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The Jungle Book [DVD] [1967]
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on 1 June 2016
Not all classics date well. I watched Snow White recently, Wizard of Oz, Sleeping Beauty and a few others recently.

For me, some did not hold so well now that I'm quite a bit older, e.g. Snow White. Some DO still work and work well. Wizard of Oz, still good. And Jungle Book here, still good. I'm not sure that the Blu-ray shows enough technical superiority in this case to justify the price vs DVD, so I was tempted to knock a star off. May have given 4.5 it was possible. However, a couple timeless classics are still superb. Bare Necessities and I Wanna Be Like You still make my toes tap.

It is unlikely kids of today will ever appreciate how important film like this are to movie history, but in any case this should always be a good family film.
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on 21 April 2016
This item is just one of many Disney movie being released with the Limited Edition Artwork slipcover. They are all very simple slipcovers but nice to look at nonetheless, especially if coupled with others in the collection.

Once the slipcover is removed the blu-ray underneath is the standard copy of The jungle book Blu-ray, with a handful of special features. the one disc included in this item is where the item really lets me down. The disc is a standard boring, blue, 'Not For Rental' disc with no art work what so ever. It just seems lazy.

This item was priced at £15 upon release which isn't too bad of a price for this item. just be aware that if you do pick these up that you are not guaranteed artwork on the disc, and with the price steadily on the rise due to its limited edition its getting less worth its price.
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on 12 September 2014
I've always loved Jungle Book. It's possibly one of my favourites growing up. The music, the characters, the story line....I just love it. It's about a boy who's left in the Jungle and raised by....why am I explaining this? You now the rest.

I've found it difficult to get some children to sit down and watch this as they're into their computer animated movies nowadays and this has a different feel that some children don't particularly like. It's all about the fast action from the get go. Disney has definitely changed. But its a good one to watch with the family and to them dancing along. (I still dance along to Baloo and King Louie's dance moves in that famous scene - albeit 20 years later).

This edition has little extras such as going around Animal Kingdom and looking at the real life animals that are shown in the movie. A great educational extra for little ones (and myself). It's a must-buy in my opinion
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on 6 September 2013
THE JUNGLE BOOK [1967] [Limited Edition Steelbook] [Blu-ray] The Jungle is a JUMPIN! Swing Into a Safari of Laughs!

The jungle has never looked so lush and sounded so good! Now for the first time, this ultimate exclusive UK Release of the Disney Diamond Limited Edition SteelBook Blu-ray. Disney's song-filled celebration comes vibrantly to life, with a new stunning digital restoration and glorious high definition picture.

Meet the most unforgettable characters and embark on a thrilling adventure with Mowgli, as he journeys deep into the jungle and learns "The Bare Necessities" of life from happy-go-lucky Baloo the bear. Meet Bagheera, the wise old panther and crazy King Louie the orangutan. But watch out for cunning Shere Khan the tiger and Kaa, the ssssneakiest snake in the jungle!

Bursting with wild fun, toe-tapping music and beloved characters, this timeless masterpiece celebrates the true meaning of friendship. Experience all the excitement of Disney's jumpin' jungle classic, and share the wonder with someone you love. Narrated by Sebastian Cabot.

Voice Cast: Sebastian Cabot (Narrator), Phil Harris, Bruce Reitherman, George Sanders, Sterling Holloway, Louis Prima, J. Pat O'Malley, Verna Felton, Clint Howard, Chad Stuart, Lord Tim Hudson, John Abbott, Ben Wright, Darleen Carr, Ralph Wright, Candy Candido (Shere Khan's Roar voice) (uncredited), Leo De Lyon (uncredited), Hal Smith (uncredited), Digby Wolfe (uncredited), Bill Skiles (Monkey) (uncredited) and Pete Henderson (Monkey) (uncredited)

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman

Producer: Walt Disney

Screenplay: Larry Clemmons, Ralph Wright, Ken Anderson, Vance Gerry, Floyd Norman (uncredited), Bill Peet (uncredited) and Rudyard Kipling (inspired by the Mowgli stories)

Composer: George Bruns (Score), Terry Gilkyson, Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman (Songs)

Video Resolution: 1080p [Technicolor]

Aspect Ratio: 1:75.1

Audio: English: 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Hindi: 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese: 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish: 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English, English SDH, Portuguese and Latin Spanish

Running Time: 76 minutes

Region: Region B/2 and Region C/3

Number of Discs: 1

Studio: Walt Disney Studios

Andrew’s Blu-ray Review: Mowgli [Bruce Reitherman] the man-cub has been raised by wolves in the Indian jungle since his birth. However, when the wolves learn that the ferocious tiger Shere Kahn [George Sanders] is making his way through the jungle and is looking for food, they decide to send Mowgli to a local man tribe to be safe. On his way to the village he meets a host of interesting, funny, scary and friendly characters that all find Mowgli fascinating, one of these characters - Baloo the Bear [Phil Harris] becomes firm friends with Mowgli and helps him on his travels. But Shere Khan is never far away.

