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on 18 October 2013
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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on 20 January 2005
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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on 2 June 2005
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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on 20 November 2000
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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on 7 June 2012
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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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. Technically the film belies the budget restrictions that was a staple of Hammer productions. The sets are very impressive with the Egyptian tomb set original and authentic looking, and the swamp based set-up nicely constructed. The latter of which provides two genuine horror classic moments. As first we see the Mummy for the first time as he rises from a foul bubbling bog, and then for the dramatic swampy finale. It's also atmospherically filmed by Fisher, with Jack Asher's photography utilising the Eastman Color to give off a weird elegiac beauty.

This is not about gore, Fisher and the makers wanted to thrive on atmospherics and implication. Something they achieve with great rewards. The Mummy would prove to be very successful in Britain and abroad, thus ensuring Hammer would dig up more Mummy's for further screen outings. None of which came close to capturing the look and feel of this first makeover. Crisply put together and with another in the line of great Christopher Lee monster characterisations', this Mummy is essential viewing for the creature feature horror fan. 8/10
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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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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 6 June 2010
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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on 16 December 2013
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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