Dark Universe begins with this fresh take on The Mummy. Set to arrive in stores September 12th the Blu-Ray release of this big Universal creature feature births a new world in a mostly fitting package. Add in just enough added content to get you to root for the future of this movie line and there’s no doubt you have a flick that might be worth adding to your collection. Granted the initial installment has its shortcomings but there’s no denying the positives as the overall experience struggles, as Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) does, to find its soul among monsters.
…one thing that remains strong from start to finish is the talent of our cast. Leading the charge is none other than Tom Cruise (Nick Morton), with the action star being the perfect fit for this fast paced reboot. Not only does Cruise manage to bring energy and charisma to this film, capturing the brash and cocky attitude of Nick Morton perfectly, but he also acts as the perfect anchor, interacting with the rest of the cast in an unique and engaging manner. Most notable amongst these is Annabelle Wallis (Jennifer Halsey), with the chemistry between the two actors allowing for some fun and emotional moments.
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After viewing the film several times it becomes readily apparent that the presentation of the release is its winning feature. No matter how you feel about the final product the picture quality on this Blu-Ray is something to root for. It’s a great looking intro to Dark Universe that easily highlights its talents, the style behind them plus, of course, the relevant and unique set pieces that drip with authenticity. For it’s a showpiece release from Universal with colors that vibrantly dance the line between real and fake. The Mummy rises in a 2.40:1 aspect ratio with an MPEG-4 AVC codec, while sporting numerous audio tracks including English in both Dolby Atmos and Dolby TrueHD 7.1.
As for the bonus features there are four deleted and extended scenes and they add very little to the movie itself. “Rooted in Reality” dives directly into the style behind the production. “Life in Zero-G: Creating the Plane Crash” is self explanatory but it’s a brief fun treat, especially if you have an affinity for stunt work. Both “Cruise in Action” and “Choreographed Chaos” follow that line of thought, except the latter goes deep into one of my favorite sequences in the flick. “Meet Ahmanet” explores our titular villain, while “Nick Morton: In Search of a Soul” charts its course directly into our primary and his motivations. There’s also a rather entertaining feature commentary with Alex Kurtzmann (the director), plus cast members Annabelle Wallis (Jenny Halsey), Sofia Boutella (Ahmanet) and Jake Johnson (Sgt. Vail).
The Mummy arrives on Blu-Ray with a convincing package that sets the feature in good standing. I get why people, myself included, may have been extra critical when the movie hit theaters back in June. But seeing it a second and then a third time, the latter with commentary, I have to say I found myself really enjoying the experience. Add in the rest of the special features and what we have is a flawed but good reboot that deserves to find a home in your collection. So by all means support Dark Universe and grab yourself a copy this Tuesday!
(8 / 10)