November 24, 1997 |
Rule No. 1 of fantasy movies: Box office rules. The mortal world was saved for a generation in 1995, when Liu Kang (Robin Shou) defeated the champion of the Outworld in "Mortal Kombat," the movie. Case closed. Now, everyone, back to the video game to train for the next battle in, say, 20 years. The portal between the Realm of Earth and the Outworld was closed with the solemn promise that things would remain hunky-dory for Liu and his friends. Not so fast, pathetic humans.
August 22, 1995 |
The martial-arts action film "Mortal Kombat" surprised industry observers by grabbing the top spot in the weekly box-office race with $23.3 million in ticket sales. "Everybody underestimated the pull on it," said John Krier, who heads Exhibitor Relations Co., a firm that tracks box office. New Line officials said the film sold out during Thursday night sneaks, and was helped by an aggressive ad campaign and the fact that the film is based on a video game that is popular with kids.
September 7, 1995 |
In "Mortal Kombat," heroes and villains from the well-known martial-arts video game come together on a faraway, special-effects-heavy island to duke it out. Earth's only chance is if the good guys win. (Rated PG-13) Jackie Leighton, an 11-year-old from Garden Grove, thought there were a few hundred. His 9-year-old brother, Hayden, figured it was more like 6,000 or 7,000.
September 9, 1994 |
Taking a stand against excessive violence last fall, video game maker Nintendo of America brought out a toned-down version of the popular Mortal Kombat arcade game that did not depict bloodied or dismembered characters. What a difference a year makes. Mortal Kombat II, the sequel, arrives in stores today with "fatality moves" that allow players to slice and dice opponents.
October 19, 1995 |
In the video game Mortal Kombat, an advanced player can guide characters to lop off an opponent's head or rip out a nemesis' spinal cord. In "Mortal Kombat--Live on Stage," the audience will have to be content with choreographed martial arts, gymnastics, techno-pop music, lasers, video and illusion. None of these, by the way, involves drawing blood.
October 14, 1994 |
Here's how good Mortal Kombat II is: Put it in the ring with MKI, and the original gets carried out in a body bag. Yes, Mortal Kombat, which earned a place in the video game Hall of Fame (behind the lawn mower in my garage) both for general excellence and for pretty much single-handedly forcing the industry to implement a rating system, is history. Long live MKII! You remember Mortal Monday, when the first game was released. Well, Sept.