Beauty and the Beast available for the first time in h-d Blu-ray. “Beauty and the Beast” is sure to deliver Disney’s unsurpassable image quality after a state-of-the-art digital picture restoration, which those who have seen it say it has to be seen to be believed. If Disney is putting the “beauty” in its picture quality, then the “Beast” is in its robust 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio digital surround soundtrack. If there must be something there that wasn’t there before, there definitely is in the special features department. Disney has packed “Beauty and the Beast” to the brims with exclusive never-before-seen features, with most on Blu-ray in HD as well. The film tells the story of Belle who lives in an 18th century French village with her father. She doesn’t get along with her suitor too well, mainly because they have less things in common than more. It’s the Beast though, that captures her eye and her heart and with her help he is able to find true love and is transformed into a human. If it’s been awhile since last seeing the film, just think Shrek and Fiona, with a similar dilemma, in “Shrek 2.” A timeless tale of an old-age drama, “Beauty and the Beast” delivers entertainment with a message. The protagonist follows her heart while making the best moral decision, and in the end, finds what every fairytale princess is looking for – her true love. A classic “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” story, the film wins hearts and is the perfect late-night family film for the tiniest of tots and their parents or grandparents to enjoy. Some additional features in this diamond edition includes an extensive 157-minute interactive behind-the-scenes documentary, “Beyond Beauty,” deleted scenes and storyboards, audio commentary from producer Don Hahn and co-directors Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale, featurettes on the award-winning music, as well as the Broadway version of the film. Also ported over are an hour’s worth of special features from the original DVD release, all-new games, a Jordin Sparks music video for “Beauty and the Beast,” and more. That’s not even to mention the various ways to watch the film. “Beauty and the Beast” can be seen in its original 85-minute theatrical cut, as well as the 92-minute special extended edition which includes the song “Human Again.” Also included are Storyreel Picture-in-Picture version, which is the theatrical cut alongside the original storyreel, which features rough animation, storyboards and more. A sing-along edition is also included. Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” on Blu-ray and DVD combo pack is in stores now.
Ashley Tisdale To Star In New “High School Musical” Spin-Off. Some of Disney’s “High School Musical” alumni aren’t ready to leave the singing/dancing franchise behind just yet. Ashley Tisdale is reportedly going to reprise her role as Sharpay Evans in a new spin-off movie for Disney Channel. Tisdale will star in and executive produce “Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventures.” According to JustJared.com, the movie is expected to shoot this summer and will premiere on the network in 2011. The “High School Musical” spin-off is the franchise’s first since “High School Musical 3″ hit theaters in 2008. “High School Musical 4″ was previously announced but has not yet get gotten off the ground. It was expected to feature an all new cast of Wildcats. Meanwhile, there’s no word on any of the “High School Musical” stars will join Tisdale on her “Fabulous Adventures,” especially Lucas Grabeel, who played her brother Ryan. Tisdale has kept herself busy with non-Disney projects as well. Last summer she released her second album “Guilty Pleasure,” which was voted one of the best albums of the year by Billboard readers and starred in “Aliens in the Attic.” She’s also signed on to star in the upcoming cheerleading drama “Hellcats” for the CW. Meanwhile, other “High School Musical” graduates have been keeping busy as well. Vanessa Hudgens will star in the summer’s modern re-telling of “Beauty and the Beast,” “Beastly,” Efron wrapped on the drama “Charlie St. Cloud,” and Corbin Bleu is currently “In the Heights” on Broadway.
A musical trio of tousle-haired brunettes, the Jonas Brothers were called “Disney’s emo heartthrobs” by Rolling Stone magazine in 2008. The three handsome brothers are Kevin (b. 1987), Joe (b. 1989) and Nick (b. 1992). They were born in different states but raised in Wyckoff, New Jersey and home-schooled by their mother and their father, an Assembly of God minister. Nick took small roles on Broadway as a child, including a stint as Chip in the Disney musical Beauty and the Beast. He later recorded a solo album, Nicholas Jonas, which led Columbia Records to sign him and his two older brothers to a band contract in 2005. The Jonas Brothers toured that summer with Jesse McCartney and released the album It’s About Time in 2006, establishing their friendly peachfuzz-guitar sound. (Nick sings lead, Kevin and Joe play guitar, and all three dabble in other instruments.) Still, the band didn’t really take off until they signed with Disney’s Hollywood Records in 2007. Helped along by Disney clout and exposure, their 2007 album Jonas Brothers went platinum while they toured with another Disney star, Miley Cyrus. Their Disney Channel movie Camp Rock (co-starring Demi Lovato) was released in 2008. They released another album, Lines, Vines and Trying Times, in 2009. Extra credit: Kevin Jonas became engaged to his girlfriend of two years, Danielle Deleasa, in July of 2009… Nick was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in November of 2005… Kevin’s name is Paul Kevin Jonas II, but he is called Kevin… A fourth Jonas brother, Frankie, was born in 2000 and is not in the band; fans call him the Bonus Jonas… The brothers don’t publicize their birthdates. Nicholas Jonas was born 6 September 1992, according to the online Boy Choir and Soloist Directory. According to TV.com, Kevin Jonas was born on 5 November 1987, and Joe Jonas was born on 15 August 1989.