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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem Repolished!!!!, March 26, 2007
This review is from: The Jungle Book (Two-Disc 40th Anniversary Platinum Edition) (DVD)
It cant get any better than this. Disney beloved animated classic "The Jungle Book" finally gets the long overdue Platinum treatment. This new 40th Anniversary release will include an all-new digital restoration of the film and for the very first time ever, this release will feature the movie in 1.75:1 widescreen aspect ratio (Please be aware that "Jungle Book" was filmed in 1.37:1 aspect ratio and was cropped for its theatrical screenings. The movie loses a little from top and bottom here in this restored version so think twice before selling off your old copies which featured the movie in its original fullscreen ratio). Along with a 5.1 Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix soundtrack, this edition includes a restored original theatrical soundtrack too. French and Spanish language tracks will also appear on the disc. According to dvdtimes, extras on this platinum edition will include:

Audio Commentary - Combines comments from current animators with audio from the original creative team who made the film

The Lost Character: Rocky The Rhino - For the first time ever, the near-sighted, short-tempered rhinoceros named Rocky is brought to the screen using original storyboards and original voice recordings by Frank Fontaine.

The Bare Necessities: The Making of The Jungle Book - A comprehensive look at the last animated film that Walt Disney produced using existing archival footage in addition to new interviews with Richard Sherman, Brad Bird, Glen Keane, Eric Goldberg, James Baxter, Will Fi'nn, Andreas Deja, Burny Mattinson Ted Thomas, Bruce Reitherman, John Culhane, John Canemaker and Neal Gabler--plus a never-before-seen collection of artwork and treatments from the film

Disney's Kipling: Walt's Magic Touch on A Literary Classic - A discarded film treatment from 1963 includes scenes from Kipling's "Mowgli Stories" and more are used to illustrate Walt's interpretation of the literary masterpiece

The Lure of The Jungle Book - Many of today's biggest names in animation were inspired to pursue their careers after seeing The Jungle Book; this feature examines this phenomenon and features new interviews with Brad Bird, Andreas Deja, Sergio Pablo, Will Finn and Eric Goldberg.

Mowgli's Return to the Jungle - Learn about nature filmmaking and the experience of making The Jungle Book firsthand from Bruce Reitherman, the voice of Mowgli.

Baloo's Virtual Swingin' Jungle Cruise - Join everyone's favourite bear in this set-top and DVD-ROM game on an adventure through the jungle: enjoy fun activities and musical challenges, but keep an eye out because there's no telling what's on the other side of the river bend!

English Learning Feature
Still Frame Art Gallery

Like all other Platinum editions, even this one will be available for a limited time only. So bring home Mowgli, Baghira, Baloo and Shere khan and all the lovable characters we've all grown up with, before they go back to Disney vault again!
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Initial post: Apr 13, 2007 8:14:53 AM PDT
It is questionable that this was filmed in 1.75-1 widescreen. Outside of Disney's cinemascope movies, they didn't start animating in 1.75-1 aspect ratio until 1977. I believe the Rescuers is the first in that format. It is true that some theaters matted (cropped) the top & bottom off to make Jungle Book appear widescreen. This is common practice even today. The 35mm film frame is not a widescreen format. Either the picture gets squeezed (anamorphic) to fit a 2.33-1 picture or it gets matted at the top & bottom for a 1.75-1 picture. Filming a matted picture in the 1960's was unrealistic as the movie would end up on the square TV screen. Keep in mind that I am not talking about true Cinemascope, VistaVision, Techniscope, or Panavision widescreen films (which this is not), I am talking about regular "flat" screen movies.

Posted on May 5, 2007 9:56:49 AM PDT
Mohd Jafar says:
Paul, what you're saying is correct. Now that Disney is going Blu-Ray, looks like they want to release everything in widescreen ratio, someway or the other. "Jungle Book" was actually shot in 1.37:1 but was cropped for its theatrical screenings. Few however say that all that you'll be missing on this new version is a bunch of dead space that you were never meant to see in the first place...But then animating something traditionally that will never be seen is such a waste of resources and time. Why would they do that if the movie was meant to be in widescreen aspect ratio??

Now that could be a matter of discussion and the purists would not like to lose on any amount of picture, anyway. I only wish Disney could have given us both, the original fullscreen as well as the new, cropped version on this platinum edition...It would have been just perfect for everyone.

Thanks for your comment BTW, I've made some changes in my review above.

Good Day

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2007 10:23:45 PM PDT
Great information guys! I wonder if Disney will "fess up" like they did with "Darby O'Gill" where they admitted that theaters matted the original film to make it appear widescreen. Either way a great restoration will look great AND, it WILL look the way I saw it way back in 1967. Yes, my sister way babysitting 3 kids so I took em all to see "Jungle Book". Sure doesn't seem like 30 years ago. :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 4, 2007 10:09:55 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 4, 2007 10:11:23 PM PDT
Actually Sleeping Beauty in 1959 was the first Disney film done in "cinescope" which is just another word for what we now call widescreen.
But it was an extremely expensive project that did not intially recived any profit so it is very possible JB was not filmed in this manner.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 7, 2007 7:13:59 PM PDT
The truth is that Lady and the Tramp, from 1955, was the first Disney film using the extra-wide Cinemascope process. Aspect ratio is 2.55:1.
Sleeping Beauty was also in Cinemascope, in 1959, with an aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Aspect ratio numbers mean that the image is that much wider than it is tall.
Jungle Book was not filmed in Cinemascope.

Also, please understand that Cinemascope is not "just another word" for widescreen. There are a few different types of widescreen formats. The true Cinemascope process debuted in 1953. Films to indulge in this included The Robe, as well as Ben Hur, How to Marry a Millionaire, and Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Widescreen sizes vary from 1.66 to 2.55 widths, depending on the studio, cinematographer, and year of release. There was no widescreen film before the 1950's.

Both 'platinum' dvd editions of Sleeping Beauty and Lady and the Tramp include the original Cinemascope versions, and they look amazing. You can see the entire background paintings, unlike the full screen version which trims the image down to a square.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2007 7:35:39 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 23, 2007 7:37:34 AM PDT
In response to "Sure doesn't seem like 30 years ago. :-)".....That's because it was 40 years ago !!! Time has a way of getting away from all of us. ;)

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