|The Mummy: The Legacy Collection (DVD, 2004, 2-Disc Set) Like New Mint Discs!|
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This is the original Mummy movie from 1932. This particular set is very unique in that not only do you get the original movie, but all of the sequels on a separate disc, along with extra commentaries and theatrical trailers. I could have bought the Mummy on one DVD, but for basically the same price, I was able to purchase the collection and receive all the sequels, which are magnificent in their own right. There have been many remakes of the Mummy, both by American and British studios, but this version is still the best one of them all. The black and white film provides more visual effects one cannot receive in color. They don't make movies like this anymore, especially the horror films. If you are going to spend the money, why not get the most for your dollar and get the Legacy Collection. All of Universal Studios "monsters" are available on a Legacy Collection DVD. Buy it. You'll be glad you did!
This restored collection of five classic Universal Mummy films from the golden age of monster movies is well worth having. Major emphasis starts with Boris Karloff's 1932 performance as Imhotep, the 3700 year old Egyptian high priest brought back to life by the accidental recitation of the forbidden "Scroll of Thoth" which the goddess Isis used to bring Osiris back to life. Although not as familiar to modern audiences as the four following "Kharis" and "Ananka" films with Lon Chaney Jr. The Karloff Mummy is an amazing and unique story, quite unlike any other movie of it's type.
Shot only one year after "Frankenstein" made Karloff a screen legend, his performance as Imhotep/ Ardeth Bey is, in my opinion, his best. He is both sympathetic, sinister and really comes off as a 3700 year old blasphemer, risking eternity for love and desire. The makeup work by Jack Pierce is still astounding and scary after 78 years and serves only to intensify Karloff's persona. The DVD provides commentary, behind the scenes history and more. "The Mummy" is an amazing film that will never be duplicated. It's another testimony of story trumping CGI!
The second disc provides four more Mummy flicks starring Tom Tyler and Lon Chaney Jr. as Kharis. Though not as pithy and deep as Karloff's original, they are all still fun and bring back childhood memories of Chiller Theater: watching Kharis search for his beloved Ananka and a hit of Tana Leaf Tea while working on my glow-in-the-dark Aurora Mummy model. I really loved this set, and it's absolutely worth adding to your collection of classic monster DVDs.
The always creeped me out as a kid. Still does. Another atmospheric horror film from Universal Studios. Actually the 5 films in the series. Universal would get a good idea, Wolf Man, Frankenstein, Dracula, Invisible Man, and reinvent the same premise over and over again. And mostly it works! Karloff was only involved in the 1st film in the series and was replaced in later films by several actors, most notably Lon Chaney jr. The other films included are: The Mummy's Hand, The Mummy's Tomb, The Mummy's Ghost, and The Mummy's Curse. Only the Abbott and Costello film is missing. Universal even went so far as to edit in footage from the 1st film into all the others to pad out the films lengthwise and avoid costly reshoots. Still this set is well worth the price. Excellent job of restoring the films remembered in much worse shape from late night tv viewing mostly with Zacherley On Shock Theater in NY
Turn the lights down low. Sit back with a big bowl of popcorn. Turn on the mummy: the legacy collection. These movies are a treat. Good actors and lavish sets. These movies really have it all. The high priest falls in love with the nobel woman. Does many wrong things for what he feels is the right reason, love. The horror of being buried alive, after being wrapped up first of course. Then waking up from a very long nap to try to save your love once again. After all is it your fault she's not the girl you keep trying to get. Great love story, horror extrodinair, and karlof. What more can you ask?
I am a fan of old horror movies from way back,and these were a welcome addition to my collection .Five movies for 16.00 great deal .Although not brandnew they were in perfect condition, no problems at all . I plan to by more of them from Legacy,frankinstien,wolfman,dracula.loved them! Horrer fan.