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Jungle Book

 NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Unicorn (Tnt200)
  • DVD Release Date: August 4, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00019GHL6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,023,156 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Rudyard Kipling's classic story of Mowgli the baby boy abandoned in the jungle and found by a panther who takes the child to a family of wolves who will keep him safe well-cared for and loved.But when a vicious tiger comes around threatening the boy it becomes clear that the child must leave the animal kingdom and find his place among a species he has never known: human beings.System Requirements:Running Time: 109 Mins.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: ACTION/ADVENTURE Rating: NR UPC: 733317800826 Manufacturer No: 80082

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Loosely based on the Rudyard Kipling "Mowgli" stories, the 1942 JUNGLE BOOK offered war-weary audiences brilliant Technicolor, elaborate sets, numerous action sequences, exotic animals, lost treasure, and a climatic firestorm--not to mention charismatic Indian-born star Sabu in a persistently and titillating half-naked state. It was easily one of the most popular films of the year, a two-hour respite from some of the darkest days of World War II, and its style was so admired it easily won two Academy Awards for best color cinematography and best art direction.

Seen today, however, JUNGLE BOOK is considerably less enchanting. Much of the film's original appeal arose from audience interest in seeing "jungle beasts" in full color--and while several of the animal sequences (particularly those relating to tiger Shere Khan) are classics of their kind, most modern audiences have seen many such scenes in many later films. Further undercutting the animal-interest is the film's use of several animal "dummies" that seemed realistic in 1942 but which are now very obvious in their artificiality.

What remains, however, are Sabu and the overall design of the film, both of which are quite remarkable. Sabu (1924-1963) was an extremely unlikely star, plucked from complete obscurity in India by the Korda brothers to star in the 1937 ELEPHANT BOY. Fluent in English, unexpectedly charismatic, and with a handsome face and impressive body that the Kordas displayed to great effect, Sabu's greatest success would come with the 1940 Korda brothers' production of THE THIEF OF BAGDAD, and he would remain a popular actor in exotic roles throughout World War II. Although not his best film, JUNGLE BOOK captures Sabu at the very height of his appeal--and that is saying a great deal indeed.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please, Somebody, Restore This!!! June 20, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I give this film five stars because it's a gem. I do NOT give the DVD release any stars whatsoever. This is one of those unfortunate films that fell through the cracks into Public Domain (like FLYING DEUCES and ROYAL WEDDING) and has been languishing in shoddy releases ever since. The source print(s)for this DVD leave us with a muddy picture whose Technicolor splendor is reduced at times to sepia or even black and white and whose soundtrack is consistently noisy.

The movie is delightful and in many ways superior to the far more recent remake with Jason Scott Lee (who deserves another good movie, but that's another matter entirely). Sabu, at 18 or so, was delightful and at his boyishly charming peak. So why can't someone take the trouble to locate a pristine print or negative (as they did with FLYING DEUCES) and digitally restore this classic to its original glory? Surely there are enough of us in the world to buy it that the project would be worthwhile!
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pure poetry October 2, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
Seldom has live film so captured the mood of the original book on which it was based. The framing device of the old story teller (who turns out to be the villain of his own story) and the overvoice narration is Kipling all the way. While the cartoon versions degrade the material and put in riduculous songs, in this film the visual is poetry itself and the Rosza score is magnificent. This and its companion film <The Thief of Bagdad> are examples of movie making at its finest. And if the animals have more screen presence than do some of the actors, so be it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for the film - not the DVD October 19, 2004
What a pity that this classic film has entered the public domain. It's almost enough to make you wish that copyright laws lasted in perpetuity. Maybe then this movie would have been preserved and remastered the way that MGM's excellent DVD of "The Thief of Bagdad" was. I would gladly pay $15-20 (and quite possibly more) for such a treatment of "The Jungle Book," and would sleep just fine at night knowing that the heirs of the Korda brothers were getting a cut of it. Rather, we are treated to a slew of slipshod generic DVDs. It is probably only a matter of time before the original masters of this gorgeous, magical film deteriorate beyond all recognition, and all memory of this film vanishes into oblivion. This was the first film my mother ever saw as a young girl in Hungary in the early 1950s, and one of the first films I ever saw as young child in the early days of VHS. In all probability, I will never get the chance to show it to my own children, at least not in the way it was meant to be seen. What a pity.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great movie! January 31, 2001
If you want something different from the Disney animated version, which I love by the way, this is a great, real version of the Rudyard Kipling classic. There is something so mysterious and magical about this film. You really feel you are in a Jungle fairy tale when it begins. You really feel lost in the jungle. I will never forget the first time I saw this film as a child. Watch it at night, and in the dark, to give you the proper theater atmosphere. It will transport you to the jungle that way. It is such a great version of the story. The DVD isn't miraculous, it's pretty close to the poor videos they make of this film, but at least time won't hurt it like it does with VHS.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great oldie that desperately needs restoration May 24, 2003
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Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Dark, poor sound quality, quite scratchy (didn't they have a master to use?) Terribly disappointed in this, as I recall it from my youth and wanted to pass along a treasure. Instead, my 5-year-old only lasted about halfway before he asked for something else (he has great concentration and listened attentively while I read him the entire The Hobbit, so I know it wasn't a lacking on his part) Alas, the old treasure is not gold, but brass. Given the state of technology, someone could easily clean this up and make every viewer thrilled. As it is, I sadly say, pass it by, it's better remembered than seen in its present wretched state.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great old movie!
I love this live-action version of The Jungle Book. It is not exactly like the Kipling book but definitely different from the Disney version. The live action animals are amazing! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jen Snelling
4.0 out of 5 stars True classic
Could be a better copy, definitely not high definition, a poor copy at best, but the movie itself is a classic.
Published 3 months ago by MICHAEL LYNN ADKINS
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story of greed and innocence
Love this old story. Greed vs innocence is an age old tale. Back to basics tale. Short, but very entertaining
Published 3 months ago by Lori Houghton
1.0 out of 5 stars Jumpy plot
plot bounces from one place to another with not much transition to make the movie easy to watch. very confusing sometimes.
Published 4 months ago by constance sliger
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story telling
Great story telling and scenes. A story and picture that all ages can enjoy plus enough scary action for the kids.
Published 6 months ago by Peter
2.0 out of 5 stars not the Disney movie
This is one old movie staring Sabu as Mowgli. It shows its age and is very hokey and poorly produced. I prefer the Disney film.
Published 6 months ago by carl jones
5.0 out of 5 stars The original and best
This is the version I grew up watching and is still one of my favorites. I keep this one and the animated version with the fun songs.
Published 6 months ago by J. Eickstadt
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good.
Horrible, compared to the one I grew up watching. Even my grand-daughters didn't like it and wouldn't sit still to watch it.
Published 7 months ago by Donna Collison
5.0 out of 5 stars Good copying
Very good copy of the original. Did not meet with my expectation of the product formy requirements. I would not purchase it again.
Published 10 months ago by Louis B. Loubet
2.0 out of 5 stars Little or no ressemblance to the Kipling story. Laughable production...
I got this movie for my 6 year old nephew who loved listening to an audiobook of Kipling's original. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Sky Copilot
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