, where a surprise awaits.

o     LeFou and Monsieur Toilette Reunite — After the spell is broken, and the castle residents are returned to human form, LeFou and his new acquaintance meet again.

·                   Extended Song: “Days in the Sun” — Learn more about Beast’s childhood in an alternate version of this beautiful song, introduced by director Bill Condon.

·                   “Beauty and the Beast” Music Video — Award-winning artists Ariana Grande and John Legend perform a moving version of this iconic song.

·                   Making the Music Video — Go on set to capture the magic as it happens in Ariana Grande and John Legend’s “Beauty and the Beast” music video.

·                   Disney Song Selection — Jump directly to all your favorite songs, and sing along with the movie.

o     “Belle”

o     “How Does a Moment Last Forever” (Music Box)

o     “Belle” (Reprise)

o     “Gaston”

o     “Be Our Guest”

o     “Days in the Sun”

o     “Something There”

o     “How Does a Moment Last Forever” (Montmartre)

o     “Beauty and the Beast”

o     “Evermore”

o     “The Mob Sing”

o     “Beauty and the Beast” (Finale)