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La Belle et la Bête Blu-ray

France
DigiPack / Beauty and the Beast / Blu-ray + DVD M6 Video | 1946 | 96 min | Not rated | Oct 09, 2013

La Belle et la Bête (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.37:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Audio
French: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Subtitles
French SDH

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (1 BD, 1 DVD)
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Audio 4.5 of 54.5
Extras 4.0 of 54.0
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La Belle et la Bête

 (1946)

La Belle et la Bête Blu-ray delivers stunning video and audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

Adélaïde, Belle, Félicie and Ludovic are young adult siblings who once lived in grandeur until their father's merchant ships were lost at sea. The family is now near ruin, but Adélaïde and Félicie nonetheless still squander away the family money on themselves and keeping beautiful, whereas Belle slaves around the house, doting on her father. Ludovic detests his two spoiled sisters, but is protective of Belle, especially with his friend Avenant, a handsome scoundrel who wants to marry Belle. Crossing the forest one dark and stormy evening, the father gets lost and takes refuge in a fantastical castle. Upon leaving, he steals a blossom off a rose bush, which Belle requested. The castle's resident, an angry beast, sentences him to one of two options for the theft of the rose: his own death, or that of one of his daughters.

For more about La Belle et la Bête and the La Belle et la Bête Blu-ray release, see La Belle et la Bête Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.

Starring: Jean Marais, Josette Day, Mila Parély, Nane Germon, Michel Auclair, Raoul Marco
Directors: Jean Cocteau, René Clément

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La Belle et la Bête Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.37:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Jean Cocteau's La Belle et la Bete arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of SNC/M6 Group and La Cinémathèque française.

This new French Blu-ray release of La Belle et la Bete uses a brand new high-definition transfer struck from a new 4K restoration of the film which was introduced at Cannes Classics earlier this year. Needless to say, the technical presentation has very little in common with Criterion's presentation of this classic French film in the United States. Generally speaking, the film looks marginally darker. This becomes quite obvious during the footage from the castle. (Compare screencapture #12 with screencapture #14 from our review of the Criterion release). However, clarity is frequently better. As a result, there are parts of the film that are darker but clearer. Elsewhere, however, the elevated brightness levels on the Criterion release makes it easier to see more. Definition is clearly superior. Rather predictably for a high-definition transfer using as a foundation a new 4K restoration, the grain also looks far more refined. Naturally, many well-lit close-ups look quite impressive (see screencaptures #2 and 14). Furthermore, there are no traces of problematic sharpening corrections. Also, there are no traces of damaging filtering corrections. There are some minor density fluctuations which appear to have been inherited, but the high-definition transfer is indeed free of the type of compromising digital corrections we have seen recently on various Blu-ray releases of big-budget French restorations. Lastly, there are a few minor brightness fluctuations that I noticed during the second half of the film where the whites appear slightly pushed up, but their presence is not distracting (see scrreencapture #17). Also, there are no large cuts, debris, damage marks, or stains. All in all, I think that this is the most successful restoration and presentation of a classic French film to come out of France in quite some time. (Note: This is a Region-Free Blu-ray release. Therefore, you will be able to play it on your PS3 or SA regardless of your geographical location. For the record, there is no problematic PAL or 1080/50i content preceding the disc's main menu).


La Belle et la Bête Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

There is only one standard audio track on this Blu-ray release: French DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0. For the record, the French distributors have provided optional French SDH subtitles for the main feature (color format).

The lossless track is very strong. Georges Auric's dramatic orchestral score has surprisingly good depth, while the dialog is very effectively rebalanced. In fact, I did some comparisons with the Criterion release and it appears that some specific improvements were made on the French release to further stabilize the audio. For the record, there are no audio dropouts or distortions to report in this review.



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La Belle et la Bête 4K Restoration Trailer - October 7, 2013

The British Film Institute has released a new trailer for the recent 4K restoration of Jean Cocteau's legendary classic film La Belle et la Bete a.k.a Beauty and the Beast (1946), starring Jean Marais, Josette Day, and Mila Parély. The new 4K restoration will ...


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