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Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book
Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book
Actors: Jason Scott Lee, Cary Elwes, Lena Headey, Sam Neill, John Cleese
Director: Stephen Sommers
Genres: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family
PG     2002     1hr 51min

Disney scrapped the songs and talking animals for its second version of Rudyard Kipling's classic novel, an old-fashioned boy's adventure that more resembles the classic Korda brothers' lush original than Disney's own anim...  more »


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Actors: Jason Scott Lee, Cary Elwes, Lena Headey, Sam Neill, John Cleese
Director: Stephen Sommers
Creators: Stephen Sommers, Edward S. Feldman, Eric Angelson, Mark Geldman, Ron Yanover, Ronald Yanover, Rudyard Kipling
Genres: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned,Live
DVD Release Date: 01/15/2002
Original Release Date: 12/25/1994
Theatrical Release Date: 12/25/1994
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 51min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 40
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Alexa W. (Awood) from ASHLAND, OR
Reviewed on 9/12/2010...
I'm an adult and I still would classify this movie as my favorite of all time! :)
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

DVD Special Features
Imran Husain | Costa Mesa, CA USA | 03/10/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Since the special features in "Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book" aren't mentioned in's usually thorough product info, here's a quick rundown:
- Widescreen (2.35:1) - Enhanced for 16 x 9 Televisions
- Audio Commentary With Director Stephen Sommers and Editor Bob Ducsay
- "The Making of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book" Featurette
- Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
- Spanish Language Track
- Spanish and French Subtitles
All in all, a fine presentation of a fine family adventure film."
Good Adventure For The Family
K. Fontenot | The Bayou State | 12/22/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Although "Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book" reminded me more of Tarzan than Mowgli, it is still a good film to watch with the family. Jason Scott Lee does a good job as Mowgli all grown up. Cary Elwes is the perfect British jerk and Sam Neill has a decent supporting role. Lena Heady and John Cleese have the most interaction with Mowgli, and they give the best performances out of the bunch.

The animal cast does a pretty good job as well. Some of the human/animal interaction can be written off as fake-looking, but the majority of the scenes using animatronic creatures look reasonably good.

Young children may be turned off by the deaths in this film, and of Kaa the python, who makes a couple of brief, but scary to a five year-old, appearances. Language, as well as dialogue as a whole, is kept relatively tame. Neill and Elwes let off a few slurs, but nothing worse than the "D" word.

Overall, a decent adventure flick for kids too young for Indiana Jones movies, but who love adventure tales. Another decent suggestion is "The Phantom," starring Billy Zane."
Good old-fashioned Saturday matinee adventure film
Joanna Daneman | Middletown, DE USA | 11/30/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Oh, this film could have been made for those Saturdays at the movies (25 cents to get in, popcorn with real butter, etc.) Jason Scott Lee is Tarzanly-gorgeous as the grown-up Mowgli, complete with animal sidekicks. The scene where he finds the monkey-king's treasure city is just wonderful. This is not exactly kiddy-fare (little kiddy) for the opening scene where the tiger trashes the shikari camp are pretty scary--a flaming wagon-ride, and the tiger is pretty nasty. No gore, but still a bit much in my opinion for the early grade-schooler. Older kids and adults, however, will enjoy this worthy adventure film, with not only Jason Scott Lee, but Cary Elwes. Dramatic scenery, humor, adventure, what's not to like here?"