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Beauty and the Beast

Spine #6



Release:
Feb 11, 2003
$39.95

Number of Discs: 1

Specs
  • 1.33:1 Standard
  • French Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • English subtitles

Beauty and the Beast

Other Versions:

1998 Edition

Blu-ray


Directed By: Jean Cocteau
Starring: Jean Marais, Josette Day, Mila Parély, Nane Germon, Michel Auclair, Raoul Marco, Marcel André
Licensor: SNC

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Once upon a time, in a world of magic and wonder, the true love of a beautiful girl may finally dispel the torment of a feral but gentle-hearted beast. Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la BĂȘte) is a landmark feat of cinematic fantasy in which master filmmaker Jean Cocteau conjures spectacular visions of enchantment, desire, and death that have never been equaled. The Criterion Collection proudly presents the original film version of Mme. Leprince de Beaumont's fairy-tale masterpiece, in a restored, spectacular special edition.

Supplements
  • Original opera written for the film by renowned composer Philip Glass, presented in Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Screening at the Majestic, 1995 documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew
  • Interview with cinematographer Henri Alekan
  • Two commentary tracks: one featuring film historian Arthur Knight, and the other featuring writer/cultural historian Sir Christopher Frayling
  • Rare behind-the-scenes and publicity stills
  • Original 1945 trailer narrated by Cocteau
  • Film restoration demonstration
  • 1995 restoration trailer
  • A reprint of Mme. Leprince de Beaumont's original fable translated from the French
  • Notes by Francis Steegmuller, from his landmark book Cocteau: A Biography
  • A note about the film by Jean Cocteau

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