The Mummy [DVD] [1959]

  • SKU: 4291698
  • Release Date: 10/09/2001
  • Rating: NR
Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing star in Terence Fisher's 1959 version of The Mummy, which comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Subtitles in both languages are accessible. Supplemental materials are limited to a theatrical trailer. Fans of mid-'50s horror films are sure to savor this fine-looking disc, even if it is shy on extra materials.
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (26 out of 26)

Special Features


  • Interactive menus
  • Scene access
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Languages & subtitles: English & Français

Synopsis


The Mummy
While on a dig in Egypt, British archaeologist John Banning (Peter Cushing) desecrates the tomb of Princess Ananka, awakening her mummified lover (Christopher Lee). With revenge on his mind, the mummy follows Banning and the rest of his group back to England, but becomes quite taken with Banning's wife (Yvonne Furneaux), who resembles the princess quite closely. ~ John Bush, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Peter Cushing
    Peter Cushing - John Banning
  • Christopher Lee
    Christopher Lee - Kharis, the Mummy
  • Yvonne Furneaux
    Yvonne Furneaux - Isobel Banning, Princess Ananka
  • Eddie Byrne
    Eddie Byrne - Inspector Mulrooney



Overall customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Hammer scores again

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    prlwctd

    After Hammer's successful retoolings of Frankenstein & Dracula, the studio scored again with its tackling of The Mummy. Like its takes on the Monster & the Count, this Mummy was the first to be shot in color. Unlike the other two, however, this film has more in common, storywise, to its Universal counterpart (some plot elements are similar to those in Universal's Mummy sequels). Once again, we have the great acting team of Christopher Lee (in the title role) & Peter Cushing (as the lead archeologist Banning, who must protect his wife when he realizes the Mummy desires her, due to her resemblence to his deceased love). The Mummy is, once again, inadvertently brought back to life, but, this time, an unscrupulous Egyptian (who dislikes attempts to dig up the ancient ruins of his homeland) uses the Mummy to wipe out the scientists. Needless to say, this tactic eventually backfires. Lee, in a performance with no dialogue and in bandages almost the entire time, matches Karloff in the title role. The moment where he first lays eyes on Banning's wife is a great moment of acting, in which he silently expresses astonishment and sadness. Unlike the Brandon Frasier Mummy films four decades later, this Mummy gives remakes a good name.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Top Shelf Version of a Horror Classic

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    thrall
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    Sir Christopher Lee was a huge star in any number of films from any genre, but most folks deservedly recall him in several productions of Dracula. While that may be his horror calling card, this film will remind all he also chilled us as The Mummy. While his speaking time in this is limited, his expressive eyes convey more than words ever could.......a tribute to the man's acting ability, his presence is undeniable. This is my favorite mummy, due to the care and attention put into it.........further, this transfer is a real jaw-dropper, far better than previous issues. Add Terence Fisher's spot on direction and the iconic Peter Cushing, and you have a must see Hammer production. Though nearly 60 years old, The Mummy STILL delivers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Hammer Horror Fans Rejoice!

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    CharlieRay
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    I was very pleased to see this at Best Buy, with a cool slip cover to boot! A fun, old-school film with Christopher Lee under the wrappings. You already know if you like these old Hammers, so let me just say that if you have the old DVD, this is a worthy upgrade. It's not the sharpest HD picture, but the colors are very strong and the whole things is just more pleasing to the eye than the old DVD. It's also available in a 3-movie Hammer set.. No extras, other than the trailer, but the pictire quality is very nice and the price is right. Classic horror fans, go get it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great classic remastered on Blu Ray

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    SAGACTORBRIAN
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    This great classic horror film has been issued on Blu-ray just in time before the new Mummy movie comes out this summer in movie theaters. An excellent classic film. I recommend you watch this before the new Film comes out next month. For my young readers of this review, keep in mind this movie was made in with the 1950's. There was limited special effects back in this time. These films were actually made in real time. You cannot compare the quality of them to films made in the 2000. It's two different eras of filmmaking!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A true classic!

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    coxeman
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    This movie is a true classic in every sense of the word. Fantastic performances by Cushing and Lee. Great updating of Universal's original movies. And filmed in color without losing any of the subject matter's gothic charm.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Horror Revision

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    Dinosinatrajr
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    Another reason Hammer Horror became the legendary film studio for a new generation of horror fans, this film has all the elements that made Hammer Studios the Legend it is today... DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Hammer horror in HD!

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    maristredfox
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    The Mummy is the first acquisition in my Hammer horror collection, and I couldn't be happier. The sets and colors look amazing in HD. I look forward to seeing the whole collection on Blu-ray.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good old fashioned thrills

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    Rarrar
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    This takes me back to an earlier time when we didn't have the best special effects, but the stories were more important. It's not a masterpiece, just a good two hours of fun.

    I would recommend this to a friend


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