The voice talents of Haley Joel Osment and John Goodman are featured in the newly released “JUNGLE BOOK 2,” available on dvd from BUENA VISTA HOME ENTERTAINMENT. While fans of the original “JUNGLE BOOK” film will be eager to see what Baloo and Mowgli are up to, they won’t find a whole lot of surprises here. The animation is decent, and there are some creative moments, but none of which live up to the magic of the original film.
BUENA VISTA has preserved the film’s 1.66:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. It’s a great transfer. Colors are solid and extremely vibrant in every instance. It’s just disappointing that such a great looking film couldn’t have had a more creative script! The image is sharp, and contrast is excellent. Every minute detail is thoroughly complimented in this glossy transfer.
As is becoming more typical with BUENA VISTA, this release sports both a DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. Both mixes are engaging, offering terrific separation in the front soundstage and a large share of directional effects, but the DTS mix offers better bass and overall clarity. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
“MOWGLI’S JUNGLE RUINS MAZE” is a game that offers virtually no benefit to the player.
“SYNOPSIS OF THE ORIGINAL MOVIE: JUNGLE BOOK” offers a montage of scenes from the first film.
“THE LEGACY OF THE JUNGLE BOOK” offers cast and
crew recollections about the first film.
Additionally, there are some song options, as well as two deleted scenes.