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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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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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on 25 May 2016
I remembered this film from my childhood and felt it would be much nearer to the original story than the Disney musical version. The latter is entertaining but bland and could only be a cartoon , the former with human actors gives the impression that the improbable story might just have happened. It is a pity that it will be submerged by the Disney interpretation.
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on 23 November 2016
Very pleased with this original classic Saw it years ago on the old TV's But this is remastered not to be missed This beats all tthe modern versions
Buy it and be amazed and enchanted Thankyou Colour and sound Great
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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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on 7 August 2017
considering the age of the film the dvd is not too bad bit grainy and loss of colour in parts but watchable. Enjoyed it
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on 27 March 2018
Everything.
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on 17 November 2017
Fantastic film what else is there to say
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on 5 June 2015
My order arrived promptly, and was acceptable in every way. I have played the DVD and I am totally satisfied with it. Thank you.
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on 31 December 2015
classic
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