The last movie Walt Disney worked on, Jungle Book, has been released on Blu-ray for the first time in gorgeous digital high definition and comes with over 2 hours of bonus features.
The Disney story of the boy named Mowgli raised by wolves and befriended by a black panther named Bagheera now comes with luscious background art, boosting the imagery of nearly every scene. The songs are all there, with Baloo’s “Bare Necessities”, King Louie’s “I Wanna Be Like You”, Ka’s “Trust in Me” and more.
If you ever pause the movie at any point, you are taken to Bear-E-Oke, a segment voiced by Baloo as he introduces a song from the movie that plays with the lyrics to the song until you decide to return to the movie.
Besides getting the classic film in HD, the reveal of an alternate ending is a major eye-opening look at how everything could have changed drastically. No longer is Mowgli seduced into the man village, a brand new villain, his parents and a grand finale confrontation with Sheer Khan goes down in an ending that could have easily added another half hour to the presentation.
Brand new featurettes with interviews on Disney animators on sparking creativity, special introductions with Diane Disney Miller and composer Richard Sherman and a sitdown interview with the two of them together give you an inside look on how this movie was created the first time and the effort put into bringing it back to life.
Not only is Jungle Book Diamond Edition great to have just because it’s one of the most memorable Disney flicks of all-time, but out of the most recent Disney home video releases the extras on this release raises the quality to another level.
Feature run time of 78 minutes