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Tale of the Mummy (1999)

Jason Scott Lee , Louise Lombard , Russell Mulcahy  |  R |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jason Scott Lee, Louise Lombard, Sean Pertwee, Lysette Anthony, Michael Lerner
  • Directors: Russell Mulcahy
  • Writers: Russell Mulcahy, John Esposito, Keith Williams
  • Producers: Daniel Sladek, Jeffrey White, Phil Botana, Romain Schroeder
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Dimension
  • DVD Release Date: August 10, 1999
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305505519
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,108 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tale of the Mummy" on IMDb

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When an archaeological expedition opens an ancient Egyptian tomb, the unimaginable evil of a cursed pharaoh -- Talos -- is unleashed! But before all are lost, team leader Sir Richard Turkel (horror legend Christopher Lee -- DRACULA, THE MUMMY, THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN) heroically sacrifices his own life to destroy the tomb and contain Talos once more! Then, years later, Sir Richard's granddaughter (sexy Louise Lombard) sets out with her own team to finish her grandfather's work ... not knowing that she herself is about to reawaken the supernatural terror of the mummified Talos! Also starring action star Jason Scott Lee (RUDYARD KIPLING'S THE JUNGLE BOOK, DRAGON: THE BRUCE LEE STORY), the heart-pounding RUSSELL MULCAHY'S TALE OF THE MUMMY tells us that this time, there may be nothing that can stop the mummy's murderous quest for immortality!

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
I had never heard of this movie until three days ago, but given my interest in the original "Highlander" (which Russell Mulcahy also directed), a like of the Sommers Mummy movies and an appreciation of Christopher Lee movies I decided to give 1999s TALE OF THE MUMMY a chance.

I am glad I did! This movie was not at all scary but like the Sommers original MUMMY movie a lot of fun with a good dose of suspense, intrigue and (something the other movie lacked) a great twist in the end.

Actually, in some respects I prefer this Jason Scott Lee fantasy adventure horror suspense movie.

Firstly in addition to the prelude which includes the Lee cameo, there were a number of recognizable names from British cinema - notably Honor Blackman, Jack Davenport and Sean Pertwee.

The movie lacked the flashy special effects of its more famous counterpart, but what it lacked in effects it more than makes up for in plot and real suspense. In many ways it is a superior movie with some great performances by all the principals - including the very beautiful Louise Lombard (who I felt bore a striking resemblance to Amanda Tapping of STARGATE SG-1 fame). Jack Davenport (often mentioned in fan circles as a possible replacement for Pierce Brosnan for the part of 007) also made an impression as a English detective attempting to solve a series of grisly murders in the British capital.

