From director Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise comes a beloved film from The Signature Collection and Walt Disney Home Entertainment with “Beauty and the Beast: 25th Anniversary Edition.”

This film tells the story of Belle (voiced by Paige O’Hara), a girl that is seen as odd by the local town folk. Her love of books and reading take her to places she only dreams she will someday visit. Living with her father, she loves his inventions and encourages him.

While taking of his inventions out for a spin, Belle’s father falls in the woods and finds refuge in a dark and dreary castle. It doesn’t take him long to notice this isn’t just any castle. This is a castle filled with a dark enchantment!

Living there is the Beast (voiced by Robby Benson), a very large creature with a roar of anger and long teeth. Also in the castle is a rather unusual staff that have been transformed into Lumiere (Jerry Orback) the candlestick, Cogsworth (David Ogden Stiers) the clock butler and Mrs. Potts (Angela Landsbury) the teapot loving mother who keeps the kitchen running smoothly.

When Belle goes to look for her father, she meets the Beast. A bargain is struck that Belle changes places with her father so he may leave while she stays behind of her own free will. But Beast has a secret that only love can cure.

Something unexpected happens between the two that could change the castle as well as Beauty and the Beast!

O’Hara as Belle is not only the delightful voice of Belle but also an amazing individual herself. She has made a name for herself on Broadway, opera and appearances on concert stages as well as recordings. Paige made her debut playing Ellie May Chipley in the 1983 revival on Broadway of “Showboat” with Donald O’Connor. She also starred as Fantine in “Les Miserable” and “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” both on Broadway.

Robby Benson, himself has an outstanding career and will always be remembered for the voice of The Beast. Spending the 1970s and ’80s in several memorable films such as “Ice Castles” and “Tribute,” as well as the 2011 comedy “Brave New World.”

Orback as Lumiere is clever, charming and a bright light in an otherwise dismal castle. Stiers as Cogsworth is the stuffy rule following tick-tock who truly does want what is best for the Beast. Landsbury as Mrs. Potts is loving, caring and nurturing to a Beast that does everything possible to test her patience. I do so love this character.

Other cast include: Richard White as Gaston, Bradley Pierce as Chip, Rex Everhart as Maurice, Jesse Corti as Lefou, JoAnne Worley as the Wardrobe, Mary Kay Bergman as Babette, and Alvin Epstein as the book seller.

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment is a recognized leader in the home entertainment industry. Their titles represent the highest level of picture and sound, featuring groundbreaking and state-of-the-art animation with unprecedented levels of interactivity made possible by Bluray technology.

The Bluray, DVD and Digital HD combo pack includes: 3 Versions of the Film including the Original Theatrical, Special Edition and Sing-Along; an Exclusive Sneak Peek of the New Movie Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”, and Menken & Friends: 25 Years of Musical Inspiration.

Also included are the Bonus Extras: The Recording Sessions-Vocal Magic with the Cast, Always Belle-With Disney Legend Paige O’Hara: The Voice of Belle, #1074: Walt, Fairy Tales & Beauty and the Beast-Take a Peek at Walt’s Early Development of the Film, 25 Fun Facts About Beauty and the Beast-Hosted by Disney Channel Stars Gus Kamp and Kayla Maisonet and so much more!

The best part of owning “Beauty and the Beast: 25th Anniversary Edition” is that you can take it wherever you go! With the code inside, the film can be played on a television, laptop, Smartphone or tablet. There is nothing better than taking a long trip singing along with Belle and the whole gang.

“Beauty and the Beast: 25th Anniversary Edition” is delightful, loving, charming and filled with singing and dancing that will bring back memories for some and an introduction to a Disney Classic for others.

With amazing and stunning animation along with songs that are fun to sing along too, “Beauty and the Beast” is definitely a must have to any home media library, especially one that has a shelf dedicated to all things Disney!

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Jeri Jacquin covers film, television, DVD/Bluray releases, celebrity interviews, festivals and all things entertainment.