In Blu-ray transfer, Beauty and the Beast the picture is even more exquisitely rendered right from the appearance of the signature Disney logo. You can practically reach out and touch the scenery and props, they are so brilliantly imagined. The colors, whether suggesting the dark despair of The Beast or the serentiy of the French country landscapes, or enchanted castle and its inhabitants.
I can imagine the opening scene in 3D, soaring into its depths; then again approaching the dark, lonely castle. I'm never in favor of using technology for technology's sake, and my perfect dream of 3D Beauty and the Beast would be used only when it would enhance and not overpower. The "gee whiz" should emanate from the story and the stunning art, not the high-tech gadgetry.
I can see 3D being used effectively as the castle’s accouterments come to life asking the beauty Belle to “Be Our Guest.” The viewer can literally be immersed in the grandness of the show-stopping, somewhat chaotic production number.
And then there is the ballroom scene toward the end of the film; in 3D, the already-magnificent artistry could be simply breathtaking. As Belle and The Beast dance and the camera pans up through the chandelier into the ceiling mural, the entire room comes alive in color and dimension. It practically calls out for 3D treatment.
The mob scene as the townsfolk with torches and pitchforks descend on the castle would also render beautifully with 3D enhancement. And the final sequence of redemption and transformation of the beast (complete with fireworks) and of the dark, dank castle into final scene of the film would have to complete the 3D experience of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
Although my children are no longer young enough to enjoy the movie as they had back when we first saw it, I would buy it for myself. Hope I don’t have to wait ‘till I’m a grandmother to do it! So, what animated classics would you enjoy in 3D?