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The Mummy (1932)

Boris Karloff , David Manners , Karl Freund  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 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, Black & White, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: September 28, 1999
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000JQB7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,704 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Mummy" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Mummy Dearest: A Horror Tradition Unearthed
  • Feature Commentary by Film Historian Paul M. Jensen
  • Archives
  • Production Notes
  • Cast and Filmmakers
  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Editorial Reviews

    Boris Karloff's legendary performance has become a landmark in the annals of screen history. As the mummy, Im-Ho-Tep, he is accidentally revived after 3,700 years by a team of British archaeologists. It is revealed in a flashback that he was a high priest, embalmed alive for trying to revive the vestal virgin whom he loved, after she had been sacrificed. Alive again, he sets out to find his lost love. Today, over 50 years after The Mummy was first released, this brooding dream-like film remains a masterpiece not only of the genre, but for all time.

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    74 of 79 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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    39 of 40 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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    52 of 55 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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    22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    By Surfink
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    Just wanted to mention that I recently compared the transfers on the Mummy Special Edition (Universal Legacy Series) 2-disc DVD released in July 2008 and the original 1999 Universal single-disc DVD release. The quality of the transfers in terms of contrast, brightness, detail, scratches and blemishes, etc., seems to be virtually identical. However, for some unknown reason the framing of the Legacy Series release is cropped tighter than the 1999 edition, with a small but significant loss of picture information along the right, left, and bottom borders. I watched the Legacy Series version yesterday and the missing information was not enough to seriously impact my enjoyment of the movie, but it's kind of irritating that the older, supposedly obsolete edition actually reveals more of the frame than the newer, supposedly definitive edition. Unfortunately, this seems to be typical of Universal's double- and triple-dip DVD editions: two steps forward and one back. I'm still debating whether to hang on to the 1999 edition, which I was hoping to ditch after buying the newest release. So if you're thinking of upgrading in hopes of getting a superior transfer and don't really care about the extras, my advice is stick with the original 1999 release. The only new extras you get with the Legacy Series release are the second commentary track, 1940s Mummy series trailers, and the Jack Pierce featurette, which is interesting but does not contain much new information unless you are completely ignorant of Pierce's career. The Unraveling the Legacy of the Mummy featurette is really just a promo for the two Brendan Fraser Mummy movies, it doesn't even address the 1940s mummy series, or any other mummy movies for that matter. Read more ›
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Just bought it to go with my Frankenstein and Dracula special edition.
    Published 1 day ago by David W. Mueller
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    great classic horror movie!
    Published 1 day ago by Billy P. Craig
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    love all these classic monster films, so much better than what they make today
    Published 6 days ago by wayne smith
    2.0 out of 5 stars Today it is almost funny. The ending was also disappointing
    This version was considered ground breaking when it was first made. Today it is almost funny.
    The ending was also disappointing. ...spoiler alert! Read more
    Published 8 days ago by John G.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    How can anyone not love this old film?
    Published 8 days ago by Walter Steigerwald
    5.0 out of 5 stars The story has elements of romance, adventure, action, and suspense....
    The original Mummy may be the best of all the Mummy movies. The quality in this one is really good especially since it came out so long ago. Read more
    Published 9 days ago by Slim
    5.0 out of 5 stars THE CLASSIC FILM
    Just what I wanted-- one of the classics. I enjoyed the supplementary materials too.
    Published 18 days ago by Doctor F
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Awakening Of Ardeth Bay
    Boris Karloff stars as Imhotep. An ancient cursed man who was not mummified, but wrapped and buried alive instead. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Endora Aphrattos
    3.0 out of 5 stars WELL........
    The material is fine, the extreme delay from the time they took my money and finally came across with the product is not. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by der wino
    5.0 out of 5 stars Boris Karloff is terrific. The special effects where great for that...
    For 1932 this was a very scary movie for that time and even to this day it's still a scary movie. Boris Karloff is terrific. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Ben Lombardi
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