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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
There's no shortage of public domain copies of the Alexander Korda-Sabu live-action version, but despite having no extras, Network's DVD offers the best picture quality by far.

Like those of Samuel Goldwyn, Alexander Korda's films are usually over-produced and over-long - never mind the quality, feel the width. Although lacking the reputation of The Thief of Baghdad, The Jungle Book is a more than honourable exception. One of the most gorgeous Technicolor films ever made (albeit slightly less glorious in this print), it has the flavour and tone of Kipling's original stories down to a tee.

Sabu is the perfect Mowgli, caught between the world of the animals among whom he was raised and the one that men have carved out of the jungle where he is regarded with fear and suspicion. In this respect the film is considerably more successful than Greystoke, and admirably resists the temptation to use its setting to bang the drum for the Empire - the British are represented only briefly in the effective framing sequences.

It's typically a family affair for the Kordas. Vincent Korda's production design is one of the miracles of British cinema, a convincing and magical recreation of both the jungles (complete with a wonderful menagerie of, for the most part real, animals) and lost cities of India on the backlot of Denham. Zoltan's direction is quite magnificent, aided immensely by Lee Garmes and W. Howard Greene's superb Technicolor photography.

Miklos Rozsa's marvellous score (the first to merit its own soundtrack album) sounds rather flat on the DVD, but this is well worth tracking down and is everything you could hope for in a classic adventure.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 2 May 2010
I am rateing this with one star as the quality of the dvd is vey bad.The story is great, so for that alone I would give five stars.I think its about time a decent copy of this film was produced you would think in the modern day of digital this could be done ,after all they were able to achieve a good copy with The thief of bagdad.I can remember when the jungle book was shown on television many years ago and how the colours were so brilliant and how about it? someone i cannot keep buying these bad prints.

Ken Barrett Mooroolbark Victoria Australia.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 8 November 2011
This DVD arrived on time and was very cheap.It should not be confused with the Disney animation . It is a film using actors as advertised. Unfortunately it is of very poor quality and looks as though it is a copy from an old VHS tape. Just what one might expect for the price. So cheap it was not worth sending it back.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 8 January 2011
I bought the Network release of Jungle Book. I'd tried some of the freely available versions of this film (it's out of copyright so easy to find and download legally) but they were all fairly poor quality. This edition is almost certainly as good as you'll find. I've been surprised how good the restoration is. The colours are fantastic, vivid and saturated as you can see from the images I uploaded. It's vastly superior to the other editions I've seen.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 5 November 2000
This early version by a great director is well worth it especially at the current price (5.99) A mix of real animals and real people will always outdo an animation. The acting may be a bit stilted and the fake "Indians" may be non-pc but my 6-year old loves it amd for film buffs it is interesting to see Sabu in a fairly early colour film by a famous director
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 June 2011
Set in India, a small child wanders from the village and gets lost. But he is adopted by a wolf family and raised as their own. When he grows up to be a youth (Sabu), he accidentally stumbles onto the village of his birth where his birth mother (Rosemary De Camp) takes him in and teaches him the way of man but his heart is still with the jungle. This handsome, Technicolor adventure based on Rudyard Kipling's short stories is still the best of all the film versions. A family affair: directed by Zoltan Korda and produced by Alexander Korda with art direction by Vincent Korda, it's an enjoyable adventure yarn that should please both young and old. Vincent Korda's art direction is superb. Though filmed on a studio sound stage, his lush overgrown jungle somehow feels authentic unlike other jungle movies filmed on Hollywood sound stages. Sabu is perfectly cast (along with BLACK NARCISSUS, it's his best film work) with a sweetness and charm that doesn't show up much in all those Maria Montez films he did at Universal. The gorgeous score by Miklos Rozsa is a classic on its own. With Joseph Calleia (who bookends the film as the narrator) as the duplicitous Buldeo, John Qualen, Frank Puglia and Faith Brook.

The Network DVD via Great Britain, though soft in places, is a colorful and faithful transfer. Not that it couldn't use more restoration work but its miles ahead of the countless public domain copies here in the States.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 April 2006
Probably the sadest thing about watching this film is that the colour is very much showing its age. Those rather bright, almost painted on, colours that films of the time when this was made had. Despite that a great story with its share of goodies, baddies and lovers. A family film and enjoyable to watch although very small children may be hiding behind the sofa at times!
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on 3 December 2013
The original story is much better than the Disney distortion. It shows the consequences of human greed and selfishness rather than the myth of the American dream he peddled. There's plenty of action, animals and excitement. The only problem is the picture quality, which is not so good in parts, but it's so old I assume not much could be done with it.
Worth buying to see the real Kipling story and show children an alternative to the schmaltz.

Addition- I've just read the Kipling Jungle Book (from Amazon £2.50) and have to say that neither film portrays the 'real Kipling story'. Both are loosely based on it and elaborate different parts of the original. But, the 1940's one with Sabu keeps to the spirit, or ethos, much more faithfully. So, I'd say order the book too and make your own mind up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 September 2009
The quality of this dvd is very good. The only drawback is that I have not been able to find an English subtitles option.
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on 27 July 2011
Yes, 1942 The Jungle Book DVD released by Network got the best transfer so far, compared to so many other DVD released in the market! The rest can't even compare to my DVD-R copied from my old NTSC laser disc released by Hallmark. Detail is good enough and color is vibrant!

Best Jungle Book DVD in the market! Get it if you are a fan!
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