Plans to release Beauty and the Beast on VHS date back to January 1992 (two months after it came out in theaters on November 22, 1991), and the video was released on October 30, 1992 at a price of $24.99. In its first 12 hours of availability, the video sold an unprecedented rate of 10 times more copies than Fantasia did. In its first two days, sales were three times larger than Disney's next best-selling title, 101 Dalmatians. At a total of 20 million copies sold, Beauty and the Beast eventually became the best-selling videocassette of 1992 and broke the record for the best-selling videocassette of the year. Along with the remaining 1992 titles, Beauty and the Beast was also sent back to the Disney Vault in April 1993.
The LaserDisc release of Beauty and the Beast was notable for being the first Disney animated feature to be presented in letterbox widescreen format. The release also included the documentary "Be Our Guest: The Making of Beauty and the Beast", which first aired on the Disney Channel on the day the film was released in theaters, and again on April 17, 1993, when the Disney Channel celebrated its 10th anniversary.
A modern movie masterpiece. Disney's Beauty and the Beast waltzed away with six Academy Award nominations including Best Picture -- the first ever for an animated film. Along with winning the prestigious Best Picture Golden Globe Award, it now ranks among history's most highly acclaimed cinematic achievements. When the film's beautiful book-loving heroine, Belle, sings the first of an unprecedented three Oscar-nominated songs, you too will fall instantly under its spell. However, it is the spell of an enchantress that opens this classic fairy tale, turning a cruel price into a hideous beast. His stubborn pride compels him to remain in his bewitched castle - inhabited by Lumiere, the love-struck candelabra, Cogsworth, the pompous clock, the kindly Mrs. Potts, and an inquisitive little teacup named Chip. To break the spell, the Beast must win Belle's love before the last petal falls from an enchanted rose. With a colorful cast of endearing Disney characters, Beauty and the Beast will enthrall both young and old, forever reminding us that true beauty comes from within.
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The preview for Aladdin was finally finished, promoting a holiday 1992 release with finished footage of the film. The “Coming Only to Theaters This 1992 Holiday Season” bumper that accompanied the initial trailer for the film returned, now accompanied by a triumphant-sounding fanfare (“Fanfare to the Modern Man 3”) that was also used over the “Special Preview(s)” bumper. The trailer for a proposed theatrical re-release of Sleeping Beauty, despite being scrapped, was never removed on any subsequent prints of the tape.
Very early releases of this film have an alternate version of the video preview for Pinocchio that doesn’t mention a proper video release date. This is seen after the film and before the preview for 101 Dalmatians, meaning the “Special Preview” bumper is pluralized to indicate there being two trailers at the end of the tape. Later releases would update this preview to indicate it was releasing as the next Walt Disney Classics videocassette, and moved it to the front of the tape following the Sleeping Beauty trailer.
Very rare copies produced around August 1992 entirely lack the preview for Pinocchio, either at the beginning, or at the end; however, the “Special Previews” bumper is pluralized for unknown reasons.
- 101 Dalmatians (July 17, 1992)
- The Great Mouse Detective (August 21, 1992)
- The Rescuers (September 18, 1992)
- So Dear to My Heart (September 18, 1992)
In Other Countries
|Country of origin||Release date|
|United Kingdom||September 20, 1993|
|Australia||August 6, 1993|
|Japan||September 17, 1993|
|Germany||September 2, 1993|
|South Korea||September 22, 1993|
|June 22, 1994|
- VHS (Amazon.com)
- VHS; Deluxe Collector's Edition (Amazon.com)
- VHS; Spanish language edition (Amazon.com)
- VHS (Amazon.co.uk)
The Rescuers (1992 VHS)
|Beauty and the Beast (1992 VHS)||Succeeded by|
Pinocchio (1993 VHS)