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 be released as part of the BFI Gothic season.
The 4K restoration, which was introduced in the Classics section of this year's Cannes Film Festival, was carried out by SNC/Groupe M6 and La Cinémathèque française, with the support of the Franco-American cultural fund.
In France, the 4K restoration of La Belle et la Bete will be released on Blu-ray this week. See our listing of this upcoming release here.
Synopsis: Jean Cocteau's classic fantasy re-casts the well-known fairy tale. When Beauty's father picks a rose at a deserted castle, a beast in Prince's clothing appears and tells him he must die. He sends the man home to say good-bye to his family, whereupon Beauty offers to take her father's place. She goes off to the castle but instead of killing her, the beast falls in love with her.
This is the first French film (and Cocteau film) that I ever saw. It has and always will be my favorite. I will buy this every time on every format until I am dead. Though it can't get much better than 4K, the detail on this is gonna be nuts.
And even though I hate remakes, I am looking forward to Christophe Gans (Brotherhood of the Wolf) remake.
The Gans film isn't a remake of the Cocteau film. According to him it's based on the earliest known version of the fairy tale in which the beast is genuinely monstrous and not an almost beautiful animal/human hybrid.
You may be one of the few who didn't, hhrrinn. When Marlene Dietrich originally saw a screening of the film she famously shouted "Where is my beautiful beast?" after he transforms at the end. (Or so the story goes.) At any rate, much has been made over the years about how the beast of Cocteau's film is beautiful and elegant. He's still intimidating, of course.
So any speculation as to how long it will take for a UK blu-ray?? I used to have the DVD and picked up the blu-ray during one of the Criterion sales and haven't watched it yet (even though it's one of my favorite films), maybe I never will with this coming up. Wonder if the UK will include the alternate Philip Glass opera score, which is a great bonus.