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4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended - classic Brit horror!
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...
Published on 20 Jan 2005 by lukenors_

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3.0 out of 5 stars lacking that special ingredient.
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...
Published on 7 Aug 2006 by Mr. A. E. Ward Davies


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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Hammer Horror, 31 Oct 2010
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Alan James "Maebuschfan" (UK) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Restoration, 29 Dec 2013
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sebquest (Cumbria, England.) - See all my reviews
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A lot of work has gone into this restoration and it shows, especially as only a ropey region 1 dvd of the film has been available for some time in this country, so a region 2 dvd plus Blu-ray version is most welcome. This Blu-ray is definitely worth the cash as the restored film is stunning plus there are a wealth of 'extras', including new documentaries 'Unwrapping The Mummy - the making of a Hammer Classic', 'The Hammer Rep Company', 'The House of Horror: Memories of Bray' plus a, well-worth listening to, audio commentary from Marcus Hearn & Jonathan Rigby.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great makeover for a Hammer classic, 16 Dec 2013
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This is a beautiful presentation of a Hammer classic.
Previous releases have been ok, but this Blu-ray has luscious colour and very fine detail, in a proper aspect ratio for a change.

Everyone who will buy this is familiar with the film and story, so I won't need to describe that, but the Blu-ray is packed with interesting features that make it worth a purchase.
The old days at Bray are discussed with people who worked on the film interviewed, and some lovely pieces on Peter Cushing that are priceless.
Also has a bonus feature - Stolen Face which is interesting too.

For Hammer fans this is a must buy release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Hammer's b est given the treatment it deserves on Bluray., 30 Nov 2013
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Make supple the limbs, 3 Feb 2006
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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In the world of horror, the mummy sits right next to vampires and werewolves -- creepy supernatural things that can rip you to bits.
And they are rarely scarier than they are in "The Mummy," a classic horror movie with no blood, no gore, not even any curses. Yet this is creepier -- and more frightening -- than any dozen fright flicks from Hollywood now. Of course, having Christopher Lee lurching through locked doors helps.
A pair of archaeologists uncover the tomb of Egyptian Princess Ananka, but once inside, Stephen Banning (Felix Aylmer) collapses into gibbering madness. Three years later, a mysterious box arrives in England, at the same time that Banning tells his son John (Peter Cushing) that something is coming to kill him. He's found strangled in a padded cell.
It turns out that Stephen was murdered by a "living mummy," a disgraced priest who was buried alive in Ananka's tomb to protect his beloved. Now a zealot has brought the mummy to England, and is using it to kill off anyone who dared go into the tomb. Now John must stop them both, using his wife's resemble to Ananka...
"The Mummy" got a big-budget, low-talent remake in the late 90s, which shares a few things with this movie, but the Hammer Horror version is probably the most memorable and well-made. Partly that is due to the hulking, silent, menacing mummy, and partly due to solid scripting and some very good acting.
Okay, the Egyptian sets are hokey, and the Hammer people had little knowledge of ancient Egypt ("Karnak" is a place, not a god). But the film blossoms as it gets back to England, full of misty bogs and dark country mansions. It's an unlikely spot for a 4000-year-old Egyptian to wreak havoc, but it works surprisingly well.
The script injects a poignancy to the mummy's story, since he suffered a fate worse than death for love, and even now gets all mushy over a woman who looks like Ananka. At the same time, he's also a ruthless killer who strangles his victims without batting an eye.
Cushing plays the role, again, of a man who battles the forces of evil, no matter how bizarre or out-there they may be. And he does a solid job. Lee is outstanding, especially considering that his head is covered in papier-mache. The change of expression whenever he sees Isobel, a dead ringer for Ananka, is magnificently poignant.
"The Mummy" remains one of Hammer Horror's best films, with its solid acting and taut direction. Still creepy after all these years.
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE MUMMY, 2 Mar 2014
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ALTHOUGH BLUR RAY IT WAS GOOD FOR IT TO HAVE A D VD D AS I DO NOT HAVE BLUE RAY . WONDERFUL FEATURES AND EXTRAS NOTABLY THE BRAY MEMORIES DOCUMENTARY AND THE EXTRA FILM STOLEN FACE .. REALLY GOOD VALUE , VERY IMPRESSED A MUST BUY FOR HAMMER DEVOTEES
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Outstanding, 1 Mar 2014
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The vibrant 1950's Technicolor palette really shines with the quality of this restoration simply gorgeous

Hats off to Hammer once again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars who's the daddy, 8 Feb 2014
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A great film the restoration is superb you get a hd blu ray of film a dvd of film so you can watch it on a none bluray player ie in your bedroom ect and loads of extras brillianty done support British film industry in the process so glad ive purchased this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the mummy, 26 Jan 2014
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one of the best hammer films to be made,great colour and music are first class plus the usual briiliant acting of peter cushing and chris lee.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You've been to Molly Gradys again...., 14 Jan 2014
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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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