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4.0 out of 5 stars Mortal Edition
It 's amazing package. It's a great movie with a lot of special features, the sound e imagem was amazing too.
Published on 29 Jan. 2012 by Marcio

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3.0 out of 5 stars MORTAL KOMBAT!
You know those movies that you know you should theoretically hate -- they're cheesy, they're weird, and they're predictable.

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...
Published on 25 Aug. 2011 by E. A Solinas


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3.0 out of 5 stars MORTAL KOMBAT!, 25 Aug. 2011
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mortal Kombat [DVD] [1995] (DVD)
You know those movies that you know you should theoretically hate -- they're cheesy, they're weird, and they're predictable.

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.

As for what it actually is like: a lot like watching an action anime when they get to the inevitable tournament -- lots of creative action scenes involving flames, ice-balls, a guy with four arms, and people wandering through a shadowy, cobwebbed palace. It's mindless, overserious, cheesy fun and... somehow it doesn't bother me.

And I won't sugarcoat it: this is a plotless, bubblegum movie with all the important twists phoned in about ten minutes before they happened. I mean, did anyone NOT think Shang Tsung would shapeshift into Liu Kang's brother at some point to mess with his head? OF COURSE HE WOULD. AND DID. But somehow I can't hate it. It's just... kinda fun.

The actors are mostly of the they're-okay-but-not-great -- Shou is pretty likeable as Liu Kang despite the random tantrums he has, Wilson is mildly annoying, Ashby's one-liners are so annoying that you'll want to drop an anvil on him ("I pay money, you carry the bags"), and Lambert is hugely underused. But Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa is weirdly fun as Shang Tsung -- he always seems to be sitting halfway between "affably evil" and just EVIL.

"Mortal Kombat" is cheesy, cliched but still somehow entertaining -- perhaps it's all the more entertaining because you know you're only in it for the buttkicking.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Prepare To Fight !, 10 Dec. 2014
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Timelord-007 (The Eccentric Wanderer) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mortal Kombat [DVD] (DVD)
Mortal Kombat (DVD).
Format: PAL
Language: English
Subtitles: English, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish,
Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, Italian
Audio Description: English
Region: 2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 15
Studio: Warner Home Video
Running Time: 98 minutes

Cast.
Robin Shou as Liu Kang
Linden Ashby as Johnny Cage
Bridgette Wilson as Sonya Blade
Christopher Lambert as Raiden
Trevor Goddard as Kano
Talisa Soto as Princess Kitana
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as Shang Tsung
François Petit as Sub-Zero
Chris Casamassa as Scorpion
Keith Cooke as Reptile
Gregory McKinney as Jax
Tom Woodruff, Jr. as Goro
Kevin Richardson voices Goro
Kenneth Edwards as Art Lean
Steven Ho as Chan
Peter Jason as Master Boyd.
Frank Welker voices Shao Kahn & Reptile

Box Office.
Budget: $18 million
Box office: $122,195,92

Trivia.
1)Brandon Lee was originally cast as Johnny Cage, but died before production began.
2)When Johnny Cage defeats Scorpion, he throws at his corpse an autographed photo of himself. In the Mortal Kombat games, this is Cage's "Friendship" finishing move.
3)Jean-Claude Van Damme turned down the role of Johnny Cage to do Street Fighter (1994).
4)The original screenplay for the film was more faithful to the game in that it had graphic violence & strong language making it a R rated script.
5)Cameron Diaz was originally set to play Sonya Blade, but she broke her wrist before filming & was replaced by Bridgette Wilson-Sampras.
6)Gary Daniels was considered for the role of Johnny Cage.

What's The Story.
With the aid of sorcerer Shang Tsung, the evil Shokan Prince Goro has been Kombat champion for nine generations, If he wins for a tenth time the portals of Earth will be opened up to the desolation & despair of the Outworld for all eternity.

The only hope of salvation lies in three humans, Liu Kang, Johnny Cage & Sonya Blade who have been guided by the thunder god Rayden to find out how to conquer this evil prince.

Timelord Thoughts.
Mortal Kombat to it's credit is one of the better Video Games to Movie's adaption & sticks quite faithfully to the video game which includes all the main characters & is far better than Van Dammes abysmal Streetfighter movie.

Christopher Lambert is wooden as the God-Raiden & plays the part tongue n' cheek who's character doesn't get to do a lot fighting while Robin Shou is decent enough as Lui Kang & is involved in a majority of the movies fight scenes while Linden Ashby is a poor choice as Johnny Cage lacking any of the video games charisma which leaves Bridgette Wilson-Samparas to deliver the action goods who gives a competent enough performance as Sonja Blade who gets one of the movies best fight scenes which is a excellent energetic & aggressive punch up against her arch rival Kano.

The fight sequences are fast but decently choreographed & at least you can see what's going on despite some below par special effects & cheesy weak dialogue, the characters of Sub Zero & Goro & very underused & lacks the R' rated gore of the video game especially in the proposed Goro fight who's supposedly this near invincible fighter is virtually a non-starter.

The movies ace in the pack is Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as Shang Tsung who's menacing & charismatic enough thanks too Tagawa performance who plays his part completely seriously, Paul W.S Anderson direction is decent enough here & injects the movie with great energy & plenty of fan pleasing moments that's enhanced by a excellent soundtrack.

Overall Mortal Kombat is a guilty pleasure video game to movie adaption which features plenty of cheesy dialogue, over-the top fight sequences, B' movie acting & below par CGI effects that's somehow becomes part of the movies charm, sure it's all complete & utter nonsense but entertaining kung fu hokum nevertheless.

