The Mummy: Complete Legacy Collection [Blu-ray]
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The Mummy: Complete Legacy Collection
All 6 films from the Original Legacy (1932 - 1955)
The original Mummy is one of the silver screen’s most unforgettable characters and, along with the other Universal Classic Monsters, defined the Hollywood horror genre. The Mummy: Complete Legacy Collection includes all 6 films from the original legacy including the terrifying classic starring Boris Karloff and the timeless films that followed. These landmark motion pictures defined the iconic look of the ancient Egyptian monster and continue to inspire countless remakes and adaptations that strengthen the legend of the Mummy to this day.
- 'Mummy Dearest: A Horror Tradition Unearthed' Documentary
- He Who Made Monsters: The Life and Art of Jack Pierce
- Unraveling the Legacy of 'The Mummy'
- 'The Mummy' Archives
- 2 Feature Commentaries
- Theatrical Trailers
Includes all 6 films from the legacy of the original Mummy!
The Mummy (1932)
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.
The Mummy's Hand (1940)
In this acclaimed follow-up to the popular original, an expedition of American archaeologists, headed by Steve Banning (Dick Foran) and Babe Jenson (Wallace Ford), travels to Egypt in search of the undiscovered tomb of the Princess Ananka. There they soon discover the clues that lead them to a 3000-year-old mummy, who is guarded by a sinister high priest (Eduardo Ciannelli). Reluctantly funded by a magician (Cecil Kellaway) and his beautiful daughter (Peggy Moran), the expedition has its hands full battling the mummy, who goes on a killing rampage during each full moon, in this frightening chiller masterpiece.
The Mummy's Tomb (1942)
The ancient Egyptian Mummy, Kharis, is transported from his homeland with the high priest Mehemet (Turhan Bey) to wreak vengeance on the family who has defiled the sacred tomb of his beloved Princess Ananka. Compassionately portrayed by Lon Chaney Jr., Kharis travels to the United States, with companion Mehemet, to seek archaeologist Stephen A. Banning (Dick Foran). Systematically, the last surviving members of the original expedition are killed while Mehemet falls in love with Isobel Evans (Elyse Knox), Banning's beautiful fiancée. He futilely tries to use the Mummy to ensnare Isobel to be his high priestess, but is prevented by a fiery mob which destroys him and the Mummy in this classic chiller.
The Mummy's Curse (1944)
In his last appearance, Lon Chaney, Jr. stars as one of the screen's most memorable movie monsters: the mummy Kharis from ancient Egypt, who is tormented by his forbidden love for princess Ananka. The trouble begins when mummy Kharis is recovered and transported to Cajun country for study by a bunch of prodding archaeologists. He begins a reign of terror and destruction over the local inhabitants as he renews his search for Ananka's reincarnation. But after the two unite and wreak havoc together, they face a greater threat to their ancient romance than they have ever known - museums!
The Mummy's Ghost (1944)
An ancient curse that has survived for 3,000 years is coming to America! In ancient Egypt, the princess Ananka and lowly commoner Kharis fell in love and pledged themselves eternally to each other. Although buried together, Kharis is given a sacred potion that grants him eternal life - and an eternity to search for his lost love. Lon Chaney, Jr. as Kharis and John Carradine as an Egyptian priest star in this engaging story of a couple's true love that survives the centuries and the unending curse that haunts them. The Mummy's Ghost unearths hope for romantics everywhere with its surprising finale!
Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)
Pete and Freddie (Abbott and Costello) overhear a Cairo archaeologists's chatter about discovering a legendary mummy and decide to apply as chaperones for the corpse's journey to America. But when they arrive at the archaeologists' home, he has been murdered, the mummy seems to have have disappeared, and to top it all off, the boys become owners of a sacred medallion that holds the key to the location of an ancient buried treasure that many would kill for! Learning that the medallion is cursed, Pete hides it in a most appetizing place and Freddie bites the bait. Then it's up to the bumbling American's tp preserve the legend of the mummy and keep the treasure from falling into the wrong hands. Abbott and Costello Meet The Mummy is loaded with surprises. One of the most interesting is Lou Costello's daughter Carole appearing as the cigarette girl who pours water all over her dad! This gem of a film is filled with laughs for everyone in your family - especially Mummy!
The original Mummy is one of the silver screen's most unforgettable characters and, along with the other Universal Classic Monsters, defined the Hollywood horror genre. The Mummy: Complete Legacy Collection includes all 6 films from the original legacy including the terrifying classic starring Boris Karloff and the timeless films that followed. These landmark motion pictures defined the iconic look of the ancient Egyptian monster and continue to inspire countless remakes and adaptations that strengthen the legend of the Mummy to this day.
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ALL the Dracula, Frankenstein, Mummy, Invisible Man and Wolf Man movies produced by Universal in the 1930s and '40s, plus some stragglers from the 1950s.
Individual multi-disc boxes were also issued for each monster.
Now Universal is gradually re-releasing these "Legacy Collection" boxes on Blu-Ray with improved black & white pictures.
Its amazing how many shades of gray those old negatives had.
Quite beautiful pictures.
No new extras on Blu-Ray, but all the extras from DVD have been carried over:
Commentary tracks, bonus features, and English SDH subtitles.
Boris Karloff is best remembered as the Frankenstein monster (1931), but the following year Universal also cast him in the first Mummy film.
Karloff appeared in two sequels to Frankenstein (1935 & 1939), but he never again played the Mummy.*
The Mummy franchise was never as popular with the public as Frankenstein, Dracula or the Wolf Man.
