Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle: Bonus Content

(l to r) Kevin Hart (Franklin "Moose" Finbar), Dwayne Johnson (Dr. Smolder Bravestone), Karen Gillan (Ruby Roundhouse) and Jack Black (Professor Shelly Oberon). Photo Credit: Frank Masi.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle arrives on Digital HD on March 6th with just shy of an hour’s worth of bonus features.

As thrilling and entertaining as the movie was, I feel like the bonus materials fall short in living up to the film’s standards.  This was a film that deserved at least 2 hours worth of bonus footage.  It just proves to show how much of films are made on computers these days.

There are some fun moments.  Jack Black and Nick Jonas really go for it in their music video for “Jumanji, Jumanji” and you’ll absolutely want to stay for how their fellow castmates react to watching the video.  More importantly, it’s a tragedy that that the song was not, at the very minimum, considered for an Oscar nomination.

The gag reel provides exactly what it says it is.  There’s no telling just how much extra footage of bloopers was left on the cutting room floor.

The five featurettes really take us behind the scenes.  “Meet the Players” offers some fascinating insight into the film and I still believe that Karen Gillan delivered some of her best work in the film, rivaling that of co-star Dwayne Johnson.

“Attack of the Rhinos!” is a feature that is under four minutes but ought to be longer.  It goes into the background of how the scene came to be and shows some of the footage as the CGI was added in over time.  While the sequence lasted only five minutes, it required some fourteen hours of footage in order to get it just right.

“Surviving the Jungle” takes us behind the scenes of some of the stuntwork.  In addition to the motorcycle sequence and some of the jumps by the waterfall, we learn that Karen Gillan did a lot of her own stunts.  How about that?

“Book to Board Game to Big Screen & Beyond!” celebrates the legacy of the classic 1995 film.  It does so in under five minutes while mixing in clips of the previous film that starred Robin Williams with footage from the new one.

“Journey Through The Jungle” is the biggest letdown among the five featurettes included.  It runs only fifteen minutes long.  There’s no reason why this isn’t at least a half hour long.

Blu-ray and Digital Bonus Materials Include:
  • Gag Reel
  • “Jumanji, Jumanji” Music Video by Jack Black and Nick Jonas
  • Five Featurettes:
    • “Journey Through The Jungle: The Making of Jumanji
    • “Meet the Players: A Heroic Cast”
    • “Attack of the Rhinos!”
    • “Surviving the Jungle: Spectacular Stunts!”
    • “Book to Board Game to Big Screen & Beyond! Celebrating The Legacy of Jumanji
DVD Bonus Materials Include:
  • Gag Reel
  • “Jumanji, Jumanji” Music Video by Jack Black and Nick Jonas
  • Three Featurettes:
    • “Journey Through The Jungle: The Making of Jumanji
    • “Meet the Players: A Heroic Cast”
    • “Attack of the Rhinos!”
4K Ultra HD Bonus Materials Include:
  • Feature film presented with Dolby Vision high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos sound
  • Also includes the film and special features on the included high-def Blu-ray.

My original review of the film can be found here.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is available on Digital (Bonus Content) on March 6 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray & DVD on March 20 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.

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