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Saturday, December 17, 2005

Mortal Kombat....

As I was tooling around tonight on Google Video, I came across a Mortal Kombat theme music video. I didn't think highly of the vid, but it did make me think about Mortal Kombat The Movie.

In case you didn't know, MK:tM is the best videogame-based movie ever. EVER. Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson (who went on to do Soldier, but later lost his touch), MK had excellent fights, fun characters, and cool music.

I've always argued that the reason Mortal Kombat is such a fun film is because it's a remake of Enter the Dragon. As far as I know, that notion is not on the net, so if you see it somewhere else after reading this, then you'll know they copied it from me.

  • Both films focus on a martial arts tournament on an isolated island.
  • Both films have the lead character seeking revenge for the death of their sibling by someone running the tourney.
  • Both films feature the brash American fighter who lays the smack down when he needs to.
  • Both films have the main character come from a Shaolin-esque monastery.
  • Both films have a conflict onboard the ship enroute to the island.
  • Both films have the main character sneaking around trying to find out what is really going on and getting in trouble when doing so.

There's more, but that's a quick list I can come up with off the top of my head.

The current Mortal Kombat DVD that's available isn't bad; but it isn't great either. Certainly the best film from a specific genre deserves a better release, right? New Line (who owns and distributed the film and DVD) is not in the habit of re-releasing DVDs. In fact, other than their Lord of the Rings Extended Special Edition DVDs, it's nigh-unheard of. However, there's evidence to believe that maybe they're changing their minds.

On January 3, 2006, New Line is re-releasing Dumb and Dumber on DVD. Both the Mortal Kombat DVD and the original Dumb and Dumber DVD came out around the same time from New Line; could they possibly be considering MK for the same treatment?

Here's hoping they are.

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