WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Jungle Book, The

Reviewed In Issue 15 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Jason Scott Lee, Gary Elwes, Lena Headey, Sam Neill , John Cleese.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Walt Disney Home Video
(Catalog Number): 4604
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $$39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 111
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1994
(LD Release Date): 6/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Stephen Sommers
(Screenplay/Written By): Stephen Sommers, Ronald Yanover & Mark. D. Geldman
(Story): Ronald Yanover & Mark D. Geldman Stephen Sommers, Ronald Yanover & Mark. D. Geldman
(Music): Basil Poledouris
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Allan Cameron
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(Editor): Bob Ducsay
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(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Sharad Patel, Mark Damon & Lawrence Mortorff
(Co-Producers): Michael J. Kagan
(Producers): Edward S. Feldman & Raju Patel

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography):
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Digital
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(Remastered Dolby Digital):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book is a live-action film based on one of Rudyard Kipling’s most beloved short stories. Mowgli (Jason Scott Lee) lives happily in the jungle with the animals who have raised him since childhood, until he meets Kitty (Lena Headey), the daughter of Major Brydon (Sam Neill), who draws him into contact with people—some good, some bad. Mowgli soon faces a corrupt Captain Boone (Gary Elwes) who wants the mythical treasures of Monkey City—a place only Mowgli can find. His loyal animal friends help him meet the challenges of survival in this rousing family adventure.

LaserDisc Picture:
The perfectly framed 2.35:1 Panavision® scope picture exhibits stunning cinematography shot on locations in India, and colors that are vivid and rich in their hues. Images are sharp and detailed with excellent contrast and shadow detail, without distracting noise, grain and artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack has subtle surround envelopment in some scenes provided by the music score and the occasional sound effect. Dialogue is excessively bright and forward.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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