Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Edition Officially Announced

Beauty and the Beast is coming to live action next year, but the original animated version celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary this year. A new Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Edition will be released in September as part of Disney's Signature Series, with some all new special features. The film will hit digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on September 6, 2016, and on Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital HD combo pack September 20. The original release was in November, 1991.

The Blu-Ray edition will include the original theatrical release, the "Human Again Branched Version," a theatrical sing-along version, plus special features titled: "Alan Menken & Friends: A Tribute," "Always Belle...", "#1047: Walt, Fairy Tales, and Beauty and the Beast," "The Recording Sessions," and "25 Fun Facts About Beauty and the Beast." Digital special features (included whether you buy just the digital copy or with your bundled digital copy) include a Work-In-Progress PiP version, a sneak peak at the live-action Beauty and the Beast, and hours of classic bonus material.

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This is the second Blu-ray edition of Beauty and the Beast; the first was released in 2010, but went into the Disney Vault in 2012.

The live-action version of Beauty and the Beast stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as The Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, plus Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald, Ian McKellen, and Emma Thompson. It's set for a March 17, 2017 release.