Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Nerdversity Reviews: Mortal Kombat - The Journey Begins

Mortal Kombat was a hugely successful arcade game that spawned a lot of controversy at time for it's graphic video game violence, which saw fighters killing each other in spectacular "Fatality" moves. This prompted the creation of the ESRB, as well as seeing a hugely hated censored SNES port. However, in 1995, the game had been popular enough to get a live action movie made. 

Released in the late spring of 1995, ahead of the movie, The Journey Begins was first released on Laserdisc and VHS. It runs for just under an hour. Serving as a prequel to the movie, it was animated by Turner Entertainment and released by Threshold Entertainment. The front cover is largely plain and features the logo on a red background.

The movie opens with Johnny Cage, Liu Kang and Sonya Blade on a junk in the middle of the ocean. Liu is meditating on a rock. Cage is seasick and Sonya is struggling to get her radio to work. She tries to find the captain and get a radio working, but is blocked by Sub-Zero. Shang Tsung appears and explains that they are now involved in Mortal Kombat, for the fate of Earth Realm. 

Shang Tsung's plan is to eradicate the three of the Earth Realmers. Without them, Outworld will have no opponents will win the 10th tournament, opening up the portal to Earth, where they can take over. Liu Kang and Sonya get into a fight with Sub-Zero, until he's joined by Scorpion. With our heroes on the ropes, they are saved by Rayden.

Rayden begins to explain the history of Shang Tsung, Goro and the tournament to the Earth Realm warriors. After they get to the Island, Rayden explains the origins of Sub-Zero, Lin-Kuei and Scorpion to them. 

After explaining everything they need to know about Shang Tsung, Goro, the tournament, Scorpion and Sub-Zero, Goro attacks yet again BEFORE the tournament, this time with Tarkatans, (baraka and clones), attempting to kill them before the tournament. Rayden intervenes again and calls out Shang Tsung and Goro before the screen fades to black.

The video promises a code for MK3. So what is it? the code for unlimited running. Despite being released on the Mortal Kombat movie blu-ray, this is absolutely horrible. The animation is sub-par for the era, the CGI just looks jerky and horrible, despite coming right off of Reboot and Toy Story. You can check this out on YouTube if you're interested.