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The Mummy Legacy Series Special Edition DVD

Universal Home Entertainment's 2-disc Special Edition of the 1932 classic horror film starring Boris Karloff.

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"Looks As Though He Died in Some Sensationally Unpleasant Manner"

  • Dec 22, 2008
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-This review pertains to The Mummy: Special Edition DVD-

In 1932, one year after Universal Studios' success with Frankenstein, Boris Karloff got all wrapped up in a role that would become one of the all-time great movie monsters. As the mummy, Im-Ho-Tep, Karloff gave a drastically different performance than that of the pathetic and misunderstood creature in Frankenstein. Im-Ho-Tep is a cold and methodical killer, his heart warped from the pain of losing his love. He uses any means necessary to obtain that which he covets, whether it's power or people.

The Mummy was the directorial debut of Karl Freund, the brilliant German cinematographer whose works include Metropolis, Dracula, and Murders in the Rue Morgue. Over a decade earlier it was people like Freund who helped to make Germany famous for its expressionist cinema, as well as revolutionizing the way films were photographed. John L. Balderston, the famous playwright who Americanized the Dracula play, which was later to serve as the main inspiration for the 1931 Tod Browning film, wrote the screenplay for The Mummy. The story of The Mummy owes much to screenplay of Dracula and the film even uses members of the cast of that film. However, the presence of Boris Karloff is what gives The Mummy its individual identity and separates it from other horror films of its era. Also, unlike either Dracula or Frankenstein, The Mummy wasn't set in some gothic European locale. No, The Mummy featured exotic Egypt as its setting (though the film was shot entirely in California as almost all Universal pictures were at the time).
Ardeth Bay
Exploiting the obsessive fascination that Americans and Europeans had for all things Egyptian, after the finding of King Tutankhamen's tomb in 1921, the story utilizes mummies, curses, and Egyptian occultism to attract viewers.


After committing sacrilege, Egyptian High Priest, Im-Ho-Tep is buried alive only to be rediscovered 3,700 years later by British archaeologists. He is accidentally resurrected and assumes the identity of Ardeth Bay. Ardeth Bay's one passion, his one obsession is to be reunited with his long-dead lover, Princess Anck-es-en-Amon. Ardeth Bay believes that his loneliness may be over when he meets the beautiful Helen Grosvenor, the reincarnated Anck-es-en-Amon. As Ardeth pursues Helen, he is also determined to obtain the Scroll of Thoth, which will ensure his immortality and his control over Helen. Challenging him are Doctor Muller, an expert on the Egyptian occult, Sir Joseph Whemple, a renowned archaeologist, and his son, Frank Whemple who has fallen in love with Helen. But do these three stand a chance against Ardeth Bay, who has a mastery over hypnosis? Can they save Helen from... The Mummy?


The film stars Boris Karloff (who was billed as Karloff the Uncanny) as Im-Ho-Tep / Ardeth Bay, Zita Johann as Helen Grosvenor / Anck-es-en-Amon, David Manners as Frank Whemple, Arthur Byron as Sir Joseph Whemple, and Edward Van Sloan as Doctor Muller.

The Mummy (2-disc Legacy Series Special Edition DVD)
This terrifyingly good DVD includes an audio commentary with film historian Paul M. Jensen, an audio commentary with makeup artist Rick Baker, screenwriter Steven Haberman, film historian Scott Essman, Universal horror expert Bob Burns, and sculptor Brent Armstrong, "He Who Made Monsters: The Life and Art of Jack Pierce" documentary, "Mummy Dearest: A Horror Tradition Unearthed" documentary, "Unraveling the Legacy of The Mummy" featurette, "Universal Horror" feature-length documentary, poster montage with music, and theatrical trailers for all five original Mummy films.
The Mummy in His Sarcophagus
The Mummy Special Edition DVD The Mummy poster Boris Karloff as Ardeth Bay, The Mummy Zita Johann as Anck-es-en-Amon A love that thrived after death...

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October 18, 2010
I proudly own all of these Universal Legacy Series DVD's, they are actually some of the best released sets I own. Full of great special features and of course the classic films.
October 18, 2010
I still need to pick up "The Wolf Man". Why they haven't released "The Invisible Man" in a 2-disc set, I don't know. "Bride of Frankenstein" seems to be begging for a 2-disc set too. : )
 
October 14, 2009
wasn't there a Mummy with Christopher Lee also? I figured I'd ask you...
October 14, 2009
Yep. The 1959 Hammer remake, also titled "The Mummy" and equally entertaining, though Karloff was a better Mummy. In fact, other than the lack of Karloff, that version is actually considered better than this one by a lot of people (Queenie and myself included).
 
April 30, 2009
I saw one of these DVD's, they're great -- good write-up.
May 01, 2009
Yeah, Universal's DVDs tend to be pretty expensive and not very well put together, but the Legacy Series that they have going is great. I only wish that they'd release each and every one of the classic Universal monster movies before the swith-over to Blu-ray.
 
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The original 1932 version of The Mummy comes back to life in this prestigious new 2-disc Special Edition! Horror icon Boris Karloff stars in a legendary performance as the Egyptian mummy, Im-Ho-Tep, who is accidentally revived after 3,700 years. Alive again, he sets out on an obsessive - and deadly - quest to find his lost love.

Rediscover this groundbreaking and terrifying motion picture with a digitally remastered picture and all-new bonus features. Today, over 75 years after The Mummy was first released, this classic film remains a masterpiece not only of the genre, but of all-time!

Starring: Boris Karloff, David Manners, Edward Van Sloan, Zita Johann, Arthur Byron, Bramwell Fletcher
Directed by: Karl Freund



Disc 1
  • Run Time: 1 Hours and 14 Minutes
  • MPAA Rating: Not Rated (N/A)
  • Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
  • Picture: Full Frame (1.33:1)
  • Black & White

  • Bonus:
  • Mummy Dearest: A Horror Tradition Unearthed
  • Feature Commentary by Film Historian Paul M. Jenson
  • Feature Commentary by Rick Baker, Scott Essman, Steve Haberman, Bob Burns, and Brent Armstrong
  • Posters & Stills
  • Trailer Gallery
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Director: Karl W. Freund
Genre: Classics, Horror
Release Date: 1932
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Screen Writer: John L. Balderston
DVD Release Date: 2008
Runtime: 74 minutes
Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Universal Studios
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