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