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The Mummy (Blu-ray + DVD) [1959]
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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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VINE VOICEon 14 June 2017
In the 1890's 3 British archaeologists unearth the tomb of the Princess Ananka and awaken the high priest who has been cursed to live undead as a mummy to protect her. Years later in England the Mummy hunts those who disturbed the tomb. First film in Hammer horror's The Mummy series, the British Hammer horror remakes of Universal's classic monster movies continues. Hammer regulars Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee are on fine form here with Lee taking on the Boris Karloff role of The Mummy though it's a different character to Karloff's Mummy. Tense, creepy and macabre this is Hammer horror at it's very best.
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on 30 June 2017
Lee is the standout - with mimetic body and eye movement he endows the mute, murderous mummy Kharis with heart and soul - as Hammer's take on Universal's "The Mummy" gives Boris Karloff a worthy successor / rival. Confession: I'm not a Hammer fan and I bought this release for its Special Features. Even so I still found it entertaining with decent performances from all the principal players and, as ever, Michael Ripper stands out amidst Hammer's 'Rep Company' of bit-part actors, providing some charming comic relief.
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on 4 August 2017
Watched this film a few times and always enjoy it . Hammer made some great films and the Mummy is no exception great performance by Christopher Lee & Peter Cushing ! They don't make films like this anymore.
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on 22 July 2017
A perfect Hammer flick and a must buy for any old skill Horror fan.

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on 22 April 2017
Great hammer film , chris topher lee and those eyes and of course michael ripper , doesn't come much better than this .
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on 28 October 2017
great Film enjoyed it
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on 18 March 2017
Brilliant Hammer film and high quality restoration on the Blu-ray disk. Shame that some of the extra's advertised on the back of the blu-ray package are missing (e.g. the "Stolen Face" movie directed by Terence Fisher).
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on 26 September 2017
Best film ever
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on 15 April 2009
Following Hammer's initial success with The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) and Horror of Dracula (1958), Universal, the spiritual home of the classic horror film, afforded Hammer the opportunity to overhaul their entire back-catalogue of monster movies in the same vein. In response, between 1959 and 1962 Hammer made several horror films, that, whilst not exactly remakes of Universal's movies, owed something to them in one way or another. The first of these, The Mummy (1959), is one of the very few Hammer movies that is directly inspired by the Universal canon, and, unlike their strikingly original versions of the Frankenstein and Dracula myths (which bore almost no resemblance at all to the Universal versions), it is almost entirely made up of elements and motifs from the earlier series. Despite an unusually good cast for a Hammer film (Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee are joined by Felix Aylmer, Raymond Huntley, and French actress Yvonne Furneaux), and some typically late-1950s' Hammer boldness in terms of upping the ante with the sex and violence of the story, the film remains a mere pastiche of incidents and plotlines from the Universal series (the Mummy's name, the reason for his rampage, and the notion of him finding a re-incarnation of his ancient love are all taken from the older films). Whilst the film's catalogue of back-breakings and tongue-slicings might have seemed gruesome when it was first released, when viewed today it lacks the freshness of the best of the early Hammer horrors. The tone is uneven, with the middle portion of the film devoted to an unnecessarily lengthy flashback to ancient Egypt (which fails to convince, despite the relatively exotic good looks of Lee and Furneaux), whilst the comic relief is perhaps a little broader than is usual, even for Hammer. Director Terence Fisher has trouble keeping up the pace of the story, and the film really only springs to life during the athletic brawls between Cushing and Lee; even the Mummy's eventual destruction by a load of gun-toting villagers is something of an anti-climactic damp squib (and is yet another Universal device). Furthermore, the performances seem a little stifled; despite several longing looks in Furneaux's direction, Lee can't really do much with the silent, impersonal Mummy (and his awkward, unsteady walk is actually quite comical), whilst Cushing is somewhat bland and boring as an archaeologist marked for death; only in his one scene opposite religious fanatic George Pastell does he seem genuinely interested in what is going on around him.
The most telling thing about Hammer's version of The Mummy is the current certificate of this DVD release; whilst the old `X'-ratings of most Hammer horrors have been down-graded to `15' or even `12' as the decades have gone by, The Mummy is one of the very few that today sport the lowly `PG' tag.
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