The story begins in 1940 with an expedition to Egypt. Sir Richard Turkel (Lee) is excited to hear that after nine months of digging, an entrance has been discovered to a tomb. Moments later however it is up to Turkel to sacrifice his own life in a (successful) attempt to seal off the tomb for (he hopes) all eternity.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underated British Horror, With A Twist!!! October 26, 2003
By A Bell
Being released at around the same time as Brendan Fraser's 'The Mummy' put this British offering at an imediate disadvantage. It might not have had the flashey special effects of it's mainstream Hollywood counterpart, but it was I felt superior in every other way. The digital morphing effects of the mummy wrapping were excellent, but some of the physical effects were a little disapointing. But in general the engaging storyline made up for this. Released in the UK as Talos The Mummy, it was out here before 'The Mummy' but went by mostly unnoticed, (not even being available to buy on DVD) and probably would have done no better in America if it had been released earlier. I, myself only rented it becasue I was a fan of Louise Lombard's earlier television appearance in the 1920's period drama 'The House Of Eliot'.
For much of the film Jason Scott Lee did seem somewhat out of place, not really pulling off his attempts to make Riley the enigmatic character he seemed to want him to be. Jack Davenport giving a much more rounded preformance as Detective Bartone. Also, much better use could have been made of Honor Blackman as hard-nose Captain Shea. Though it's interesting, perhaps for the benefit of an American audience, that the American police ranking system is used for the chacters rather than the British one. The film benefited from a cameo appearance from Christopher Lee, giving it a very Hammer-esque feel from the start. Sean Pertwee as cocky Bradley Cortese, driven mad by visons of horror is truely unsettling. The flash backs to Talos before he died work for the most part, but at times ditract from the tension of a scene. Visually, they're very striking, and while explaining the origin of the myth Sean Pertwee is all the more unsetteling because we know he's right.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why wasn't this theatrical? October 1, 1999
By A Customer
Forget that shallow eye-candy, George-of-the-Jungle-starring-theatrical piece of fluff; "Tale of the Mummy" is the years best 'mummy' film!!! This has a truely original story, giving the mummy sub-genre a breath of fresh air. The acting is first rate, the script well-written and intelligent, and the special effects are the stuff nightmares are made of. This film is a must-own for anyone who collects genre films... and even for those who don't.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ALL WRAPPED UP AND NO PLACE TO GO June 21, 2004
Russell Mulcahy's flashy retelling of the mummy legend is to be credited for its unusual approach to a timeworn legend. It's a visually stunning film, but it ultimately is empty and hollow. Credit the screenwriters, too, for their mystery-serial killer aspect, as it proves to be the ultimate red herring in the unexpected climax. Jason Scott Lee IS pretty wooden, and a more believable hero would have upped the movie's effect. Louise Lombard does well as Sam Turkel, the descendant of Christopher Lee's Sir Richard. Sean Pertwee as the demented (or is he) Brad Cortese chews up the screen and most of the time is very hard to understand, heavily accented and manic. Lysette Anthony (Krull, TV's Dark Shadows remake) is lovely as Clare, the doctor, and her ultimate role pretty unexpected. Jack Davenport's partner to Lee is good, and should have had Lee's role. And where in the world did Shelly Duvall come from, and exactly what is her role?
Lots of confusing plot loops, but maintains a chilling atmosphere and is ultimately entertaining, on a visceral level.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a good film.
The movie was dull, and not worth the time to watch the film. Originally, I purchased this film because I am a Gerard Butler and Christopher Lee fan, however, neither of these... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jennika R. Spanarkel
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
like all the movies of the period this one was full of spills and chills great deal to have and to have in my collection
Published 11 months ago by Davis Pierce
5.0 out of 5 stars i loved it
I have been looking for this movie since I left my home town and when I came cross It I was so excited. It was great.
Published 20 months ago by EVERLENA ADAMS-WHITE
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Okay
Russell Mulcahy's Tale of the Mummy is okay. I thought they came up with an interesting and new concept for the Mummy. Read more
Published 23 months ago by B. Elazier
2.0 out of 5 stars tale of the mummy isn't much of a tale
i bought this on video years ago and made it thru only once
and i've tried to watch it many times! sorry but is one of
the most boring mummy movies ever. Read more
Published on October 21, 2012 by Bela
4.0 out of 5 stars for 115mn version
Go to and ask La malédiction de la momie, or even just The Mummy, and you will find this Russell Mulcahy title 115mn long, with original soundtrack. Read more
Published on April 8, 2011 by JC Bernardo
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Typical Mummy Movie...
...and amen to that. As has been mentioned in other reviews, this movie is a throwback to the Hammer Mummy films of yore (most notably BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY'S TOMB) with a prologue... Read more
Published on August 20, 2010 by Chip Kaufmann
3.0 out of 5 stars What mummy?
They should call it "The Mummy's Wrappings". Ahhh...look out, bandages are coming after you, flying through the air. Read more
Published on July 14, 2010 by L. Gabbard
2.0 out of 5 stars Attack of the Killer Gauze Monster
I feel cheated. This movie comes up in credited roles for Gerard Butler. Well, you barely see him! Read more
Published on July 22, 2008 by Trekkintheplains
1.0 out of 5 stars The review I would have wanted to read
Here is the review that I would have wanted to read regarding this movie. At the end of the story, all the heros are dead, and the evil monster is left to roam the world unknown... Read more
Published on October 30, 2007 by Michele Lyons
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