Blu-ray Review: The Jungle Book: 3D Collector’s Edition
By John Corrado
Arriving a few months after the original Blu-ray release, The Jungle Book: 3D Collector’s Edition has now arrived, offering fans the definitive version of Disney’s excellent remake. For more on the film itself, which is one of the year’s best, you can read our three views right here.
Although some will question the need to double dip, this really is the superior version of the film, with the main draw being the 3D presentation. The 3D here is nothing short of spectacular, with the jungle extending into the background as animals and tree branches pop out into the foreground, adding another layer of dazzle to what is already a visually stunning film.
The Blu-ray includes director Jon Favreau’s commentary track and the featurettes The Jungle Book Reimagined, I Am Mowgli and King Louie’s Temple: Layer By Layer from the original release, as well as five brand new bonuses. These include The Bare Necessities: From the Jungle to the Bayou, a toe-tapping piece showing the New Orleans recording session with Bill Murray, The Return of a Legend, which shows Richard Sherman expanding upon his original music, as well as a visual effects progression reel, a brief selection of scenes shown in multiple different languages, and the animatic Developing Kaa.
This is an excellent selection of bonus features that help us further appreciate the groundbreaking work behind the film, and taken with the flawless 3D presentation, this release comes highly recommended especially for those who held off on getting a copy of the film in the first place.
The Jungle Book: 3D Collector’s Edition is a Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment release. It’s 106 minutes and rated PG.