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Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge 4K UHD Review

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“Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge” is a pleasant surprise.

Based on the hit video game franchise “Mortal Kombat,” “Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge” is a new WB Animation 80 minute feature film. The story begins with Hanzo Hasashi’s wife and son being killed by Sub-Zero. Hanzo himself is also killed and is sent to the Netherrealm. It is here where Hanzo strikes a deal with the powerful Quan Chi. Quan Chi convinces Hanzo (who now dubs himself Scorpion) to fight in the tournament so he can exact revenge against Sub-Zero, but, in reality, Quan Chi has his own nefarious plans. The other major storyline involves Johnny Cage, Sonya Blade, and Lu-Kang fighting for the Earth realm which could be in great peril if they fail to win the tournament. 

As anyone knows, the history of video game movies is littered with bad, bad movies. For whatever reason, it has been a great challenge for filmmakers to translate games to the big or small screen. It is a great surprise then that director Ethan Spaulding’s “Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge” turns out to be a bloody good time. And I mean bloody! For those thinking this will be a watered down version of MK, it’s not. This is a hard R movie with fatalities, x-ray kills, spraying blood, flying limbs, and plenty of guts being spilled. This movie is not just non-stop action and violence though as Jeremy Adams script is largely a character centric story. While Scorpion may be the titular character, it’s a little strange that it’s not entirely his movie. He gets pushed aside at times in favor of the Earth Realm combatants. That’s not a bad thing per say, it’s just a little strange that the story takes over the movie. Worry not though as there’s still plenty of Scorpion to be had. His story also eventually connects to Johnny Cage and co. too

On the subject of the script, it was nice to see Spaulding and Adams do their  own thing with this movie while also staying true to the games. Viewers can expect plenty of easter eggs, familiar faces (Goro, Reptile, Jax to name a few), and even some similarities to the original MK movie. 

While the voice cast was solid across the board, it needs to be said that Joel McHale was inspired casting as the ego-centric blabbermouth Johnny Cage. He really embodied that character.

Overall Thoughts: Given that the ending clearly sets up another, I hope we get to see more MK Legends down the line as this first installment was a pulse-pounding good time.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 178:1 2160p. How does it look? The quality animation and bright colors really pop with this 4K transfer.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Every bone crack and punch is unleashed to the fullest effect with this 5.1 track. 

Extras:
* Blu-ray copy
* Digital copy
* WB trailers
* “The Savage Sound Design of Mortal Kombat Legends”- Self-explanatory
* “Mortal Kombatants”- A featurette on the characters in the film.
* “Mortal Kombat Legends: From Epic Game To Extreme Animation”- A featurette on this new animated film, the fight sequences, the comparisons and differences to the games, and more.
* “The Weapons, Wardrobe and World of Mortal Kombat Legends”- Again, the title says it all.
* Commentary by writer Jeremy Adams and producer Rick Morales.

May 30, 2020 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , , , , , , ,

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