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 Beauty And The Beast: The Complete Series 

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 5/25/17

This is another show that I've loved from the first episode. It has everything you could ask for: Romance, action, adventure, and great characters. I'm not alone in loving this show that has a huge fan following. Those of us who are fans are called "Beasties."

To enjoy this show, though, you probably need to forget about the 1980's series or the Disney versions.  This one is all its own story.  The heroine, Catherine ("Cat" for short) is a tough cop who's still grieving the loss of her mother.  It's a little hard at times to believe that such a short, tiny, beautiful woman as Kristin Kreuk could be a cop, but it's TV, so you just have to suspend disbelief a little bit.

The "beast" in this case is a hunky doctor and ex-vet Vincent, played by New Zealander Jay Ryan.  Both Kreuk and Ryan are fabulous actors, so they really sell us on their characters, and their relationship. Vincent struggles to control the beast within, while Cat tries to help him and hide him.  Cat's best friend and confidante, Tess (Nina Lisandrello), is also a police detective. It's rare to have a show with two female cops as the stars (even if Tess is definitely in the B team of the show).  Vincent's best friend is J.T. (Austin Forbes), a nerdy college professor who helps Vincent as well. They all work together to protect Vincent and the rest of the world.

There are many villains in this show - most are working for a secret government group that wants to create and control beasts like Vincent, to use them as super soldiers.  There are other characters that come and go, but the four main stars are the most important and stay throughout the series.

I'm very glad to have this complete series and all of the great features that come with it. Each season comes with its own extras. It would take you a while to watch them all.  The show was on for four jam-packed years and just finished this past season. I already miss it, and I'm sure the other Beasties do as well.

Jay Ryan is in another good show called "Mary Kills People," and I'm sure he'll find other good roles because he's very good as well as gorgeous. I hope the other actors do well. Kreuk has a big fan following from this show and "Smallville," so I'm sure she'll be appearing in another show or movie soon.

Is it the best show ever made? No, of course not. However, it's very enjoyable. They work very hard to cram as much excitement and story into each episode as they can, and it pays off. It's worth investing a little time into the show. You won't be sorry. It's like watching a bunch of summer popcorn movies all at once.

Anyone who loves good fantasy or superheroes should enjoy this show. Sit back and enjoy the ride!

MORE INFORMATION:

Beauty And The Beast (2012): The Complete Series
On DVD
Release Date: May 30
Description: Relive all four pulse-pounding seasons of Beauty and the Beast. Three years after NYPD detective Catherine Chandler (Kristen Kreuk) witnesses her mother’s murder, a case leads her to ex-soldier Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan), a man with a dark and mysterious past. As their love grows, so does the danger. While Catherine discovers more about who—and what—Vincent really is, together they must uncover who cursed him with his unnatural abilities.

MORE:

Relive all four pulse-pounding seasons of this fan-favorite romantic drama when Beauty and the Beast: the Complete Series arrives on DVD in new shelf-friendly packaging.  Starring Kristen Kreuk as NYPD detective Catherine "Cat" Chandler and Jay Ryan as the mysterious Vincent Keller, Beauty and the Beast follows the pair as they work to uncover the curse behind Jay's unnatural abilities, all while risking their lives.

When Cat, a smart, no-nonsense homicide detective with a troubled past, falls in love with Vincent, a handsome doctor who was reportedly killed while serving in Afghanistan in 2002, it becomes anything but a fairy tale romance.  While investigating a new case, Cat and Tess (Nina Lisandrello) discover fingerprints, which prove that Vincent is still alive.  For mysterious reasons, Vincent has been in hiding for the past 10 years.  With the help of his childhood friend J.T. Forbes (Austin Basis), Vincent has been able to guard his dark secret -- when he is enraged he becomes a terrifying beast, unable to control his super-strength and heightened senses.

Beauty and the Beast features all 70 episodes and includes special features such as commentary from executive producers Sherri Cooper and Jennifer Levin about the pilot episodes.; reviews of every season with cast and crew interviews; a behind-the-scenes look at the set, a look at the writing process with writer and show runner Brad Kern, and unforgettable gag reels and deleted scenes.  Guest appearances include Peter Wingfield (X-Men 2), Amanda Setton (What Happens in Vegas), Tahmoh Penikett (Man of Steel), Lochlyn Munro (Tomorrowland), Saul Rubinek ("Warehouse 13") and Natasha Henstridge (Species).

Special Features:

  • Season One
    • Commentary on Pilot
    • Creating the Beast
    • Dressing the Beauty
    • Season In Review: The Beginning
    • Delete Scenes
    • Gag Reel
  • Season Two
    • From Script to Screen: Creating an Episode
    • Season in Review: The Beast Is Back
    • Set Tour: The Gentleman's Club
    • Delete Scenes
    • Gag Reel
  • Season Three
    • A Day In the Life of The Writers' Room
    • Season in Review: The Beast Strikes Again
    • Delete Scenes
    • Gag Reel
  • Season Four
    • Closing A Chapter: A Fond Farewell
    • Season in Review: Farewell to the Beast
    • Delete Scenes
    • Gag Reel
 Specifications: Widescreen Format
English 5.1 Dolby Digital
English 2.0 Stereo Surround Dolby Digital
English SDH Subtitles

Ratings:  Not Rated

Run Time: Approximately 48 hours, 53 minutes

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