Beauty and the Beast [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

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Synopsis

Jean Cocteau's adaptation of Beauty and the Beast (originally released in France as La Belle et la Bête) stars Josette Day as Beauty and Jean Marais as the Beast. When a merchant (Marcel André) is told that he must die for picking a rose from the Beast's garden, his courageous daughter (Day) offers to go back to the Beast in her father's place. The Beast falls in love with her and proposes marriage on a nightly basis; she refuses, having pledged her troth to a handsome prince (also played by Marais). Eventually, however, she is drawn to the repellent but strangely fascinating Beast, who tests her fidelity by giving her a key, telling her that if she doesn't return it to him by a specific time, he will die of grief. The film features a musical score by Georges Auric. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Release Date
7/19/11 
Studio
Criterion
MPAA Rating
NR -- Not rated
Length
1 hour, 33 minutes
Sound
  • DTS-HD Master Audio
Subtitles
  • English
Video Features
  • Two Commentaries: One by Film Historian Arthur Knight and one by Writer and Cultural Historian Sir Christopher Frayling
  • Screening at the Majestic, a 1995 Documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew
  • Interview with Cinematographer Henri Alekan
  • Rare behind-the-scenes photos and publicity stills
  • Film restoration demonstration
  • Original Trailer, Directed and Narrated by Jean Cocteau, and the 1995 restoration trailer
  • Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Geoffrey O'Brien, a 1947 piece on the film by Cocteau, and the film by Cocteau, excerpts from Francis Steegmuller's 1970 Cocteau: A Biography, and an introduction to Glass's opera by the composer
Number of Discs
1

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