Delightful performances from Perlman and Hamilton...
  • OVERALL
    2.0
    POOR
  • Feature
  • Extras
  • Replay Value
THE GOOD
Delightful performances from Perlman and Hamilton...
THE BAD
... that really seem to go nowhere with the storyline. Special features sucked too.
THE FEATURE
Do you remember before Ron Perlman was known as Hellboy and before Linda Hamilton was known almost exclusively as the ass-kicking Sarah Connor from the first two Terminator flicks? Well, before all that for these two actors, there was this: Beauty and the Beast, the show that put both of them on the map, although moreso for Perlman, who won a Golden Globe for his work in this season and was nominated for an Emmy in the first two seasons. Well get ready to take a blast back to the syrupy past with this second season of Beauty and the Beast.

I remember the show from when I was a kid. Not watching it, really, but I remember catching glimpses of this weird-looking lion thing when my moms would watch it. I can tell now that I really didn't miss much. Perlman and Hamilton do both deserve acclaim for their performances as Vincent, the man-beast who lives in an oddly-lavish tunnel system and Catherine, a tough-ish assistant DA in New York City. I'm really surprised, however, that this was such a critically acclaimed series back in the day.

Creator/writer Ron Koslow seems to be more about the music and theatrics, more about creating a symphony rather than a television show. The beauty of this shows throughout, but the beast of it is that it can be some pretty boring stuff a lot of the time. The few sporadic bits of humor they try to sprinkle in here and there are laughless and the brunt of the writing seems to be devoted to cornball romantic sentiment, and not so much concerned with an actual story arc or plotline.

It seems that the wonderful performances from Hamilton and Perlman seem to just slightly balance out the story work here... but I'm talking about the slightest of balance.
THE EXTRAS
Lame. All they have here are some Video Introductions by Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman before selected episodes. They only have these intros on five of the 22 episodes and while we get maybe a decent tidbit here and there, they're mostly worthless. Other features wouldn't hurt, either...
THE VIDEO
This six-disc set is presented in the fullscreen format, in the 1.33:1 aspect ratio.
THE AUDIO
The sound is presented through the Dolby Digital Stereo format.
THE PACKAGE
While the outside of the case is boring (a shot of the title pair on the front, random shots, synopsis, tech specs on the back) they did come up with a unique way to fit six discs into a standard keep-case package. There is a disc on each side of the case, and two flipper things with a disc on each side of that. Also, the disc case is clear so on the inside you can see the full episode guide on the backside of the artwork. A pretty slick package here, folks.
THE FINAL WORD
If you own a lot of Danielle Steel or romance novels, this should surely be for you. If you have a girlfriend who owns a lot of Danielle Steel or romance novels, this should surely be a good gift for you to get her. If you like Ron Perlman a LOT, this is for you. If you don't fall into any of these categories, this probably isn't your bag, baby.

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Comments (1)

  1. Dan

    What the heck is this? lmao

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag