The Mummy – 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

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Universal Pictures’ “Dark Universe” was going to be the cinematic universe that combined all of the Universal Monsters. Unfortunately, The Mummy isn’t the kind of film that you want to kick off your cinematic universe. In general, the film is bland from beginning to end. The Mummy doesn’t have the fun adventure of the Fraser films or the scary thrills of a monster film. Sure, there are several exciting action sequences but it’s not enough to save the film.

Much of it has to do with the muddled storyline that the Dark Universe writers room came up with. You get a sense that the film was hastily put together to cash in on the cinematic universe craze. In addition, the script is full of weak and primitive humor. Also, remember that this is director Alex Kurtzman’s first directorial gig. The longtime screenwriter (Transformers) does deliver on a few action sequences. However, he lacks the skill to add any sort of atmosphere in the film. Not to mention that the CGI is a mess. At times, the CGI is either too slick, too rubbery looking, or both.

On the other hand, Sofia Boutella puts in a strong performance as Ahmanet. When she’s able to cut loose then she’s able to bring a captivating mix of purpose and dread. Unfortunately, she doesn’t have enough screen time to fully utilize her talents.

Sadly, she is the only highlight of the film. Tom Cruise is badly miscast as the heroic scoundrel archetype. He’s too clean cut of an actor to successfully pull off this type of character. At the same time, Cruise relies heavily on his charm to make his character compelling. It’s always fun to see Tom Cruise being Tom Cruise but it just doesn’t work in this role.

Annabelle Wallis is a talented actress but she has nothing to work with here. Jake Johnson is his funny self but they too waste his talents. Then there’s Russell Crowe as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Crowe is completely underwhelming as Dr. Jekyll but incredibly fun when he turns into Mr. Hyde.

Overall, The Mummy is a not-so-perfect combination of bad writing and a rookie director. As much as people wanted this film to work, it doesn’t even compare to the fun of the 1999 Brendan Fraser film. Here’s hoping that upcoming Dark Universe films will fare better than The Mummy.

Movie Rating: 2/5 atoms

The Mummy - Tom Cruise & Jake Johnson

The Mummy hits 4K Ultra HD with an HDR 2160p transfer and a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. All in all, The Mummy‘s video presentation shifts between good and mediocre. First and foremost, the black levels fluctuate between deep and inky to the milky black. It’s not the most brilliant use of HDR considering details do get lost in dark scenes. Unfortunately, there are a lot of dark scenes in The Mummy. Furthermore, the skin tones vary from scene to scene. Some scenes it looks natural but others look a bit warmer than usual.

On top of all that, the details range from hazy to crystal clear as well. When the camera closes in on the actors, you can see every pore, clothing texture, and hair strand. On the other hand, the haziness enhances some of the shoddy CG effects in the film. The colors are hard to talk about because of the film’s limited color palette but the format’s wide color gamut does improve the color somewhat. Despite all that, the video still looks good.

Video Rating: 3.5/5 atoms

The Mummy - Tom Cruise & Annabelle Wallis

The Mummy hits 4K Ultra HD with a Dolby Atmos and Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Master Audio track. The review will reflect The Mummy‘s core Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Master Audio track. Unlike the video presentation, the audio presentation fares a lot better. The mix is full of atmospheric effects that put you right into the scene itself. The effects directionally pan through the sound stage seamlessly. Notably, the zero gravity airplane scene is a good example of this. The dialogue is crisp, clear, and audible throughout even during the loudest of scenes. Overall, this is a really good audio mix.

Audio Rating: 5/5 atoms

Special Features
The Mummy - Sofia Boutella

The Mummy‘s 4K Ultra HD disc doesn’t have any special features on it. However, the regular Blu-ray contains the following special features:

  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Cruise & Kurtzman: A Conversation Rooted in Reality
  • Rooted in Reality
  • Life in Zero-G: Creating the Plane Crash
  • Meet Ahmanet
  • Cruise in Action
  • Becoming Jekyll and Hyde
  • Choreographed Chaos
  • Nick Morton: In Search of a Soul
  • Ahmanet Reborn Animated Graphic Novel
  • Feature Commentary with director and producer Alex Kurtzman, and cast members Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis and Jake Johnson

Surprisingly, the section involving Tom Cruise and Alex Kurtzman is by far the most interesting featurette in all of the bonus features. The conversation that these two has is so engaging to watch. Unsurprisingly, the plane crash featurette is the other most interesting featurette in this release. Obviously, it’s well-known that Tom Cruise loves to do crazy stunts for his films and this one isn’t different. The animated graphic novel is also a fun one to watch. The rest of the special features are you just typical behind-the-scenes style featurettes. Overall, this is a pretty entertaining set of bonus features.

Special Features Rating: 4/5 atoms

Overall, The Mummy is a disappointing film that causes the Dark Universe to stumble right out the gate. The video presentation is a bit lackluster but the audio presentation makes up for it. Thankfully, the special features are entertaining and interesting enough to warrant a watch.

Overall Rating: 3.5/5 atoms

This Blu-ray was reviewed using a retail/advance copy/unit provided by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

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