The summer's action-adventure hit "The Mummy" is expected to become the fall's video smash.
The Universal Studios Home Video release unwraps an adventurous roller-coaster ride with heart. Writer-director Stephen Sommers notes that his aim was "to be scary, but not gory . . . funny but not campy."
His movie, starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz and Arnold Vosloo, succeeded, with a $150 million box-office total. The 125-minute video lists for $22.98.
The DVD, priced at $29.98, also includes deleted scenes, theatrical trailers and a 40-minute documentary, "Building a Better Mummy," featuring Sommers and visual effects supervisor John Berton of Industrial Light & Magic, who has left his mark on films such as "Jurassic Park" and "Terminator 2: Judgment Day."
Vosloo plays the title role, an evil high priest who 3,000 years earlier was sentenced to be "undead for eternity," his mummified body sealed inside his sarcophagus. Released, he becomes a plague upon mankind. The cast also includes John Hannah, Kevin J. O'Connor and Jonathan Hyde.
National Geographic Home Video Tuesday released two videos -- "Hidden World of the Bengal Tiger" and "The Great White Bear" -- that underscore its ability to produce photography in a class unto itself. Both contain never-before-seen footage of these animal families, which have similar struggles to survive in two harsh but different environments.
Linda Hunt narrates the story that filmmakers Hugh Miles and Chip Houseman garnered by shadowing a 12-year-old tigress and her three cubs for two years in India's Kanha wildlife reserve.
Polar bear life on a group of icy Norwegian islands known as Svalbard is captured in the other video. The tape shows motherhood, hibernation, cub-birth and hunting the bears' favorite delicacy -- ringed seals.
Other recent National Geographic releases include "Avalanche: The White Death," narrated by Peter Coyote, and "Surviving Everest: The Collector's Edition," which includes the previously released program "Return to Everest." There's also an exclusive interview with Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to reach the summit of Mount Everest, and a 30-minute segment in which climbers share their experiences. All Geographic videos list for $19.98 and can be ordered at 1-800-627-5162.
Coinciding with the current releases of the 19th James Bond film, "The World Is Not Enough," MGM Home Entertainment is releasing seven of the most popular Bond films on video and special edition DVDs. The films are "Tomorrow Never Dies," "GoldenEye," "Live and Let Die," "Goldfinger," "Thunderball," "For Your Eyes Only" and "License to Kill."
In addition to the movies, the DVDs include documentaries, commentaries, featurettes, storyboards and music videos. The digitally enhanced videos list for $14.95 each. The DVDs list for $34.98, or $199.98 for the set of seven.