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February 11, 2014 DVD and Blu-ray: Disney's 'The Jungle Book' Diamond Edition

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Releasing from the Disney Vault and coming to Blu-ray for the first time is the beloved classic The Jungle Book Diamond Edition with glorious digitally restored picture and brilliant high-definition sound. This most unforgettable wild jungle adventure is the 19th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. Inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s book of the same name about the feral child Mowgli, it is directed by Wolfgang Reitherman and produced by Walt Disney -- who died during its production. The stellar voice cast includes famous actors and musicians Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot, George Sanders and Louis Prima, as well as Disney regulars such as Sterling Holloway, J. Pat O'Malley and Verna Felton, and the director's son, Bruce Reitherman, as Mowgli. The much loved song “The Bare Necessities” was nominated for Best Song at the 40th Academy Awards, but lost to "Talk to the Animals" from Doctor Dolittle.

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In The Jungle Book, Mowgli is a young orphan boy who was found in the deep jungles of Madhya Pradesh, India by a wise old black panther named Bagheera when he was a baby and raised by a mother Indian Wolf along with her own cubs. He lives happily in the jungle until the wolf tribe learns that a man-eating Bengal tiger named Shere Khan has returned to the jungle. Fearing for Mowgli’s life, they decide it is best for him to return to the “man village” and Bagheera volunteers to be his escort. Despite Mowgli’s protests, he ends up on an extraordinary journey where he nearly gets eaten by a ssssneaky snake named Kaa, tries to join the elephant patrol, gets kidnapped by crazy King Louie the orangutan’s monkeys, befriends some puckish vultures and learns "The Bare Necessities" of life from happy-go-lucky Baloo the bear. Bursting with wild fun, toe-tapping music and many beloved characters, this heartwarming timeless masterpiece celebrates the true meaning of friendship.

Cast:

  • Bruce Reitherman as Mowgli
  • Phil Harris as Baloo
  • Sebastian Cabot as Bagheera
  • Louis Prima as King Louie
  • George Sanders as Shere Khan
  • Sterling Holloway as Kaa
  • J. Pat O'Malley as Colonel Hathi the Indian Elephant / Buzzie the Vulture
  • Verna Felton as Winifred
  • Clint Howard as Junior
  • Chad Stuart as Flaps the Vulture
  • Lord Tim Hudson as Dizzie the Vulture
  • John Abbott as Akela the Indian Wolf
  • Ben Wright as Father Wolf
  • Darleen Carr as The Girl
  • Leo De Lyon as Flunkey the Baboon
  • Hal Smith as Slob Elephant / Monkey
  • Ralph Wright as Gloomy Elephant
  • Digby Wolfe as Ziggy the Vulture
  • Bill Skiles and Pete Henderson as Monkeys

DVD Special Features:

  • Introductions by Diane Disney Miller and Richard M. Sherman
  • Audio Commentary
  • Sing-Along With The Movie:
    o "Trust In Me"
    o "I Wanna Be Like You"
    o "Bare Necessities"
    o Colonel Hathi's March"
    o That's What Friends Are For"
  • The Bare Necessities: The Making Of The Jungle Book
  • Disney's Kipling
  • The Lure of The Jungle Book
  • Mowgli's Return To The Wild
  • Frank & Ollie
  • "I Wanna Be Like You" Music Video Performed By Jonas Brothers
  • Disneypedia Junglemania! – Learn About The Real-life Animals From The Film

Blu-ray Combo Pack Special Features:

Includes all DVD Special Features plus:

  • 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:
    o "Trust In Me"
    o "I Wanna Be Like You"
    o "Bare Necessities"
    o "Colonel Hathi's March"
    o “That's What Friends Are For"
  • Bear-E-Oke Sing A Long:
    o "Trust In Me"
    o "I Wanna Be Like You"
    o "Bare Necessities"
    o "Colonel Hathi's March"
    o "That's What Friends Are For"
  • I Wanna Be Like You – Hangin’ Out At Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Exclusives:

Check out the slideshow to see what the exclusives look like.

USA

Canada
Release Date: February 11, 2014

United Kingdom
Release Date: December 8, 2013

Rebates:

  • $5 mail-in rebate when you buy Disney's The Jungle Book Diamond Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack and two (2) Concord Foods Guacamole / Salsa mixes - Expires 4/30/14

Best Deals:

  • Target.com - Save $8 when you purchase both the Frozen Blu-ray Combo Pack (Item #15028710 or #15131907 [Target exclusive version]) and an additional select Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack title together.
  • Toys R Us -
    o Pre-order Frozen Blu-ray Combo Pack in store with a $1 deposit and save $10 on any Disney title $19.99 or higher immediately in store.
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Best Prices:

DVD - $15.99 at Toys R Us, $16.96 at Walmart stores, $16.99 at Amazon.com, Target, $18.99 at Best Buy, $19.96 at Walmart.com

Blu-ray Combo Pack (includes DVD and Digital Copy) - $19.96 at Walmart stores, $22.99 at Amazon.com, Best Buy, $24.99 at Target, $28.96 at Walmart.com, $19.99 at Toys R Us

Target exclusive Blu-ray Combo Pack with storybook and CD - $24.99

Walmart exclusive Blu-ray Combo Pack with lunch bag - $29.96

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