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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.


Studio Universal
SKU 207979912
UPC 025195018838
UPC 14 00025195018838
Format DVD
Release Date 7/8/2008
Rating NR
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
ReviewSource DVD Verdict
Review The story, somewhat familiar to those who have seen the 1999 version of The Mummy with Brendan Fraser, is that a priest in ancient Egypt named Imhotep has to watch in horror as his lover is executed, then he is mummified alive, with a curse upon him. There are few other consistencies in the two stories, but we can go from there. Moving up to the 1920s archaeologists have found Imhotep's remains, along with a small gold casket containing a scroll. When an impetuous young man reads from the scroll, Imhotep rises again. Some fantastic and tortuous makeup from Jack Pierce (Frankenstein) gives Karloff an incredible look, but remarkably, is largely wasted because of Freund's restraint. You merely see the face of the mummy, then an arm slowly coming down...I admire the restraint but have to wonder why Karloff was subjected to many hours of painful makeup when hardly any of it is seen...The Mummy has been called a masterpiece of restraint, and I think that's true. Karloff's severe look and his sonorous voice could easily have taken things over the top, so Karl Freund often has him standing stock still and speaking slowly. This restraint is largely what takes this film out of strictly horror and makes it more of a stalker suspense film. Some will argue that this makes it the great classic it is, while to me it was just a bit too slow.
Reviewer Norman Short
ReviewRating 7
Review Boris Karloff is the Egyptian high priest Im-Ho-Tep, embalmed alive for the crime of trying to resurrect Princess Anck-es-en-Amon, the woman he loved. 3,700 years after his death, in 1920s Cairo, British archaeologists cataloging the contents of his tomb inadvertently awaken the slumbering cadaver, sending him on an obsessive quest to once again find his lover. Ten years later, living as the sinister, gentlemanly Ardath Bay, Im-Ho-Tep finds both the princess' tomb and Helen Grosvenor (Zita Johann), Anck-es-en-Amon's latest reincarnation. Seeking to reunite with his princess, Bay calls forth all the powers of his dark magic to keep Helen in his thrall, and her suitor, archaeologist Frank Whemple (David Manners) at bay...German Expressionist cinematographer Karl Freund made his directorial debut with The Mummy and he infuses the proceedings with a moody romanticism that belies its horror underpinnings. As might be expected with a project by Freund, the black and white cinematography (by Charles J. Stumar) is nothing short of spectacular, as is James Dietrich's score, both perfectly evoking the danger Helen finds herself in. As a horror film, The Mummy seems tame by today's standards, but the dark romance and Karloff's touching performance -- under layers of Jack P. Pierce's still-stunning makeup, yet -- preserve the film's original vitality.
Reviewer Pam Grady
ReviewRating 9
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Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier ...Karloff at his peak. A true horror masterpiece.
Channel 4 Film This spine-chilling movie...was the first of eight directed by one of the great cinematographers of cinema history.
Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews The story was fascinating hokum and its originality spawned a flood of such horror genre films.
Geoff Andrew, Time Out A sombre and atmospheric depiction of eternal passion and occult reincarnation.
TV Guide Absolutely marvelous.

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