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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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  • 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 (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305505519
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,355 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tale of the Mummy" on IMDb

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2.9 out of 5 stars

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Darren Harrison VINE VOICE on August 3, 2004
Format: DVD
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 By A Bell on October 26, 2003
Format: DVD
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 By A Customer on October 1, 1999
Format: DVD
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 By Michael Butts HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 21, 2004
Format: DVD
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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