‘The Jungle Book’ was Walt Disney's 19th animated feature and was released too much acclaim in 1967. Loosely based on the Rudyard Kipling novel of the same name, the screenwriters removed some of the darker content so as not to scare the younger audience. This is one of the main reasons why it has such a wide appeal to any age group.

From the opening scenes where the Wolves have to move Mowgli, we were entranced into how he would develop as a human alongside the animals, but also would he be able to evade Shere Khan or become another one of his mighty conquests. Whilst quite a savage idea initially, the story really comes into its own when the cast of characters pop up along the way. The wise, old Panther Bagheera who dishes out some sound advice for the young boy, is a joy and he also becomes a guiding light for Mowgli in his travels.

One of our favourite parts of ‘The Jungle Book’ is the visit to the palace of crazy King Louie the orang-utan, and he is one of the most crazy characters Disney have ever produced! But we can't help but laugh at his ruling antics over his subjects and his singing.

The way the animators and voice cast put evilness into Shere Khan and Kaa the snake will never be forgotten no matter what age we are and they are two of the most dangerous and frightening characters ever seen on screen. However, the story is lightened up by the appearance of Baloo the Bear, a slow moving, no-troubles type character that is loved by all and hated by none. His love of Mowgli is a wonder to see, and it really shows towards the end of the film.

But we always want to hear him sing “The Bear Necessities,” a song that has lasted throughout the years and never gets old. There is something very fitting about the song, and Phil Harris [voice of Baloo] had such a wonderfully dulcet tone to his voice that it never moves throughout the whole range. We wish we had a Baloo to keep us company!

The animation is some of the best Walt Disney has ever produced. The animals are incredibly drawn with such precision it must have taken hours for each cell to be made. But what really stands out is the background artwork; having most of the film set in the jungle would have been tricky but the artists that worked on the background have done such a masterful job. It's difficult to ignore what is happening in the background, with just the leaves of a tree floating to the ground or the steady water running down stream.

‘The Jungle Book’ was also the first time that many of the primary vocal artists in an animated Disney animation film were stars in their own right. Disney animated features had always been well cast but only rarely with easily recognizable star voices. Here, apart from the voice of Mowgli, the voice talent on display was stellar, and the roles couldn’t be better or more ingratiatingly cast. Phil Harris walks away with the picture as the easy-going Baloo, Sterling Holloway hisses coyly as Raa, and Sebastian Cabot grounds the film rather regally as Bagheera. And no one can do haughty and intimidating like George Sanders.

Blu-ray Video Quality – The film is presented at a 1.75:1 aspect ratio and is delivered in 1080p resolution. For those who found the scrubbed look of previous releases like 'The Sword in the Stone' problematic, there won’t be any relief from worry with this release. Grain is once again a mere memory, and the DNR [Digital Noise Reduction] applied has a deleterious effect on fine-line animation like whiskers on the animals, which seem to fade in and out if one looks closely. Motion sometimes gets affected by the processing, too, blurring certain shots strangely. Sharpness ebbs and flows as well with all the processing especially in certain shots that aren’t close-ups. Colour is balanced and strong without any bleeding, and there is no banding to be seen. Please Note: Playback Region B/2 and C/3: This will not play on most Blu-ray players sold in North America, Central America, South America, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia. Learn more about Blu-ray region specifications.

Blu-ray Audio Quality – The 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio sound mix doesn’t make full use of that wide soundstage, but it certainly is the best the film as ever sounded on home video. The musical numbers find themselves spread through the available channels and occasionally some of George Bruns background score is also expanded beyond the front soundstage, and there is one neat effect where a voice’s echoes bounce around the rears. But most of the dialogue has been placed in the centre channel.

Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:

Special Introductions [1080p] [2:00] Diane Disney-Miller and songwriter Richard Sherman give separate introductions to the film. They are brief, but nice all the same.

