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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Terror of the Mummy")

 

Directed by Terence Fisher
UK 1959

 

In the 1890s a team of British archaeologists discover the untouched tomb of Princess Ananka but accidentally bring the mummified body of her high priest back to life. Three years later back in England a follower of the same Egyptian religion unleashes 'The Mummy' to exact grisly revenge on the despoilers of the sacred past.

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One by one the archaeologists who discover the 4,000-year-old tomb of Princess Ananka are brutally murdered. Kharis, high priest in Egypt 40 centuries ago, has been brought to life by the power of the ancient gods and his sole purpose is to destroy those responsible for the desecration of the sacred tomb. But Isobel, wife of one of the explorers, resembles the beautiful princess, forcing the speechless and tormented monster to defy commands and abduct Isobel to an unknown fate.

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While on a dig in Egypt, British archaeologist John Banning (Peter Cushing) desecrates the tomb of Princess Ananka, awakening her mummified lover (Christopher Lee). With revenge on his mind, the mummy follows Banning and the rest of his group back to England, but becomes quite taken with Banning's wife (Yvonne Furneaux), who resembles the princess quite closely.


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One by one the archaeologists who discover the 4,000-year-old tomb of Princess Ananka are brutally murdered. Kharis (Lee), high priest in Egypt 40 centuries ago, has been brought to life by the power of the ancient gods and his sole purpose is to destroy those responsible for the desecration of the sacred tomb. But Isobel Banning (Furneaux), wife of one of the explorers (Cushing), resembles the beautiful princess, forcing the speechless and tormented monster to defy commands and abduct Isobel to an unknown fate... Starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee in their iconic roles in the 3rd Hammer Horror film from 1959.

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Theatrical Release: August 1st, 1959

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Icon Home Entertainment - Region 'B' - Blu-ray vs. Second Sight Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Icon Home Entertainment - Region 'B' - Blu-ray Second Sight Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:27:59.750        1:28:19.502
Video

1.37:1 / 1.66 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 46,297,116,985 bytes

Feature: 19,066,208,256 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

1.37:1 / 1.66 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,182,303,881 bytes

Feature: 21,181,867,392 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.96 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Icon Blu-ray:

Bitrate Second Sight Blu-ray:

Audio

LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Commentaries:

Dolby Digital Audio English 112 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 112 kbps / DN -30dB

Subtitles English, None English, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Icon Home Entertainment

1.37:1 / 1.66 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 46,297,116,985 bytes

Feature: 19,066,208,256 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Edition Details:

Audio Commentary with Marcus Hearn and Jonathan Rigby
Unwrapping The Mummy: The Making of a Hammer Classic (28:40)
The Hammer Rep Company (14:20)
The House of Horror: Memories of Bray (46:40)
Still Gallery (6:58)
The World of Hammer: Hammer Stars Peter Cushing (24:48)
Original Promotion Reel (5:31)
Stolen Face (1:09:40 in 576i)
2 DVDs available (1.33 and 1.66)

Blu-ray Release Date: November 5th, 2012
Standard
Blu-ray Case 
Chapters: 1
2

Release Information:
Studio:
Second Sight Films

 

1.37:1 / 1.66 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,182,303,881 bytes

Feature: 21,181,867,392 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.96 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

New audio commentary by film academic Kelly Robinson
Archive audio commentary by Marcus Hearn and Jonathan Rigby
An Appreciation of The Mummy by David Huckvale (10:11)
The Music of The Mummy (9:40)
Unwrapping The Mummy (29:53)
The House of Horror: Memories of Bray (48:55)
The Hammer Rep Company (14:59)
Original Promo Reel (5:55)
Stills Gallery (6:56)
Limited Edition Contents
Rigid slipcase with new artwork by Graham Humphreys
Soft cover book with new essays by Kat Ellinger, Lindsay Hallam and Kevin Lyons plus production stills
4 collectors' art cards


Blu-ray Release Date:
August 29th, 2022
Custom Blu-ray Case (see below)

Chapters 12

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Second Sight Films Blu-ray (August 2022): Second Sight Films have transferred Terence Fisher's Hammer film The Mummy to Blu-ray. Like the Icon Entertainment from 10-years before (it now appears out-of-print), it has the feature presented in original UK theatrical aspect ratio 1.66:1 and alternative full frame1.37:1. I've done a few frame capture comparisons - we well as a couple from the Warner's Hammer Horror Classics Volume 1 Blu-ray package from 2015 (reviewed HERE.) The Warner only transferred the film in 1.66:1 (Warner's DVD was 1.78:1) but it, and the Icon, seems to show a bit more in the frame as compared to the Second Sight edition. Quality is not a huge advancement but I do like the Second Sight 1080P. It's consistent and clean and colors appear well-balanced. I don't think the video is enough of a reason to double-dip - but the extras are a more bona fide enticement.

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On their Blu-ray, Second Sight Films use a linear PCM mono track (24-bit) in the original English language. It is, fairly indistinguishable from the other two Blu-rays. The Mummy has few aggressive moments that come through with modest depth and score by Franz Reizenstein (Yesterday's Enemy, Circus of Horrors) , sounding clean with consistent dialogue in the lossless transfer. Second Sight Films offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'B' Blu-ray.

The Second Sight Films Blu-ray offers a new commentary by Kelly Robinson. She discusses the Mummy's history in literature, popular culture and popular film. She describes The Mummy character as living in the shadow of more popular classic movie monster and that it is the least-charismatic of classic monsters - quoting Kim Newman as stating "literally dragging his foot." The Mummy is inflexibly the same because he only has one story. She argues that this is what makes the character so rich. She makes her case getting underneath those bandages - going back to ancient history, reincarnation etc. and providing some interesting, educational historical context. Second Sight include then excellent, previous, commentary with Marcus Hearn (author of The Hammer Vault) and Jonathan Rigby (author of Christopher Lee: The Authorized Screen History.) It is filled with both commentator's knowledge expanding on significant details of production and performances. Also duplicated is Unwrapping The Mummy: The Making of a Hammer Classic that runs shy of 1/2 and hour and is also new extending with more data beyond the commentary. Plus, also on the Icon Blu-ray - The Hammer Rep Company runs 15-minutes with Rigby again detailing the group of character actors that worked in the Hammer system + The House of Horror: Memories of Bray is quite long at over 3/4 of an hour. Bray Studios is a film and television facility at Bray, near Maidenhead, Berkshire, England. It is where Hammer purchased properties on banks of the Thames utilizing them extensively for their films. The original 6-minute promo reel is also duplicated. New (I think) are two pieces with David Huckvale - a 10-minute appreciation and about the same amount of time on 'the music' discussing Franz Reizenstein. There is a lengthy stills gallery and the package has a rigid slipcase with new artwork by Graham Humphreys plus a soft cover book with new essays by Kat Ellinger, Lindsay Hallam and Kevin Lyons plus production stills and 4 collectors' art cards.     

Terence Fisher's The Mummy gets its Jimmy Sangster-penned plot (and many characters) from two 1940s Universal films; The Mummy's Hand and The Mummy's Tomb, and liberally uses the finale from The Mummy's Ghost. It's a gorgeous film - sets and lighting - and the bandaged zombie is effectively scary marching toward you. It's glorious Hammer in their prime with Terence Fisher at the helm, written by Sangster and starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. Sold. The Second Sight Films Blu-ray is easily the best - looking and sounding top-shelf while containing two strong commentaries (one new) and a host of other supplements, a gorgeous cover and including a book plus accoutrements. A must-own for fans of the studio.

Gary Tooze

 


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2) Second Sight Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


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