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Mummy, the 99

Brendan Fraser , Rachel Weisz , Stephen Sommers    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   VHS Tape
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (472 customer reviews)

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If you're expecting bandaged-wrapped corpses and a lurching Boris Karloff-type villain, then you've come to the wrong movie. But if outrageous effects, a hunky hero, and some hearty laughs are what you're looking for, the 1999 version of The Mummy is spectacularly good fun. Yes, the critics called it "hokey," "cheesy," and "pallid." Well, the critics are unjust. Granted, the plot tends to stray, the acting is a bit of a stretch, and the characters occasionally slip into cliché, but who cares? When that action gets going, hold tight--those two hours just fly by.

The premise of the movie isn't that far off from the original. Egyptologist and general mess Evelyn (Rachel Weisz) discovers a map to the lost city of Hamunaptra, and so she hires rogue Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser) to lead her there. Once there, Evelyn accidentally unlocks the tomb of Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo), a man who had been buried alive a couple of millennia ago with flesh-eating bugs as punishment for sleeping with the pharaoh's girlfriend. The ancient mummy is revived, and he is determined to bring his old love back to life, which of course means much mayhem (including the unleashing of the 10 plagues) and human sacrifice. Despite the rather gory premise, this movie is fairly tame in terms of violence; most of the magic and surprise come from the special effects, which are glorious to watch, although Imhotep, before being fully reconstituted, is, as one explorer puts it, rather "juicy." Keep in mind this film is as much comedy as it is adventure--those looking for a straightforward horror pic will be disappointed. But for those who want old-fashioned eye-candy kind of fun, The Mummy ranks as one of choicest flicks of 1999. --Jenny Brown


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4.0 out of 5 stars Reviewing the item, not the film Jan. 20 2013
By casin
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I'm going to go ahead and assume that if you're looking at reviews on Amazon, then you already know what this movie is about and you are more interested in a review of the product itself.

This version comes with a single disc. The DVD menu is simple enough to navigate. I haven't watched the special features yet, but I see that there is a director's commentary which is always nice to see. Personally, I wasn't terribly invested in the special features.

One issue I have with the dvd is this: their is a digital copy available for download on your computer. Normally, I am used to DVDs that provide an extra disc for the digital copy but, here everything is on one disc. Now this wouldn't be a problem except that it makes it a bit counter-intuitive to figure out how to even get your digital copy. First, you have to actually open up the folder of the DVD contents in order to find a ReadMe.txt that will give you instructions on how to install the digital copy. Then, of course, it turns out that the digital copy is actually not compatible with 64-bit windows systems (Windows 7, Windows 8, sometimes Vista or XP). There's also an expiry date on the digital copy set for the end of this year but it doesn't matter since it's not compatible with my computer anyways.

As an extra result, none of the other DVD-ROM features are compatible with my computer either.

I was also a little annoyed that there was a sticker on the front of the slip cover whose adhesive was not easily removable. It left a bunch of residue on the cover but I was able to remove that by dabbing at it with painter's tape. (If you're wondering, the sticker indicated that there is a French audio option).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rachel Weisz at her best! Jan. 12 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Got the blue ray version as we got rid of our vcr. Image quality is amazingly better of course on a blue-ray + 1080p than VCR. Same with sound. It is like watching a whole new movie. It is one of those movies that we like to put on before going to bed and falling asleep on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars really good June 12 2013
By LiLy
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Really good, really funny too and loved it since i first saw this movie!! Always good and full of action! I recommend it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars I want my Mummy Sept. 12 2010
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Yep, this is one of those other misnamed films like the "Godzilla" (1998), which could have been called "Lissardus" has no relationship to "Godzilla, King of the Monsters". We could call this movie, "Mummy Dearest" no wait, that title is taken, how about "Mr. Sandman" which has no relation to, "The Mummy" (1932). Do not try to tell me that Boris Karloff and Brendan Fraser are doppelgangers.

A reviewer once asked why people keep doing dumb things. Part of the fun is saying, "stay in the car" or in this case "don't read that!" Just because this is not my favorite type of movie does not mean it was not done well for the type. There is always those that want it scarier, better graphics, and with some sort of script. I swear some one would even have Imhotep change his name to Freddie.

I would like to say something negative about this movie. But then why do I keep watching it? I think that once you get past the name thing, this is a fun movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, special effects Sept. 4 2010
By Nikki
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Great movie. Loved the story line and the special effects were awesome. Very interesting characters, with comic relief throughtout the movie. Also, bought the next in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars action,adventure,danger and humour (4.5/5) Aug. 11 2007
By falcon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
this a very entertaining and funny "Indian Jones" type of movie.it's
also very fast paced with some great visual effects.the acting is not
half bad either.this movie is no Academy Award winner, but for sheer
entertainment value,it ranks pretty high.theres'not a lot to dislike
about this movie.sure it's not realistic,but who cares,it's not
supposed to be.i liked the sword fights a lot.i thought they were
exciting and well done.there's some funny lines as well and some great
sexual tension and chemistry between the two lead characters Rick
O'Connell(Brendan Frasier) and Evie Carnahan(Rachel Weisz).also John
Hannah is very funny as Evie's lazy,cowardly brother Johnathon.all in
all,a very entertaining experience."The Mummy" gets a 4.5/5 from me
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Remake. May 9 2004
Format:DVD
The Mummy is full of action and adventure as well as good acting. Usually I find when films are shot in the desert the plot gets old and boring (ex. Hidalgo) but not this film. This has a little Indiana Jones and a little bit of Alien mixed in. It is a really good popcorn movie. One thing I have to say is that I think they could've got a better actor for the lead role instead of Brenden Frazier. The british girl played a good role. The special effects were awesome and the story really grabs you. See this or rent it. I highly reccomend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A wild and entertaining romp in the desert May 5 2004
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
1999's The Mummy is the equivalent of a B movie produced on an epic scale. It's only real aim is to entertain, and it certainly does that. The campy nature of the dialogue works because the filmmakers have no shame: what, you say we've already used up our quota of clichés and really cheesy jokes? Well, find more of them. And get me some stereotypical Egyptians - we're not making this movie without some stereotypical Egyptian comic relief. If you're going to go, go for broke, I always say. The special effects also make things interesting. Some of them are quite good, but every so often you will see something that just looks rather silly - but that's okay. Hey, they already dropped a ton of money on special effects; you can't expect everything to be perfect. Those of us fascinated by ancient Egypt pretty much will ourselves to be drawn into the story: after all, this thing starts out as a mission to find the legendary city of Hamunaptra, aka the City of the Dead, complete with nifty little codices, hieroglyphics, and ancient books. Then of course you have the mummy; this guy is not content to just sneak around and say Boo in an effort to frighten everyone he meets; no, good old Imhotep has the plagues of Egypt as his calling card, and he possesses supernatural powers that make him all but invulnerable.
I know this story raises questions in the mind of the viewer. Take, for example, the whole curse thing inflicted upon Imhotep. I have to admit he had it coming; messing around with the Pharaoh's mistress, even when she is as attractive as Anck Su Namun, is a bad idea; murdering the pharaoh himself probably crosses the line into the land of major boo-boo. What do you do to a high priest who has committed such sins?
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