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Wild adventure in ‘The Jungle Book’

Mowgli and friends in “The Jungle Book.”
Mowgli and friends in “The Jungle Book.” Walt Disney Studios

What’s new for home viewing on video-on-demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime, and other streaming services.

Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand

The Jungle Book” remakes Disney’s animated classic with Mowgli (Neel Sethi) in a magnificent jungle kingdom of animals voiced by Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray, and others. A lovingly-crafted film for all ages. PG. Also on Blu-ray and DVD and at Redbox.

Also new: the sleight-of-hand caper “Now You See Me 2” with Jesse Eisenberg and Mark Ruffalo (PG-13), comedy “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping” with Andy Samberg (R), romantic tearjerker “Me Before You” (R), and documentary “De Palma” (R).

Available same day as select theaters nationwide: the action comedy “Skiptrace” with Jackie Chan (PG-13) and horror film “Antibirth” with Natasha Lyonne and Chloe Sevigny (not rated).


The BBC mini-series “Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell” (2015) is a compelling mix of fantasy and historical fiction adapted from Susanna Clarke’s acclaimed novel.

The movies this month include Oscar winners “Babel” (2006, R) and Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan” (1998, R), eighties flashbacks “Footloose” (1984, PG) and “Top Gun” (1986, PG), and Spielberg’s original summer blockbuster “Jaws” (1975, PG).

True stories: “The State of Marriage” (2015) surveys the long struggle of the marriage equality movement (not rated) and “I Am Ali” (2014) profiles the life and career of the boxing legend (not rated).

More streaming TV: the foody series “Chef’s Table: France,” season two of the drug war drama “Narcos,” and kid shows “Kazoops!: Season 1” and “Kulipari: An Army of Frogs.”

Amazon Prime Video

Bronson” (2008) gave Tom Hardy his break-out role as “Britain’s most violent prisoner.” R.

Also new: the real life disaster drama “Apollo 13” (1995) with Tom Hanks (PG), Oscar winner “Good Will Hunting” (1997, R), snobs-vs-slobs comedy “Caddyshack” (1980, R), and “13 Assassins” (2010) from Japan (R, with subtitles).

Amazon Prime Video and Hulu

The caustic dark comedy “Young Adult” (2011) stars Charlize Theron as a self-absorbed author (R) and Jason Segal and Ed Helms star in the low-key “Jeff Who Lives at Home” (2011, R).

Classics: Audrey Hepburn won an Oscar for her “Roman Holiday” (1953, not rated) and Vincent Price takes Shakespearean vengeance on his critics in “Theater of Blood” (1973, R).


Matt Damon is “The Talented Mr. Ripley” (1999, R), John Travolta is out to “Get Shorty” (1995, R), and Steve Martin and Michael Caine are “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” (1988, PG).


In the Heart of the Sea” (2015), a survival drama based on a true story of 19th century whalers, stars Chris Hemsworth. PG-13.

Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. Find his reviews of streaming movies and TV at streamon