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4.0 out of 5 stars New 2-disc Deluxe Edition due out on July 8th, 2008, April 28, 2008
This review is from: The Mummy (Two-Disc Deluxe Edition) (DVD)
There was already a 2-disc "Ultimate" Edition of The Mummy back in 2001, but it's no longer available. The upcoming release of The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor has prompted Universal to release a new edition of The Mummy with the major special features from the Ultimate Edition plus a few new ones. It will be only in widescreen (the Ultimate Edition had both wide and full).

The Mummy is a peculiar movie, an Indiana Jonesish adventure originally intended as a low-budget remake of a 1932 horror film called The Mummy (also being released in a new Special Edition) that got spun in several directions before Brendan Fraser and huge special effects were settled on. Fraser plays an adventurer with the French Foreign Legion in 1920s Egypt who gets into serious trouble with, among other beings, a mummy (sort of) with terrible powers. Rachel Weisz plays the beautiful Egyptologist who both causes trouble and solves it. Fraser isn't ideally suited to a Harrison Ford-type role, his natural center of gravity tending more to the comic, but it's hard not to like him. The movie is less scary than just fun, if you don't insist on everything making sense.

Here are the new special features:

-- "An Army To Rule The World Part 1" featurette
-- "Unraveling The Legacy Of The Mummy" featurette
-- a digital copy of the movie
-- a sneak peak at The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor

These are the features taken from the Ultimate Edition:

-- three audio commentaries:
. . . director Stephen Sommers and editor Bob Ducsay
. . . star Brendan Fraser
. . . actors Oded Fehr, Kevin J. O'Connor, Arnold Vostoo
-- "Building A Better Mummy," documentary about the making of the film (49:45)
-- "Visual And Special Effects Formation," on how the special effects were done
-- "Egyptology 101," text about aspects of Egyptian history
-- "Pharaoh Lineage," text on the history of the Egyptian Pharaohs
-- comparison of the storyboards and the movie (three brief snippets)
-- photo montage
-- theatrical trailer

The sequel, The Mummy Returns, is also being released in a 2-disc Deluxe Edition, also on July 8th; it's here.
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Initial post: Jul 14, 2008 3:31:20 PM PDT
Better than the sequels but not as good as the Boris Karloff film. Still it might be worth another view.
What's the differences between the three available versions (Collector's Edition, Ultimate Edition and Deluxe Edition)?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 14, 2008 11:47:32 PM PDT
Sanpete says:
I didn't pay much attention to the Collector's Edition, so I can't say what was on that. But the new edition has pretty much everything you'd want from the Ultimate edition plus a couple other goodies. Unless you're big fan (which you aren't), I think either of those editions would be plenty.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2008 2:35:42 PM PDT
It wasn't that I hated The Mummy. Actually, I really enjoyed the first film from 1999. But the plot elements that were carried over from the first film and the very noticeable continuity errors made The Mummy Returns a disappointment. For me anyway.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2008 6:32:21 PM PDT
Sanpete says:
Oh, you weren't the only one disappointed. Professional critics were hard on it too. I don't know anyone who actually preferred Returns, but a lot of people thought it was OK for a popcorn movie.
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