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The Mummy [DVD] [1932]

  • SKU: 25418513
  • Release Date: 09/02/2014
  • Rating: NR
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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (71 out of 72)

    Special Features


    • Mummy Dearest: a horror tradition unearthed
    • Feature commentary from film historian Paul M. Jensen
    • Posters and stills
    • Theatrical trailer

    Synopsis


    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

    Cast & Crew


    • Boris Karloff
      Boris Karloff - Im-Ho-Tep/Ardeth Bey
    • Zita Johann
      Zita Johann - Helen Grosvenor / Princess Anck-es-en-Amon
    • David Manners
      David Manners - Frank Whemple
    • Edward Van Sloan
      Edward Van Sloan - Professor Muller
    • Arthur Byron
      Arthur Byron - Sir Joseph Whemple



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 72 reviews

    99%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The best of the Mummy movies

      Posted
      XAvenger
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      This is the Mummy movie to watch! Far superior to any sequel or remake! This version tells the story of the evil Imhotep, a sorcerer cursed by a Pharoh many centuries ago and brought back to life today (meaning 1932 when the movie was made). Boris Karloff turns in a terrifying performance as Imhotep, the undead villain. There are many truly frightening scenes in this movie, all without being violent or gory. Karloff's fine performance and the superb directing of The Mummy makes this one of the best suspense films ever made. The extras include a documentary on the making of the Mummy and on the films enduring legacy. Very informative. There are problems with background noise and some image quality problems here and there. Plus a couple isolated scenes are missing a frame or two, but this will not diminish your enjoyment of the Mummy. For a true classic of horror and suspense, The Mummy stands the test of time and is still one of the best.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The best Mummy ever

      Posted
      prlwctd

      Karloff followed his great success in Frankenstein with a slightly different, and equally memorable, Universal monster. With the help of Jack Pierce's makeup, Karloff makes the title character scary and slightly sympathetic. His mummy is inadvertently revived after archeologists dig him up. He then reemerges a decade later and tries to capture a beautiful acquaintance of said archeologists in the hopes of reviving his deceased love. Zita Johann, Edward Van Sloan, and David Manners are fine (even if the latter two more or less play the same characters they did in Dracula). The film's delightlfully creepy atmosphere and nice music (the title credits are shown played to "Swan Lake" just like Dracula & Murders in the Rue Morgue) are other reasons why this film remains the definitve Mummy movie. The only one that's come close is Hammer's take over three decades later.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Old school horror still works

      Posted
      Larrybe
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      Like so many of the Universal "monster movies," The Mummy isn't really 'horror' by today's standards, but that is the charm. You really understand cinema and culture at the time it was released when watching this classic. It's entertaining even if you're not into 'old movies' but just want to enjoy a good story. I'm not into the extras on most movie releases, but these are top notch.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Mummy Dearest

      Posted
      BigRonDawg
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      I have seen a horde of Mummy movies over the years, Hammer with Christopher Lee, the reboots with Arnold Vosloo and CGI effects to the new Tom Cruise film coming in 2017. To me you can't beat this Karloff classic. jack Pierce's make-up effect as the Mummy and it's living almost human form are a blast in the glorious Black & White images. Must see for all Universal classic horror fans or fans of classic film in general.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      classic monster movies

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      Smigro
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      To be honest I have never seen any of these original monster movies and once I saw these go on sale last month I knew it was time to add them to the collection. The artwork on the steelbooks is really nice and the clear slips covers for added protection is a win win.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Gorgeous steelbook of an all-time classic

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      joeschmoe
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      The Alex Ross artwork is beautiful. I'm not sure what to say about the film that hasn't already been said but it's a fantastic classic that is a must watch for any horror film enthusiasts. Definitely check out the other Alex Ross steelbooks and get em while you can! Beautiful additions to any collection.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great package, okay film.

      Posted
      AlexTheDinosaur
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      I bought the whole universal monster movies on Steelbook that Best Buy put out and they look fantastic and are some of my favorite things I have ever bought. However this is one of my least favorites in the collection. I liked what they were going for but I just didn't like it as much as I wanted to.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A rare classic that spawned an equal remake!

      Posted
      Hushvinyl
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      The Mummy continued the lasting legacy of the Universal Monster universe with a wonderfully creepy tale of love, judgement, terror and sorcery that was remade fantastically almost 60 years later. It's always good to go back and see where it all started - this one's worth the travel back!~

      I would recommend this to a friend



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