Books, movies, TV

Tracking Down the 'Missing' "Beauty and the Beast" Extras

I ordered the DVD set Beauty and the Beast, Season 1, for my wife for Valentine’s Day – she loved it! And I also love this show (CBS 1987-90). In fact, it was the last network TV show I made a point to watch week after week.

If you’re strictly looking for a first-class presentation of the shows, the DVD set earns every one of the five stars it’s getting from its patient fans at Amazon.com. However, to jam six CDs into a standard-size case, a few features we’ve come to expect from recent TV series collections had to go: no DVD extras (not even chapters within an episode!), no cast bios (what has Jay Acovone been up to since the last time he yelled “Radcliffe!”?), and even the episode guide has been relegated to the inside of the DVD jacket (it works, sorta, because the case uses see-through plastic).

So, for everyone who needs more, much more about Beauty and the Beast and the people who made it come to life, some of the best online resources presented for your clicking pleasure:

Beauty and the Beast Central Department

If you’re a newbie to this cult classic, consider TV.com’s Beauty and the Beast website. It offers a series summary, cast roundups, episode guides and ratings, and a forum. IMDB’s Beauty and the Beast page offers a cast listing, favorite quotes from the show, trivia, goofs and user comments to fill in gaps in TV.com’s coverage. Get a Brit-flavored take on this history of the show at Television Heaven’s Beauty and the Beast page. The Wikipedia entry provides a great series synopsis, extended discussions of the main and major supporting characters, and even one author’s suggested origin for Vincent and other larger-than life characters from other cult-classic TV shows!

Music and the Spoken Word Department

We grabbed the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack Of Love and Hope, featuring music and poetry from the show as read by Ron Perlman (the Beast) when it was first released. It’s available again from Rykodisc – so get your own copy!

B and the B Book Department

Longtime fans might recall a series of novels based on the series. These include Beauty and the Beast and Beauty and the Beast: Song of Orpheus by Barbara?Hambly, Beyond Words, Beyond Silence by Nan Dibble, and Masques by Ru Emerson. All sadly out of print, but available (mostly) via Amazon.com (follow the links), or from other used booksellers.

Prefer comics? Beauty and the Beast: Portraits of Love was a comic book based on the series, written and illustrated by Wendi Pini. It’s available used from many book and comic sellers (follow the link to search Google).

Fan Fiction and Much, Much More

Not only is there a web page for just about everything, there’s probably a webring for just about everything. Check out the Beauty and the Beast Tunnel webring to discover fan fiction, fan art, tributes to actors from the series, and much more.

3 thoughts on “Tracking Down the 'Missing' "Beauty and the Beast" Extras

  1. SPECIAL FEATURES may be on the way. Amazon is showing a Beauty & the Beast complete series box set, to be released at the end of September 2008, which contains 16 dvds — one more disc than the 15 discs from the individually released seasons. Sounds like CBS-Paramount might have saved the Extras for the box set release — though there were half a dozen newly taped episode introductions on the Season Two set. Whether these will also be included in the new set remains to be seen. If anyone has info on what is on the 16th disc — let us know!

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