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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mummy comes to life again!
This new 'Augmented Reality' edition is essentially the previous Blu-ray transfer on a new disc, and so on first inspection, is not really noteworthy. However, like all the latest Universal 100 products, this is a damn fine release that works out excellent value. What you're getting for under eight quid (at the time of writing) is the film in a stunning transfer, brand...
Published on 23 April 2012 by Picard

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2.0 out of 5 stars I want my Mummy
Vampires were hot a few years back, and zombies are hot right now. So I have to wonder if mummies will eventually get their day.

Until they get around to making a movie about a sexy teen mummy, the best example would probably be "The Mummy," which adds a gruesome twist to the mummy-in-love brand of Hammer Horror. Lots of CGI, lots of over-the-top...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Mummy comes to life again!, 23 April 2012
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This new 'Augmented Reality' edition is essentially the previous Blu-ray transfer on a new disc, and so on first inspection, is not really noteworthy. However, like all the latest Universal 100 products, this is a damn fine release that works out excellent value. What you're getting for under eight quid (at the time of writing) is the film in a stunning transfer, brand new HD documentaries and a great selection of special features from the previous releases - both DVD and Blu-ray.

Both 'The Mummy' and it's sequel are the two gems of the saga that, in time, started to falter with some poor productions. I'm delighted that Universal have selected this original film as part of it's centenary celebrations as it has clearly become a modern day classic. The juxtaposition of the swashbuckling but ultimately careless Brendan Frasier and focus on historical themes is absolutely spot on, and makes for a hugely entertaining movie. I know many people that have watched this film who normally wouldn't touch anything with such a combination, but they loved it. And as a deep lover of Ancient Egypt myself, I get a great sense of release* from watching Rachel Weisz battle with history! Boy, she's beautiful and deadly...

... In short however, this release of The Mummy is flawless and I'll certainly be flicking through Universal's other '100' titles as they're all the same price. In case you're wondering what the 'Augmented Reality' deal is, you're given the opportunity to hold an Apple iOS device (iPhone/Pad) and point the built-in camera at the slipcover of this product. The Universal App (which you must download) then creates a 3D image on your screen of... well, I won't spoil it, but it's fun if you want to pass a minute or two.

*The release I refer to is PURELY cognitive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I want my Mummy, 24 Feb 2014
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Mummy [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
Vampires were hot a few years back, and zombies are hot right now. So I have to wonder if mummies will eventually get their day.

Until they get around to making a movie about a sexy teen mummy, the best example would probably be "The Mummy," which adds a gruesome twist to the mummy-in-love brand of Hammer Horror. Lots of CGI, lots of over-the-top action, lots of teeth-grindingly annoying comedy, and Brendan Fraser back before he became kind of doughy and creepy looking.

Over three thousand years ago, the high priest Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo) killed the pharoah when the pharoah discovered Imhotep's affair with his mistress. When Imhotep tried to resurrect his lover, he was captured and condemned to a horrifying slow death.

In the 1920s, Evelyn Carnahan (Rachel Weisz) is given an ancient box and map that shows the way to Hamunaptra, the ancient city of the dead. After she saves the man who had it, Rick O'Connell (Fraser), from nearly being executed, they set out on an expedition to Hamunaptra -- and quickly discover that they'll have to compete with a larger American team of archaeologists.

But when Evelyn reads a passage from The Book of the Dead, Imhotep rises from the dead -- and he begins absorbing parts and fluids from the treasure hunters to restore his body. He also unleashes the Plagues of Egypt on the nearby city. But once he's returned fully to life, Imhotep is determined to finish resurrecting his beloved, and he plans to sacrifice Evelyn's body to do it.

It's easy to understand why "The Mummy" is a guilty pleasure for so many people -- it feels like Stephen Sommers concocted this movie in a lab, using equal parts Hammer Horror and Indiana Jones. It feels like a movie entirely made to inspire amusement-park rides. And that's okay -- everybody needs some fun movies where you just turn your brain off and enjoy.

It has a pretty simple plot -- the heroes go to Hamunaptra, wake the mummy, and spend the rest of the film trying to kill him. Along the way we have a fairly chaste romance and lots of adventure (crashing planes, swarms of scarabs, plenty of guns), with giant swathes of CGI. And yes, it gets disgusting at times -- think scarabs crawling into people's brains, or a person who loses his eyes and tongue to Imhotep.

