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The Mummy (Special Edition) (1932)

Boris Karloff , David Manners , Karl Freund  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Boris Karloff, David Manners, Zita Johann, Edward Van Sloan, Arthur Byron
  • Directors: Karl Freund
  • Writers: John L. Balderston
  • Producers: Jr. Carl Laemmle
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Special Edition, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: July 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 202 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018BD9F8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,701 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Mummy (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Mummy Dearest: A Horror Tradition Unearthed
  • Feature Commentary by Film Historian Paul M. Jenson
  • Feature Commentary by Rick Baker, Scott Essman, Steve Haberman, Bob Burns, and Brent Armstrong
  • Posters & Stills
  • Trailer Gallery
  • He Who Made Monsters: Life and Legacy of Jack Pierce
  • Unraveling the Legacy of The Mummy
  • Universal Horror Documentary

  • Editorial Reviews

    The original 1932 version of The Mummy comes back to life in this prestigious new 2-disc Special Edition! Horror icon Boris Karloff stars in a legendary performance as the Egyptian mummy, Im-Ho-Tep, who is accidentally revived after 3,700 years. Alive again, he sets out on an obsessive - and deadly - quest to find his lost love. Rediscover this groundbreaking and terrifying motion picture with a digitally remastered picture and all-new bonus features. Today, over 75 years after The Mummy was first released, this classic film remains a masterpiece not only of the genre, but of all-time!

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    72 of 76 people found the following review helpful
    With these words, the viewer is once again seduced by Boris Karloff's amazing ability to bring to life, so to speak, characters that have been long dead. By 1932, when "The Mummy" was released, Universal was the leading Hollywood horror studio. "The Mummy" was ... ahem ... one more nail in a very successful sarcophagus, providing Universal with more acclaim and Karloff with another notch in his already-outstanding cinematic resume.
    Now released on DVD as part of the Universal Classic Monster Collection series, "The Mummy" reflects the rampant interest in America at the time in all things Egyptian, brought about mainly by the discovery of King Tut's tomb by Howard Carter some 10 years prior. The supposed curse that was to have been visited upon anyone who disturbed the boy king was even worked into the script of "The Mummy" which was, originally, not an Egyptian movie at all but which was based on an historical Italian alchemist/hypnotist who claimed to have lived for centuries.
    In the film, the mummy, Im-Ho-Tep (pronounced "M-Ho-Tep") is accidentally revived after 3,700 years by a team of British archaeologists. He was once a priest, buried alive for attempting to revive the vestial virgin whom he loved following her sacrifice. Alive once more, and now calling himself Ardath Bey, he is looking for his lost love ... and of course, he'll need a living stand-in ...
    The "making-of" documentary included in "The Mummy", entitled "Mummy Dearest: A Horror Tradition Unearthed", is, like all the other documentaries in this series, a delight.
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    50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
    If you prefer your horror the old-fashioned way with atmosphere, implication, and imagination versus explicit special effects, this is your kind of movie. Everyone already knows the tale, and everyone has already seen the movie. It is worth ownng though. It was made in the precode era when horror movies could still have a dash of the shocking. Plus movies were still learning to talk, so much experimentation could go on. The director of "The Mummy", Karl Freund, had worked with Fritz Lang and so hints of German expressionism can be seen in this film as well. The year before, "Frankenstein" had made Boris Karloff a star at age 44. It is here Karloff gets to use the power of speech to add to his presence in horror films.

    DISC 1:
    Mummy Dearest: A Horror Tradition Unearthed
    Feature Commentary by Film Historian Paul M. Jenson
    Feature Commentary by Rick Baker, Scott Essman, Steve Haberman, Bob Burns, and Brent Armstrong**
    Posters & Stills**
    Trailer Gallery
    DISC 2
    He Who Made Monsters: Life and Legacy of Jack Pierce**
    Unraveling the Legacy of The Mummy**
    Universal Horror Documentary**

