Disney’s live-action hit The Jungle Book is heading to homes, the studio announced Wednesday, setting an Aug. 23 release on digital HD and a Blu-Ray release Aug. 30.

Director Jon Favreau created a computer-animated jungle world in his version of Rudyard Kipling’s famed 1894 stories, which has been one of the stand-out movie hits of 2016 since its April release.

The Jungle Book has taken $934 million in global box office to date, according to comScore, and has a 94% positive critical rating on the review site RottenTomatoes.com.

The new story of an orphaned boy raised by wolves in the jungles of India was a hugely popular 1967 Disney animated film.

Newcomer Neel Sethi, 12, was selected from thousands to star as the man-cub, Mowgli. Sethi’s audition tape that sealed the casting is one of the digital extras available on the home release.

THE JUNGLE BOOK (Pictured) MOWGLI and BALOO. ©2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

THE JUNGLE BOOK (Pictured) MOWGLI and BALOO. ©2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

“Neel is in almost every scene,” Favreau told USA TODAY in April  “Neel is your entry for this movie — he’s the one reacting to all the jungle animals. Everything has to be expressed through this one actor. And Neel has something very special.”

 

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