Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (Special Edition) Blu-Ray Review
I'm sure there are a lot of you asking when you'd be able to finally watch "Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas" in High Definition Blu-Ray, well the wait is over. The 2-disc Blu-Ray/DVD Combo pack hits store shelves on November 22nd and if you're a fan of this movie you're going to want to pick this up. The set comes with a Blu-Ray copy of the movie as well as a standard DVD version that you can take into the car (or wherever you don't have a blu-ray player). The set does not, unfortunately, include a digital copy of the movie so you'll have to get creative if you want to watch the movie on your portable devices.
Celebrate the most magical time of the year with this Special Edition of the irresistible holiday movie inspired by Disney’s beloved classic. For the first time in spectacular Blu-ray High Definition this captivating gem reunites the original voice cast!
Share the wonder as Mrs. Potts recounts another “tale as old as time” about a Christmas past that almost wasn’t – thanks to the scheming of former court composer Forte, who is determined to keep Belle and Beast apart forever.
This enchanting adventure boasts exciting bonus features, delightful songs, spellbinding visuals and enduring themes of hope, friendship and love. Your family will enjoy the spirit of the season all year long with the timeless magic of Beauty and The Beast: The Enchanted Christmas.
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The movie itself looks great. Disney really does a good job with the video on their Blu-Ray discs and this one is no different. The animation isn't quite up to bar with a theatrical release, but it still looks really good for a movie that went straight to video in 1997. I'm extremely happy that the movie itself takes full advantage of the widescreen real estate that modern TVs give us and the detail really takes advantage of the Blu-Ray technology. The audio sounds great, everything is crystal clear and takes full advantage of surround sound. The songs sound great as well and I'm sure that your kids will be singing along with them in no time.
Overall this is a great addition to any Disney fan's collection and I can only imagine the movie looks much better than it's DVD/Video predecessor. I was actually surprised as to how good the movie and the animation looks considering it's from 1997 and it went straight to video. So like I said, this movie will keep your kids entertained for hours. Even at it's 71 minute run-time, the songs are catchy and couple that with the sing-along mode and there's no telling how long your kids will sit in front of the TV. On the downside, you're going to have to listen to them belt out these songs over and over again.
Disney's Sing Me A Story With Belle: "Stick To It (Don't Give Up)" is a 22 minute extra that that features live actors singing and talking about what it means to "Stick To It". I was a little disappointed upon firing up this extra and seeing that it was a standard definition transfer from what I'm assuming is the original Video Tape, but I think kids will enjoy the songs and some of the other Disney characters in the animation scenes.
Enchanted Environment brings the fireplace of the castle into your home... literally. All this feature is, is a non-stop animated image of a crackling fireplace. It's very similar to those DVDs you can buy to display a nice fireplace on your TV if you don't have a fireplace, except this one is from the Beauty and the Beast cast.
Music Video: "As Long As There's Christmas" is exactly what you'd expect. It's a music video for the song "As Long As There's Christmas" performed by a teen girl group called Play. The video is scenes from the movie spliced into scenes of the girls singing and dancing along. I have a feeling kids would really enjoy jumping around and dancing to this video. Again I was a little disappointed that it's displayed in standard definition 4:3, but it serves it's purpose.
Disney Sing Along Mode. This is probably the special feature that you are going to end up hating if you have a small child. All of the songs from the movie can be played with the words at the bottom of the screen so you can sing a long. This is displayed in full widescreen and it looks amazing. I was a little curious as to why the words to the song don't have some sort of highlight to them as the words are actually sung so that you can sing along. As it stands now it's basically just the videos playing with the closed captioning on. I feel like it could have been very beneficial to the "sing along" part if there was a bouncing ball or the words highlighted or something, as the words were actually being sung.
And rounding out the special features is a Behind the Scenes Featurette which gives you a look into the making of the movie. You get a good glimpse into the music and composers as well as the animators and the director. It's a solid 15 minutes of information and rounds out the special features well. I don't think this movie is one of those movies where people are super excited for a behind the scenes look at it, but it was nice of Disney to throw it on there. I feel like most people picking up this disc are going to be in it for the movie itself and more importantly the songs. Since I don't have a child at the moment, this was actually pretty interesting to me. It is again displayed in 4:3 standard definition and doesn't show off the power of Blu-Ray, but it is what it is and if you're interested in this kind of thing you'll be able to sit through it for 15 minutes.