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Beauty and the Beast Movie Review

Walt Disney has re-released its animated classic Beauty and the Beast yet again (for its 25th Anniversary) to remind us about the songs, the story and everything that made it what it is, but is that enough to get us excited for the live-action remake that hits theaters next year?

I’ve watched Beauty and the Beast only once before as an adult, and recall it being a mesmerizing, well-told tale with great music. Now, for whatever reason, a bit of the shine has come off—the movie is still solid and a couple of the musical numbers still stand out, but I didn’t find the overall package as engaging as I once did.

Then again, maybe I was just tired.

Regardless, the movie is still a must-see for children, and Walt Disney’s re-release just months before the live-action Hermione Granger version is no coincidence. The 25th Anniversary Blu-ray, if you don’t already own a version (I always caution that if you already own a film, whether it be on an already released Blu-ray, DVD, VHS or Laserdisc, don’t bother buying a new version just because there’s new packaging), is worth picking up—it contains three variations of the picture, including a sing-along version.

The collection also comes with an advanced peek at the new live-action version.

Beauty and the Beast still stands the test of time, even if the story and music isn’t quite as good as I remembered.

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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