The Jun­gle Book: Di­a­mond Edi­tion [Dis­ney, $29.99]

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Wolf­gang Rei­ther­man’s 1967 adap­ta­tion of Rud­yard Ki­pling’s beloved story about a feral boy and his an­i­mal friends and foes has re-emerged from the Dis­ney vault as a sparkling, Di­a­mond Edi­tion re­lease. If you’re fuzzy on the de­tails, the film cen­ters on Mowgli (Bruce Rei­ther­man), an or­phaned “man-cub” raised by a mother wolf and looked af­ter by care­free bear Baloo (Phil Har­ris) and se­ri­ous minded pan­ther Bagheera (Se­bas­tian Cabot), deep in the In­dian jun­gle. When the an­i­mals learn that the man-eat­ing tiger Shere Khan (Ge­orge Sand- ers) has re­turned, they re­al­ize they must re­turn Mowgli to the hu­man world. As Mowgli fights to stay with his an­i­mal fam­ily, he also must con­tend with a hun­gry python named Kaa (Ster­ling Hol­loway), the manic orang­utan King Louie (Louis Prima) and Shere Khan him­self. The film fea­tures ac­claimed mu­sic by the Sher­man Broth­ers.

This DVD has more than just the “Bare Ne­ces­si­ties”: pick from film in­tros by Diane Dis­ney Miller or Robert M. Sher­man, tune into the au­dio com­men­tary, sing-along with the movie (“Trust in Me,” “Bare Ne­ces­si­ties,” “Colonel Hathi’s March,” “That’s What Friends Are For”), check out the mak­ing-of fea­turette, “Dis­ney’s Ki­pling,” “The Lure of The Jun­gle Book,” “Mowgli’s Re­turn to the Wild,” “Frank & Ol­lie,” a mu­sic video of Jonas Broth­ers per­form­ing “I Wanna Be Like You,” and “Dis­neype­dia Jun­gle­ma­nia.” Or, opt for the two-disc Blu-ray combo set ($39.99), which ad­di­tion­ally boasts an al­ter­nate end­ing (“Mowgli and the Hunter”), “@Dis­neyAn­i­ma­tion: Spark­ing Cre­ativ­ity,” “Mu­sic, Mem­o­ries & Mowgli” (with Richard M. Sher­man, Diane Dis­ney Miller and Floyd Nor­man), “Bear-E-Oke” hosted by Baloo with all sing-along tracks and “I Wanna Be Like You - Hangin’ Out at Dis­ney’s An­i­mal King­dom.” Ei­ther op­tion of­fers plenty of toe-tap­ping, vine-swing­ing, big bear booty-shak­ing ac­tion for the whole fam­ily. [Re­lease date: Fe­bru­ary 11]

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