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Director: Stephen Sommers

Cast: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah


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Universal has released the Ultimate Edition of The Mummy, but the original Collector's Edition DVD still stands on its own, a disc that other studios still should look to for inspiration. This disc has a fantastic picture; the golds of the desert sand and the dark blacks and grays of the Egyptian catacombs are perfect. The anamorphic transfer is no doubt part…  See more details below


Universal has released the Ultimate Edition of The Mummy, but the original Collector's Edition DVD still stands on its own, a disc that other studios still should look to for inspiration. This disc has a fantastic picture; the golds of the desert sand and the dark blacks and grays of the Egyptian catacombs are perfect. The anamorphic transfer is no doubt part of the reason it looks so good. The disc is framed at its original aspect ratio of 2.35:1 (the same Collector's Edition disc is available with a pan-and-scan transfer). The 5.1 Dolby Digital English track takes advantage of the large action scenes and the smaller, dramatic moments. While the sound is centered, for the most part, in the front and front-side speakers, there are liberal uses of the surround speakers and the subwoofer. Dialogue is squarely in the middle and is never distorted. In addition, there is a 4.0 Surround track in French along with subtitles in English only. Universal rarely skimps on extras with the Collector's Edition and this disc is a perfect example. The "making of" documentary, with cast and crew interviews, focuses on the visual effects created by Industrial Light and Magic. At times it's a highly complex discussion of their work, maybe more than the layperson can fully grasp; nevertheless, it provides fascinating information. There is also a director/editor commentary track, six trailers from this and other Universal films, deleted scenes, an interesting section on Egypt (Egyptology 101), and DVD-ROM features.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
Packed with comic-book thrills and spills, this roller-coaster ride of an adventure has more in common with the Indiana Jones series than it does with the moody, Expressionistic 1930s horror classic starring Boris Karloff. In their scramble to unearth the legendary City of the Dead, a charmingly klutzy female archaeologist (Rachel Weisz) and a dashing American adventurer (Brendan Fraser) accidentally disturb the tomb of a vengeful, lovesick mummy. Forget the bandages -- this shape-shifting demon masquerades as a sandstorm, conjures up the plagues of Egypt, and has an army of carnivorous beetles at his beck and call. With its eye-popping special effects and lighthearted laughs, this blockbuster hit is a pure rush of high-adrenaline entertainment.
All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
More an uneasy amalgam of Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Terminator 2 (1991) than an homage to Boris Karloff and Karl Freund, this big-budget, end-of-the-century Mummy nonetheless delivers the genre's requisite thrills.The film plods somewhat in its opening act, but as soon as writer- director Stephen Sommers and company establish their threadbare premise, the action is swift and unrelenting. And you can forget the bandages with this Mummy: Sommers forgoes atmosphere and suspense in favor of CGI special effects and gross-out horror. Better yet, hero Brendan Fraser brings a bright, self-mocking element to the somewhat ludicrous proceedings, making the gory shocks all the more surprising. The film's Achilles' heel is an undercurrent of mean-spiritedness towards Middle Easterners and women; the latter is evident in the central character of Evelyn (Rachel Weisz), a bumbling archaeologist whose ineptitude is used to further the plot and add ostensible comic relief.
New York Times - Stephen Holden
A gaudy comic video game splashed onto the screen!

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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brendan Fraser Rick O'Connell
Rachel Weisz Evelyn
John Hannah Jonathan
Arnold Vosloo Imhotep
Kevin J. O'Connor Beni
Stephen Dunham Henderson
Jonathan Hyde Egyptologist
Oded Fehr Ardeth Bay
Erick Avari Curator
Corey Johnson Daniels
Tuc Watkins Burns
Omid Djalili Warden
Aharon Ipalé Pharaoh
Bernard Fox Winston
Patricia Velasquez Anck-Su-Namun
Carl Chase Hook
Mohammed Afifi Hangman

