The DVD basically ports everything from the previous laserdisc edition released by Criterion. First is an audio commentary by Arthur Knight. Itís a fine enough track featuring Knight talking about the look of the film, the effects, the story, and itís place as a piece of art. He also refers to Cocteauís production diary, reading segments from it. It covers a vast amount of details but Knight is unfortunately a bit dry, sounding as though he is reading from notes.
After this is a text feature that presents a translation of the original fable on which the film is based. Itís lengthy and you scroll through it using the arrows on your remote.
Following this is a 20-minute ĒdocumentaryĒ as itís labeled on the menu, which is a segment from public access show called Cinematic Eye, this one devoted to Cocteau and Beauty and the Beast. The piece is a pretty basic look at Cocteauís work and some of the tricks used on Beauty and the Beast. Itís a fine enough feature despite its host lack of presence, but the feature (which is missing from any of the future Criterion editions) was bettered.
Following this is a 4-minute restoration demonstration which looks at the improvements made. You really get to see just how bad this was originally (huge tears have been removed) but as evidenced there was still plenty wrong that they never got to.
The insert then concludes the set with a short essay by Francis Steegmuller.
And thatís it. A decent enough early edition but it would be bettered by the newer DVD and Blu-ray editions. 4/10