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    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2642 out of 2687)

    Special Features


    • King Louie's temple: layer by layer - take a fast, engaging look at ahow the "I Wan'na Be Like You" sequence was created.

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    The Jungle Book
    In this reimagining of the classic collection of stories by Rudyard Kipling, director Jon Favreau uses visually stunning CGI to create the community of animals surrounding Mowgli (Neel Sethi), a human boy adopted by a pack of wolves. The appearance of a villainous tiger named Shere Khan (voiced byIdris Elba) forces Mowgli's guardian, the panther Bagheera (Ben Kingsley), to shepherd the child to safety in the "man village." Along the way, the boy meets an affable, lazy bear named Baloo (Bill Murray), as well as a snake with hypnotic powers (Scarlett Johansson) and an orangutan (Christopher Walken) who wants to harness the power of fire. Lupita Nyong'o, Giancarlo Esposito, and Garry Shandling also lend their voices to this adventure tale. ~ Tom Ciampoli, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Bill Murray
      Bill Murray - Baloo
    • Ben Kingsley
      Ben Kingsley - Bagheera
    • Idris Elba
      Idris Elba - Shere Khan
    • Lupita Nyong'o
      Lupita Nyong'o - Raksha
    • Scarlett Johansson
      Scarlett Johansson - Kaa



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    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 2687 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Live Action Adaptation of this Classic Tale

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      kidsfirstmedia

      I enjoyed watching the Blu-ray/DVD combo of The Jungle Book about Mowgli (Neel Sethi) who is the only man cub in the jungle. He wants to be a wolf, but in reality he's not. He is raised by wolves and he feels he has a nice life. Then one day Shere Khan (Idris Elba) threatens Mowgli’s life. While the wolves argue about whether or not Mowgli should leave for the safety of the pack, Mowgli decides for them and leaves. He ventures out to find the man village. On his way to the man village, he meets many enemies and friends like King Louie (Christopher Walken), Kaa (Scarlett Johansson) and Baloo (Bill Murray). What will happen next? Will he make it to the man village? Does Shere Khan catch him? You just have to watch the movie to find out. What I liked about the bonus features on the Blu-ray disc is a feature called, The Jungle Book Reimagined which shows ideas for the remake of The Jungle Book and Neel Sethi’s experience while acting on the set. This shows the relationship between Neel and the director. There is also a bonus audio commentary feature from the director, Jon Favreau, which is great because you get to hear what he was thinking when making the movie. Another added bonus allows you to go to the scene selection and select the scene you want, plus there is a setup feature so you can insert your own settings. There is also a DVD version included and a download code to download a digital copy if you would prefer to use that versus the discs. What I like about this movie are the CGIs which are so realistic that you think the sets are real because they are so incredibly detailed. The animals look realistic as well and the backgrounds are very intricate. But, as I learned in the Blu-ray feature “I am Mowgli”, it shows that it was all done on green screen, which makes this film more incredible because most of it isn’t real! The voice acting is superb. Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Christopher Walken and many others truly bring the animals to life with their outstanding voice over work. Speaking about Christopher Walken, another bonus feature is “King Louie’s Temple Layer by Layer”. It shows you how the “I Wan’na Be Like You” scene was created. It is very interesting to watch how the orchestra, Christopher Walken, the storyboard and green screens worked together to make that sequence. Finally, the music is superb and adds so much more energy and excitement to the movie. It just makes the scenes more interesting than they would be without such compelling music. What you should know about this film is that there are many intense scenes. Even I jumped out of my seat a few times. This isn’t a movie for children below age 9 and is definitely a “know your kid” type of movie. I also didn’t like how King Louie doesn’t look as friendly as in the original movie. Aside from that, this movie is truly outstanding entertainment. I recommend this film to kids ages 9 to 18. People who like action, adventure and comedy movies will surely enjoy this. It does have intense scenes and will make you jump but I give it 4 out of 5 stars and love all the bonus features on the DVD/Blu-ray/Digital HD which is available Reviewed by Ryan R., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. For more reviews by youth, go to kidsfirst dot org

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A Visual Feast

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      VandyPrice
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      What's the point? That's the question director Jon Favreau and the brass at Disney had to answer if they were going to justify the money and man hours required to bring the visually stunning "live action" version of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book to the big screen some fifty years after the Disney animated version taught generations upon generations of children the bare necessities of life. What would be the point of retelling this story to the current generation in an updated form? What more could they bring to it that children might not elicit from that 1967 original? In short, would there be more of a point to it than simply showing off the technical wizardry of Weta Digital and their visual effects work? The funny thing is, we more than likely remember the 1967 version through nostalgia-filled eyes that cloud our judgment of the actual film. In going back and watching that film-the one I very much enjoyed as a child despite being born in the late eighties-it quickly became apparent there wasn't much substance to the story and that the film was more a collection of little scenes filled with different, but interesting animal personalities that featured catchy songs written by the Sherman brothers and very little more until Shere Khan showed up at the end to create some type of tension. And so, going into this latest version of Kipling's story that would pull from both that source material while being heavily inspired by the '67 film the biggest improvement they could make would be in the story department by crafting a narrative that held a driving force with serious forward momentum and a throughline plot that, at the very least, would add a little more significance and reason to seeing the film in the first place. With screenwriter Justin Marks (whose only prior feature credits include a Street Fighter film and a TV movie) though, we are brought the one thing I couldn't even have imagined to add and that was a cohesion to the thinly connected events of the original animated movie. Giving purpose and connection that take Mowgli (Neel Sethi) from point A to point B lends the film a real ambition making the stunning visuals only more of an achievement.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The BEAR necessities of life....

