Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has announced they will be bringing the the second installment in their “Diamond Edition” series of animated classics home on October 5, 2010 with the release of the Beauty and the Beast: Diamond Edition Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack at an SRP of $39.99, seven weeks before the standard 2-Disc DVD release on November 23, 2010 at an SRP of $29.99.
Set in and around a quaint French village during the late 18th century, Beauty and the Beast follows the fantastic adventures of Belle, a bright and beautiful young woman who finds escape from her ordinary life, and the advances of a boorish suitor, Gaston, by reading books. Meanwhile, off in a castle in the distance, a cruel young prince is cast under the spell of an enchantress who turns him into a tormented beast, while transforming his servants into animated household objects. In order to remove the curse, the Beast must discover a true love who will return his affection before the last petal falls from an enchanted rose. When Belle’s inventor father stumbles upon the Beast’s castle and is taken prisoner, Belle comes to the rescue and agrees to take her father’s place. With the help of the castle’s enchanted staff, she sees beneath the Beast’s exterior and discovers the heart and soul of a human prince.
The Blu-ray will feature a 1.78:1 1080p high definition transfer, English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtracks with English SDH, English SDL, and Spanish subtitles.