Jun 072013
 

Blu ray screencaps from The Mummy (1932 version)

For those in the USA you can buy The Mummy by clicking the highlighted text. – The Mummy (1932) [Blu-ray]

Alternatively for United Kingdom consumers you can buy here. – The Mummy [Blu-ray] [1932] [Region Free]

Boris Karloff plays the ancient Egyptian priest Imhotep in the original 1932 version of The Mummy, an archeological dig accidentally revives him and he seeks out the reincarnation of his long dead lover Princess Ankh-es-en-amon, the film was inspired by the opening of Tutankhamun's tomb in 1922 and many would argue the storyline is taken from an Arthur Conan Doyle short novel entitled "The Ring Of Thoth".  Karl Freund was the cinematographer on Dracula and was hired to direct this film, for his early scenes as the mummy, Karloff would spend eight hours a day in the makeup chair, and another two hours would be spent removing the makeup, Karloff was quoted as saying it was the most trying ordeal he had ever endured, no doubt he was pleased when they finished shooting those scenes for the movie.

The female lead, Zita Johann, is strong in this film, she plays the roles of Helen Grosvenor and Princess Ankh-es-en-Amon, her screen presence is very good but surprisingly enough she didn't make that many films, in total just seven films in the thirties and one in 1986, mind you, she was a strong willed woman, she phoned up a Hollywood studio guy and asked him why he made such rubbish, it's probably the fact she wasn't a pushover and didn't play the Hollywood game, casting couch and all, that stopped her getting more film roles, that and the fact she didn't care much for mediocrity and was probably offered poor roles that she declined.

I am pleased by this blu ray release, detail levels are good, a light layer of film grain is present and my impressions are that Universal appear to have not manipulated the image too much, any softness is inherent in the original photography, the sound is mono, but that's to be expected for a 1932 film, it's a lossless mono mix, and at times you will hear some minor hiss and some noise and the occasional bit of distortion on the soundtrack, but i felt on the whole that dialogue was reproduced cleanly, and as far as sound quality goes, this is likely as good as it gets for The Mummy and i am very happy to own this classic horror film on blu ray.

View some blu ray screencaps from the The Mummy (1932 version) below.

An early scene from the 1932 version of The Mummy - Blu Ray Screencaps 1The discovery of the mummy's tomb leads to trouble - blu ray screencaps of the mummy 2A dark and moody scene from The Mummy - blu ray screencaps 3Reading can get you into trouble with the mummy - blu ray screencaps 4archaeological finds are only good when the mummy isn't about - blu ray screencaps 5Boris Karloff in a scene from The Mummy - blu ray screencaps 6Reading an Egyptian scroll in The Mummy - blu ray screencaps 7A dinner party scene from The Mummy - blu ray screencaps 8Boris Karloff talks to Zita Johann in a scene from The Mummy - blu ray screencaps 9A scary moment from The Mummy - blu ray screencaps 10A classic movie scene with Zita Johann from The Mummy - blu ray screencaps 11Boris Karloff at his spooky best in The Mummy - blu ray screencaps 12Boris Karloff and Zita Johann in a classic film scene from The Mummy - blu ray screencaps 13A movie still from the 1932 version of The Mummy - blu ray screencaps 14Love is in the air in a scene from The Mummy - blu ray screencaps 15Imhotep and Ankh-es-en-Amon in a scene from The Mummy - blu ray screencaps 16Imhotep gazes at the reincarnation of his long dead lover in The Mummy - blu ray screencaps 17Discussions take place about what to about The Mummy - blu ray screencaps 18Helen collapses in a scene from The Mummy - blu ray screencaps 19Helen Grosvenor as played by Zita Johann in The Mummy - blu ray screencaps 20