Review: “The Jungle Book” (2016) Blu-ray


Disney has had some amazing success remaking their classic animated hits, but I admit that I had a few reservations about The Jungle Book. The Disney Classic animated film based on Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale is one of my favorite movies, and while I loved Disney’s remake of Cinderella and Maleficent,  I was kind of worried about how they could make a live action adaption that could live up to the magic of the original 1967 film. At the top of the list of concerns was the CGI that would be required to bring the animals in the film to life. I had wondered if they would go for a “cartoon” like appearance and feel, or perhaps they’d attempt to make them more lifelike. Either way, I wasn’t sure how the project would all come together. When it was announced that Jon Favreau was at the helm, that helped to alleviate some of my concerns, and as I started seeing all of the great talent that had signed on for the film, my initial concerns started to be replaced with anticipation.

You’ve likely seen the original animated film, and much of this story is the same. Because there are a few differences, I’ll be careful not to spoil them in the review. The Jungle Book is about a “man-cub” named Mowgli (played by newcomer Neel Sethi) who is raised by wolves and encounters a wide range of wildlife in his journey in the jungle. He has a loyal ally in a panther named Bagheera (voiced by Ben Kingsley). Mowgli’s primary nemesis is a tiger named Shere Khan (voiced by Idris Elba), who has a dislike of man in general, and as an extension, Mowgli. As Mowgli travels the jungle trying to avoid the tiger, he makes a new friend in a bear named Baloo (voiced by Bill Murray). He also comes into contact with an ape named King Louie (voiced by Christopher Walken).

I’ve already established that one of my concerns before seeing the film, were the visuals. I wasn’t sure how they’d combine the live action character with the 3D CGI. Suffice it to say, The Jungle Book is one of the best looking movies of the year. It’s simply outstanding. Enormous and colorful environments that have amazing color detail, and the transfer to Blu-ray is impressive. The entire film is full of astounding visuals, and one of the things I seemed to notice on a second viewing is the fur of the animals. The details are perfect and really something to behold. Fantastic in its own right, the audio is splendid throughout as well. It’s a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track and everything from the vocals, to the special effects, to the music are excellent. Overall, this Blu-ray is so good, that it’s like a very well produced demo reel!

There are a few extra goodies on the Blu-ray, but not quite as many as I had expected. Like so many Blu-rays, one of my favorite Bonus Features are the “Making of” segment, and this one doesn’t disappoint. It has some great details on the project including some discussions of the techniques used to create the animals in the film. It’s a great watch. There’s a small segment about how they picked Neel Sethi for the role. There’s also a small feature with Christopher Walken as King Louie, as he performs.

Overall, this is a great Blu-ray. Again, the bonus content is a little light, but as the movie itself is so fantastic, you didn’t really need any extra reason to buy it in the first place. I’m sure this new take on The Jungle Book will end up being another classic for generations to enjoy.

The Jungle Book (2016)

Product: Digital HD/SD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand
Feature Run Time: Approximately 106 minutes
Rating: PG in U.S. and Canada
Aspect Ratio: Blu-ray Feature Film = 1080p High Definition / 1.85:1
DVD Feature Film = 1.85:1
Audio: Blu-ray = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA & 2.0 Descriptive Audio,
Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks
DVD = English, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks,
English 2.0 Descriptive Audio
Languages/Subtitles: English, French & Spanish/English SDH, French & Spanish

Disclosure: We received a complimentary copy of this movie. All opinions are our own.

Amy Crooks

Hi!! I'm Amy, and I am the owner and writer of this site. I'm a stay-at-home mom that enjoys cooking, crafting and cheering on my favorite hockey, football, baseball and basketball teams! I have an amazing husband and son (Clayton III does a little writing for the site too)!! :)

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