The Mummy: Deluxe Collector's Edition
Universal / 1999 / 120 Mins / Rated M15+

This Review is sponsored by 
Columbia/Tri-Star Home Video


MOVIE
Much in the vain of the old Saturday matinees like Indiana Jones,  The Mummy is a fun adventure that is very witty and 2 hours of great entertainment.

Evelyn Carnahan (Rachel Weisz) is an avid researcher on ancient civilizations, her brother, Jonathan (John Hannah) has just come back from his latest adventure with an ancient map to the lost city of the dead, Hamunuptra. But it turns out that Jonathan has actually stolen it from a man on death row named Rick O'Connell (Brendan Frasier) the only man that knows the exact location of the lost city. His life saved, O'Connell leads Evelyn and Jonathan to the lost city and to reap the rewards that the city offers. 

Upon searching for the treasure they awaken an evil spirit, a mummy who is really peeved off because... well one I would be two if I was buried alive for 3000 years and two, he's looking for his long lost lover, mistress of the pharaoh. Now that the mummy is awake, he has 3000 years of catching up to do.

VIDEO
Picture quality on The Mummy is exceptional, this is one of the best transfers I have seen to date. The transfer was super sharp with excellent shadow detail and color detail which would be expected for a movie as recent as this. But being from Columbia/Tri-Star were are becoming accustomed to this as a standard I guess.

No MPEG artifacts were present at all. The original film print is also pristine and has no visible faults visible.

The Mummy is framed at 2:35:1 and is 16:9 enhanced.

This is an RSDL disc. The layer change occurs at 78:52.

AUDIO

Again a wonderful part of the disc. The mummy has reference quality audio, it is encoded in Dolby Digital 5.1 sound in the following languages. English, French, Italian & Spanish. There are not enough words to tell you how good the sound is on this movie. The surround channels get a lot of use during the movie and are used effectively to create an engaging sound field. The .1 channel is not used as much but when it is used, it is used very effectively .

There is also a commentary track included on the disc encoded in Dolby Digital 2.0. More on that later.

EXTRAS
This disc is positively brimming with extras. Which is a great thing considering the new price point introduced.

Feature: Building A Better Mummy. This is the official making of documentary on how this movie was made. At around 50 minutes in length it is a very informative look at how the movie was made.

Interactive Featurette: Visual Effects Formation. This is an interactive feature on four scenes that VFX supervisor John Berton walks you through to show how this effects were created.

Audio Commentary: Director & Editor. This is a commentary featuring Stephen Sommers (Director) and Bob Duscay (Editor). This is an interesting commentary. Not the best available, but they do instill quite a bit of info about the making of the movie.

Teaser Trailer: The original teaser trailer for the mummy is included as well. It is framed at 1:85:1 with Dolby Digital 2.0 sound. The teaser is excellent but sound flat and unexciting compared to the R1 version. The R1 version also includes the proper theatrical trailer as well.

The other extras contain the following:

Egyptology 101
Deleted Scenes
Production Notes
Cast & Crew Notes
DVD ROM Material

Overall a very comprehensive extras package.

FINAL THOUGHTS
The Mummy is a great movie, put beautifully onto DVD and is yet another reason why DVD deserves to do well in Australia. The video quality is excellent. The audio quality is of the high quality. The extras are abundant. Who says Region 4 doesn't have any good releases? Lookout Region 1.

16:9 ENHANCEMENT DISC RATING

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REVIEW EQUIPMENT

Display: 48" Sony RPTV.
DVD Player:
Panasonic A350 Player using S-Video Cables.
Receiver:
Pioneer VSX-D508 Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround.
Speakers:
Accusound speaker system.

Copyright 2000 by [Roger Ward].
Revised: 25 May 2000 20:28:39 +1100 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating M15+
Running Time: 123 Mins
Case Type: Keep Case
Release Date: 11/1/2000
Catalog Number: DU30630
List Price: $39.95
Distributor: Columbia/Tri-Star
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: PAL
Disc Type: Picture Disc
Disc Format: SS-RSDL
Chapters: 18
Macrovision: Yes
Manufacturer: WAMO
VIDEO SPECIFICATIONS
Aspect Ratio: 2:35:1
Anamorphic: Yes
Film Format: 35mm
SOUND SPECIFICATIONS
Dolby Digital:

5.1 Surround

DTS: None
PCM Stereo: None
Other: None
Languages: English
French
Italian
Spanish
Subtitles: Yes
SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary: Yes
Theatrical Trailer: Yes
Teaser Trailer: None
TV Spots: None
Dolby Trailer: None
Documentary: Yes
Cast & Crew Bios: Yes
Deleted Scenes: Yes
Music Videos: None
DVD Rom Content: Yes
Collectable Booklet: Yes
Scene Access: Yes
Animated Menus: Yes
Production Notes: Yes
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