Disney’s Beauty and the Beast VHS Box Set

VHS tapes are so last-century. Flea markets can’t even give them away. But in my opinion, that doesn’t mean that they have no place in polite society anymore! For instance, many old movies haven’t been released on newer DVD or BluRay formats yet, so VHS is still the only way to see them.

And of course, if you keep a sharp look out like me, you may just find something like this:

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Main box is approximately 12″ x 18″

I found this factory-sealed set at a local flea market for just $20 (original retail price: $119.99) and couldn’t resist it. It was exciting being the first person to open it! The sticker above was on the back of the packaging showing what was inside.

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I own the Platinum Edition 2-disc DVD set of this movie, so the VHS tape in the above set won’t be opened. But the tape beside it will be. Before the movie was released, there was a test screening at the 1991 New York Film Festival. It was called Work in Progress. As the movie wasn’t finished yet, several scenes were only story boards or rough animation. This version of the movie has never been seen outside of that original test screening! But I now have a copy. Can you say ‘movie night with fellow Disney fans?’

Also included is the soundtrack on CD. But as they say on the infomercials: “But wait! There’s more!”

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I love finding these VHS sets because they always contain a beautiful publication like this one. The book contains concept art, cast interviews, and extensive notes on the making of the film.

But I know what you’re saying, friends: “If only it had a framed Exclusive Commemorative Lithograph!” Well, friends, this is your lucky day:

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This set is marked 1992

My only problem when I buy these kinds of things is whether to leave them intact in the box or open and enjoy the contents, framing and hanging the lithograph. Decisions, decisions.

Maybe you can help me: Would you keep it intact, or open and enjoy it? Let me know in the comments below.

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