Overview - “The Mummy Returns” was a pisspoor sequel to 1999′s “The Mummy.”
The editor intends to reduce the nonsense, minimize the action overload, keep the charm.
Video - 720 X 480p mpg. (Curious, the first mpg I’ve run across here at FE.). Every now and then, scenes concluded with what felt like an axe. Some of the transitions were inspired, especially the use of title cards to make jump cuts.
Audio - 5.1 AC3. The sound is robust and luxurious throughout. The same quibbles I had with the video also apply with the audio.
Narrative - Half the film is cut. Most is action oriented, which was simply padding for an underdeveloped story. To my reckoning, the Alex / Lock-Nah interchanges could have been halved. The original was bad (I have not rewatched it in years). The edit barely makes sense, though it is cohesive. It is jumpy. I don’t even have suggestions to improve. Most of the deleted sequences were not structural, but action.
Enjoyment - Gaith provides an excellent article on the character Meela Nais. His thoughts on her backstory are useful to understanding his edit. His essay was in my thoughts as I watched, and it helped me appreciate his work. I enjoyed this more than the original, but the original was dismal.
Hey! Hang with the credits for an Easter egg.
Since Gaith released his edit (a decade ago), he has mused about reworking a V2.
I would be interested in that.
A good edit. There are some “rough” areas that are noticeable but don’t really detract from the overall viewing.
I especially liked the “film restoration” style of this edit. Gaith took the worst part of this movie (the opening with The Rock) and made it a fun, classic horror movie part (much like the original 1930′s “The Mummy”). Gaith might have over-used the “damaged film” look a little too much in the opeing and there is a very rough edit/cut/transition to the main movie at this point, but overall it is a great start to a mediocre movie. The fade in and fade outs are a little too long (while dialogue has started or is still going as the fade starts/stops), but gain not so long as to seriously detract from the edit.
I DL’d the DVD version and the overall quality is good (4 out of 5), audio is good too (4/5).
Gaith has taken, for me, a very disappoiting film and made it a much better experience. I have a feeling others might take issue with the drastic reduction of “action”, but for me, it was what was needed. Honestly, I get very bored with long action scenes. I am glad Evy the re-icarnation plot references are gon as well as the too long Pygmy attack scenes – without the long-winded pygmy scenes, the movie becomes MUCH more quick-paced without losing plot.
Review by flyboy707 — December 14, 2009 @ 10:10 PM
I always liked this movie which seems like I'm in the minority, but it did have it's flaws which stopped it from being one of my favourite movies. This edit has it's good and bad edits and depending on how you view them this edit might or might not be for you, but for me I liked this edit as it cut out all the unnecessary parts which makes for a much shorter movie, but at the same time some of the scenes especially the action scenes felt rushed and ended to quickly just as the action was starting, also some of the audio cuts were noticeable. I did like the film restoration style of the edit and how the movie starts at the mansion as it makes the movie more mysterious about the object they have, I am also glad the Evy the reincarnation plot is gone as this never really made sense as well as the pygmy attack scenes which off all the attack scenes this one needed to be trimmed. So overall I enjoyed this edit slighty more then the original and would recommended it to anyone that liked the original.
I don’t have enough to say about this movie to write an essay. I saw it once in the theaters and all I remember is the horrible CGI and parts of the finale set piece. This edit was a good little flick, intentionally cheesy without being too terrible, some fun action, good lines, etc. Title cards were a nice gimmick. There were quite a few jarring audio cuts.
If you’re a fan of the first movie I think you’ll enjoy this edit.