PictureThere are only two words to sum up the anamorphic 2.35:1 transfer... reference quality. The image on the DVD is nigh-on faultless with deep lustrous blacks full of detail and deep golden hues shining out of the screen. All of this, and with no obvious trace of grain, digital artefact or the dreaded edge enhancement. Spectacular.
SoundWell, as you'd expect, The Mummy Returns' soundtrack certainly does not disappoint. There's loads going on in the surrounds throughout the film. When you get to major battle scenes like the attack of the Anubis Warriors in Chapter 16, things get even more impressive as you are dragged you right in to the heart of the action. Thrilling stuff, that is superior to the US release thanks to the inclusion of both DD 5.1 and DTS 5.1 audio mixes.
ExtrasSpread across the two DVDs you get some nifty animated menu screens, a feature commentary by Sommers and editor/executive producer Bob Ducsay, an interview with The Rock, a rough-cut promo trailer for The Scorpion King, a 20 minute promotional featurette, visual effects breakdowns for four sequences (Imhotep Returns, Pygmy Mummies Attack, Anubis Warriors Rising and Scorpion King Revealed). All four are curiously, not presented in multi-angle form. Outtakes, a music video, short essays on Egyptian mythology, a promo for the seemingly dreadful The Mummy Returns: Chamber of Doom ride at Universal Studios, the trailer, production notes, a PlayStation2 game trailer, biog/ filmographies and DVD-ROM material round off the package. It may seem like a lot, but when you consider what is worthwhile here, you are left with only five or six features. Not what you expect from one of the year's biggest Hollywood blockbusters... anyone else think we'll be seeing a new DVD edition with more features around the time of The Scorpion King's release next year?
VerdictPicture and sound quality are first rate, but it's unlikely that anything else about the disc will really impress.
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