In honor of next week’s release of The Jungle Book Diamond Edition, which marks the first time the immortal Disney classic will be available on Blu-ray, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has provided us with sketches and concept art created for the film. Admittedly much of these has been previously released before, but rarely at such a high resolution. So high in fact, that we had to shrink down several of the images in size just to make them fit. In addition to the concept art, they have also provided us with sneak peeks from the all new bonus feature, ‘Music, Memories & Mowgli: A Conversation with Richard M. Sherman, Diane Disney Miller and Floyd Norman.’
In anticipation of The Jungle Book Diamond Edition Blu-ray, available February 11, 2014, JC Penney has now added several items to its new Disney boutique. The bulk of the current collection consists of plush, not unlike those previously released in Europe by Disney Store and those expected to be available at Disney Store at the beginning of the new year. However, while Disney Store UK also lists a Junior and Shere Khan plush (these are likely to be available domestically as well), it does not list a Mowgli plush which JC Penney currently offers. Also available at launch are a Bagheera plush, a Baloo plus and a King Louie plush as well as a boys’ Jungle Book t-shirt.
Ahead of any official announcement, both Walmart and Amazonhave begun listing the direct-to-video sequel, The Jungle Book 2, will be making its Blu-ray debut on March 18, 2014, about a month after The Jungle Book Diamond Edition is released.
Below is the description of the release as per Walmart:
For the first time ever on Blu-ray with glorious digital high definition, Disney’s The Jungle Book has never looked so lush or sounded so good! Beloved characters, swinging music and new behind-the-scenes bonus features make this Diamond Edition Blu-ray a must-have for every family’s classic collection. Now available for pre-order from Amazon.com.
Meet the most unforgettable characters and embark on a thrilling adventure with Mowgli as he journeys deep into the jungle and learns ‘The Bare Necessities’ of life from happy-go-lucky Baloo the bear. Meet Bagheera, the wise old panther, and crazy King Louie, the orangutan. But watch out for the cunning tiger Shere Khan and Kaa, the ssssneakiest snake in the jungle!