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The Mummy (Blu-ray + DVD) [1959]


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  • Actors: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Yvonne Furneaux, Eddie Byrne, Felix Aylmer
  • Directors: Terence Fisher
  • Producers: Michael Carreras
  • Format: Full Screen, Widescreen, Colour, Mono
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Nov. 2013
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00ENZUURQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,481 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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One by one the archaeologists who discover the 4,000-year-old tomb of Princess Ananka are brutally murdered. Kharis (Lee), high priest in Egypt 40 centuries ago, has been brought to life by the power of the ancient gods and his sole purpose is to destroy those responsible for the desecration of the sacred tomb. But Isobel Banning (Furneaux), wife of one of the explorers (Cushing), resembles the beautiful princess, forcing the speechless and tormented monster to defy commands and abduct Isobel to an unknown fate... Starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee in their iconic roles in the 3rd Hammer Horror film from 1959. The first ever HD release of Hammer’s classic film. THE MUMMY has been unavailable on any Region 2 home entertainment format since 2004. The previously available DVD was authored at the incorrect aspect ratio of 1.77:1 and widely criticised by fans. The Region 1 edition, still available as an import, is also presented incorrectly at 1.77:1. This new release on Blu-ray and DVD double play presents the film in its original UK theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1 for the first time, as well as featuring a host of brand new extras never seen before and in high definition. Containing 2xDVD + 1xBlu-ray. Features include: Original UK theatrical aspect ratio: 1.66:1 (the film has never before been released at this aspect ratio); Alternate “full frame” aspect ratio: 1.37:1; “Unwrapping The Mummy” – New 25 min. HD documentary about the film’s creation and history.; “Hammer’s Rep Company” – New 20 min. HD documentary about Hammer’s informal repertory company of actors.; Commentary – New expert commentary from Marcus Hearn & Jonathan Rigby.; “Stolen Face” – bonus feature (Terence Fisher’s 1952 crime drama, 72 mins.); “The House Of Horror: Memories Of Bray” – Hammer’s all-new 5-part documentary (50 mins. total) which will premiere on Hammer’s YouTube channel before the Double Play release.;“Hammer Stars: Peter Cushing” – The World Of Hammer episode;HD Archive/Stills Gallery Original industry promo reel restored to HD (6 mins.)

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Hammer's remake of the horror classic has been accused of falling between the simple integrity of the Karloff original and the swashbuckling, SFX romanticism of the 1998 version, but it has real strengths of its own. Principal among these is Christopher Lee, haughty and brutal as the High Priest and sorrowful, pathetic and menacing as the living mummy he has become for his crimes; his eyes convey a depth of dumb suffering and passion. Peter Cushing has rarely been so charismatic and elegant as he is in his role as the lame Egyptologist Banning, and veteran Felix Aylmer is touching as his doomed father. In the underwritten role of Banning's wife, with her strange resemblance to the dead Egyptian princess whose unearthing the Mummy is avenging, Yvonne Furneaux has at once charm and authority--she is plausibly a woman who might stop the avenging Mummy in its tracks. Terence Fisher directs with his usual efficiency and Gerard Schurmann contributes an atmospheric score, as effective in its high Egyptian pomp as in its sense of the English countryside. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By "lukenors_" on 20 Jan. 2005
Format: DVD
Put simply this is a true British horror gem.
'The Mummy' formed part of a classic monster 'trilogy' along with 'The Curse of Frankenstein' (utterly recommended...GO BUY!) and 'Dracula' - all of which featured the archetypal pairing of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. Here Christopher Lee plays Kharis - an Egyptian priest who, through his wrongdoings, becomes mummified and is resurrected to kill those who have despoiled the ancient resting place of the Princess Ananka. The film moves along at a leisurely place and doesn't contain any ambiguity as such - it's just not-so-clean and not-so-wholesome horror-fun. Granted - it has aged in many ways yet the special effects of the Lee's 'Mummy' itself are still impressive. It's great to see him burst through doors and windows in a menacing fashion! In some ways it looks like the film was made some time after 1959.
To summarise: a classic score; tension-filled ending; impressive atmosphere; Cushing and Lee certainly on top form and that true 'British' feel about it. All I can say is that it's a shame that more special features weren't included. A trailer is a bit thin in my view. Apart from that...top stuff!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Matt on 18 Oct. 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
My favourite Mummy film of all time and one of my top ten Hammer Horrors I could not be happier with this BluRay.

First of all the picture quality is stunning. I doubt the film has ever looked so good. The colours are sharp and vibrant unlike the old Warner DVD which seemed to be filmed through a brown piece of glass. The sound is crystal clear and it's packed with extras.

