This Week In Home Entertainment: Best Man Holiday, The Jungle Book, The Americans And More

By Jessica Rawden 2014-02-12 13:10:00discussion comments
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The Jungle Book: Diamond Edition Blu-ray
The Jungle Book has become a classic in the Disney canon, thanks to its crisp animation, male protagonist and its position as the last major film Walt Disney was able to put a major stamp on. This week, Disney is releasing the animated program onto Blu-ray for the first time ever, cleaning up the picture and adding a slew of bonus features for fans.

Despite being exceptionally popular at the time of its release and despite having catchy and enduring music written by the Sherman brothers, The Jungle Book hasnít maintained quite as much cultural relevance over the years. Maybe this has to do with a fact that releases for the film are only intermittent or maybe it has to do with no Disney dark ride supporting the classic film. Whatever the reason, if you were ever a fan of Baloo, Mowgli, Bagheera and more, the Blu-ray edition is the definitive release of the set, and it looks better than ever in HD picture.

Itís a lot of little details that make The Jungle Book: Diamond Edition Blu-ray set special. The menu screen scrolls through famous sequences in the film, but what I like even more about the opening screen is its use of the different music The Sherman Brothers created in connection with each of the main characters in the film. The menu screen is not the only thing that has been updated for the Blu-ray release. Floyd Norman, Richard M. Sherman and Diane Disney Miller all pop up to talk about their experiences with Walt Disney, as well as his fondness for the funny Jungle Book project. Itís not a good bonus for kids, especially since it ends with a touching nod to Disney Miller, who passed away just a few months ago.

Other new extras include a "Bear-e-oke sing-a-long," an extra that has become popular with new Disney releases and allows kids to sing along with the songs in the movie. If you donít already own The Jungle Book, all of the classic DVD extras are also available, making the flick a pretty good purchase, although I will say the new release is probably not a must-buy if you already own a working copy of the film.

You can order The Jungle Book over at Amazon.

Bonus Features:
"Music, Memories & Mowgli: A Conversation with Richard M. Sherman, Diane Disney Miller and Floyd Norman."
"Alternate Ending- Mowgli and the Hunter"
"I WaníNa Be Like You: Hanginí Out At Disneyís Animal Kingdom"
"Bear-E-Oke Sing-Along"
DisneyAnimation: Sparking Creativity
Classic DVD Feature "Backstage Disney"
Classic DVD Feature "Deleted Scene: The Lost Character ĖRocky The Rhino"
Classic DVD Feature "Disneypedia: Junglemania!"
Classic DVD Feature "Music and More"
Classic DVD Feature: Audio Commentary
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