Timelord Rating.
6/10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mortal Edition, 29 Jan. 2012
It 's amazing package. It's a great movie with a lot of special features, the sound e imagem was amazing too.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Popcorn movie with a sense of humour, 17 April 2001
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This review is from: Mortal Kombat [DVD] [1995] (DVD)
If you are interested in a clever plot, don't bother!! But if you want to see an enjoyable, and self mocking romp then this a good movie. Paul Anderson, the director, is a definite talent, and his subsequent movies Event Horizon and Soldier have been under-rated. With a largely no-name cast, and a rather thin and contrived plot, Anderson wisely invokes a subtle self deprecating tone, and it seems like the cast are all having fun making this movie. The action scenes are very well directed, and this mixes well with the humour, to make an enjoyable, if slightly silly movie - Like the cheeky ending!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Video - Audio - Subtitles, 25 May 2013
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Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1: English; Dolby Digital: Italian, German, Castilian, Thai, Turkish
Subtitles: English, Castilian, Complexe Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Norwegian, Portuguese (PT-PT), Swedish, Thai, Turkish
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mortal Kombat review, 11 Mar. 2013
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This is possibly the best video-game to movie adaption. Not just because it's actually very faithful to its source material but because its just a heap of fun whether you know anything about the franchise or not.

The basics are that the Gods made a deal that a tournament be held every generation between participants from different dimensions and only if the outrealm's team wins 10 tournaments in a row can they invade our dimension. Stupid right? but this basic premise allows a collection of easily defined hero's, a martial arts movie star wanting to be a real hero, a female cop and an all around bad-ass, to take on inter-dimensional ninjas and monsters in fights to the death. Shakespeare it is not but fun it is. The acting and dialogue are superbly cheesey, the villains ridiculously scowly and the fighting suitably over the top and gruesome, well you know considering the age and the reliance on models rather than graphics. If anything though, this aged look adds to the appeal. The four-armed Goro is fantastically entertaining not just despite but actually because of his animation.

Its simple really. You want a pulpy camp over the top action flick, here you go. Its fun, its not taking itself serious, it does fighting well, the sets are actually pretty good and its short enough to maintain even the most fidgety of people.

The Final Word: Entertainment, that's what we look to films for so how can you go wrong with a film this fun. It's not clever, it's not winning any awards but it's a good night in.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Supprisingly Good, 2 Aug. 2001
This review is from: Mortal Kombat [DVD] [1995] (DVD)
For those of you that like a fantasy movie this is for you, the music and fight scenes are worthy of the origional game. Good adrenaline movie.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MORRRTAAAL KOMBAAAAT!!!...Sorry, Mrs.Madeupname. I'll Try And Keep It Down, 28 Nov. 2011
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This review is from: Mortal Kombat [DVD] [1995] (DVD)
Mortal Kombat. The movie. Released in 1995. Wanna read my review on it? OK, but there's something you need to know. Mortal Kombat is based on the video game series of the same name. If you think Sonya is that ugly bird who use to appear in Eastenders, and the term "Finish him" means a girl breaking up with a guy, then you've clearly got a lot of catching up to do. And now it's time for a synopsis.

An evil dude by the name of Shang Tsung and his minions from the realm of Outworld have set up a once-in-a-generation fighting tournament called Mortal Kombat. Outworld has beaten Earth in nine straight tournaments, and if they win a tenth they get to take over Earth's realm, and thus us current inhabitants will be completely f*****.

The fate of the Earth lies in the hands of three individuals who have entered Mortal Kombat for different reasons. Johnny Cage (Linden Ashby) is a movie actor who wants to prove that he's not a fake and that he can fight for real; Sonya Blade (Bridgette Wilson) is a beautiful-but-tough soldier who wants to get her hands on another fighter, Kano, for killing her partner; and Liu Kang (Robin Shou), a martial artist who wants to avenge the death of his brother by killing Shang Tsung. Under the guidance of the god of lightening, Raiden (Christopher Lambert), the fighters must mentally prepare themselves for the fight of their lives.

The action in this movie is fast paced, and there are fights aplenty. Anyone who enjoys playing the MK video games (particularly those who STILL have a copy of the first game on the Mega Drive or SNES!) will be pleased to see all their favourite fighters in action, including Sub-Zero and Scorpion. Their only disappointment will be that Raiden doesn't fight. It's against immortal rules, apparently. The movie also manages to throw in a few humourous moments, including a really good bit at the end of the fight between Sonya and Kano. A genius bit of scripting if I say so myself!

One criticism I have about the Mortal Kombat movie is the lack of familiar star-studded names. With the exception of Christopher Lambert who was in the Highlander movies, there's virtually no one here you'll recognize. This makes the movie difficult to recommend to those who love their extremely high profile acting talent. I mean who here actually knows Talisa Soto (who plays Kitana) and sends her fan mail? Mind you, she does look great in that tight partially-leathered outfit she sports.

Mortal Kombat is hardly Oscar-winning material. But with plenty of beat-'em-up thrills and an awesome techno dance theme tune, this is ideal for those who live and breathe the MK franchise. As for those who don't...well...it still provides plenty of kick-backside fights, so you've got at least one reason to look at this DVD.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The game comes to life on the big screen., 26 July 2003
This review is from: Mortal Kombat [DVD] [1995] (DVD)
This film is excellent if you've played the game & seen this movie you'll notice it looks & feels like the 2 have morphed together into one. The film takes nearly everything out of the game from characters to the story's plot and add's a techno beat soundtrack and that's it oh not forgetting the awsome fighting sequences.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, 5 July 2014
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Quick delivery very pleased had it on vhs now I have it on dvd best mortal kombat movie out of the two they made .
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