The Mummy’s Hand appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.37:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Like many of the other Universal Monsters releases, Hand looked great.
At almost all times, sharpness seemed strong. A flashback sequence tended to seem a bit on the soft side, but the majority of the flick looked accurate and well-defined.
I saw no issues with jagged edges or moiré effects. In addition, I detected a light layer of grain, so I didn’t suspect any egregious use of digital noise reduction.
Print flaws remained absent, and blacks appeared deep and dense. Contrast seemed strong, with a nice silvery sheen on display, and low-light shots displayed clean delineation. I felt very happy with this outstanding presentation.
Though not quite as good, the film’s DTS-HD MA monaural soundtrack seemed more than acceptable given its age. Speech showed the mild tinniness typical of its era’s recordings, but the lines remained intelligible and lacked edginess.
Both music and effects displayed restricted range, but they felt clear and robust enough within their period’s constraints. The track lacked any hiss or background noise. The soundtrack held up nicely over all the years.
How did the Blu-ray compare to the original DVD from 2001? Audio seemed clearer and more concise, while visuals were cleaner, richer and better defined. In all ways, the Blu-ray blew away the flawed DVD.
In terms of extras, we get the film’s trailer and nothing more.
Though no one will confuse The Mummy’s Hand for a classic Universal monster movie, it works pretty well in its own right. The film brings us an insubstantial but generally entertaining piece. The Blu-ray brings top-notch picture and good audio but it lacks supplements. Hand turns into a mostly fun adventure.
As of fall 2018, Mummy’s Hand can’t be purchased on its own. It can be found as part of a six-film “Mummy Complete Legacy Collection”. In addition to Hand, we find The Mummy, The Mummy’s Tomb, The Mummy’s Ghost, The Mummy’s Curse, and Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy.
In addition, Hand comes in the “Universal Monsters Complete 30-Film Collection”. It actually packages the Mummy set mentioned above with similar compilations for six other Universal Monsters.