REVIEW: THE JUNGLE BOOK
Audiences were mesmerized by
Disney’s live-action epic adventure “The Jungle Book,” which has
earned more than $911 million at the global box office to date.
Critically acclaimed, Jon Favreau’s stunning live-action
reimagining of Walt Disney’s animated classic, will be available
early on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on August 23, and
on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand on August 30
Venture behind the scenes
with in-depth bonus features that reveal the innovative
filmmaking technology used to create the richly immersive
jungle world and characters; Follow the journey of the
film’s only on-screen actor, charismatic newcomer Neel
Sethi (Mowgli); Delve into a candid and humorous
scene-by-scene audio commentary with director Jon Favreau
and meet the all-star voice cast who help bring the film’s
colorful characters to life, as well as the musicians who
accent the adventure with a majestic music score.
Directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2,” “Chef”) and produced by Favreau and Brigham Taylor (executive producer of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” “Tomorrowland”), “The Jungle Book” is a live-action epic adventure based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories, inspired by Disney’s classic 1967 animated film and centered on Mowgli (Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat.
The film is
presented in widescreen in a 1.85:1 aspect ration preserving its
theatrical format. The picture is just flawless. Not only the
picture looks great in this release, also the sound it is good,
a 5.1 Dolby Digital in English that provides a good complement
to the picture. It also includes English,
and Spanish subtitles.
Widescreen (1.85:1) 16x9
English 7.1 DTS-HDMA & 2.0 Descriptive Audio, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks
English, French & Spanish/English SDH, French & Spanish
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“The Jungle Book”
– Favreau sits down with producer Brigham Taylor and visual
effects supervisor Robert Legato to discuss “The Jungle Book”
and reflect on the years they devoted to the reimagining of this
timeless tale. Discover how Rudyard Kipling’s original stories
and the classic animated film influenced their unique approach,
witness the technical wizardry that enabled the team to create a
believable and thrilling movie-going experience, and learn how
they borrowed a page from Walt Disney’s innovation playbook to
make it all happen. Lastly, meet the all-star voice cast who
help bring the film’s colorful characters to life, as well as
the musicians who accent the adventure with a majestic music
I Am Mowgli – Follow the extraordinary journey of 12-year-old Neel Sethi, who was selected from thousands of hopefuls worldwide to play Mowgli “alongside” some of today’s biggest movie stars. Get a glimpse of Neel’s life before Hollywood came calling, check out his audition that sealed the deal, and see how a close-working relationship with Favreau brought out his best. Plus, Neel shares how filming “The Jungle Book” was one wild ride, from working alongside imaginary animals to performing some super-fun stunts.
King Louie’s Temple: Layer by Layer – So, exactly how do you create a musical number featuring one man-cub, a massive, legendary ape and an army of wild and wily monkeys in the Seeonee jungle? Viewers are granted rare and unique access to the development of the “I Wan’na Be Like You” sequence in which King Louie attempts to coerce Mowgli into giving up Man’s deadly “red flower” (fire). A fast-moving musical progression reel showcases storyboards, animatics, Christopher Walken’s recording session and visual effects layers, which ultimately merge to form one of the film’s most memorable scenes.
Audio Commentary – Favreau delivers his scene-by-scene perspective on the live-action adventure “The Jungle Book” with all the candor and humor you’d expect from this multi-talented actor-writer-director-producer.