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Splendid new HD transfer for a fair to middling Hammer,
This review is from: The Mummy's Shroud (Blu-ray + DVD)  (Blu-ray)
The Mummy's Shroud has always been regarded as a somewhat second division entry in the Hammer canon, chiefly noted for the fact that it was the last film shot by the company at Bray studios and marked the end of an era.
This is partly due to the basic problem with Mummy films in that there are only so many changes you can ring with each outing. The film also suffers from a dull and unconvincing first 8 minutes of prolog set in ancient Egypt, but once it moves forward to 1920s Cairo things pick up, due in no small part to the fact that we are in the very capable hands of director John Gilling, who draws out a number of excellent performances and brings a real brio to the murder set pieces.
The new HD transfer looks really good; vibrant colours & nice inky blacks. There's an excellent documentary on the making of the film, and a lovely short eulogy by Madeline Smith on her late husband David Buck who has one of the major parts in the film.
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Initial post: 4 Nov 2012 01:25:40 GMT
Your comment about the limited scope of Mummy films is well made given that the monster is basically an ambulatory pile of washing. Universal's 1940s series following The Mummy's Hand,the belated sequel to Karloff's original was pretty lame (pardon the pun) for the same reason, and even at only about an hour's duration, seemed padded and drawn out. It's good, however, that unlike many professional critics, you see beyond the obvious (as many ordinary viewers do) and it is undoubtedly better than the advers publicity would have us believe. Being a keen collector of soundtracks I would also note the music is pretty good, perhaps grander sounding than the film is itself, but it does make a positive contribution.
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