Thursday, September 1, 2016

WATCH: Five new special features clips from the 'Beauty and the Beast' 25th anniversary release

With the 25th anniversary release of Beauty and the Beast upon us, Disney has released five sneak peeks at the new special features included with the Digital HD and Blu-ray releases. Beauty and the Beast will be available September 6th on Digital HD & Disney Movies Anywhere and September 20th on Blu-ray & DVD. Find out more about the special features and store exclusive editions here.

Beauty and the Beast Live-Action Sneak Peek
Director Bill Condon: "I was so excited to hear that Disney was thinking about doing a live-action version of Beauty and the Beast. When something is so perfect, why get near it? The answer is technology has caught up to the ideas that were introduced in that movie."

Menken & Friends: 25 Years of Musical Inspiration
Perhaps no film of its era had a larger impact on animated movies than Beauty did. That film — along with its 1989 predecessor The Little ­Mermaid — resurrected Disney animation, introduced the “princess movie” to a new generation, and revived the musical as an art form. In fact, if it hadn’t been for Beauty, there might never have been a Frozen or a Hamilton. “So many musicals have tried to chase that formula — the sidekicks, the bad guys,” Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda says. “But Beauty and the Beast did it at its pinnacle. It’s the best it’s ever been done.”

Always Belle
Paige O'Hara: "Other than my voice, I think that I brought a sense of humor, certainly physically. The quirky, funny faces and stuff I would make.

#1074: Walt, Fairy Tales & Beauty and the Beast
And while Nielsen’s image of Belle bandaging the Beast didn’t directly inspire the similar moment in the 1991 movie, Hahn says that both the painting and the sequence in the film speak to what’s so powerful about this particular turning point: “It’s the image of two people at opposite sides of the spectrum finally coming to the singular moment where their lives are going to be changed by each other, and they didn’t see it coming.”

Hahn promises the sequence will be just as memorable in Bill Condon’s upcoming live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, which stars Emma Watson and Dan Stevens and will hit theaters on March 17, 2017. “I didn’t talk to Bill about Nielsen’s piece, but the moment in the film is exquisite. Bill crafted something that’s wonderfully caring, romantic and beautiful at the same time,” said Hahn. “It’s the kind of moment that filmmakers dream of, and it inspired Kay Nielsen, us, and now Bill.”

Source: Entertainment Weekly, Yahoo! Movies, Disney Movies Anywhere, Broadway World

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