I love watching classic Hammer films so when Studiocanal began releasing them on to blu-ray I was of course very happy. Have they continued to release excellent films on to blu-ray? Let’s find out here’s my Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb blu-ray review.
- Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb (1971)
- UK Rating 15
- Discs: 2 (Blu-ray & DVD)
- Released By Studiocanal
- Blu-ray Released: 30 October 2017
Whilst on an expedition in Egypt Professor Fuchs discovers the unmarked tomb of the Egyptian Queen Tera. She has been drugged and is in some kind of suspended animation. He brings her back to England where he has plans for Queen Tera and his daughter Margaret who bears a striking similarity to the Egyptian Queen.
The look is classic Hammer horror and pacing makes for an incredibly entertaining horror film.
Music / Audio Effects
The music feels instantly like classic Hammer horror providing the perfect mood for a Mummy film.
Acting / Characters
This is the film in which Peter Cushing began filming for one day before having to withdraw due his wife’s failing health. Thankfully Andrew Keir whom replaces him does a pretty good job and helps add the necessary authority to proceedings.
Valerie Leon stars as both Margaret Fuchs and Queen Tera and she puts in a splendid performance but unfortunately Hammer made the bizarre choice to dub her which was a common occurrence from Hammer at the time. This means we can only really see half of her performance which is a real shame.
In fact all of the main characters put in good performances and the film flows very nicely as a result.
- Andrew Keir as Julian Fuchs
- Valerie Leon as Margaret Fuchs/Queen Tera
- James Villiers as Corbeck
- Hugh Burden as Geoffrey Dandridge
- George Coulouris as Berigan
Conclusion: Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb (1971) Film Review
I prefer this Mummy film over The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (1964) this one flows much better and does away with the stereotypical mummy in bandages replacing it with the beautiful Queen Tera. This change gives the Mummy film series a fresh feel. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the performances although I’m sure the film would have been even better had Peter Cushing been able to partake.
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Conclusion: Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb Blu-ray Review
Studiocanal continues to impress with its Blu-ray releases of the Hammer films. Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb looks terrific, the picture quality is clean and sharp looking and the colours are perfect for a Hammer film. I’m pleased to report there’s not a speck of dirt anywhere to be found. Another excellent job!
On the extras front there is a rather nice 18 minute documentary that gives plenty of insight into the making of Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb which is well worth watching.
- The Pharaoh’s Curse: Inside Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb (18 mins)
- Original Trailer
Popcorn Cinema Rating:
Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb (1971)
MOVIE RATING: WELL WORTH WATCHING
BLU-RAY RATING: EXCELLENT
EXTRAS RATING: GOOD
POPCORN CINEMA: RECOMMENDED
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Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb (1971) Trailer
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Summary: Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971) Blu-ray Review
Movie title: Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971)
Duration: 94 mins
Director(s): Seth Holt
Actor(s): Valerie Leon, Andrew Keir, Mark Edwards, James Villiers, Hugh Burden, Aubrey Morris
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A fabulous entertaining Mummy film without the slow moving bandaged mummy! The picture quality on this new Blu-ray version is simply perfect!