Product DetailsJean Cocteau’s sublime adaptation of Mme. Leprince de Beaumont’s fairy-tale masterpiece—in which the pure love of a beautiful girl melts the heart of a feral but gentle beast—is a landmark of motion picture fantasy, with unforgettably romantic performances by Jean Marais and Josette Day. The spectacular visions of enchantment, desire, and death in Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bęte) have become timeless icons of cinematic wonder.
Store CommentsSpecial Features High-definition digital transfer from restored film elements (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition) Philip Glass’s opera La Belle et la Bęte, as an alternate soundtrack (presented in 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition) 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 (Blu-ray edition only), a 1947 piece on the film by Cocteau, excerpts from Francis Steegmuller’s 1970 Cocteau: A Biography, a reprint of Mme. Leprince de Beaumont’s original fable (DVD edition only), and an introduction to Glass’s opera by the composer
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