I feel in love with this movie the first time I saw it, and that love has only grown over the years. The story is the right mix of fun and uncertainty. Gaston was a wonderful addition to the mix because his story was the part I was most uncertain about the first time around. The artwork on the film catches your eye from the first shot of the castle, and doesn’t let go. Beside the incredible background shots are wonderful drawings of the characters. I especially love the boyish excitement they manage to give the Beast in several scenes. Finally, there’s the music. Every song adds to the story and is memorable in its own right.
This DVD is perfect for any fan of this movie. Disc 1 includes three versions of the film. The first is the “in progress” version shown to the New York film festival 6 weeks before the premier of the movie in 1991. While it’s fun to have, I won’t be watching it regularly. The second version is the original release. And finally comes the special edition, with the added scene and “Human Again.” Ironically, this is probably my least favorite of the songs added to the Broadway version, but it does advance the story. And, there’s always the option of watching the original version. Obviously, the version that you are supposed to watch is the special edition, as the audio commentary and sing along bonus features only work with this option. All three come in Dolby 5.1 sound, which sounds great.
By the way, I am not one of the lucky ones who obtained this product at a reduced price so I could give an “honest” opinion. I honestly do love it, and it was worth every penny.
The pendant is actually a lot larger than I had imagined it to me. It is about 10 cm in diameter and fills the palm of my hand.
Knowing that the pendants are handmade and the stones are natural means that each necklace will always be unique. They will be similar but no two are exactly alike. The amethyst represents a layer of a chakra and will promote healing from within. The pendant reaches right above my chest, when I wear the necklace fully extended. The chain has a lobster claw on it, which makes taking the necklace off or putting it on easy. This is a breathtaking pendant.
I thought this was such a clever necklace design though, so I took a chance. I was VERY happy with the item when it arrived! The individual “bone” pieces are all different (not some stamped out piece stuck together in multiples), the edges don’t look super mass-produced where the edges are unclean or rough, and the links are nice. The little jump rings in between the bone sections are not welded, just pinched together, so this thing won’t hold up to a hard yank, but many of my jewelry items are like this, even sterling and gold items. The chain doesn’t look like an expensive chain, but not something as cheap as a gumball machine chain either. It has a decent weight to it, like it is actually made from some sort of metal, not that plastic stuff with a shiny coating.
I couldn’t decide between the “Silver” and “Antique Silver” one. I thought the Antique one, with its black highlight color, would show the bones more. But I liked that the silver one was more shiny. so I got them both! (My daughter took one.) The Antique one has a more pewter-type look to it (you can see from my photo) and the silver one is indeed shiny. It resembles sterling silver. I attached photos so you could see the difference between these two colors and the relative size next to a penny.
I did add a little necklace extender to mine to make it lay further down on my chest below the top of my shirt. I didn’t want half the t-rex on skin and the other half getting stuck on my collar. I don’t really wear things that are too low cut too often and didn’t want it jammed up too close to my neck, so the extender made it so it laid perfectly on my shirt, just about about a half-inch to an inch lower. Much longer you may not get the item to stay flat and look right instead of bunching like a “U” shape…it is flexible so it needs your body under it to support it flat.
Everyone that sees it thinks it is funny and cute. I don’t tell them that it was so inexpensive! I am actually here today because my sister now wants one! She saw it and said “Is that a coral design?” Then she looked a second more and squealed, “Ooooh, it is a dinosaur!!! Where did you get that?! I want one!!!” So I am going to surprise her.
For Hannukah this year, I decided to buy my three kids (4 1/2 year old girl and twin 2 1/2 year old boys) a set of 100 magnatiles. I was concerned that the boys wouldn’t understand how to stack them up, but I was totally wrong.
I got home from work last night and my nanny and three kids were building a huge tower with the magna tiles. My nanny told me that they had played ALL DAY LONG with the magna tiles and that the kids built all sorts of things with them. I was thrilled!
They were totally worth the money – just to see my three kids sitting there all working together to build something. I highly recommend the 100 piece set. 32 pieces just isn’t enough. In fact, I think we need more than 100 pieces because each of my kids wanted to build a huge Empire State Building tower!
For those of you who are scared about the price tag, I assure you it is worth the money. I store them in a clear plastic container so they are easy to clean up and store. At approximately $1 per piece, I also don’t want to lose the pieces!!!!
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