I could go on but don't take my word for it, just buy it. You won't be disappointed.

ps. If you read any negative comments about the quality of this release ANYWHERE, do not believe them. They must be watching through strangely coloured spectacles.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. D. Roberts on 2 Jun. 2005
Format: DVD
This is one of the best of the Hammer Horror mummy movies which stars Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee in the title role. Lee gives one of his best fine screen performances as Kharis the mummy who is trying to revive his lost love the Princess Ananka with the scroll of life.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Mar. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Hammer Film Productions rework some of the classic Universal Studios mummy material to great effect. Directed by Terence Fisher, this is not a remake of the seminal 1932 movie of the same name. Starring Peter Cushing (John Banning), Christopher Lee (Kharis/The Mummy), Raymond Huntley (Joseph Whemple) and Yvonne Furneaux (Isobel Banning/Princess Ananka), the film is written by Jimmy Sangster and was filmed at Bray & Shepperton Studios in England. Tho listed as being filmed in Technicolor, it was actually shot in Eastman Color using the Technicolor process. I mention the latter because Eastman Color has a different hue to it, something that makes this movie all the more affecting as a horror piece.

The plot sees three archaeologists (Stephen & John Banning & Joseph Whemple) desecrate the tomb of Egyptian Princess Ananka. This awakens Kharis, Ananka's blasphemous lover who was buried alive for his unlawful deeds. Taken from the tomb to London by Egyptian priest Mehemet Bey (George Pastell), the three archaeologists find they are being hunted down by the vengeful Kharis. The only salvation may come in the form of Isobel Banning who bears a striking resemblance to Princess Ananka.

This Mummy is adroitly directed by Fisher, his choreography for the action scenes is stunning. Lee's incarnation as the mouldy bandaged one is swifter than most, thus Fisher has him stalking around Victorian England one minute, then the next he's crashing thru doors or windows with brute strength. With murder his (its) only goal. It's a top performance from Lee as he really throws himself into the role, with his dead eyes ominously peering out from gauze swathed sockets sending those little shivers running down the spine.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Nov. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This is not only the best mummy movie ever made, it's also one of the finest films the Hammer studio ever gave us. Every shot in this film is like a beautiful painting, and everyone involved (cast & crew) are at their horror peak. Cushing is immaculate as always, and Lee is without comparison the ultimate bandaged one; simply the fastest and most furious mummy in movie history. A true monster classic all the way.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Penny Lane on 7 Jun. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Fabulous film from Hammer, always stunning and vivid colours, this is brilliant, our hero is the lovely Peter Cushing my favourite of the three horror masters of the 50s and 60s, with the dark and handsome Christopher Lee, both so young looking, well it was released in 1959: Peter Cushing plays the son of an archaeologists, who comes across a lost high priestess's tomb in the wilderness; on opening the tomb, there is something else waiting for them apart from the adorned sarcophagus of the princess.
Before opening the tomb they receive a warning of an Egyption not to desecrate the tomb or it will bring death, not heeding the warning as they have all the right documents, they go ahead.
You will have to watch what happens next!
Highly Recommended as a must for all Hammer House fans
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy W. Newbould on 6 Jun. 2010
Format: DVD
A vengeful Egyptian mummy called Kharis is brought back to life with a special ancient scroll and soon sets about his task of destroying all those who disturbed and desecrated the sacred burial place of his beloved Queen Ananka.

If you've only ever seen the old 1932 version of "The Mummy", starring Boris Karloff, or the big-budget, special effects-laden 1999 version, starring Brendan Fraser, then you really ought to track down and check out this 1959 version made by Hammer Studios. Why? Well, for a start, it stars Hammer's two most high-profile actors and horror film icons, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. Secondly, it was directed by Hammer's greatest director (and arguably the greatest horror film director of all time), the brilliant Terence Fisher.

As for its other merits, it just happens to be one of Hammer's most visually beautiful films with its superb sets and lavish production design, particularly in the flashback scenes set in ancient Egypt, and there is a fabulous music score by Franz Reizenstein. This film also contains some splendid set-pieces and memorable imagery. I especially liked the scene where the mummy rises out of the swamp - a scene that is so simple yet so chillingly effective. There's another wonderful scene where the mummy is repeatedly blasted with a shotgun and then run through with an arrow but he still keeps advancing towards his intended victim.

The supporting cast also includes Yvonne Furneaux (whose character is a dead ringer for Queen Ananka and therefore has a certain power over the mummy), Raymond Huntley (an actor, like Lee and Cushing, who has played Dracula), and, of course, the regular Hammer actor, Michael Ripper.

For me, this is the daddy of all mummy movies (closely followed by Don Coscarelli's "Bubba Ho-Tep") and it's also one of Hammer's most impressive films.
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