Ten years after the events depicted in "The Mummy," Rick O'Connell (Fraser) is now married to Evelyn (Weisz). The O'Connells soon meet up with their old pal Imhotep (Vosloo), the evil mummy who still hasn't given up on his quest for immortality. The Mummy Returns after he is resurrected in the British Museum, but Imhotep has some competition this time in the way of The Scorpion King (The Rock). While the two evil forces clash, the fate of the world hangs in a crucial balance, and the O'Connells must keep their nine-year-old son out of trouble, while outrunning wall-climbing, fast-as-lighning mummies with bad attitudes! (Suzanne Hodges)
Special features include commentary with Director/Writer Stephen Sommers and Executive Producer/Editor Bob Ducsay, Spotlight On Location: The Making Of The Mummy Returns, outtakes, Live's music video for "Forever May Not Be Long Enough," a four-part visual and special effects segment, the My Scenes feature, and the theatrical trailer.
The VC-1-encoded 2.35:1 HD DVD exhibits well-resolved detail and good color fidelity in creating a very watchable image. Compared to the D-VHS® D-Theater™ release (not reviewed), the HD DVD version has a very slight increase in resolved fine details, but it is not overly noticeable. (Danny Richelieu)
The Dolby® Digital Plus encoding on the HD DVD is slightly more fluid-sounding than the D-VHS's Dolby Digital encoding, but, again, only slightly. The mix is impressive, though, with each of the available channels incorporated nicely to create a fully engaging soundfield. (Danny Richelieu)