Special Feature: Never Seen Before: Insuring a Future for Wildlife and Wild Places [4:00] Is a commercial promoting Disney's positive work with nature's creatures, from their extensive cinematic history to the Animal Kingdom theme park in Orlando, Florida.

Special Feature: Alternate Ending: Mowgli and the Hunter [1080p] [9:00] There's a brand new "recently discovered" alternate ending for the movie which apparently they'd only had a script for, so a present day artist storyboarded the whole idea out and animated and narrated it and is animated, sketch-y storyboard form. To be honest, it's an absolutely terrible idea for an ending, and I can see why it got scrapped and lost. In this version, Mowgli goes to the village, while meeting a new hunter villain, and finds his original parents. After living with them for a short while, he goes back to the jungle. The hunter then believes there's treasure in the jungle and goes to the ape city to try to get it. There's also a showdown with Shere Khan that ends in his death. The version seen in the finished film is infinitely better.

Special Feature: Growing Up With Nine Old Men [2013] [45:00] For those who don't know, Disney's Nine Old Men were the original group of core animators who worked for Walt Disney. The bonus short features Ted speaking with the other "kids" the grown-up sons and daughters of Walt Disney's Nine Old Men. I found this bonus feature very charming, and it was interesting to glimpse into the world of the Nine Old Men from a different point of view. Ted Thomas is an amiable and folksy interviewer, and clearly has a kinship with those who went through a similar childhood as he did.

Audio Commentary: Commentary with Richard Sherman (half of the song-writing team), Andreas Deja (current Disney animator and fan of the film), and Bruce Reitherman (voice of Mowgli and son of the director): Consider this audio track a master class in professional appreciation: each participant extols the virtues of the "Jungle Book," from the character animation quirks to the unforgettable soundtrack. While it lacks a coldly informational tone, it's nonetheless a treat to hear those connected to the production point out the idiosyncrasies of the animation film. For added historical oomph, archival audio recordings of Larry Clemmons (screenwriter), Ollie Johnston (animation legend), and Wolfgang Reitherman (director) are included in the discussion.

Special Feature: The Bare Necessities: The Making of The Jungle Book [2007] [480i] [46:27] This is a really marvellous encapsulation of how the film came to be and Walt Disney's lasting impressions. This documentary is one of the most interesting and revealing on any of the Disney classics, not shying away from some of the turmoil that occurred behind-the-scenes before ‘The Jungle Book’ made it to the screen.

Special Feature: Music and More: Deleted Songs [21:00] Presents the full work of composer Terry Gilkyson, who was replaced by the Sherman Brothers once Walt Disney decided to flip ‘The Jungle Book’ project sunny-side up. The songs collected here seem more suited to a Rankin/Bass special than a feature film, but it's an invaluable piece of history, allowing viewers a rare listen to the film's more ambitious origins. The audio quality is a little rough and possibly from a phonograph source, and contains the tracks: "Brothers All;" "The Song of the Seeonee;" "The Bare Necessities" (a demo version of the lone song that wasn't discarded); "Monkey See; Monkey Do;" "I Knew I Belonged To Her;" "In A Day's Work" and "The Mighty Hunters" and if you want to know why the heart of rock & roll has stopped beating, watch this train wreck of a cover song.

Special Feature: Sing Along With The Movie: Disney Song Selection [13:00] Offers up some karaoke, with the songs "Colonel Hathi's March;” "Bare Necessities;" "I Wan'na Be Like You" and "That's What Friends Are For." You can view the scenes with or without lyrics.

Special Feature: Deleted Scenes: The Lost Character [7:00] Rocky the Rhino is a short feature exploring the deleted character of Rocky, a dim-witted rhinoceros (voiced by Frank Fontaine) who factored into Mogwli's interaction with the Beatlesque vultures. Walt just wasn't feeling the continual aggression toward the Man-Cub was benefiting the animation film's pace, thus a removal of Rocky and a slight reinvention of the vultures was in order. Rocky's scene is presented here in a series of fully-voiced storyboards.

Special Feature: Disneypedia [480i] [14:00] Here we take a trip into the jungles of India to learn about the real life counterparts to your favourite animals that you see in the Disney animation film ‘The Jungle Book.’

