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The Mummy Returns
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10.06.2004 By: Professor Steve
The Mummy Returns order
Director:
Stephen Sommers

Actors:
Brendan Fraser
Rachel Weisz
The Rock

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Eight years have passed since Rick (Fraser) and Eve (Weisz) defeated Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo), but guess what, he's been resurrected and is looking for a little immortality. The couple, along with their new son and old buddies, adventure to Egypt to prevent Imhotep from defeating the Scorpion King (The Rock) to acquire his power and army of mummies.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
"The Mummy Returns" is the embodiment of the perfect summer movie. Full of slam-bang action sequences, great characters, a cool story, and terabytes of computer generated special effects, you'll be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn't have a good time watching this flick. Stephen Sommers increases his future salary by writing and directing this whirlwind adventure that pretty much covers all the bases: awesome locales in the city, the jungle, the desert, etc... topped off with hot Egyptian chicks fighting, a homemade blimp, pygmy mummies (hell yeah!), and a cameo by The Rock. Woo-hoo! This is what the original THE MUMMY should have been like. This sequel is much scarier, funnier, and action-packed than the original. Even the typical summer movie cliches of putting in a kid (Freddie Boath), plot conveniences, and over-the-top special effects don't hinder this thrill-ride.

All the original characters are back, lead by the strong-yet-doofy Fraser and the sexy Weisz. Oded Fehr is everyone's favorite as Ardeth the superfly Medjai warrior who always seems to show up at the right time, and John Hannah is great as Eve's bumbling brother Jonathan. The Rock's minor performance is acceptable, but shows the jitters of a first-time actor. Arnold Vosloo is the epitome of badass as the resurrected Imhotep. It's hard to imagine that guys like Vosloo exist in real life. All in all, this is a movie that can be enjoyed by all ages, and is just straight-up fun.
THE EXTRAS
Wowsers. This dvd has all the extras you'll ever want and more. The only downside is that Universal uses the DVD as a commercial for their theme parks. Argh. Along with the great commentary we get:

An Exclusive Conversation with the Rock - A decent press interview of The Rock discussing his first movie role as well as his new spin-off "The Scorpion King". Can anyone say blatant plug?

"Scorpion King" Trailer - Introduced by The Rock himself, we get to see a decent trailer for his upcoming movie. It's much darker than the Mummy, and shows some swordfights, a little chit-chat, and the huge Michael Clark Duncan.

DVD-ROM - There's a whole slew of dvd-rom features, which are basically presented as a souped up version of Universal's "The Mummy Returns" website. There's a ton of stuff here: shockwave-like games that are pretty simple, mummy facts with videos of mummy expert Ronn Wade (a few shots of a real mummy too!), facts about the movie, etc.. But the major payoff is an added "Unlock the Secrets of the Scorpion King" promotion where there are hidden links around the site that supposedly give you live links to the movie production. The links didn't seem to work for me, even after I installed the viewing software, but maybe it hasn't gone live yet. You'll also run across a "translator" game, the only secret words I found were in the Golden Pyramid area where you should click on the torch.

Spotlight on Location - This is an on location feature including interviews with the cast and crew. This 20-minute extra is probably the best on the DVD, showing you all of the locations, the behind-the-scenes goodies, and covers every aspect of the film from the story, to the actors, to the special effects. Really neat.

Visual and Special Effects Formation - A series of clips about the making of four special effects: the resurrection of Imhotep (decaying body effect), pygmy mummies (need I say more), Anubus warriors (cool tall dog-like warriors), and the Scorpion King's final appearance (the controversial special effect everyone hates because they digitized The Rock's face - but I don't think it's that bad). The only thing I didn't like about this extra is that they split it up into so many little pieces. You have to constantly go back to the menu and go through the motions to play the next clip.

Outtakes - Always my favorite part. Here they put together a clever "dummy trailer" that includes all of the outtakes. Nothing is stand-out hilarious, but it's very entertaining to watch.

Egyptology 201 - A dreaded set of scroll-and-read articles on famous mummies, including one on whether or not there really was a Scorpion King.

Live's "Forever Might Not Be Long Enough" music video - I missed this on MTV, but it's an alright video taking place, where else, at a mummy tomb. Whatever happened to "Live" anyway?

The Mummy Returns Chamber of Doom - Another plug, this is a first-person tour of a new Mummy based ride at Universal Studios. It's not really a ride, though. You just walk through a tomb and people jump out at you. I was perplexed to see this on the DVD.

More plugs - A special message from Oded Fehr is his plea for more money for the kid's cancer connection. Also more plugs for rides at Universal - what's up? A trailer for the Playstation Mummy Returns game is stuck on there too. Finally, some "recommendations" of other dvd's if you like this one and want to buy even more Universal products...

The rest - Also included on the dvd are production notes on the story and making of the film, cast and crew biographies, and finally the movie trailer for "The Mummy Returns".
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This DVD rocks! The film is a great over-the-top summer action-fest that's complimented with enough extras to keep all movie buffs happy (and busy for many hours).
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