Mortal Kombat [Blu-ray]
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Actors: Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa - Christopher Lambert - Linden Ashby - Robin Shou. Director: Paul W.S. Anderson. Format: Blu-ray. Runtime: 101 Mins. Language: English. Region code: Region 1 (United States Canada Bermuda U.S. territories). Discs: 1. Rating: Unrated. Genre: Action. Release Year: 1995.
Tie-In Animated Adventure Mortal Kombat: The Journey Begins Theatrical Trailer --This text refers to an alternate Blu-ray edition.
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On the outset, the story plays pretty decently, most of the characters portrayed are from the first game, with the exception of Kitana. Though, in the novel, Meleena was also featured.
The video is definitely an improvement over the DVD, though as many have stated, it is not the best master. It is definitely an upgrade.
Though the audio is for the most part crisp and clear, it is in fact low. But, if you want to think of it as a reason, it does allow you to have one to kick up your suround sound up as loud as you ultimately want.
Features are non-existant, though from what I know, there really wasn't much worthy of porting over from the DVD release. At least the DVD that I own.
But somehow... you just can't do it. "Mortal Kombat" is a cheesy, weird, predictable movie that is basically all about an Evil-For-The-Sake-Of-Being-Evil Villain, some wooden characters, and and an expanse of over-the-top action sequences. But somehow it's so unpretentiously video-gamish (well, DUH) that it's impossible to hate.
Brief backstory: Mortal Kombat (with a K!) is a once-a-generation tournament in which fighters battle for the sake of their respective worlds. If the evil sorcerer Shang Tsung (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) and his evil minions win this one, he gets the Earth.
And he's successfully manipulated three humans into going: Liu Kang (Robin Shou) who wants to avenge his brother, actor Johnny Cage (Linden Ashby) who wants to revive his career, and agent Sonya Blade (Bridgette Wilson) who wants to avenge her dead partner. They're guided by the mysterious thunder god Raiden (Christopher Lambert), who... doesn't fight. He's just kind of a Yoda.
But even before the three fighters arrive at the island where the tournament will take place, they're confronted by danger -- Shang Tsung has brought his deadliest three fighters to destroy all three of them, and they don't care much about rules. Can the gang overcome their personal issues and win Mortal Kombat? Can you guess? Do I even need to ask?
I openly admit it: I have never played "Mortal Kombat" video games, so I had no preconceptions about what this movie would be like.Read more ›
I can't say the movie itself has aged particularly well, but I've seen far worse from '95. I'd say Mortal Kombat is a slow starter with an awesome middle and a rather lackluster ending that unfortunately only inspired the dreadful sequel. However this movie suffers from nothing that capsized the next installment as all the parts are firmly in place here; the cast is superb, the effects are practical/effective, and the story is simple and yet engaging..
Please do NOT pass on this as purchase based on the negativity here regarding the transfer, especially at the paltry sum of $10! Mortal Kombat is the best videogame to movie vision around so you may as well enjoy it in 1080i Blu Ray because there is absolutely NO word of a U.S. release or a 1080p transfer, so why wait forever??
This is a region 1 release, it plays flawlessly in my U.S. PS3.
Sure, it's kinda corny, but it's older than people realize. It came out in 1995, and the series was pretty young then, as was the use of computer generated technology. Nowadays, the C.G. enhancements would make the movie even more spectacular, but thems the brakes. Anyways, if you are a fan of the franchise (I have been since age 7), check it out.
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Got this to show my Son what moves like this were like when I was around his age.
He loved it.
I have no idea which copy of this movie other people have but my copy is so dam good
and clean with crisp picture quality i could not ask for anything more. Read more
Mortal Kombat on Blu-ray is definately the best release of the film to date. While this won't be a reference quality disc for video or audio, the visuals are a big step-up from... Read morePublished on April 19 2010 by Andrew Mahon
I'll make this quick and concise.
The transfer is bad. Specs and dirt are ALL OVER the print, which obviously wasn't cleaned up at all. Read more