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'The Jungle Book (Two-Disc Diamond Edition)'
(John Abbott, Bruce Reitherman, Sebastian Cabot, Darleen Carr, Verna Felton, et al / Blu ray+DVD / G / 2014 / Walt Disney Studios)

Overview: Now for the first time ever on Blu-ray with glorious digital high definition, Disney's Jumpin' Jungle Classic has never looked so lush or sounded so good. Beloved characters, swinging music and new behind-the-scenes bonus features make this Diamond Edition Blu-ray a must-have for every family's classic collection!

Blu ray+DVD Verdict: For the record, 'The Jungle Book' was another of Walt's personal favorite stories that he had been trying to get produced for a decade prior to it's 1967 release. For people that were not familiar with the classic film, well, here in this limited edition Diamond Edition release NOW is most definitely the time!

Anyway, we are a big Disney family and as such we love to watch Disney movies and add new ones to our collection, so we were excited to add this one to our collection as well. This movie has a great storyline and kept up the action of the original with a different storyline and undertone. I never know whether I will like some of the sequels that have come out for the Disney movies, as some have been ok, while others have struggled.

Disney¡¯s version of 'The Jungle Book' is based off Rudyard Kipling's book of the same name. Many versions of Mowgli's life have been told and retold throughout the years with Mowgli, the child raised by animals, somehow returning to civilization. The plots are always filled with life lessons and difficult tasks. But when it comes to Disney's version of The Jungle Book, the story is oversimplified, without much of a plot: the boy is raised by wolves, the tiger wants to kill the boy, the boy is sent back to "man-kind".

Oversimplified or not, Disney's version is a classic not to be missed. The storyline moves fast as Mowgli travels throughout the Indiana jungle meeting various native animals and encountering many adventures; adventures that continue to give him reason to stay in the jungle where it's fun; that is, until he meets a beautiful Indian girl who summons his heart to return to civilization.

Disney's 'The Jungle Book' is filled with plenty of song and dance which makes it quite entertaining for both adults and children and if you look close enough, you'll even find a few lessons on child safety, friendship, and responsibility.

If you own an earlier version of Disney's 'The Jungle Book' you might not feel there's a reason to purchase Disney's Platinum edition, but let me assure you there is.

Newly created content for this Diamond Edition comes in the form of a brief intro by composer Richard Sherman, an 18-minute promo featurette for Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park, a lengthy alternate ending presented in storyboard form and a wonderful 41-minute documentary that looks at Disney's legendary Nine Old Men (the studio's inner circle of animators) through the eyes of their families.

The remaining extras have all been ported over from previous DVD editions, but are just as valuable as ever. In addition to a fascinating commentary, you also get a five-part Making of­ (46 minutes), four additional featurettes, discussion of a deleted storyline that would have featured a new character (Rocky the Rhino), a wildlife video for kids, seven deleted songs, sing-along lyrics and music video. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.75:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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