Mortal Kombat Movies Gain Blu-Ray Release In Time For New Video Game
By Jessica Grabert
I don’t get movies based on video games. This isn’t to say I hate them, necessarily, I guess I just don’t understand how the premise for a movie based on a video game comes about. Who gets excited about a story of that nature? Who greenlights a video game project? How does a character go from a computer simulation to a living, breathing character? I get movies about people who appreciate video game culture. I don’t necessarily like them, as is the case with Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, but at least I understand where they are coming from. With video game movies, there’s a much bigger disconnect.
The biggest problem facing movies based on video games is the films in a series all often run together. They hardly distinguish themselves in anyone’s memory, and they are frequently more quickly forgotten than the latest children’s toy fad. Case in point: the second Tomb Raider film has yet to be released on Blu-Ray. Warner Home Video just recently announced Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation for Blu-Ray release on April 19th, and I bet if I polled 100 people, most of them wouldn’t remember when these films originally came out. I’d also bet a certain faction of people would mix these titles up with the Resident Evil franchise, but that's a horse of a different color.
So you certainly won’t get confused, both flicks will be packaged with their respective theatrical trailers, as well as the trailer for the upcoming Mortal Kombat video game. A coupon will also be available that will allow buyers access to a “Jade character costume download” for anyone who is buying a copy for the Playstation 3. Finally, a digital copy of the film will be included.
Though the titles come out on the same day, be aware they will need to be bought -- or avoided -- separately.