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The Mummy's Shroud [Blu-ray]

 

(John Gilling, 1967)

 

  

There is also a significantly more expensive Blu-ray - also in the UK here (but I don't know if there are any differences):

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Hammer Film Productions

Video: Studio Canal

 

Disc:

Region: 'B' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:30:52.041

Disc Size: 38,653,437,610 bytes

Feature Size: 26,531,395,584 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.85 Mbps

Chapters: 12

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: October 22nd, 2012

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.66:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

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

 

Subtitles:

English, none

 

Extras:

The Beat Goes On: The Making of The Mummy's Shroud (22:00)
Remembering David Buck (5:37)
Hammer Trailers (14:56)
• Gallery (6:09)

DVD available

 

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Description: The time is 1920; the place is Mezzera, Egypt, an exotic land of mystery and ancient magic. A routine expedition is about to turn into a violent, murderous rampage that few will survive.

Renowned scientist Sir Basil Walden and a team of expert archaeologists are on a journey to find the lost tomb of pharaoh Kah-to-Bey. Having ignored warnings of a deathly curse, the expedition unearths the pharaoh’s final resting place with horrific consequences. A vengeful spirit has been unleashed and it wants their flesh...

Directed by John Gilling (The Reptile, The Plague Of The Zombies), Hammer’s The Mummy’s Shroud has gained cult notoriety for its gruesome murder sequences and its stunning climax. A true terror from the tombs!

 

 

The Film:

A murderous mummy is on the loose and it's got the Hammer Films stamp on it, but this tame terror flick never gets the bandages off when it comes to thrills, chills, and gore. A British archeological team consisting of Sir Basil Walden (Andre Morrell), Paul Preston (David Buck), a photographer (Tim Barrett), and psychic linguist Claire (Maggie Kimberley) discover the tomb of Kah-to-Bey, a young heir to Pharaoh who died trying to escape a rebellion. The boy was buried by a loyal slave named Prem, whose mummy stands in a Cairo museum. The expedition is joined by Preston's wealthy, press-hungry father Stanley (John Phillips), who insists they return to Cairo with the body despite warnings of a curse by the tomb's guardian. The curse soon proves to be true as the slave's mummy is reanimated by the guardian and begins murdering each of the explorers who entered the tomb. While Stanley Preston unsuccessfully tries to save his own skin, Paul and Claire find themselves in a showdown with the seemingly indestructible mummy -- until they discover that the strange writing on the boy Pharaoh's shroud may be the secret to their survival.

Excerpt from MRQE located HERE

Heavily inspired by the real King Tut scenario, The Mummy's Shroud places its action in the early 1920s as an archaeological team searches for the tomb of Pharaoh Kah-To-Bey, a mysterious boy leader whose guardian, Prem, saved him during a violent revolution. "At this point I think we need to remind ourselves we're living in the twentieth century," goes one key line of dialogue as the interloping British team ignores warnings from the locals, and each member is picked off one by one as retribution by the freshly-awakened mummy of Prem inside (played by Cushing's regular stuntman, Eddie Powell, who went to handle much of the title role in 1979's Alien). The local Muslim authorities prove unsympathetic to their plight and forbid them to leave using such foolproof reasoning as "Two of your colleagues have been murdered. I see no reason why there should be a third."

The lead roles this time are handled by Hammer veteran André Morell as Sir Basil Walden and John Phillips (Becket, 1964) as the nefarious Stanley Preston, both longstanding character actors with a lengthy string of film and TV credits. The nominal female lead is Scottish actress Elizabeth Sellars, also a character actress best known for 1954's The Barefoot Contessa. The youngest of the male leads, the role of Paul Preston, was filled by David Buck, a TV actor and frequent voice talent best known from one of Disney's best-remembered small screen productions, Dr. Syn: The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh (1954).

Excerpt from TMN located HERE

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

The Mummy's Shroud gets an reasonably strong transfer to Blu-ray from Studio Canal in Europe. It is dual-layered with a max'ed out strong bitrate for the 1.5 hour feature. Colors are brighter and truer than SD could relate and there is no noise in the darker sequences. The 1080P supports solid contrast exhibiting healthy, rich black levels and some minor depth in the 1.66:1 frame. There are hints of DNR but it is nothing intrusive.  It's pristinely clean showcasing some hi-def detail and there are no real damning flaws with the rendering. This Blu-ray probably looks very similar to the theatrical version of this Hammer effort.

 

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Audio :

Studio Canal utilize a linear PCM mono track at 1152 kbps. It is clear and flat. Don Banks, less remarkable, score isn't overly impacting but is supported well via the lossless transfer. There are optional English subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.

 

Extras :

Studio Canal include two new featurettes. The Beat Goes On: The Making of The Mummy's Shroud runs a full 22-minutes and gives some nice background on the production. There is also a brief bio-piece entitled Remembering David Buck where his career is reflected on for about 5-minutes by colleagues. There are a heap (15-minutes worth) of Hammer Trailers for The Mummy's Shroud and other productions and a slideshow Gallery (with sound) showing posters, title cards and behind-the-scenes photos. The package also has a DVD of the feature.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
The Mummy's Shroud is not Hammer at its best... but I think it has enough to make for the great start of a double-feature on some rainy Sunday afternoon. It took about 20-minutes but eventually I got into it and by the conclusion was wishing it was longer. Sure, this is imperfect and some of the effects are, well, weak. The Studio Canal Blu-ray provides a solid a/v presentation with informative new supplements. This isn't a 'must-own', by any standards, but fans of Hammer Studios - may want to indulge. 

Gary Tooze

February 5th, 2014

  

There is also a significantly more expensive Blu-ray - also in the UK here (but I don't know if there are any differences):


 

About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.

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