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      BobsdadBob
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      We were living abroad and my son was about 2 years old when we got a hold of a copy of the original Disney Jungle Book cartoon movie. We probably saw it (along with The Land Before Time and the original Adam West Batman movie) about a gazillion times over the course of a year. His choice, not ours. We almost had the three movies memorized line by line when, thankfully, we got a Winnie-the-Pooh movie to break up the flow. When this update to Jungle Book came out I was moderately interested. After I read a few reviews on Best Buy's site I thought it might be worth a look and we bought the Blu-Ray edition. My wife and I enjoyed it thoroughly and when my son came to visit two weeks later, we watched again with him. (How's that for payback?) I personally think that computerized effects are often over-used and now near-boring, but this time around, the makers really hit the mark. For those who don't know, the movie was almost entirely computer-generated and very life-like. Snotty, opinionated, know-it-all Hollywood actors better be fearing for their jobs because now it appears that they can be replaced AND not missed. It was nice that a few of the songs from the original managed to find their way into this movie. A fun lil bonus was the way the movie handled the credits at the end. If you are into watching the extras, don't miss the footage of Christopher Walken doing his voice-over for his character. He was made for the part and vice versa. We watched the blu-ray on a 4k Sony TV so the picture was upscaled and stunning. Definitely worth watching again, and again... and maybe again. History DOES repeat itself.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Film as Beautiful as the Story

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      SLL2004
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      Fantastic movie. Even though I grew up reading Jungle Book as a kid and I knew what was going to happen, I was at the edge of my seat. The story is quite simple with Mowgli (Neel Sethi who is brilliant) who has been living with the wolves since he was a baby is cast out of the pack in fear and mistrust. With the help of his faithful friend Bagheera (Ben Kingsley) he begins to make his way to the man- village. However, Bagheera and the tiger Shere Khan (Idris Elba, wonderfully menacing) clash, Mowgli has to fend for himself. He then meets Baloo (Bill Murray) and they have a series of adventures together.The story is beautifully told and covers complicated topics like not fitting in,the importance of your pack staying together. One of my favorite moments of the film is where Bagheera and Baloo have validation that Mowgli is different and that taking him to the village may have him lose that. The movie is most definitely not one for small children, having some very tense scenes. I really felt that Jon Favreau has done a fantastic job of bringing one of my favorite childhood novels to life. The animals which I know are all CGI look superbly real. I would recommend this movie to anyone who has read jungle book.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent 3D Release

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      Musicman88
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      For those who already bought the initial 2D release, unless you have a 3D entertainment system to take advantage of the 3D, I don't know that the additional bonus features would be enough to justify double-dipping on this film. Now, that said, if you do have a 3D entertainment system, this release features some GREAT 3D - some of the best Disney has done in the past several years, or if you didn't buy the 2D release when it first came out, I would highly recommend this release just for the additional bonus content not offered in the 2D-only package. In terms of the film itself, I would say that this version of the Jungle Book goes quite a bit darker than that of the 1960's counterpart that Disney created decades ago, so I would caution parents of very young children to wait until your kids are a bit older before showing them this movie, as certain scenes could be a bit frightening. That said, it is quite a wonderful film, the plot flows nicely, and the cast performs very well.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Favorite version of The Jungle Book movies

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      karma647
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      The whole family loved this movie. I first saw the Disney animated version of The Jungle Book in the movie theater as a child and fell in love with it but was disappointed by Disney's later adaptations of the book until they released this one in 2016. They did a great job blending the live action with the CGI while staying true to the feel of the animated version that I fell in love with. But what I really loved was how they added the law of the wolves from Kipling's novel as the law of the jungle in the movie ("NOW this is the law of the jungle, as old and as true as the sky, And the wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the wolf that shall break it must die. As the creeper that girdles the tree trunk, the law runneth forward and back; For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack.") and has really helped me reinforce what I've been trying to teach my children about team work.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      An amazing adaptation of the animated classic.

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      DavidC
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      This live-action remake of the original 1967 animated Disney classic is destined to become a classic itself. This version is much more intense than the original, but still has the Disney magic that the entire family can enjoy. The CG animals and locations look amazing and all of the voice performances are fantastic. Idris Elba as the voice of the tiger Shere Khan is especially good. The 2D Blu-ray’s audio and video is amazing. The bonus features are great too. The commentary by director Jon Favreau is very informative and “The Jungle Book Reimagined” documentary gives a great look at adapting and making the film. A great movie, great A/V, and great bonus features make this Blu-ray a must have. Any fan of the original will love this adaptation. Anyone new to the Jungle Book story will love this movie as well.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A classical animated movie comes to life

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      Marcus
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      The animated jungle book was my very first movie I watched as a kid at the movies. This was the birth of a life long movie nerd and the magic of the animated classic never faded. I still love to watch it. Now the real life version. I have to admit I was very skeptical in the beginning, but after I watched the first previews I wanted to see the movie and what can I say? It blew me away. I liked the animal, Mowgli, the whole setting etc, etc. The story differs a little bit from the animated version, but I've read it's closer to the original book from Rudyard Kipling. But anyway, I was 5 again, the magic of a Disney movie caught me after a couple of minutes. All involved actors doing a great job. I'd highly recommend this movie. I'd give 6 stars if I could

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