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Although THE MUMMY'S SHROUD ($30) isn’t a great Hammer offering, the movie does provide 90 minutes of linen wrapped fun. The movie opens with a flashback section from 2000 BC that depicts an insurrection that ends with the reigning Pharaoh’s death and the young Prince Kah-To-Bey being driven into exile along with his faithful servant Prem. When the young price dies, Prem hides the body in a makeshift tomb and returns to Egypt to undo the wrongs that befell Kah-To-Bey. Flash-forward to the 1920s, when a team of British archeologists, who are search the desert, are finally able to locate the long hidden tomb of Kah-To-Bey.

As anyone who has seen a mummy movie might expect, there is a curse placed upon all those who dared enter the tomb of the dead prince. The curse awakens the mummified Prem, who sets about killing those who disturbed his master’s eternal sleep. THE MUMMY'S SHROUD doesn’t break any new ground with its plot, nor do the inexpensive production values elevate this film above any of the other sequels to Terence Fisher’s Technicolor masterpiece THE MUMMY. At times, THE MUMMY'S SHROUD is a bit too campy for its own good. However the film does produce a couple of good scares to go along with the chuckles. Is it just me, or did I notice a zipper going up the back of the mummy’s wrappings? The cast of THE MUMMY'S SHROUD includes André Morell, John Phillips, David Buck, Elizabeth Sellars, Maggie Kimberly, Michael Ripper, Tim Barrett, Richard Warner, Roger Delgado, Catherine Lacey and Dickie Owen.

Like all the recent films in their Hammer series, Anchor Bay Entertainment has done an excellent job bringing THE MUMMY'S SHROUD to DVD. The film has been framed fairly close to 1.66:1 and the DVD features the anamorphic enhancement for playback on 16:9 displays. Image quality is first rate, with everything appearing crisp and very well defined. Colors are quite vibrant and are reproduced without any form of chromatic distortion. Blacks are solid and the image produces a decent level of shadow detail. The film element used for the transfer displays very little film grain and is relatively free from blemishes. Digital compression artifacts do not make their presence known on this nicely encoded DVD.

The Dolby Digital monaural soundtrack is pretty clean sounding, without annoying hiss or distortions. Dialogue is crisp and intelligible, while the music delivers reasonably good frequency response for a 1967 release. There is a bit of animation and sound utilized for the interactive menus, but they are otherwise fairly standard. Scene selection, plus a few extras can be accessed through the menus. A theatrical trailer, plus a combo trailer that includes FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN has been included, as have two combo TV spots. Filling out the supplements is a World Of Hammer episode entitled MUMMIES, WEREWOLVES & THE LIVING DEAD.




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