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The Platinum Edition: To Buy Or Not To Buy?,
This review is from: The Jungle Book (Two-Disc 40th Anniversary Platinum Edition) (DVD)
Disney Studios has become infamous for repeatedly revamping and re-releasing its most celebrated titles. THE JUNGLE BOOK is the current title on this marketing merry-go-round, and the question inevitably arises: should you replace your earlier DVD with this the new "Platinum Edition?" The answer is a firm "maybe."
Certainly there's no question about the film itself. Released in 1967, THE JUNGLE BOOK really is one Disney's finest, a very free adaptation of the Kipling tale of a child who is raised by wolves and must break with the jungle in order to enter human society. Beautifully animated in the classic hand-rendered style and brilliantly voiced by the likes of Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot, Louis Prima, and George Sanders, this is a film certain to charm children and adults alike--and it is among the handful of Disney films that I have gone out of my way to keep in my library.
But do I really need all the bells and whistles of the current edition? The re-master is nice, but I have to note that THE JUNGLE BOOK was never actually in need of a major restoration in the same way that SNOW WHITE, FANTASIA, or PETER PAN were. It looks great, yes, but you may not notice much difference in picture and sound between the earlier DVD release and the current one. As for the special features--I enjoyed the audio commentary and the "making of" feature; I was also amused by the "lost scene." But I could not care less about the rest of the content, which ranges from the kiddie-silly to the uninspired.
Ultimately, your decision to purchase the Platinum Edition of THE JUNGLE BOOK rests on how much of a Disney fan you actually are. If you can't bear to let a single item go buy, or if you are particular fan of this title, by all means purchase it--you'll find it worth the money. And if you don't own it at all, or if you're still making do with an old VHS copy, obviously this is the way to go. But if you do own the earlier DVD edition and you are happy with it, don't feel you have to make this "Platinum Edition" a priority.
Five stars for the film in and of itself!
GFT, Amazon Reviewer