Mummy, the [Import]
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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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?Read more ›
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).Read more ›
The Mummy by Universal Pictures, is probably the best remake of an original horror film I have seen. It's not just a remake, but it's a completely new story that is scary, entertaining, fun and suspenseful. Now this great movie has been released on a DVD and it comes with a couple of nice features and presents this film in great form.
The movie stars Brendan Frasier as a French soldier fighting in the Middle East who is captured and about to be executed by enemy forces.
Rachel Weis plays Evelyn Carnahan, an archelogist who accidently saves Frasier from
execution. Evelyn loves studying and learning about Mummy Tombs, pharoas and Egyptian people. Eventually Evelyn learns of a special book called the Book of The Dead, which is all about mummies, resurrection andthe afterlife.
Evelyn and a group of other explorers,start digging into the tomb and treasures
of Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo), an evil and vicious king who is killed with his
mistress in Hamunaptra, the city of the Dead.
Basically this guy and his mistress committed violent crimes and eventually got the
same punishment they inflicted on their victims. Evelyn and the other nieve explorers, eventually resurrect the dead king which leads to a chain reaction of violence, death, and imminent death to anyone who comes
into his path.
The King/Mummy isn't at full strength, and so uses his magical and deadly powers, starts absorbing his victims, until he gets full power. Once he gets full power, the Mummy not only plans to resurrect his evil mistress but plans to conquer everthing in it's path.Read more ›
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Great movie, can watch over and over and still laugh in all the scenes. "I am a Librarian" is still one of the movies best lines. Read morePublished 7 days ago by trekkerkev
A nice mixture of adventure, action, romance and comedy. I had watched this film before on VCR but it is much improved on Blu-ray with enhance sound and picture quality.Published 3 months ago by Ross Chapman
unfortunately the dvd did not play as the disc is totally scratched, guess I will learn to buy new and not save monies on previously viewed.Published 3 months ago by Michele
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