The Mummy (2017) 4K UltraHD Blu-ray Review
Tom Cruise stars in this spectacular version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: The Mummy. Thought safely entombed deep beneath the desert, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day. Her malevolence has grown over millennia and with it come terrors that defy human comprehension. From the sands of the Middle East through modern-day London, The Mummy balances wonder, thrills, and imagination.
Studio: Universal Studios
Release Date: September 12, 2017
Run time: 122 mins
Audio: Dolby Atmos mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Disc Spec: 1 4KBD/1 BD50
At first impression, I was thinking that this seemed like a very unnecessary reboot or remake, especially since the older version was actually adequate. But still, I decided to give it a chance, because it is a movie with mummies in it after all, and usually Tom Cruise stars in some relatively good movies.
The make-up and special effects in the 2017 version of ‘The Mummy’ were, of course, quite impressive, especially given the budget of the movie. I was rather impressed and entertained with the special effects and the particular type of visual path they opted for.
‘The Mummy’ was a tad too dark, and I don’t mean in terms of a dark story or dark humor, but it was literally a dark movie, with many scenes shrouded in shadow and a general lack of adequate lighting. Sure, it added to the atmosphere of the movie. But I hate it when movies do that and keep most of the scenes shrouded in darkness. I pay to watch a movie, I don’t pay to see shadowy silhouettes of what is going on and having to guess my way to the rest.
Now, the mummy Ahmanet herself wasn’t particularly impressive or scary. There was some good special effects when she was decayed and mummified, and it looked good when she was regenerating. But in overall, then it was a fairly weak approach that they had to an iconic character such as the mummy. I will say that the mummified servants that she made along the way actually looked rather interesting and had great effects, as did the skeletal crusaders. It was a step down the intellectual ladder when Ahmanet suddenly started to speak perfect English, after only having spoken ancient Egyptian throughout the movie up to the point of suddenly being fluent in English.
The cast in ‘The Mummy’ was good, and the reboot clearly survives primarily because of the big names that flourish on the cast list; that being Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe, of course. Sofia Boutella did an adequate job, despite fighting an uphill battle as her character was generic, bland and downright anti-climatic.
Movie Content: 8/10
The print is presented in 2160p/UHD with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. ‘The Mummy’ has some issues on 4K Blu-ray. This is quite a dark looking film, even more so when compared to the earlier installments in the series. The 4K presentation at times makes you feel like you are watching a blu-ray film, especially with the dark scenes. Blacks have an issue throughout where there is an apparent crush to them. The stylized colors used in ‘The Mummy’ do an excellent job in bringing the world of the Dark Universe of the film come to life. Dark tinted hues are the primary colors that are used in the film. I found the details to be excellent considering that this is a darker looking film. The image quality is grainy throughout which hurts the image quality quite a bit in some areas. While the 4K presentation is not bad, I just didn’t find it to be a huge upgrade over the Blu-ray release.
Print Quality: 9/10
The audio is presented in Dolby Atmos mix. The sound in ‘The Mummy’ is fantastic and rocks the house during the many action sequences. This mix provides a really crisp and clean sound. From the battles to the subtle sounds of the mix makes it sound like you are in the center of all the action. The rears were working like a workhorse during the action sequences. The dialogue portions of the film is excellent and comes through very clear and well balanced to where I didn’t have to increase the volume once. This mix stays consistent throughout the entire film with the entire sound field.
Audio Quality: 9.5/10
- Deleted and Extended Scenes [HD]
- Cruise & Kurtzman: A Conversation
- Rooted in Reality [HD]
- Life in Zero-G: Creating the Plane Crash [HD]
- Meet Ahmanet [HD]
- Cruise in Action [HD]
- Becoming Jekyll and Hyde [HD]
- Choreographed Chaos [HD]
- Nick Morton: In Search of a Soul [HD]
- Ahmanet Reborn Animated Graphic Novel [HD]
- Feature Commentary with Director/Producer Alex Kurtzman and Cast Members Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, and Jake Johnson
Special Features: 9/10
The Final Word
‘The Mummy’ isn’t the best movie but it’s an enjoyable movie. Action packed with some horror scenes. Tom Cruise is amazing as always. A great surprise for me was Sofia Boutella. She was terrifying playing the role of Ahmanet.
Overall Rating: 8/10