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VINE VOICEon 28 June 2015
This is a fantastic re-mastering of the Hammer version of The Mummy. The picture quality looks really fresh but retains the pastel look of the original colouring. Previous to this release I believe you could only buy this as a region 1 DVD, so its great to finally have this in the UK.

This along with Curse of Frankenstein and Dracula make up the cornerstone's of Hammer's emergence as the British Horror Masters. It also marked another classic film pairing the late Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. A film with these two in it can do no wrong in my book. The film moves slightly away from the Universal film (starring Boris Karloff) and has the Mummy as simply a walking weapon to destroy. Lee is absolutely menacing as he was in Frankenstein.

The film slightly suffers from a slow middle section, but the finale is worth the wait. For me this is one of Hammer's best films and sadly the only Mummy film that they got right. The Blu Ray is a vast improvement on the old DVD I had, great picture and sound. Recommended.
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on 1 January 2016
The film has been given some serious restoration work and the results are impressive. Every frame looks nicely restored yet still look authentic and not too shiny or digital. The film was made in the 1950s and on a budget so don't expect to compare it with modern Blu Ray releases.

What this film has going for it is great acting and characters, a script which takes the subject matter with as much humour and fun and is deserves, as a well thought out colour palate of muted, browns, soft blues, greys for the pub and when in Egypt Sandy colours, gold and white. When it does appear though strong colours really stand out such as the red cap and green cape the villain wears. Skin tones look natural and not too red. The film slowly leads up to a satisfying climax and left me very happy with the final product. Don't expect lots of blood and gore though.

I'd give this film 4/5. My main critique of the film would be that pretty much all the 'outdoor' scenes are quite clearly sound stages which does give the production a somewhat cheap feel. Also the manner of the mummy attacks and preceding dialogue feels repetitive, sort of going through the motions.

Picture is Full Screen, sound is DTS-HD Master Audio Mono.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 31 October 2010
This is one of the best hammer horror films, and one of the great Mummy movies.
Its the classic Mummy story about an ancient Egyptian royal tomb that's broken into, the Mummy on guard over his princess is resurrected to seek revenge on those who violated the tomb.

George Pastell makes for a neatly menacing, Fez wearing, avenging Egyptian, leading the Mummy, Kharis, played by the menacingly tall and intimidating figure of Christopher Lee.
After his father is murdered for his part in breaking into the tomb, the only hope for John Banning (played by Peter Cushing) lies with the resemblance of his wife to the princess in the tomb, (a nice double performance by the lovely Yvonne Furneaux).

Among the cast, veteran actors Felix Aylmer and Raymond Huntley feature, also the obligatory appearance of hammer regular, the reliable Michael Ripper, with a number of other familiar faces, make this great movie one not to be missed.

This disc boasts an excellent widescreen colour picture, with English subtitles.
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on 30 November 2013
Transfer is amazing and the extra features contextualize this important Hammer film; what more can one ask for. Probably one of the most poignant Christopher Lee performances ever...........in his many interviews over the years, he used to say that what interested him so much about these types of characters was the loneliness of them, and he portrays this while completely covered up in Roy Ashton's make-up via his body movements and the expression in his eyes. Desert island movie for me for sure.
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on 7 August 2006
the mummy films have never been hammer's most successful franchise, even though this one has peter cushing and christopher lee in it.

the plot is rather vague and too little happens until about the last 25 minutes, then suddenly the film picks up.

to be fair, there are some good scenes. it somehow feels reassuring to see christopher lee have some dialogue before he becomes mummified; the music is better than i thought; peter cushing is his usual dependable self.

however, despite the fact that the 1932 version by universal has its shortcomings, that film had boris karloff to help make it a success. karloff gives THE definitive portrayal of the mummy/high priest. he easily made it his own, but christopher lee is perfectly alright.

it seemed an age before the film was made available on video and then d.v.d, but it was worth the wait.

i wouldn't place this in the "hammer classics" category, but it's still good.
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on 5 May 2015
Another classic horror film from Hammer Horror. Following on from their remakes of Frankenstein and Dracula comes the Mummy and it’s up there with the best work from this studio. Christopher Lee’s performance as the walking killing machine Mummy is superb, particularly so when you consider he has no dialogue in this role apart from a few lines in the flash back sequence. His body language as the returned to life Mummy is very menacing and convincing; he really is a superb actor at this sort of thing.
Peter Cushing also gives his usual highly polished performance and the on screen chemistry between him and Lee works brilliantly as indeed it always did.
Great to see Michael Ripper making a couple of appearances in there as well, it wouldn’t be Hammer without him!
I’ve rated the movie 4 stars only because I think it lacks some of the atmosphere of the Hammer Gothic films but that’s just down to personal preference.
A good old fashioned Hammer Horror film is exactly what you get here and I really enjoyed it. Recommended!
(The extras are also very good)
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on 30 November 2011
So says Peter Cushing in this excellent early Hammer rendition of the well known story directed by Terence Fisher. There are plenty of familiar faces on show as they get to grips with the artifact from 4000 years ago, played in another of his 'trappist' roles by Christopher Lee, possibly due to the fact that his tongue had been cut out during his incarceration! also his gait is rather awkward, probably a bit stiff after this length of time.
Good fun, recommended.
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on 14 January 2014
In 1895, a team of archaeologists uncover the tomb of Princess Ananka, an Egyptian high priestess.

They are warned not to disturb the tomb but in doing so, inadvertently bring to life the mummy of Kharis, the high priest who loved the Princess. While in the tomb alone, something happens to frighten the leader of the expedition.

Three years later an Egyptian transports the mummy to England to seek revenge against those who desecrated the Princess' tomb.

Another camp Hammer movie, and although it has many flaws, its very scary in parts, and tramples all over Stephen Sommers effects mess.

Cushing and Lee prove they are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to tally ho British horror, and though Lee looks like a New Romantic in hi human form, it's his titular character that really shocks on screen.

It's probably the best incarnation of the Mummy legend, more exciting than the 1999 version, and just the right side of camp to better the Karloff version.
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on 14 February 2015
Of the three "Mummy" films, this middle Hammer version is the most entertaining. It may not be the creepiest, that's the Boris Karloff version and it may not be the flashiest, that's the Arnold Vosloo version but by Karnak this version is the one I most enjoy actually watching. Made in the days when colour films actually had colours in them (remember that?) and played with vim and gusto by everyone involved (my favourite side character is Georg Pastell as Ardeth Bey, at rather a remove from his Bond villain days) it's just wonderful to watch. Once again, Christopher Lee is almost silent (he has lines in flashback) and Peter Cushing is a terrific hapless hero. The score is far better than Hammer deserves and overall this is a great triumph of a film.

Well worth a purchase.
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on 18 November 2013
This blu-ray looks and sounds amazing. Good extras, though I am sick of House of hammer episodes being used as an extra. Seen them all too many times already! It comes with two aspect ratios to view the movie in, watched both and I do prefer the theatrical aspect of 166:1
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