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Beauty and the Beast, which was converted to 3-D before The Lion King, is only now getting a nation-wide roll-out. (Big box office grosses have a magical pull on movie execs.) This week, corporate hearts at Diz Co. beat faster in anticipation of opening weekend ...
... “Beauty and the Beast” [is the second most popular new release in the Yahoo Search box.] Despite the original film being 20 years old, searches are starting to roar. Over the past seven days, web searches for “beauty and the beast” are up 44%. Related look-ups on “beauty and the beast 3d” are up over 238%. Roughly 25% of the searches come from kids 17 and under. In other words, people who weren't even alive when the film first hit back in 1991..
Since B and B 3-D has already been out on the little silver disks, it's anyone's guess how it performs two days hence.
Add On: Richard Corliss in TIME again give Beauty and the Beast a rave... and this about the new Dimensions:
... For the new edition, the 3-D filigree work — which comprises perhaps 30 or 40% of the film, allowing you to watch most of it without the glasses — sends wood shavings, bats, tree leaves and rain hurtling out of the screen. The process is sometimes an ornament, once or twice a distraction, but it doesn’t materially dilute the still-sublime experience. ...
And of course, there are more conversions to come. In the Fall we get this choice morsel: