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The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )

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Audio/Video total rating:

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89





Studio and Year: Disney - 2003
MPAA Rating: G
Feature running time: 72 Minutes
Genre: Family, Animation

Disc Format: BD-25
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.69:1
Resolution: 1080p/24


Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French/Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Starring: John Goodman, Haley Joel Osment, Tony Jay
Directed by: Steve Trenbirth
Music by: Joel McNeely
Written by: Rudyard Kipling, Karl Geurs
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: March 18, 2014
"A big bear, a wild child, a cool cat, and a little Jungle Boogie!"


Film Synopsis:


Mowgli, missing the jungle and his old friends, runs away from the man village unaware of the danger he's in by going back to the wild.



My Take:


26 years after The Jungle Book ( which I wrote up last month ), Disney decided to go back to the jungle and re-visit Mowgli and friends. The Jungle Book 2 came out in a time when Disney's well seemed to be running a bit dry, making lackluster sequels to its classics. These efforts were good for the little one's, but never really went that extra mile where adults were concerned.

The Jungle Book 2 had a decent foundation to play with, as well as some fun characters and a great antagonist in the Tiger, Shere Khan. After leaving the jungle to live with humans for a while, Mowgli has decided to go back to the bare necessities and back into the wild and to his old best friends. Of course there is fun to be had as well as some music, and of course the main conflict of Shere Kahn wanting revenge for what happened before Mowgli left the first time. Sounds like a decent reprise of the original, and when we get pieces from it, like the familiar song "The Bare Necessities", The Jungle Book 2 shines. Unfortunately there is no real plot to grab on to, the new music just doesn't hold a candle to the originals songs, and even at a little over an hour, it seems like it was completely rung dry. But what really matters is that the kids like it, and my kids sure did. Actually they seemed to like it just as much as the original. Go figure.


Parental Guide:

Family Friendly




AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**


(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

Audio: 86

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Video: 92

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The Jungle Book comes to Blu-ray disc from Disney featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 22.8 mbps DTS-HD MA 7.1 lossless surround sound that has a average bitrate of 3.8 mbps.

The Jungle Book 2 looks and sounds better than the 1967 original, though that is to be expected considering that it was made 26 years later. However, this Blu-ray is similar to the original in the fact that any film grain is non-existent, being scrubbed away. Thankfully fine details stay intact and show off details in every bit of animation on screen. Primarily colors pop adding depth and dimension, black levels and contrast are both stable. It is a gorgeous looking HD presentation. The 5.1 mix the is dynamic, with decent surround effects (especially in the beginning), though it did feel front heavy. All dialogue and the films soundtrack were crystal clear, with great separation as well as perfect placement in the mix.


Bonus Features:

  • (HD) Deleted Scenes

  • (HD) Mowgli’s Jungle Ruins Maze Game

  • (HD) Disney's Song Selections

  • (HD) Music Videos

  • (HD) Digital Copy

  • DVD-ROM Weblinks

  • DVD Copy




Final Thoughts:

The Jungle Book 2 sure doesn't live up to the original, and is an uninspired visit with familiar characters, but these characters are what makes it a passable watch. Fans will love the A/V quality, as this is gorgeous to watch. Kids will love it, but I was bititn' my nails getting through the 70 minutes. If you have little ones, its worth picking up, the Blu-ray, the Digital Copy as well as the DVD have all been used in the few short days I have had it here.











Lee Weber
AVS Forum Blu-ray Reviews



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