But honestly, it's not a very good movie. It was apparently written by someone whose only knowledge of ancient Egypt comes from the Book of Exodus. Seriously, why is the Book of the Dead a CODEX, which wasn't invented until centuries later? Why is the city assaulted by the Biblical plagues? None of it makes sense, especially since the Biblical plagues weren't from the Egyptian religion, and they occurred YEARS after Imhotep's demise!

And despite the simplicity of the plot, Sommers manages to leave giant holes in the story. For instance, Imhotep is established to be terrified of cats, who are the guardians of the underworld. Fine, sounds plausible... except that this weakness is used against him for a grand total of two seconds, then forgotten.

It also has -- God help us -- comic relief. Too much. A few one-liners would have been fine, but Sommers crams in entire scenes (Evelyn teetering on a ladder before toppling bookcases like dominoes) in an attempt to make the audience laugh. Usually they are both too long and not as funny as he thinks. The worst comic relief is Beni, an obnoxious little weasel whose entire schtick is that... he's an obnoxious little weasel. He makes Jar Jar Binks look hilarious.

I admit to never having understood the appeal of Brendan Fraser, even when he was considered hot. Here, he feels like a G-rated Indiana Jones, minus the stubble and sweat -- a passable roguish hero, but nothing particularly special. Rachel Weisz is the real revelation here -- despite a standard gutsy ingenue role, she really has an aura of intelligence and elegance about her, as well as a feeling of strength. And there are some decent performances by Oded Fehr, Erick Avari and Jonathan Hyde.

"The Mummy" is best appreciated as brain candy -- because when you stop and think about it, your brain starts to hurt. And I pray that Stephen Sommers never, ever makes a comedy.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning re-working of a classic, 14 Mar 2000
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This review is from: The Mummy [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
This film takes the classic tale of an Ancient Egyptian High Priest in search of his dead lover and transfers it to the big screen in a plethora of exceptional special effects and one of the best digital soundtracks currently around.
Some of the large scenic shots are reminiscent of Lawrence of Arabia as they were in Stargate but when shooting desert scenes I guess that this is inevitable.
Brendan Fraser takes a little getting used to as the hero of the piece and Rachel Weisz as the heroine is a little irritating at first. John Hannah who plays her brother seems unhappy throughout the film and if I had a major gripe it would be his character. There are some notable cameos by lots of actors who really seem to belong in this picture.
In reworking this story the Director/Producer; whilst keeping the original plot intact have provided a lot more detail and explanations. Gone are the days when the villain is reduced to stumbling around in grotty grey bandages. Whilst undoubtedly a villain; the High Priest does manage to arouse a little sympathy - albeit very little.
A sequel is planned and the Producers will have a hard job in surpassing this film. If they manage to do so I would suggest that one or two cast changes might be appropriate.
The DVD is wonderfully clear of artefacts and as mentioned the sound is superb. The widescreen version works very well and on a w/s TV is awesome as it has been anamorphically compressed to make the most of these new sets. Even on a standard TV- only a little of the impact is lost. Some of the extra material is a little uninteresting although the deleted scenes are a bonus. An audio track to explain why the scenes were deleted would have been welcome.
In conclusion; this is a must-see film which despite one or two flaws serves the genre well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern adventure classic, 2 May 2013
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This is one of those rare instances when an adventure film doesn't turn out to be a load of nonsense. Speilberg got it bang on with Indiana Jones, but since then very few seem to have got the formula right. The Mummy finally did, its got just about everything you'd want to keep you entertained for a few hours. Brendan Fraser's move away from silly comedies proved the right one as he's brilliant, as too is Rachel Weisz. Although this is remake of the Univeral Horror classic it's less in the horror vein and much more an adventure film. This Blu Ray transfer is stunning, I felt the surround audio could have been a little better utilsed, but that's minor. All in all a cracking film that you can easily stick on the shelf with Star Wars and Indy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Save the girl; kill the creature!, 21 May 2009
This review is from: The Mummy and The Mummy Returns - Ultimate Edition Box Set [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
I have to say that The Mummy became the favourite film of my wife and me after seeing it in 1999. We even named our cat Ankh Su Namun - sad but true. Arnold Vosloo's sinister priest and even more sinister lover are the stars here, and Brendan Fraser's oafish poor man's Indiana Jones and Rachel Weisz's surprisingly resourceful academic Evie are merely window-dressing. The set pieces such as when the rival archaeologists are systematically hunted down and maimed by the eponymous undead creature, are what makes this film, and the tongue-in-cheek feel coupled with Stephen Sommers' whistle-stop direction make this a great feel-good popcorn movie.

