Movie Renter's Guide - December, 2008



"The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" (Blu-ray)


Rick O'Connell (Fraser) and his wife Eve (Bello) have done away with the mummy in earlier adventures and have settled in Oxford, England. Eve writes novels about the mummy expeditions.

Their son Alex (Ford) is supposed to be be in college, but actually has dropped out to excavate the tomb of the Dragon Emperor in China. He and his team open the tomb and find the Emperor, now a mummy.

Thousands of years before, King Han had battled other kings in China, attempting to overthrow them all and become Emperor. He asked a witch to help him become immortal, but sensing his evil nature, the witch curses him and his army, turning them all into terra cotta (fired clay).

The British Government asks Rick and Eve to transport the Eye of Shangri-La to China as a gesture of good will, and when they arrive in Shanghai, they discover Alex there, instead of in college.

In the meantime, a rebel Chinese army wants the Eye of Shangri-La because it will help them bring the Emperor back to life, after which he will restore his terra cotta army and rule Asia.

So, it becomes a big chase to Shangri-La, with Rick et al trying to keep the Eye out of the Army's hands, and the Army trying to get it to restore life to the Emperor.




  • Universal Pictures
  • 2008, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 52 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring Brendan Fraser, Jet Li, Maria Bello, Luke Ford, Isabella Leong, Michelle Yeoh
  • Directed by Rob Cohen
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No


Of all the Mummy series, this has the best CG, but it is not the most exciting. The earlier ones had more of an Indiana Jones feel, but this one just has a graphics emphasis. (Come to think of it, the latest Indiana Jones movie had the same problem. Sounds like it is time to get back to focusing on the characters rather than razzle dazzle images.)


The disc has terrific image quality, but the soundtrack is what shines. Lots of great use with the surrounds.


These include The Making OF, From City to Desert, Legacy of the Terra Cotta, Director's Commentary, Deleted Scenes, Preparing for Battle, Jet Li: Crafting the Emperor Mummy, and Creating New and Superlative Worlds. Much of this is about the locations and site construction. 70% was shot in Montreal, Canada. There is a second disc containing some of these extras, but it is not in high def. This makes them hard to watch because everything else is in high definition. I wish the studios would just shoot everything, including all extras, in high definition. It makes the package less attractive when so much material is in standard definition, even though it is 1.78:1.