Mummy's Shroud & Plague of Zombies [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Double feature of Hammer filmes: The Mummy's Shroud and Plague of the Zombies. This dvd release was a limited edition 2 disc set, which includes 2 A5-ish sized poster cards.
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THE MUMMY'S SHROUD (1966)
Directed by John Gilling
Starring John Phillips, André Morell, David Buck, Elizabeth Sellars, Michael Ripper, Tim Barrett, Richard Warner, Maggie Kimberley, Catherine Lacey, Roger Delgado, Eddie Powell, Dickie Owen, Bruno Barnabe, Toni Gilpin, Toolsie Persaud, Andreas Maladrinos
In Egypt in 1920 a group of British archaeologists discovers the tomb of a Pharoah called Ka-to-Bey. Ignoring all the usual warnings, the archaeologists excavate the tomb and eventually put the artefacts on display, including a mummy and its shroud that bears an ancient coded inscription.
It turns out that if the inscription is decyphered it has the power to bring the mummy back to life and, this being a Hammer Horror movie, that's exactly what happens. The grumpy old mummy then goes on a murder spree and starts killing people associated with the expedition.
This is probably the least well-known of all of Hammer's mummy movies (they made four in total) and it holds some significance in the history of Hammer as it was their last film to be produced at Bray Studios in Berkshire. This film is competently directed by John Gilling and features a fine cast of well-known character actors including Hammer-regulars André Morell and Michael Ripper. The cast also features Maggie Kimberley, who was also in Michael Reeves' "Witchfinder General", and Roger Delgado, who was best-known for playing The Master in "Doctor Who" in the early 1970s. The mummy was played by Hammer stuntman Eddie Powell, who doubled for Christopher Lee in many films.Read more ›
It was based on an original story by Anthony Hinds and then director John Gilling and is generally thought of being his least successful film. That said, unoriginal though the story line is it was directed - on limited budget - with some visual flair and the result should please both horror fans and Hammer enthusiasts.
The acting is excellent, from the leads as well as: John Phillips; Elizabeth Sellers; Catherine Lacey; Michael Ripper and Roger Delgado.
The blu ray transfer is a triumph of spotless and crisp high definition transfer almost as good as The Devil Rides Out and Rasputin the Mad Monk. There are good levels of grain too so the filmic feel is not destroyed by DNR.
The Beat Goes On: The Making of The Mummy's Shroud (22:00)
Remembering David Buck (5:37)
This moving tribute to the talented actor and husband of
Madeline Smith, will be of great interest to genre fans.
Stills gallery (6:09)
An impressive selection of posters, ad art, colour lobby cards, etc etc
Plus an extensive selection of
Hammer trailers (14:46)
The Mummy's Shroud
A Hammer Film Production 1967
Seven Arts - Fox - Warner Pathe
StudioCanal Blu-Ray and DVD Double Play Cert: PG
BD: Region B 1080p AVC / PAL / Feature Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 / 90 minutes / English / LPCM Mono 2.0 Audio
DVD: Region 2 / 87 minutes / PAL / Feature Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 / English / Mono 2.0 Audio
Garish technicolour, wooden acting from minor members of the cast, and a script that makes little sense, all add to the awfulness, making it perfect Hammer and a great way to spend a couple of hours on a dark winter's night.
ABOUT THE BLU-RAY:
Feature running time: 91 min. Audio: Dual mono LPCM, Feature aspect ratio: 1:66.1
Region B. English subtitles for the Hard of Hearing (feature only)
* 'The Beat goes on: The making of the Mummy's Shroud': 22:00 min. documentary
* 'Remembering David Buck': 05:37 min. featurette.
* Stills gallery
* Trailers: 'The Mummy's Shroud', 'Rasputin, the mad monk', 'The Reptile' and 'The Devil's Bride' (14:46 min.)
The keeper of a pharaoh's tomb awakes an ancient mummy to exact revenge on those who dared desecrating the resting place he guarded.
There's nothing really new in this film. Once you have seen a Hammer/Universal Mummy movie seems you have seen them all.
The film feels a bit too long. Maybe through the lack of resources. The action takes place in a very limited handful of sets, namely the Hotel, the Site of the tomb, the museum and an allegedly downtown street of Mezzera, Egypt. Despite this and some other issues with the plot, some actors deliver very good performances - especially Michael Ripper, and the film does contain some nice production values.
Furthermore, the excellent picture quality on the Blu-ray disc makes this an edition well worth to own, in my opinion.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my favourite Hammer films.A good story,Strong cast and an exciting finale all add up to a great adventure film in glorious colour as well. Read morePublished 10 months ago by MARTIN EVANS
Brilliant transfer of an underrated mummy film from Hammer.
A superb role for Roger Delgardo who later became Dr Who's enemy The Master opposite Pertwee's doctor. Read more
worth watching if only for Michael Ripper's performance. Starts slow, but builds.Published 15 months ago by Christopher Fenner
Not one of the best known "Mummy" films but, has some class British acting old favourites, Michael Ripper is his usual subservient self, a really great actor, you might not... Read morePublished 16 months ago by robin C Jung
This was the third mummy film from hammer in the series. starring John Phillps, Liz sellers, Davd Buck, and Andre Morell. Read morePublished 17 months ago by joe kidd
At long last I've managed to see this penultimate Mummy film from Hammer and I agree with the consensus Amazon rating. Read morePublished 22 months ago by sean cutter