Disney has released the details for its upcoming 25th anniversary release of the beloved animated classic Beauty and the Beast.
The Walt Disney Signature Collection edition features four versions of Beauty and the Beast! The Blu-ray release will include the original
theatrical film; an extended version with the Human Again song
sequence and a never-before-released on home entertainment sing-along
version. The original work-in-progress version will be available
digitally and on Disney Movies Anywhere.
There is also a host of all-new bonus extras including a rare
opportunity to gather around the piano with some of Disney’s greatest
composers, including Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin),
Stephen Schwartz (The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Pocahontas),
Robert Lopez + Kristen
Anderson-Lopez (Frozen, Disney’s upcoming Gigantic) and Lin-Manuel Miranda
(Disney’s upcoming Moana) as they sing and share how they’ve
personally been inspired by the film’s award-winning music; a look at
how Walt Disney himself sought to adapt this famous fairy tale; a
nostalgic look back with Paige O'Hara, the voice of Belle;
behind-the-scenes access into the recording booth with the cast; and a
sneak peek at Disney’s upcoming live-action re-telling of Beauty and
the Beast, arriving in theaters in 2017.
Could you talk about Audrey's relationship with Robert Anderson? Thank you very much
Sure! So, Robert Anderson was a playwright and screenwriter, and he adapted the script of The Nun’s Story. That script was the best one she had received until then. It was the strongest, most challenging part she was asked to play and it was completely different from her previous performances in film, which was exactly what she wanted.
Before that happened, when Bob was about to start writing the screenplay, he suggested Ingrid Bergman should play the leading role. They’ve had an afair but ended the romance and remained as friends, and Ingrid thought she was too old to be casted and said Audrey Hepburn should play the part.
Audrey and Robert met in June, 1957 and I think they admired each other on top of anything, and then things scalated quickly. One random night, she talked to him about her intense longing to be a mother. Even though she was married to Mel at the time, it was quite clear to him that it was an extremely troubled marriage. I suppose it was clear to Audrey as well, but she desperately wanted it to work, hence why she stayed married to him until 1968. Anyway, Bob knew he should be completely honest with Audrey, since he knew she would want to have children if she left Mel to marry him, and to her surprise and heartbreak, Bob said he couldn’t be a father for he was congenitally sterile. Of course, the fact she had gone through basically the same thing with Bill Holden just made things even harder for her. It’s said that she was so deeply hurt by his revelation that she couldn’t even sustain his friendship after their break up.
After Audrey’s death, Bob admitted that his novel “After", published in 1973, tells the whole story of his affair with Audrey.