Beauty And The Beast is widely considered the best animated Disney feature of the studio's 1980s/1990s renewal of the form. Based on the classic French fairy tale, it tells the story of Belle (voiced by Paige O'Hara), an intelligent young woman scorned by her townspeople for being a bookworm, weary of fighting off the advances of the arrogant Gaston (Richard White), and dreaming of escape. When her father gets lost in the woods and captured by the forbidding Beast (Robby Benson), a once-handsome prince turned into a monster by a witch, Belle goes off to rescue him. Taken with her, the Beast agrees to release Belle's father if she agrees to stay with him forever. Initially repulsed, Belle soon finds much to appreciate in the Beast's hidden, tender nature. The Beast's servants -- a clock (David Ogden Stiers), a teapot (Angela Lansbury), and a candlestick (Jerry Orbach) -- see Belle as their salvation: if the Beast and a woman fall in love before his 21st birthday, he will be free from the curse. The songs are first-class, the tale is told with sincerity but not sentimentality, and the characters of Belle and the Beast, complex individuals who defy stereotyping and change over the course of the story, are more three-dimensional than in most live-action movies. The eye-popping animation is beautifully rendered, and Beauty And The Beast certainly deserves its place amongst Disney's animated classics. In 2002, a special 89-minute edition of the film was released in IMAX theaters with the addition of a newly animated song, ""Human Again.""~Don Kaye
Angela LansburyMrs. Potts
David Ogden StiersCogsworth/Narrator
Jesse CortiLe Fou
Jo Ann WorleyWardrobe
Mary Kay BergmanBimbette
Tony JayMonsieur D'Arque
Brian PimentalScreen Story
Chris SandersScreen Story
Joe RanftScreen Story
Kelly AsburyScreen Story
Robert LenceScreen Story
Alan MenkenComposer (Music Score)
Brian McEnteeArt Director
Sarah McArthurAssociate Producer
Howard AshmanExecutive Producer
Childrens and Family,Fantasy
Animated Musical,Children's Fantasy,Fairy Tales & Legends,Musical Fantasy
Beauty and the Beast
Year of Release
Signature Collection, Includes Digital Copy, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Blu-ray
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray
Beauty and the Beast [Signature Collection] [Includes Digital Copy] [4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Blu-ray] 
Continuing with Disney's recent restorations/treatment of their animated classics, Beauty and the Beast features a terrific 4K version in an understated, classy steelbook presentation. This isn't a flashy case, but has an adult feel that fits a collector sensibility (buy this more for yourself than your kids). Given that the animated classics have been re-released many times, if you're looking to upgrade to 4K, the steelbook is the obvious choice both as a nice shelf piece and as a more collectable version for the future. This version also fixes some of the color grading issues that were present in earlier Blu-Ray releases (such as Belle's hair looking more red than it should be); in terms of comparison with past home-video releases, it is the closest to the old LaserDisc release in terms of visual fidelity to the original theatrical version, but with all the cleanup and visual improvement than HDR allows. Other than the 3D Blu-Ray release (which is a good alternative if watched in 3D; less so if watched in 2D where color grading is also an issue), this new 4K is the best version that's been available on physical media in the past 20 years.
I'm sure everyone knows how great of a movie this original version of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" is. I'd just like to give proper fanfare to the 4K conversion of the film. The HDR punches up the vibrance and contrast of the film like never before. As for the resolution, the backgrounds look like real paintings now where you can make out the brushstrokes. I've watched this movie close to a hundred times and have never noticed brushstrokes. It actually makes me appreciate it more as a work of art even more now. Also, if your TV setup support Dolby Vision, the 4K Digital Copy provides a Dolby Vision option not available on the disc.
As for the Steelbook, although it may seem plain in images, it is absolutely beautiful in hand. The striking imagery on both front and back are enhanced by nice debossing and metallic effects. And the inner inlay image is classic. It has a real "adult" sensibility to its design. You will enjoy this set inside and out.
...and I know it's the newest and just because it's the newest, it doesn't always mean that it was done right. Well, in this case, Disney and the design team did an amazing job.
Steelbook - We sometimes get the same artwork used on a previous releases and they just slap it on a Steelbook. But here we have all new artwork and the embossed front looks awesome.
4K/Blu-ray/Digital - The movie comes in all the most important formats. Just when I thought Blu-ray was fading out, my daughter wanted to watch the movie in her room (Blu-ray player only). Watching it in 4k was a whole new experience. It's crazy how much different it looks when comparing to Blu-ray.
I'm so happy we picked this up and recommend this to any Disney fan and collector.
This is a fantastic looking steelbook--a fitting update for one of the best Disney films of all time. It's a shame they went for the cash grab and made a live-action remake that doesn't compare (seriously--the live-action version is overly long, with add all-new, totally forgettable songs, and terrible remakes of the original songs--Gaston never seemed so lifeless)--THIS is the version to own. Good extras, but a fantastic 4k transfer that is just stunning. If you love the movie you'll love this version.