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Disney The Jungle Book Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Available on February 11, 2014

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Film Synopsis:            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! 
Meet the most unforgettable characters and embark on a thrilling adventure with Mowgli as he journeys deep into the jungle and learns “The Bare Necessities” of life from happy-go-lucky Baloo the bear. Meet Bagheera, the wise old panther, and crazy King Louie, the orangutan. But watch out for the cunning tiger Shere Khan and Kaa, the ssssneakiest snake in the jungle!
Explore your family’s wild side as you venture into The Jungle Book for extraordinary adventures and a heartwarming tale that celebrates the true meaning of friendship. 
Voice Talent:                 Phil Harris (Robin Hood, The Aristocats) as Baloo the Bear; Sebastian Cabot (The Sword and the Stone, Winnie the Pooh) as Bagheera the Panther; Bruce Reitherman (Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree) as Mowgli the Man Cub; George Sanders (All About Eve, Rebecca) as Shere Khan the Tiger; Sterling Halloway (The Aristocats, Alice in Wonderland) as Kaa the Snake; J. Pat O’Malley (Robin Hood, Mary Poppins) as Col. Hathi the Elephant/Buzzie; and Louis Prima (The Continental Twist Hey Boy! Hey Girl!) as King Louie of the Apes

Producer:                         Walt Disney

Director                            Wolfgang Reitherman (The Jungle Book, 101 Dalmatians, The Aristocats)

Writers:                             Larry Clemmons (The Fox and the Hound, Robin Hood, The Aristocats)
Ralph Wright (The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh, The Aristocats)
Ken Anderson (The Rescuers, The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh)
Vance Gerry (The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh, Robin Hood)
**Inspired by the Rudyard Kipling Mowgli Stories.

Music:                                 Music by George Bruns, Songs by Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman.  “The Bare Necessities” by Terry Gilkyson.”

Release Date:                 February 11, 2014         
Direct Prebook            December 17, 2013      
Distributor Prebook: December 31, 2013    

All-New Blu-ray           Introductions by Diane Disney Miller and Richard M. Sherman
Bonus Features:           Alternate Ending – Mowgli and The Hunter
@DisneyAnimation: Sparking Creativity
Music, Memories & Mowgli: A Conversation with Richard M. Sherman, Diane
Disney Miller and Floyd Norman
Disney Intermission – Bear-E-Oke hosted by Baloo
Bear-E-Oke Sing A Long
I Wanna Be Like You – Hangin’ Out At Disney’s Animal Kingdom

DVD Bonus Features:               All the Classic bonus features included in the original DVD release

Packaging:                       2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack  (BD + DVD + Digital Copy), DVD and Digital

Feature Run Time:     78-minutes       

Rated:                                 G in U.S. & Canada (Bonus materials are not rated)

Aspect Ratio:                 1.75:1 formatted for 16x9 TV screens

Sound:                                Blu-ray: 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio (English); Original Theatrical Mix (English); Dolby® Digital 5.1 Surround Sound (French and Spanish)
DVD: Original Theatrical Mix (English); Dolby® Digital 5.1 Surround Sound (English, French and Spanish)

Languages:                      English, French and Spanish

Subtitles:                          English SDH, French and Spanish

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Our Review:
We owned most of the Disney animations, except for a selected few and The Jungle Book is on of them. For this reason, we are super excited that Disney decided to release this classic film from the Disney Vault. My kids had been watching The Jungle Book on VHS tape at their grandparents' house, but let's face it, since they have always watched movies on DVDs and Blu-ray players, they just could not understand the whole concept of rewinding the tape and waiting for 5 minutes before they could watch it again, lol. Being able to watch The Jungle Book on Blu-ray definitely means less complaining from my kids. Comparing to the VHS version they were watching, the video quality on the Blu-ray is certainly a lot better. My kids thoroughly enjoy watching the adventures in the story, but I think that learning about the friendships formed between the characters is just as valuable. While The Jungle Book is not new to them, my kids love extra features like the sing-along and the behind the scenes clips that this blu-ray and DVD combo offers.

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