The Mummy: Complete Legacy Collection [Blu-ray] [4 Discs]

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  • Release Date: 05/16/2017
  • Rating: NR
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Special Features


  • 2 Feature Commentaries
  • He Who Made Monsters: The Life and Art of Jack Pierce
  • Mummy Dearest: A Horror Tradition Unearthed Documentary
  • The Mummy Archives
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Unraveling the Legacy of The Mummy

Synopsis


The Mummy's Ghost
The still very undead mummy experiences insane jealousy in this the third of Universal's Kharis thrillers. Although he was thought to have perished in a fire in The Mummy's Tomb (1942), Kharis (Lon Chaney Jr.) is once again wreaking havoc in the town of Mapleton, MA. Sent by the High Priest (George Zucco) to retrieve both Kharis and his ancient love interest, the Princess Ananka, from their resting places at New York's Scripps Museum, Yousef Bey (John Carradine) learns that the princess has turned to dust. Her soul, however, seems to have been reincarnated as Amina Mansouri (Ramsay Ames), an Egyptian exchange student studying with Mapleton Egyptologist professor Norman (Frank Reicher). The latter's experiments with brewing tanna leaves turn ugly when Kharis appears. Soon after, Amina's hair develops grey streaks and she experiences strange and unsettling trances, unsettling especially for boyfriend Tom Hervey (Robert Lowery). Investigating Professor Norman's strange death, Inspector Walgreen (Barton MacLane) sets a trap for Kharis, but the crafty mummy escapes with a prostrate Amina. Hiding in an abandoned mineshaft, Kharis, to his distress, learns that Yousef harbors more than a religious interest in the beautiful Amina and promptly kills him. With the reincarnated but rapidly decaying princess in his arms, the mummy, to the horrors of the townspeople in general and Tom in particular, blithely walks into a nearby swamp and slowly sinks into the quagmire. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy
Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy is the last of the team's vehicles for Universal-International. Stranded in Egypt, Bud and Lou hire themselves out as travelling companions to archeologist Kurt Katch. Before long, Katch is murdered by a group of cultists, and a medallion, embossed with a map which leads to a sacred burial site, is accidentally swallowed by Costello. The boys become the unwilling pawns of the cultists, led by Richard Deacon, and a greedy adventuress, played by Marie Windsor. The last scene finds Costello being menaced by three mummies, two of them bogus. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Mummy's Hand
Egyptian mystic Andoheb (George Zucco) is ordered by his High Priest (Eduardo Ciannelli) to stand guard over the sacred mummy of Kharis (Tom Tyler), who thousands of years earlier was entombed alive for falling in love with Egyptian Princess Ananka. Kharis can be revived or neutralized at will through the simple expedient of burning a handful of tanna leaves, a plot device that is hammered home on several occasions. Meanwhile, perennially broke archeologists Steve Banning (Dick Foran) and Babe Jenson (Wallace Ford) persuade itinerant magician Solvani the Great (Cecil Kellaway) to finance an expedition in search of Ananka's sarcophagus. Solvani's daughter Marta (Peggy Moran), suspecting that Steve and Babe are a couple of con artists, tags along with them to Egypt. Also on hand is the ubiqutious Andoheb, in his daytime guise as professor of Egyptology at the Cairo Museum. After ordering Kharis to bump off expedition members Dr. Petrie (Charles Trowbridge) and Ali (Leon Belasco), Andoheb turns his attentions to the beauteous Marta, with whom he hopes to live "in eternity" with the aid of those handy tanna leaves. But when he kidnaps Marta, Andoheb breaks his sacred trust, and thus must pay with his life at the hands of the vengeful Kharis. Much of Hans J. Salter's pulsating musical score was lifted from Son of Frankenstein. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Mummy's Tomb
You cannot keep a good mummy down forever and Kharis is back in this sequel to The Mummy's Hand, which itself was something of a remake of the classic Boris Karloff thriller of 1935, The Mummy. Although assumed to have been killed by Stephen Banning (Dick Foran) in the previous film, Andoheb (George Zucco) has miraculously survived and is now planning a terrible revenge on both Banning and his entire family in Mapleton, MA. With High Priest Mehemet Bey (Turhan Bey) as his faithful companion, Kharis (Lon Chaney Jr.) takes up residence in a Mapleton graveyard where the mysterious Mr. Bey somehow has obtained the job of caretaker. At the first full moon, the mummy is fed enough tanna leaves to break into the Banning residence and kill the now elderly Stephen. To find out what exactly happened, the dead man's son, John (John Hubbard), gets in contact with Babe Hanson (Wallace Ford), one of the members of the original Banning expedition to Egypt. Neither Babe nor John can prevent Kharis from killing Stephen's sister, Jane (Mary Gordon), or from kidnapping John's blonde fiancée, Isobel (Elyse Knox). A posse of upset citizens advances to the graveyard where Mehemet Bey has been promising to literally spend an eternity with Isobel. Interrupted in these romantic pursuits, Bey hands the girl over to Kharis before being shot by John. Carrying a prostrate Isobel, Kharis shuffles back to the Banning estate, which is soon set afire by the mob. Isobel is rescued in the nick of time by John and Kharis perishes in the flames. Or does he? ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

