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'The Jungle Book' set for home video release on Aug. 30

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Karen Butler
Cast member Lupita Nyong'o attends the premiere of the motion picture fantasy The Jungle Book at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles on April 4, 2016. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Cast member Lupita Nyong'o attends the premiere of the motion picture fantasy "The Jungle Book" at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles on April 4, 2016. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, July 10 (UPI) -- Walt Disney Pictures has announced it will release its blockbuster family movie The Jungle Book on home video next month.

"The groundbreaking adventure is coming home. Disney's The Jungle Book will be available on Digital HD & Disney Movies Anywhere Aug 23, and Blu-ray Aug 30," a Facebook post from the studio said.

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Based on the classic adventure stories of Rudyard Kipling, director Jon Favreau's visually stunning, emotionally authentic version of the tale mixes live-action with photorealistic, computer animation. At the center of the story is Mowgli, a "man-cub" [played by newcomer Neel Sethi] who is raised by caring wolves -- voiced by Lupita Nyong'o and Giancarlo Esposito -- until the vengeful tiger Shere Khan [voiced by Idris Elba] threatens to kill the boy. Bagheera the panther [Ben Kingsley] offers to escort Mowgli back to the man village where he will be safe, but they get separated and Mowgli must journey on alone, meeting along the way the villainous snake Kaa [Scarlett Johansson,] the greedy, giant ape King Louie [Christopher Walken] and the kindly, but lazy Baloo [Bill Murray.]

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