Monday, August 29, 2016

The Jungle Book Blu-ray Review...

The Legend Comes to Life
Disney’s Groundbreaking, Live-Action Adventure
arrives on Digital HD August 23 and on Blu-ray™ August 30

And venture deep into the jungle with in-depth bonus features

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.

The all-star cast includes Bill Murray (“Lost in Translation”) as the voice of Baloo, Sir Ben Kingsley (“Learning to Drive,” “The Walk”) as Bagheera and Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) as the voice of mother wolf Raksha. Scarlett Johansson (“Avengers: Age of Ultron”) gives life to Kaa, Giancarlo Esposito (“Breaking Bad”) provides the voice of alpha-male wolf Akela, Idris Elba (“Beast of No Nation”) roars as the voice of Shere Khan, and Christopher Walken (“The Deer Hunter”) lends his iconic voice to King Louie.

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’s musical score, composed by Emmy® winner and Oscar-, BAFTA- and Annie Award-nominee John Debney (“Elf,” “Iron Man 2”), features a classic orchestral sound accented by ethnic instruments and pays homage to the original film by highlighting snippets of the classic songs we all know and love.

Feature Run Time: Approximately 106 minutes
Rating: PG in U.S. and Canada

Website: the-jungle-book-2016

Our Review:

We loved the original Jungle Book so we couldn't wait to see this new version! We were impressed with how they made this movie with live action and animation. All of the animals looked real and had awesome personalities. The baby wolves were so cute, I just wanted to pick them up and cuddle with them. It was so sad when Shere Khan killed Akela, the leader of the wolf pack. I knew Mowgli would be really mad when he found out.

We loved Baloo the bear. He is such a funny and lovable character. Baloo saves Mowgli from the snake Kaa, so he talks Mowgli into paying him back by getting him some honeycombs. We thought it was so cute when Mowgli saves the baby elephant. That was such a special moment in the film. I was happy to hear them sing the bear necessities song like the original movie. This is a really good movie that the whole family will enjoy!

There are some fun special features too. Check out the Jungle Book Re-imagined, you get to hear how the filmmakers came up with the concepts for this film. They wanted to keep a lot of stuff true to the original. There is also I am Mowgli, King Louie's Temple layer by layer and more. The 3D version of The Jungle Book will be available later this year which my family is also very excited about!

Disclaimer: *I received the review products at no charge to evaluate and express my opinion.*