The Mummy had to wait eight years for the first sequel, and
Universal couldn't even get the character's name straight: Imhotep, Kharis or Klaris?
-- 1932: "The Mummy" - Boris Karloff as Imhotep
-- 1940: "The Mummy's Hand" - Tom Tyler as Kharis (introduction of tana leaves)
-- 1942: "The Mummy's Tomb" - Lon Chaney Jr. as Kharis
-- 1944: "The Mummy's Ghost" - Lon Chaney Jr. as Kharis
-- 1944: "The Mummy's Curse" - Lon Chaney Jr. as Kharis
-- 1955: "Abbott & Costello Meet the Mummy" - Eddie Parker as Klaris
Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney Jr. are horror movie legends, but Tom Tyler and Eddie Parker are nearly forgotten.
Tom Tyler was a B-Movie actor who starred in nearly 100 low-budget Westerns.
Eddie Parker was a stuntman/actor with 305 listings on the IMDB data base.
Photo 1 = Tom Tyler out-of-makeup
Photo 2 = Eddie Parker out-of-makeup
[Eddie Parker is driving the car. The better-known bit player Anthony Warde is aiming the gun (source: IMDB)]
* Karloff played Frankenstein and the Mummy.
Lugosi played Dracula and Frankenstein.
Only Lon Chaney Jr. played all four monsters.
-- Karloff also starred in two later Frankenstein sequels, but not as the monster:
"House of Frankenstein" (1944) as Dr. Niemann (mad scientist) and
"Frankenstein 1970" (1958) as Baron Victor von Frankenstein (ditto)
Disc 1 ("The Mummy" + bonus features) is the 2012 Hi-Def Blu-Ray transfer used in the Universal Classic Monsters Blu-Ray Collection (8 discs).
-- Universal Blu-Rays released before 2015 do not have the "Resume Movie" feature.
When your viewing is interrupted in the middle of a film, you cannot resume watching at the point where you left off, but have to go back to the beginning of the disc.
I wish Universal had re-engineered Disc 1 to include that convenient feature, but I guess they wanted to save money.
Not a deal-breaker, but it would be nice.
(the actual picture quality is not affected).
Discs 2-4 (five films) were transferred to Hi-Def in 2014 in preparation for Universal's 100th Anniversary.
Released on DVD in 2014 (but DVD cannot reproduce all the details of the Hi-Def master).
The belated Blu-Ray release comes in 2017 with this Mummy Legacy collection.
Beautiful black and white pictures + they have the "Resume Movie" feature.
BORIS KARLOFF HORROR FILMS ON DVD/BLU-RAY
-- see Comment One (dated May 17, 2017). Click on "Oldest first".
Other "Legacy Collection" Blu-Ray boxes from Universal:
-- Dracula: Complete Legacy Collection (Blu-ray)
-- Frankenstein: Complete Legacy Collection [Blu-ray]
-- The Wolf Man: Complete Legacy Collection [Blu-ray]
"Legacy Collection" boxes not yet on Blu-Ray:
-- The Invisible Man (six films)
-- The Creature from the Black Lagoon (three films)
Universal has been extra-thorough in assembling these boxes, which means there is considerable overlap among the Dracula, Frankenstein and Wolf Man franchises (at least the prices were kept low.)
BUT the Mummy never met the Wolf Man or Frankenstein or Dracula (neither did the Invisible Man).
The 30 film mega-box also included the 1943 "Phantom of the Opera" with Claude Rains (only one film; no sequels).
Available on an older Blu-Ray
Phantom of the Opera (1943) (Blu-ray + DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet) (single disc)
Disc 1: "The Mummy", (with Boris Karloff at his best.)
Disc 2: "The Mummy's Hand" & "The Mummy's Tomb"
Disc 3: "The Mummy's Ghost" & "The Mummy's Curse"
Disc 4: "Abbott & Costello Meet The Mummy"
Unlike the other monster film Blu-ray sets, there are no duplications here thankfully, though only the original has any extras, all ported over from previous DVD editions. The original is also the best of the films by a long way, but otherwise a must have for fans.
Binged all six movies the night I got this set, and am thrilled with the amount of respect and care all five sequels have received for their Blu-ray debut. Most of them were a bit inconsistent technically when they were made, so there will always be the odd shot that isn't quite in focus, and stock footage from the first two films looks slightly shabbier each time it's recycled. Absent all that, the images consistently range from very good to breathtaking---more often the latter than the former, in fact. Grayscales are gorgeous; blacks, in the many moments of haunting chiaroscuro lighting, are inky-deep. In medium shots---at least in "Hand" and "Ghost," perhaps the two standouts in terms of crispness---one can almost count the threads of characters' jackets or the hair follicles on their faces. Details of Jack Pierce's mummy makeup come through brilliantly. Grain is generally stable and pleasing. It gets coarse on occasion, but rarely detrimentally so. Even "Curse," arguably the cheapest-looking of the bunch (though a personal favorite), looks outstanding.
Sound is generally excellent, dialogue easily understood---even in the original, which, if you grew up watching these movies on TV or VHS in the '80s or '90s, is saying something.
I did note quite a bit of "blooming" around characters or objects moving quickly against backgrounds of different light intensity. However, some or perhaps most of that probably has to do with sub-optimal settings on my large LED screen. In any case, it's generally fleeting and never, for me, became a significant distraction.
"A & C Meet the Mummy" benefits from its original widescreen aspect ratio, here represented for the first time on home video.
In sum, I can't recommend the set highly enough for fans. Thank you, Universal! Now, about those "Invisible Man" and "Creature from the Black Lagoon" sets...
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