Beauty and the Beast (#6)

Type: New Blu-Ray

Jean 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 Bête) have become timeless icons of cinematic wonder.



New, 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 Bête, 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

New and improved English subtitle translation

PLUS: An essay by film critic Geoffrey O’Brien and, for the Blu-ray edition, a 1947 piece on the film by Cocteau, excerpts from Francis Steegmuller’s 1970 Cocteau: A Biography, and an introduction to Glass’s opera by the composer