Available on October 5, Beauty and the Beast is the second Diamond Edition Disney release. The first, Snow White, knocked our socks off with the smart mirror menu, in-depth making-of featues, and interactive games. Beauty and the Beast has similarly astounding making-of features, and an interesting interactive game which requires each player to use a phone as a remote control.
Our favorite bonus feature was the alternate opening, which showcases animators' original attempt at the movie. Vastly different from the final product, we learned that Disney threw out six months of work and started over from scratch. Obviously a good decision, since the film went on to become one of the most groundbreaking animated films of our time.
Now onto that game involving the use of phones. Of course, young children love it -- what little kid doesn't like to sit around pushing the buttons on the phone? We parents, however, were not thrilled about the game. Sure, it's fun to play once just to try it out, but we had to use the home phone plus cell phones, and I don't need to be using up minutes using my cell as a remote control for a Blu-ray game. Games are generally not the reason to buy a movie on DVD or Blu-ray anyway, though, and this release contains the extended version of the movie and plenty of other bonus features that make it worth the upgrade.
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