If ever there was a Blu Ray movie to invest in for the special features, Disney’s live-action remake of The Jungle Book is certainly it.
Jon Favreau continues to push his talents as a Director by creating a vast and immense world that would have audiences believing that the whole film was, in fact, shot in a jungle.
When I tell people that it was actually filmed solely in a studio in Los Angeles, their appreciation for the film reaches a new level.
Imagine watching The Jungle Book for the first time as you marvel at Mowgli as he swims, climbs and jumps through lush vegetation. Now imagine the jungle around him disappears and all you see is a young boy jumping around on a sound stage over green screen boxes and interacting with stand-ins…including Favreau himself.
The bonus features on the digital and Blu Ray versions of The Jungle Book will open your eyes to seeing the movie in a whole different light with new appreciation for its artistic value.
The bonus features include:
- The Jungle Book Reimagined – Favreau sits down with producer Brigham Taylor and visual effects supervisor Robert Legato to discuss “The Jungle Book” and reflect on the years they devoted to the reimagining of this timeless tale. Discover how Rudyard Kipling’s original stories and the classic animated film influenced their unique approach, witness the technical wizardry that enabled the team to create a believable and thrilling movie-going experience, and learn how they borrowed a page from Walt Disney’s innovation playbook to make it all happen. Lastly, 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.
- I Am Mowgli – Follow the extraordinary journey of 12-year-old Neel Sethi, who was selected from thousands of hopefuls worldwide to play Mowgli “alongside” some of today’s biggest movie stars. Get a glimpse of Neel’s life before Hollywood came calling, check out his audition that sealed the deal, and see how a close-working relationship with Favreau brought out his best. Plus, Neel shares how filming “The Jungle Book” was one wild ride, from working alongside imaginary animals to performing some super-fun stunts.
- King Louie’s Temple: Layer by Layer – So, exactly how do you create a musical number featuring one man-cub, a massive, legendary ape and an army of wild and wily monkeys in the Seeonee jungle? Viewers are granted rare and unique access to the development of the “I Wan’na Be Like You” sequence in which King Louie attempts to coerce Mowgli into giving up Man’s deadly “red flower” (fire). A fast-moving musical progression reel showcases storyboards, animatics, Christopher Walken’s recording session and visual effects layers, which ultimately merge to form one of the film’s most memorable scenes.
- Audio Commentary – Favreau delivers his scene-by-scene perspective on the live-action adventure “The Jungle Book” with all the candor and humor you’d expect from this multi-talented actor-writer-director-producer.
I highly recommend home version of this title not only if you’re a Disney fan, or a fan of The Jungle Book, but a fan of the filmmaking process in general.
The Jungle Book is available to own today on Digital HD and will be available on Tuesday on the DVD and Blu Ray format.
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