Twenty-five years ago, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” broke ground as the first animated feature film to receive an Academy Award nomination for best picture, and now this tale as old as time celebrates 25 years with a special anniversary edition and upcoming live action film slated for 2017.
In honor of the 25-year anniversary, the film joins the Walt Disney Signature Collection on Sept. 6 on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere, and on Sept. 20 on Blu-ray™ and DVD.
The beloved animated classic has truly stood the test of time and now a whole new generation of viewers are invited to ‘be our guest’ and fall in love with Disney’s enchanting tale, its captivating characters and unforgettable, award-winning music score and original song, “Beauty and the Beast.”
The Walt Disney Signature Collection edition features four versions of “Beauty and the Beast.” The Blu-ray release will include the original theatrical film; an extended version with the “Human Again” song sequence and a never-before-released on home entertainment sing-along version. The original work-in-progress version will be available digitally and on Disney Movies Anywhere.
There is also a host of all-new bonus extras including a rare opportunity to gather around the piano with some of Disney’s greatest composers, including Alan Menken (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin”), Stephen Schwartz (“The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Pocahontas”), Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“Frozen,” Disney’s upcoming “Gigantic”), Robert Lopez (“Frozen,” Disney’s upcoming “Gigantic”) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Disney’s upcoming “Moana” and Broadway “Hamilton” star) as they sing and share how they’ve personally been inspired by the film’s award-winning music.
The anniversary edition also gives you a glimpse at how Walt Disney himself sought to adapt this famous fairytale, plus a nostalgic look back with Paige O’Hara, the voice of Belle. It includes behind-the-scenes access into the recording booth with the cast and even a sneak peek at Disney’s upcoming live-action re-telling of “Beauty and the Beast,” arriving in theaters in 2017 and starring Emma Watson (Belle), Luke Evans (Gaston), and Dan Stevens (Beast).