The Mummy
The Mummy represented Boris Karloff's second horror starring role after his "overnight" success in Frankenstein. Brought back to life after nearly 3,700 years, Egyptian high priest Imhotep wreaks havoc upon the members of the British field exposition that disturbed his tomb (shades of the King Tut curse). While disguised as a contemporary Egyptologist, he falls in love with Zita Johann, whom he recognizes as the latest incarnation of a priestess who died nearly 40 centures earlier. Spiriting Zita away to the tomb, he relates the story of how he had dared to enter her ancestor's sacred burial crypt, hoping to restore her to life. Caught in the act, he was embalmed alive and his tongue was cut out for his act of sacrilege. Now that he has returned, he intends to slay Zita, so that they will be reunited for all time in the Hereafter. Despite its melodramatic trappings, The Mummy is essentially a love story, poetically related by ace cinematographer and first-time director Karl Freund. Jack Pierce's justly celebrated makeup skills offers us two Karloffs: the wizened Egyptologist and the flaking, rotting mummy, who though only seen for a few seconds remains in the memory long after the film's final image has faded. Best line: "It went for a little walk." The Mummy was followed by four stock footage-laden sequels, none of which approached the power and poignancy of the original. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Mummy's Curse
Ostensibly taking place twenty-five years after the events of The Mummy's Ghost, this sequel marks the last of Universal's series featuring the evil mummy "Kharis," played by Lon Chaney, Jr.. A rather gruff-looking Chaney plays the loosely wrapped Egyptian high priest, who is extricated from his resting place in the bayous of Louisiana (relocated from New England after the previous film) by a team of archaeologists. Thanks to the procurement of some tanna leaves by sinister Egyptologist Izor Zandaab (Peter Coe) and his creepy-looking henchman Ragheb (Martin Kosleck), Kharis is up and around once again, seeking the reincarnation of his lost love Ananka (Virginia Christine, who would later portray Folgers coffee pitchwoman Mrs. Olsen). Though most installments of the Chaney mummy series tended to rehash story elements from Universal's Boris Karloff classic, this is one of the more original plotlines. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi



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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nothing Pleases Quite Like The Classics

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    Narukami
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    With a new Mummy arriving in theaters it is a good time to revisit the classics and just in time Universal has released the Complete Mummy Legacy in HD on Blu-ray. The set contains the original film with Boris Karloff and 5 sequels from the 1940's and early 50's. Not surprisingly, the first film, with Karloff, is the best of the set. What does surprise is just how short some of these 'feature' films are. While the original Mummy is a little short of 2 hours, a couple of the sequels are just over 1-hour in length. Indeed, the final film of the set, Abbott & Costello Meet The Mummy, is the longest film of the set clocking in at 117 minutes. If you are an Abbott & Costello fan you will enjoy this romp while others will likely find it a tad bit silly. That being said, it is great to have all of these films together in one set and in great looking HD. There are also plenty of extras for those interested in the cinematic history of the Universal Monsters. This is a set worth adding to your video library.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Great Value For Classic Horror Mummy Fans!

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    CharlieRay
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    Another in the wonderful series of blu-ray editions of Universal Monster classics. The restorations of all the monster titles have been exceptional, and the Mummy series looks just as good as all that have come before. In one way the Mummy set is a better value than the others, because most of the titles are making their first appearance here. The Frankenstein, Wolfman and Dracula titles have many of the same films duplicated from set to set -- however, at these prices they are still a good value. As movies, the Mummy series has less variety than the others -- the four sequels are very similar to each other -- but if you're a Universal Monsters fan they're still a must have. Pus, the set also includes Abbott & Costello Meet The Mummy -- a title I had never seen before. Highly reccommended for the former Monster Kids out there!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Transfers, But Only The Mummy Is Great

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    Mickthemadde
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    The FOUR STARS are for the movies, not the transfers. The transfers are very well done, but only the original Mummy is a great film. The included films are 1) The Mummy (1932) 2) The Mummy's Hand (1940) 3) The Mummy's Tomb (1942) 4) The Mummy's Ghost (1944) 5) The Mummy's Curse (1944) 6) Abbott & Costello Meet The Mummy. Jack Pierce's makeup in The Mummy is amazing with Karloff looking great as both the Mummy and as his unwrapped self. The makeup for the rest progressively get worse until it is merely a bad mask by the last movies. They have none of the sophistication or character of the first, and the movies are only good as a curiosity. If you want all of them, as I did, this is a great buy. If not...do not waste your time, just buy the Original by itself.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Universal's Mummy series on Blu-ray

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    BILLISONdeGIGLIO
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    First rate presentation of the Universal Mummy series on Blu-ray. Definitely the best these films have ever looked on home video. No repeats here unlike the other Monster Legacy Collections. All of the films contained will not be on other Legacy sets. Well worth a purchase. Unlike the new Tom Cruise movie, these are real Mummy films.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    All the Classic Mummy Movies in One Collection

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    Richie
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    This four-disc set presents six classic mummy films in one boxed set. Although pehaps "groaner" by today's standards, these Universal movies are atmospheric, and give a good representation of horror films of the 1930s and 40s. The black and white transfers to blu ray look very good on a large screen HD television.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Mummy Legacy has never looked so good!

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    DominicM
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    All of the Mummy films from the original legacy have been brought together for the first time on blu ray, and never have these films looked so good! Nearly all of the bonus features are ported over from the older DVD releases, but the image quality for the films themselves is incredible.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Universal Classics Box Set: The Mummy

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    CSmith
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    The original Universal Mummy series on Blu-ray is a fantastic addition to anyone's film library. The atmospheric tone set by these films are not lost in high definition!! A must-have for any film fan.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great value for 6 movies!

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    DavidC
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    This collection is essential for any fan of classic Universal horror. Every classic Mummy movie is here along with a lot of bonus features for the original 1932 film. The A/V quality of the Blu-ray set is very impressive for how old these films are!

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