The Mummy Returns inevitably suffers from the law of diminishing, well, returns, and the addition of Rik's (Fraser) nauseatingly precocious son Alex doesn't help things. However, Fraser's dumb lug is still good value; there are more memorable set-pieces (Mummified cannibal midgets anyone?) such as the mummified Pharaoh's guards attacking a London bus as Rik and Evie desperately try to escape their clutches.

Anyway, this is a nice box set for fans - the third installment of the franchise is not worth adding believe me - with some great extras such as an informative 'making-of' and entertaining DVD commentary. Good price for a great package.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD - Uncut too.... suposedly., 20 Mar 2000
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Mr. Paul S. Bird "dagadadagada" (Aylesbury) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Mummy [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
Well folks, I saw this film by mistake at the cinema. I went to watch the Phantom Menace, and ended up in the wrong screen. But, I stayed an watched this film, knowing the PM would be on for months to come. I have to say, this is certainly the better film! You see, it's one of those great films that takes you by suprise. You expect pants, but you get a knickerbocker glory. It's almost as if someone had tried to write a new Indianna Jones film, and then changed the names around to protect the innocent. Despite the 15 certificate of the DVD, it's pretty much a family film, with "safe" scares, and a relativly mild level of gore / horror. As the commentary track points out, there is little or no blood, and clever cutting and framing causes you to imagine more than you actually see. Now, supposedly this is the uncut version. Having seen the cinema version there is not much in here I don't remember seeing, but then only 17 seconds of footage has been re-instated... or has it? is this just the uncut cinema version as opposed to the 12-rated VHS version? Who knows! Who cares, really, as the amount of exras crammed onto the little disk is quite astonishing. you get a full commentary, a quite reasonable making of documentary, featuring the worrying looking SFX guys. You also get a nice little bit of egyptian mythology, a stage by stage feature showing you how the SFX were put together, and a lovely picture of a horse. OK, I made the last bit up. If you wish for just one DVD where you can turn off your poor weary brain and relax in the company of all sorts of nonsence, then get this.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two films that are both jumpy, witty and romantic, 27 Sep 2001
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This review is from: The Mummy and The Mummy Returns - Ultimate Edition Box Set [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
'The Mummy' was a box office smash hit back in 1999 with an all-star cast of Brendan Fraser, Rachael Weisz and John Hannah with the genius of Steven Sommers behind it 100%. The tale of Evelyn a somewhat misunderstood librarian with a fascination of Egypt and Rick O'Connell the man who's life she saved to lead her to Hamunaptra, lost city of the dead. Where the three accidently release an undead curse and then battle to put it back where it came from. This film with shocking computer graphics and brilliant slick comic style is ideal for every type of film lover, as too is the sequel 'The Mummy Returns'. Set 9 years later the married couple and thier son Alex are once again united with Egypt and their curiousity of exploration. Evelyn's dreams come into collision with the Egyptian new year and with that bring flashbacks of past lives, leading her to discover her fate planned hundereds of years before her existence. Once again Rick and Evelyn along with Alex and Jonathon must battle to save the world from Imhotep and the Scorpian King. Featuring WWF's The Rock this is a well-planned and perfect sequel to 'The Mummy'. This box set will give both the brilliant masterpieces a chance to shine true. A must have for all film-lovers, no matter your preference.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Empty your mind and enjoy the ride..., 3 Mar 2000
This review is from: The Mummy [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
The Mummy is an intermediate snack for the Indiana Jones starved moviegoer. ( will there be Indy 4? only the Gods (Lucas /Spielberg)know). It's demands are minimum and the enjoyment potential maximum. Some may argue it does not have the charm of the old Boris Karloff version in all its black&white glory. They are missing the point. The Mummy skilfully mixes slam-bang action, smart one-liners and some eye-watering special effects conjured up by those wizards at Industrial Lights & Magic that one can almost forgive director Steven Sommers of leaving the script editor at home. Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah happily go along with the undemanding script. Apart from some blatantly non PC stereotyping of foreigners ( that includes the British!) that leaves a wry chuckle in the lips but a bad taste in the mouth, this is Hollywood doing what it does best. A gorgeous looking no-brain action comedy. Roll on Mummy 2 ( the sequel is shooting this summer). PS: The DVD version is one of the best, plenty of supplemental materials, marvellous sound and superb picture quality ( Iam running out of superlatives)
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A collection for all!, 27 Sep 2001
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This review is from: The Mummy and The Mummy Returns - Ultimate Edition Box Set [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
These films are two films that should not be missed by any. The Mummy is romance, comedy and adventure all rolled into one, with The Mummy Returns packing in the same kind of stuff. In The Mummy, you see how the characters meet, and you are taken on a whirlwind adventure, with surprises on the way. This film is what inspires you to see the next one. The Mummy Returns is how the characters are 10 years later, all related with a few new ones, and it provides the same laughs and adventure that the first one did. Both storylines were carefully thought out, and produced in an amazing way!
With strong characters like Brendan Fraser as Rick and Rachel Weisz as Evy, they bring both films together. The special effects for both are also amazing. Creatures that you know are not real, look like they are and some amazing scenes are done that you would hardly believe are not reality. These films are a must see for everyone, and a collection that is needed for all!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I've never seen a mummy look like this before. He's still... still... juicy", 28 Mar 2014
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Maciej "Darth Maciek" (Darth Maciek is out there...) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Mummy [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
As far as films made for pure entertainement go this is one of the best. Below, more of my impressions with some limited SPOILERS.

