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Beauty and the Beast

Beauty And The Beast

Directed by Jean Cocteau, Starring Jean Cocteau, Mila Parely, Michel Auclair, Jean Marais, Marcel Andre, Nane Germon, Josette Day
Written by Jean Cocteau, Mila Parely, Michel Auclair, Jean Marais, Marcel Andre, Nane Germon, Josette Day
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Colin
HPB Staff

Beauty And The Beast

by Jean Cocteau
A classic by which others shall be compared.

If all you know about Beauty and the Beast is the Disney version, seek this film out right away. not only was Disney "inspired" by the Jean Cocteau version (which predates it by over forty years) but some of the visuals were directly lifted. Upon my first viewing of this magical film, I was blown away by pretty much every aspect of the film. To make things even better, the second Criterion release includes the Phillip Glass opera as an optional audio track. for me, this film opened the gateway for my love of the films of Jean Cocteau, from Blood of a Poet onward. 'Tis a pity he wasn't a more prolific filmmaker, but maybe this just makes one appreciate his output all the more. His films don't feel rushed, or lag, but seem to have an organic quality where they are just perfect. Beauty and the Beast is no exception, and it all begins with a small essay on a blackboard, invoking that "Open sesame" of childhood, "Once upon a time..."

 
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The true love of a beautiful woman restores a beast to the handsome young prince he was, before a spell was cast on him.

  • Condition: Used - Good
    HPB condition ratings
    • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
    • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
    • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
    • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
    • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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  • Format: DVD
  • Sold by: HPB Citrus Heights
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  • Publisher: Criterion Collection
  • UPC: 037429172322
  • Region: Region 1
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HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
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  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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