The Blu-Ray transfer is excellent, great picture and sound quality as if it was made today, albeit in black and white. Nonetheless the look of the Mummy translates the gothic nature that Universal Studios were putting out and applies to Egypt, taking the bare yet beautiful nature of Europe and applying it to the more exotic Egypt. The movie itself is very similar to "Dracula" in more ways than one. The villain's intention is exactly the same - find a woman for his wife, although it's more interesting as a conflict here with a better developed back-story. The Mummy however doesn't quite have the same atmosphere as Dracula did, or level of performances, there are no manic Renfield's to sustain one's interest. The characters are somewhat dull, although Karloff does give a performance second to none, not quite the icon that is his take on Frankenstein's monster but he's playing less a mummy in bandages and more an Ancient Egyptian guy who's woken up and is seeking fire and a woman. The similarities with Dracula continue in terms of pacing, and several scenes which are almost identical, including the realization of the hero as to what he's up against whilst the woman stands dazed and the charming monster talks smoothly. It's a bit of a slow-pacer this movie and compared to Universal Studio's other efforts, including the brilliant "Invisible Man" which came out next year, and Frankenstein the year before, it's a slow burner. Sets are simple yet effective, the movie's length is perfect despite the slow pacing and compared to the mummy movies of now, it's a good film overall.
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