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Disney sets Jungle Book for BD, plus our Hobbit: Unexpected Journey - Extended BD review!

November 8, 2013 - 3:01 pm   |   by
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We’re closing out the week with a very quick post.  Just two things in fact…

First, I’ve finally completed my in-depth review of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Extended Edition on Blu-ray.  It includes 182 minutes of film (12 of which are new), 182 minutes of audio commentary, and 9 hours and 16 minutes of Appendices material.  That’s one spicy meatball.  And it’s worth digging into if you’re a fan of the film.  As I said yesterday, the footage added into the film doesn’t add up to much, but the documentaries are every bit as good as you’d expect.  If you’re a fan of these films and you enjoyed the previous Lord of the Rings: Extended Editions, don’t hesitate to make the purchase.  [Read on here…]

And second, Disney has just officially announced that The Jungle Book will finally arrive on Blu-ray Disc on 2/11/14 as a Diamond Edition.  There will be two versions – a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy set in gold packaging and a Blu-ray/DVD set in blue packaging.  Extras on both will include all the previous DVD extras, plus introductions by Diane Disney Miller and Richard M. Sherman, an alternate ending (Mowgli and The Hunter), the Music, Memories & Mowgli: A Conversation with Richard M. Sherman, Diane Disney Miller and Floyd Norman featurette, Disney Intermission “Bear-E-Oke” Sing-a-Longs hosted by Baloo, something called @DisneyAnimation: Sparking Creativity and finally what appears to be a promotional featurette – I Wanna Be Like You: Hangin’ Out at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  Audio will include 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital 5.1 and the “original theatrical mix.”  Here’s a look at the cover artwork (along with The Hobbit just because)…

The Jungle Book: Diamond Edition (Blu-ray/DVD/Digital)    The Jungle Book: Diamond Edition (Blu-ray/DVD)    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Extended Edition (Blu-ray Disc)

Have a great weekend!

- Bill Hunt

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