The Mummy [DVD] [1932]

This classic tale of love and resurrection gets a very nice unraveling by Universal Studios. The print is presented full screen (standard) with an aspect ratio 1.33:1. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 (mono). The only language track offered is English and there is captioning for the hearing impaired in English. French subtitles are available. The print itself has a few minor fluctuations and some missing frames, but overall it is visually exhilarating. Bonus materials include a half-hour documentary entitled "Mummy Dearest" hosted by film historian Rudy Behlmer, which nicely covers the history of the film, its sequels, and the mysterious private life of film star Zita Johann. There is a ten-minute slide show set to music featuring posters and stills from the movie. Also included is a "Production Notes" section as well as a "Cast and Filmmakers" section with biographies and film credits for the main stars and director Karl Freund. The only disappointment is the commentary track by film historian Paul M. Jenson. Not only is it poorly recorded but his comments are not very insightful and tend to just describe the onscreen action. Still, this is a worthy addition to the Universal Studios Classic Monster Collection.
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Special Features

  • Production notes
  • Cast & filmmakers' bios
  • Film highlights
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Web links
  • "Mummy Dearest: A Horror Tradition Unearthed," original documentary by David J. Skal
  • The Mummy Archives
  • Feature commentary by film historian Paul M. Jensen


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

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