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Plans to release Beauty and the Beast on VHS date back to January 1992 (two months after it came out in theaters on November 22, 1991), and the video was released on October 30, 1992 at a price of $24.99. In its first 12 hours of availability, the video sold an unprecedented rate of 10 times more copies than Fantasia did. In its first two days, during the end of October 1992, sales were three times larger than Disney's next best-selling title, 101 Dalmatians. At a total of 20 million copies sold, Beauty and the Beast eventually became the best-selling cassette of 1992 and broke the record for the best-selling cassette of the year. Along with all of the 1992 titles, Beauty and the Beast was also sent back to the Disney Vault in April 1993.

The laserdisc version marks Beauty and the Beast as the first Disney animated feature to be presented in letterbox widescreen format, and also includes the documentary "Be Our Guest: The Making of Beauty and the Beast", which first aired on the Disney Channel on the same day when the film itself was released in theaters, and again on April 17, 1993, when the Disney Channel celebrated its 10th anniversary.


Synopsis

A modern movie masterpiece. Disney's Beaut and the Beast waltzed away with six Academy Award nominations including Best Picture -- the first ever for an animated film. Along with winning the prestigious Best Picture Golden Globe Award, it now ranks among history's most highly acclaimed cinematic achievements. When the film's beautiful book-loving heroine, Belle, sings the first of an unprecedented three Oscar-nominated songs you too will fall instantly under its spell. However, it is the spell of an enchantress that opens this classic fairy tale, turning a cruel price into a hideous beast. His stubborn pride compels him to remain in his bewitched castle-inhabited my Lumiere the love struck candelabra. Cogsworth the pompous clock, the kindly Mrs. Potts and an inquisitive little teacup named Chip. To break the spell, the Beast must win Belle's love before the last petal falls from an enchanted rose. With a colorful cast of endearing Disney characters, Beauty and the Beast will enthrall both young and old, forever reminding us that true beauty comes from within.

VHS Supplements

Video Creation date
1 Green warning screens September 1991
2 Sneak preview #3 for Aladdin May 1992
3 Trailer for the 1993 re-release of Sleeping Beauty May 1992
4 Video preview for Pinocchio July 1992
5 Feature Presentation Q4 1991
6 Walt Disney Classics logo April 1992
7 Beauty and the Beast November 1991
8 Video preview for 101 Dalmatians May 1992

On some earlier copies, the video preview for Pinocchio is seen after the film and before the preview for 101 Dalmatians.

The middle copies do not have the preview for Pinocchio, either at the beginning, or at the end.

Advertised on:

Theatrical Release

  1. The Jungle Book (1991 VHS)

1992 VHS

  1. 101 Dalmatians (1992 VHS)
  2. The Great Mouse Detective (1992 VHS)
  3. The Rescuers (1992 VHS)
  4. So Dear to My Heart (1992 VHS)

In Other Countries

Country of origin Release date
UK September 1993
Australia September 10, 1993
Japan September 17, 1993
South Korea September 22, 1993
USA (Spanish dub) June 22, 1994

Television broadcasts

Beauty and the Beast premiered on the Disney Channel on May 15, 1994. It aired several more times through July 16.

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