Technical Credits
Stephen Sommers Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Adrian Biddle Cinematographer
John Bloomfield Costumes/Costume Designer
Allan Cameron Production Designer
Patricia Carr Co-producer
Chris Carpenter Sound/Sound Designer
Cinesite Special Effects
Chris Corbould Special Effects Supervisor
Sean Daniel Producer
Bob Ducsay Editor
Lloyd Fonvielle Original Story
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Peter Howitt Set Decoration/Design
John Hubbard Casting
Ros Hubbard Casting
Industrial Light & Magic Special Effects
James Jacks Original Story,Producer
Kevin Jarre Executive Producer,Original Story
Rick Kline Sound/Sound Designer
Giles Masters Art Director
Chris Munro Sound/Sound Designer
Tony Reading Art Director
Cliff Robinson Art Director
Peter Russell Art Director
Leslie Shatz Sound/Sound Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- The Mummy
0. Chapter List
1. The Living Death [:22]
2. Sand and Blood [:46]
3. The Key to Hamunaptra [3:54]
4. The Expedition [1:02]
5. The Magi Strike [:14]
6. The City of the Dead [:46]
7. Chambers of Death [5:02]
8. Leave or Die! [:06]
9. The Black Book [4:43]
10. The Bringer of Death [6:16]
11. A Curse in Cairo [:04]
12. The Regeneration [5:38]
13. Evelyn's Choice [5:05]
14. Back to Hamunaptra [2:36]
15. Against the Dead [3:56]
16. The Gold Book [2:56]
17. Death of a Mortal [1:29]
18. End Titles [3:58]

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The Mummy 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
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librachic More than 1 year ago
Watched this movie and was so hilarious with Johnathan in it and action pack with Rick and Evie,Must watch if you are a mummy fan.
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This movie was extremely exciting throughout the entire movie with great special effects and action sequences. It was funny at times and filled with surprises. It was great to see a woman who takes charge of the situation and helps out and not always rely on the man to rescue her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had never seen a movie better than this movie. I see it as an action-packed movie filled with loads of special effect.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is the best movie I have ever seen. I have it on dvd and video and I have the soundtrack. The director, Stephan Sommers is brilliant and Rachel Weiz, Brendan Fraser, and John Hannah are just so perfect for thier roles. The musical score by Jerry Goldsmith is great ( buy the sound track. The special effects that ILM created for this movie are stunning and breathtaking. They truly are unbelievable. This movie is an action packed adventure filled with thrills, chills, and romance and alot of comic relief. The story and script are perfect and I'm very glad they made a sequal. Trust me, SEE THIS MOVIE!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie is a lot better than the second one, because it is fresh and new. when you see the second movie you think where is the action, and when is it coming. the movie is awesome and should be seen by everyone who has any interest ancient Egypt.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie ''The Mummy'' was a great movie. It had action, special effects, and horror. The movie was basically about a group of people who went to Egypt to find a long- lost treasure but, instead they found a 3,000 year old mummy, and that's where the action begins. Starring Brendan Fraser and directed by Stephan Sommers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie, it's the best. The special effects are the coolest. I would watch it every day if My mom would let me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this movie. It is and always will be my favorite movie of all time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great film! I really recommend it if you like action/semi-creepy special effects. An excelent commedy...I know what I am buying myself for Christmas!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just love the way they done the movie, it was good and I love it. I can't wait to get my own copy on dvd.
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This movie is totally awesome! The actors, the action, the special effects are top notch. I love this movie so much I watch it almost everyday of my life! I fully recomend this movie expecially if you love Egypt, and adventure and action!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have it memorized and have watched it 500+ times...I actually had to buy a new DVD since I WORE out the first! GREAT Movie! Lots of action and suspense yet still funny! I watch it atleast once a week!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's TRUE. The movie is a blast. The production values are very high - even the music is great. There is some darkness here, and it gets your attention. What did the ancient Egyptians believe? The movie has some truly amazing effects that will freak you out (which is intentional.) The mummy is granted the abilities to recreate the plagues of Egypt and has power over the sands of the desert itself. This is a must-buy and should be at mimimum a must-rent. WATCH IT.
Izy More than 1 year ago
This is the first film of the best movie series. If you haven't seen this film you just have to see it. I love the whole series and have bought every movie. I love everything about this movie. It's just sad that the 2008 mummy movie replaces Evy. I hope they continue this movie series and bring the movie back to Egypt along with Rachel Weisz as the original Evy.
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This a must see for all move lovers. Especially those that love action and adventure. While your at it pick the trilogy you won't be disapointed!!
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