In Thebes, Egypt, 1,290 BC, high priest Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo), a handsome man well versed in the arts of occult and black magic, engaged in an affair with Anck-su-Namun (Patricia Velasquez, sculptural), the favourite concubine of Pharaoh Seti I. When the affair was discovered, Imhotep and Anck-su-Namun murdered the monarch but when Seti's guards arrived, Imhotep fled while Anck-su-Namun killed herself. In her last words she implored Imhotep to bring her back to life with his dark magic... Those are the first two minutes and about the rest I will just say that quite fast after this introduction we are transported to Egypt in Year of Grace 1926 and then the film really begins.

This film is based mostly on a gallery of endearing or amusing characters, fast moving action and clever, witty dialogs. The main male character is an American adventurer Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser), about whom we just know that he used to serve in French Foreign Legion and that he is currently rotting in an Egyptian jail awaiting his execution. The main female character is Evelyn Carnahan (Rachel Weisz), a young British lady currently working as librarian but who is also an amateur Egyptologist.

Important secondary characters are:

- Jonathan Carnahan (John Hannah), Evelyn's brother, a kind of ne'er-do-well guy and the black sheep of his family
- Beni Gabor (Kevin J. O'Connor), a shady slimy character, a former subaltern of O'Connell before his desertion from French Foreign Legion
- Ardeth Bay (Oded Fehr, impressive), a mysterious Arab warrior
- Terrance Bay (Erick Avari), Egyptologist and Library supervisor, Evelyn's boss
- Gad Hassan (Omid Djalili), the warden of Egyptian prison and man in charge of O'Connell's execution
- Mr Burns, Mr Henderson and Mr Daniels, three American adventurers,
- Dr Allen Chamberlain, a British scientist who travels with the three American adventurers
- also lots of camels and flesh eating scarabs...)))

This film very desservedly earned a great reputation and also a gazillion of dollars when released in 1999 and of course was unavoidably followed by two very, very bad sequels, which I sincerely advise to avoid.

This is of course pure entertainment but it is very well done pure entertainment and the result is a funny, even merry, fast paced adventure film which can be easily watched in family (no strong language, not too scary) - rating it "15" is really an exaggeration. A film which can be watched numerous times and therefore worth purchasing. In one word - this film is JUICY...))) Enjoy!
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