    **New Bonus Features not on previous releases.
    Note that "Production Notes" and "Cast and Filmmakers" were bonus Features in the 2007 single disc release. "The Mummy Archives" was in the 2004 release "The Mummy: The Legacy Collection". These may or may not be encompassed in the new release. Thus is the chaos that is the Universal Classic DVD department.
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    36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars The Most Subtle of Universal Studios Horror Classics January 1, 2002
    Format:VHS Tape
    Although frequently reinterpreted, the original 1932 THE MUMMY remains the most intriguing film version of a story inspired by both 1920s archeological finds and the 1931 Bela Lugosi DRACULA: when an over-eager archeologist reads an incantation from an ancient scroll, he unexpectedly reanimates a mysterious mummy--who then seeks reunion with the princess for whom he died thousands of years earlier and ultimately finds his ancient love reincarnated in modern-day Egypt.
    Less a typical horror film than a gothic romance with an Egyptian setting, THE MUMMY has few special effects of any kind and relies primarily upon atmosphere for impact--and this it has in abundance: although leisurely told, the film possesses a darkly romantic, dreamlike quality that lingers in mind long after the film is over. With one or two exceptions, the cast plays with remarkable restraint, with Boris Karloff as the resurrected mummy and Zita Johann (a uniquely beautifully actress) standouts in the film. The sets are quite remarkable, and the scenes in which Karloff permits his reincarnated lover to relive the ancient past are particularly effective.
    Kids raised on wham-bam action and special effects films will probably find the original THE MUMMY slow and uninteresting, but the film's high quality and disquieting atmosphere will command the respect of both fans of 1930s horror film and the more discerning viewer. Of all the 1930s Universal Studio horror films, THE MUMMY is the most subtle--and the one to which I personally return most often.
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    27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Review of 2-disc Legacy Edition July 18, 2008
    When Universal released 75th Annivesary editions of Dracula and Frankenstein in 2006, I assumed they would release a similiar set the following year for the Mummy, to mark its anniversary. But 2007 came and went, with no new Mummy DVD. Now, a year later, we finally get this deluxe edition.

    Before I get into the specifics of the discs, I want to share a few thoughts about the film itself. I've always felt that The Mummy was treated with a bit less respect than Universal's premiere big-screen sound horror movies, Dracula and Frankenstein. And there's a reason for that: The film offers a more subtle approach to its thrills than those other landmarks of the genre. As the film's title creature's moves and slow and deliberate, so is the pace of the film. You probably already know that the iconic bandage-wrapped mummy is only onscreen for a few seconds. For the bulk of the film, Boris Karloff appears as Ardeth Bey, the 3700 year old (unwrapped) priest who was buried alive for committing blasphemy. While the film in some ways confounds expectations--especially if you've seen a "proper" mummy film, with the living dead skulking around killing folks who've disturbed his/her rest--Karloff's commanding yet understated performance elevates the film to classic status.

    Now, if you've bought either of the two previously-released DVD versions of The Mummy, you might wonder whether you should bother with this edition. And I think it comes down to how much you like the film itself, and whether you have a strong desire to learn a little more about its creation. As for the film itself, I've compared it to both the original single-disc release and the 2004 Legacy Collection version. . .
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars nice to have my own copy
    Saw this movie so many years ago. nice to have my own copy. Thanks
    Published 1 day ago by Violet Oz
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Original Mummy Still Remains The Best.
    The Mummy has many installments from the early B&W horror films, the Hammer Horror series from the late '50s and the latest installments from the '00s. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Mumbabeal93
    5.0 out of 5 stars Boris Karloff movie
    The original mummy movie with one of the top horror movie actors! I am so proud to own it FINALLY!
    Published 2 months ago by Lady Kaldea
    5.0 out of 5 stars my all time favorate Karloff movie
    If you are new to Boris Karloff this is the movie to start with. Zita Johann, is beautiful and captivating in her role. a must see for any old movie buff
    Published 2 months ago by Lynn Ford
    5.0 out of 5 stars Highest quality DVD
    Anyone may confidently buy this particular release of a horror classic. It evidences first-rate clarity and materials. A flawless product.
    Published 2 months ago by James Carey
    5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect delivery!
    Very great condition, a movie that use to scare me now it intertains me, I can spook my grandchildren lol
    Published 3 months ago by chip fortune
    5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Universal Horror Movie in Excellent Resolution
    The Blu-ray edition of the 1932 version of "The Mummy" features re-mastered, high-resolution video, and is probably the best way to currently watch this classic movie. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Fred Massell
    5.0 out of 5 stars a classic
    A classic Boris Karloff from the 1930's, this movie must have scared the daylights when it premiered! Certainly worth watching.
    Published 3 months ago by Deborah A. Dwyer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Freund's first and last film directing at Universal
    Karl Freund was finally given the chance to direct. His The Mummy (1932) is saddled with a silly plot, but in Freund’s hands, it comes across as pure grand-guignol poetry. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by THE BLUEMAHLER
    5.0 out of 5 stars mummy was impressive
    boris played this character to true form, enjoyed these classics. these movies will be harder to get in the coming years so I say to many get them now while you still can.
    Published 4 months ago by adrienne c vaughn
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