WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Beauty And The Beast: A Work In Progress

Reviewed In Issue 02 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Voices of Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson, Jerry Orbach, Angela Lansbury.

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Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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This special edition set includes the original theatrical trailer and materials only available on LaserDisc, including a glimpse into the process used to create the famed ballroom sequence, and an alternate version of Be Our Guest, featuring Belle’s father Maurice as the amazed guest of honor. There is a fascinating section which shows The Four Stages of Animation through a sequence from concept to completed scene of storyboards, rough animation, cleanup and final color. The CAV format allows viewers to closely study the detailed animation process which entailed 120,000 drawings and 1,295 painted backgrounds.

DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Walt Disney Home Video
(Catalog Number): 1591LS
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $$49.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 101
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1991
(LD Release Date): 11/01/1992
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Gary Trousdale & Kirk Wise
(Screenplay/Written By): Linda Woolverton
(Story): NA
(Music): Alan Menken
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Brian McEntee
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(Editor): John Carnochan
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(Executive Producers): Howard Ashman
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Don Hahn

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.66:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.66:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A & 70mm 6 Track Dolby
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The classic fairy tale brought to animated life by the new wizards at Disney animation. This is billed as a “Work In Progress” and represents the version shown at the 1991 New York Film Festival. Includes original theatrical trailer and a behind-the-scenes look at how the film was made.

LaserDisc Picture:
The digital video transfer is remarkable for its purity of color and balance. Originally photographed on Eastman film stock, the colors are stunning. The detail provides a very sharp image. There is not a trace of negative dust or noise artifacts. The transfer is matted at 1.66:1, the original theatrical projection aspect ratio.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The songs were recorded and mixed by Michael Farrow at BMG Recording in New York City, one of the finest large studio venues with wonderful acoustics. The music score was recorded and mixed by John Richards at Evergreen and Sony Studios. The Dolby Surround® presentation provides an excellent sense of envelopment with superb depth and soundstaging. The soundtrack will play extremely well on home theatre systems with exemplary music reproduction capabilities. I particularly enjoyed the Be Our Guest sequence which was reminiscent of a Busby Berkeley spectacle but with animated characters stepping in time to the lively musical routines.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
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