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Mummy Returns SE, The

Rick O’Connell (Brendan Fraser) and Evelyn (Rachel Weisz) are married and have a 9-year old son Alex. It’s been almost 10 years after they’ve defeated Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo) but at the British museum someone again revives the mummy so they have to again stop him from finding immortatility. However, due to an ancient Egyptian ritual, another evil is awakened and this one is even stronger than Imhotep. It’s up to the O’Connells to save the world, get their son back who was kidnapped by Imhotep’s gang, and in the meantime make sure the world isn’t overrun by hordes of evil armies under the command of the Scorpion King.

Sound and Vision:
Except for the subtitles that are positioned rather high and even go to the middle of the screen when English subtitles also appear, the image quality is exemplary. Ok, there’s some minor edge enhancement present but this doesn’t really bother while viewing. The image is very sharp and contains lots of detail that really show off the very colorful picture. This dvd is definitely better than that of the original movie.

Aggressive use of the surround channels and subwoofer. That’s how we like it and that’s what we get. Why have a decent surround system if the movies don’t use it ? 😉 As usual, the DTS track is a bit better than the already terrific Dolby Digital track

Extras:
Disc 1:
– Audio commentary by writer/director Stephen Sommers and editor Bob Ducsay
– DVD rom extra’s

Disc 2:
– An Exclusive Conversation with The Rock: A 4 minute interview with The Rock on The Scorpion King
– The Scorpion King: Trailer
– Spotlight on Location: very promotional feature that gives short interview fragments on how great everything is and some behind-the-scenes footage
– Visual and Special Effects Formation: You can check out the different stages in the creation of four scenes along with commentary by ILM’s John Berton
– Outtakes: bloopers
– Egyptology 201: 34 pages of info on the ancient Egypt. Mummification, King Tut, animals, myths & magic and The Scorpion King all get their info
– Live “Forever May Not Be Long Enough” Music Video
– The Mummy Returns Chamber of Doom: a walk through the attraction that’s present at Universal Studio’s
– Theatrical Trailer
– The Mummy Returns PS2 Game Trailer
– Cast & Filmmakers: biographies and filmographies
– Production Notes: 26 pages of production info

Conclusion:
The Mummy Returns nicely continues the storyline that was created with the original movie. We get some Indiana Jones-like film that entertains and with which you don’t need to use your brains too much. On the other hand, your eyes will be feasted with what is on the screen and your ears will enjoy the effects that float around your living room. This special edition contains quite a lot of extra’s, unfortunately not all of them are really interesting.

Our Score:
7.0

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