Finally, ‘The Jungle Book’ is an exquisite family film that never becomes old, no matter how many times you see it. The animation film feels like it could live on forever and especially with this brand new UK exclusive Disney Diamond Limited Edition SteelBook Blu-ray, which is only available to us in the United Kingdom. The quality is breath taking and does the animation film justice with a great selection of added extras that will keep the family entertained for hours. The animation is beautifully crafted, the story is heart-warming and the songs just put a huge smile on your face, which you will automatically sing-a-long to. A classic in every sense of the term and that is why I am so proud to have this in my Walt Disney Blu-ray Collection. Very Highly Recommended!

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
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on 27 December 2015
This is a well-known Disney classic that looks great on Blu-ray! The picture quality is superb and so is the soundtrack... however, (don't hate me for saying this) the film is getting a little dated now and my 3yr old daughter prefers Tangled, Frozen and Brave more than this. She found it a little boring in places and lost interest and only the songs seem to lift the film. I also remember this being better when I was a kid, so unfortunately this has been sat on the shelf whilst other Disney films are getting repeated plays (have seen Frozen 10 times so far!). So it is a must-own Disney film, but the modern Disney's get more use in my house!
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on 6 February 2014
This movie is just great! I loved it as a child and I still do.

The colours on this Blu-ray are nice and vivid. The picture fills out the entire screen and there's not one spec of dirt on the screen throughout that could show its age. Each frame of this movie is crystal clear and looks like it could have been made yesterday.

They should make more cartoon movies nowadays instead of everything being CGI.

This steelbook looks fantastic and is probably the nicest steelbook in my collection. The colours are nice and vibrant and the bevelled design on the front is a nice touch. Some people have complained that the back is too plain but I like how the back has a green, darkened ambient scene of the jungle. It might have looked a bit over the top with more vibrant artwork on the back. The inside is fantastic, it displays a beautiful scene of Mogli floating on the water and when you lift the disc it then shows Baloo floating on the water also.

I think it would have been nice if they also used artwork on the disc itself, instead of a plain blue colour with the title.

The special features are also fantastic.

I recommend this steelbook. 10/10.
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on 5 October 2017
It s without doubt the best Disney animation there is .Anybody who says otherwise has no understanding of animated film. Full of wonderful characters and songs a must for anyone of any generation
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HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERon 22 February 2018
We wanted a traditional Disney film to watch with our three year old granddaughter. It needed to hold her attention, be non-scary, and keep us amused too. It did all of these things.

The quality of the streamed movie was great, and much better than having DVDs kicking around.
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What can be said about The Jungle Book that hasn't already been discussed? It remains one of the simplest and yet most effective Disney animated films to released by the famous studio. As Walt Disney himself passed away only shortly before the movie was released, some may class it as a fitting tribute to what those talents in Burbank achieved; storytelling.

The Fifties hit a range of highs and lows - original and memorable concepts were marred by over-production and stylisation. The Jungle Book was a reminder that simpler can be better, and achieved such with some quite infectious music (arguably one of the greatest Disney soundtrack's to date), relatable characters and soft artwork. It's just a winning combination.

Like any true classic Disney film, the story is poignant for both children and adults alike, much like Pixar's modern outings. There is a coming-of-age for Mowgli the 'Man Cub', but the ever loveable bear Balloo teaches some life lessons with his own range of songs. Tiger Shear Kahn is your typical bully, but the age and wisdom of Bagheria only fazes the other characters.

This new Blu-ray outing for The Jungle Book is startling. It features the same restoration as was seen on the Platinum Edition DVD, but the high definition video brings a whole new sense of accomplishment to the artwork. Quite frankly, I never believed the movie could look this good, but the video is so clear that you can actually see the texture of the card that the backgrounds were painted on. And those watercolours... Absolutely gorgeous. With a nice thin layer of grain on top, The Jungle Book now looks fresh from the camera in 1967.

I was also pleased to hear the lossless soundtrack, as again, everything just pops out of the television. The bass has really benefited this treatment as you get a great sense of rhythm during temple escape scene, and of course, the many incidents of head-plonking and destruction!

All the extra features from the previous DVD have been carried over, and some new content has also been produced. Not a single complaint here - many other Disney Diamond/Platinum Editions have been so short on extra features that it's almost insulting for the price.

In short, this is the definitive release of The Jungle Book. It is a classic family romp that deserves a place in any home, and it only seems to get better with age.
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on 14 June 2017
What more can be said about this well known cartoon...it is sheer delightful entertainment.
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