The Mummy

The Mummy

The Legacy Collection

DVD - 2004
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The original The Mummy film comes to DVD in the extraordinary Legacy Collection. Included in the collection is the original classic, starring Boris Karloff and four sequels featuring Lon Chaney, Jr. and others.

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DUVIDL
Apr 25, 2019

"This is the Scroll of Thoth by which Isis raised Osiris from the dead"- So How The H&$$ Are You Going To Stop Imhotep? Taking a leisurely pace, building the horror, making good use of naturally occurring sounds and music, it's not what you see - IT'S WHAT YOU ALMOST SEE! This film should be studied by any Theater/Motion Picture student for how to build dread and fear And The Neglected Use/Power of SILENCE. Best example: when the mummy is accidentally brought to life. Oh, by the way - there really was an Imhotep (3rd Dynasty - a Renaissance Man before the Renaissance was a gleam in anybody's eye), the legend of the Scroll of Thoth is true, and that which was created by a God for a Goddess to raise a God CANNOT be undone. There is NO REVERSAL! ENJOY!

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yesbyedith
Apr 07, 2019

Good plot, good actors. Not what expecting.
Enjoyed commentary also.

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Derringer
Jan 19, 2019

This 2-disc set contains 5 vintage, Hollywood "Mummy" movies that were all produced on fairly low budgets through Universal Studios.

The original "Mummy" was released back in 1932 and it starred Boris Karloff as the title character. The 4 sequels to this film were all released in the years from 1940-1944.

Believe me - None of these movies are in the least bit scary. And, though they do tend to be very dated and slow-paced - They are kinda interesting to watch (if you have the patience) from a strictly nostalgic point of view.

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Shellie1_us
Nov 16, 2017

This a an excellent vintage horror movie. The atmosphere is creepy and lovely in a gothic way. The story tells the obsessive love of the Egyptian priest for his lover who is dying. He is punished for breaking the law, and entombed alive. The horror fans who love gore, sadistic killing might not enjoy this smoothly paced thriller. Suitable for all horror fans.

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WendyLC
Apr 07, 2017

This is a review of the 1930's film, which this library record is attached to, in error.

I'm a fan of most old horror. And give me a cheesy 1950's film, and I'm all a-twitter.

However.

This is slow and boring and, except for one two-minute sequence early on, had no tension in it. The shots are uninteresting, except when they're bizarre (not in a good way--in a dated way). I thought I had remembered liking this as a child...but it must have been the 1959 Hammer film I had liked.

I'm not a fan of the 1999 remake, by the way. And again, it's not simply the date. I had just watched Island of Lost Souls (the library has it), from 1932, and I was wowed by that. Go watch that instead because really, this one is just awfully boring.

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hi1214kona
Feb 14, 2016

These two reviews span the gamut of reaction today and, to some extent, contain erroneous information based on my readings. First, the Mummy was very much a horror movie in its day and can be today depending on your definition. Second, the movie, I believe, was made just before the Hayes code went into effect. The world was a very different place, and gore was not necessary for horror. Just saying.

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lydiag22
Feb 05, 2016

actually, this movie is very good not a true 'horror' movie but with a creepy atmosphere. it is one of Karloff's better movies and I've enjoyed it several times. it is definitely more than a 'curiousity' piece

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ManMachine
Jul 05, 2015

You know, I'm kinda baffled about horror movies from the 1930s. And, yes, I'm fully-aware that the "Hays Code" was very much in effect at the time (which restricted plenty) - But, all the same, I found that (when compared to the homicidal gangster films from that particular era) the violence and element of terror in this genre of film was surprisingly toned down and ridiculously tame.

And, yes, of course, this was the case here with 1932's "The Mummy". There was really no violence, at all, to speak of. I mean, I certainly wasn't expecting any over-the-top gore, but, hey, a bit of honest-to-goodness Mummy-type violence would've surely been a real asset to this fright flick's overall horror-factor.

Anyway - Strictly from a nostalgic point of view - (As far as "The Mummy" being something of a curiosity piece) - This 83-year-old relic was most certainly worth a view. But, with that said, when a 73-minute horror movie actually drags its sorry ass in between the action (and requires a romance thrown into the mix, for good measure), then, it's definitely a picture meant only to fully-satisfy an audience of die-hard film buffs of vintage movie-making, and not many others.

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MaxineML Oct 07, 2014

An American serving in the French Foreign Legion on an archaeological dig at the ancient city of Hamunaptra accidentally awakens a Mummy.

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DUVIDL
Apr 25, 2019

(Accompanied by insane laughter): "H-He went for a little walk! You should have seen his Face!"

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