Super Mario Bros.
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Their mistake is to watch this expecting a Mario movie. I know, it sounds like the right thing to expect, but hear me out. Fans of the game know what Mario is all about - powerups, angry mushrooms, winged turtles and flying blocks. If you watch this movie expecting that, you'll be disappointed, as you'll find NONE of it. But that's not to say it isn't worth watching.
Picture the scene: a couple of directors are asked to make a Mario movie by Nintendo, and they want it to be live action. That was the flavour at the time - take cartoon characters and make them real. Now, these directors know about Mario. They say "No way can that be done. Mario is all about being a cartoon. Jumping on little angry animals, everyone's a mushroom... It's a great game, and it'd make a good cartoon, but a live action version would just be moronic." "Oh, don't worry about that," says Nintendo, "just so long as you get the main elements in, do it how you want."
The directors go away, rubbing their chins, trying to think of a way to do that but still do justice to the games. And then they have a fascinating idea.
What if they don't do a Mario film, exactly. What if they do a sci-fi film, but fill it to the brim with Mario references, for the keen-eyed game fans?
That's what this movie is. If you watch it with that in mind, you will enjoy it. I've tested this theory out already on a friend who thought the film was a bit stupid when he saw it as a kid, but watched it yesterday with my little thesis in mind and he loved it.Read more ›
Video game based movies are always a tough animal to adapt for the silver screen and, to my knowledge, none really ever truly satisfied me. As much as I can remember, I saw this one waaay back in 1993 in theatres when it came out, and how disappointed I was that it should have been animated or taken to another level.
Sure, it's not Double Dragon, Bloodrayne or Wing Commander, but it's still pretty atrocious. And this DVD was "mastered" in 1:33.1, so its source comes from a VHS rather than the original print... big difference.
As far as special features go, there seems to be none whatsoever. The studio wanted to bank on the name, which was quite powerful at the time, and now, they seem to want to forget it.
Unless you are a movie completist, a lover of all things "bad" (there are nuances to the term like you read about) and such, there is no other reason to add this one to your collection.
Well, maybe the fact that Bob Hoskins and Dennis Hopper are both gone...
I remember watching this movie for the first time when I was seven or eight and loving it. When I saw it on DVD years later I knew I had to buy it, and I STILL laugh the whole time. For someone who grew up through the game revoltion (I still have an original Nintendo system) this movie is as nostaglic as it is funny. I really recommend it.
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I was actually shocked to find this movie but it's in perfect condition and my kids really liked itPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
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