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#1 BigMcLargeHuge

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 02:04 PM

I'm sure plenty of people will write about all the character storylines the HDTGM gang didn't get, but to be honest even though I've played every game I still never quite understood the mythology.

What I wanted to bring up is that there is a somewhat interesting series of connections I discovered between the Mortal Kombat and the Street Fighter movies and games. This takes a few steps, but bare with me.

* Midway Games highers Ed Boon and three other programmers to create a fighting arcade game that will beat out the popularity of the arcade classic Street Fighter II. Boon came up with the idea to make a fighting game based on the Jean Claude van Damme film Bloodsport which would featuring digitized versions of van Damme and other actors. Van Damme did work with Boon's team for a short time but ultimately backed out to work for another video game that was never released, causing the team to shift focus and ultimately create Mortal Kombat with the work they had already put into the Bloodsport game. On a side note Johnny Cage is actually a parody of van Damme as Boon said that van Damme was an huge arrogant asshole.

* Mortal Kombat becomes a huge hit and spawns a film franchise. Van Damme is offered a part in the film, but takes a role in the Street Fighter movie, possibly as a fuck you to Boon for the Johnny Cage character, though it's probably unlikely.

* As a tie in to the Street Fighter movie, an arcade game based on the film was made. The game featured the same gameplay as Street Fighter II but featured digitized actors from the Street Fighter film in place of the usual characters, and yes Van Damme portrayed one of the digitized fighters.

So van Damme's refusal to be in a video game cause him to inadvertently create Mortal Kombat which featured a parody of himself and then he ended up actually being a playable character in a tie game for Mortal Kombat's then biggest competitor. Wrap your head around that.

#2 imhatch

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 02:17 PM

another correction, can't believe it hasn't been corrected over the years: it is actually spelled "combat." god bless

#3 Rattrap007

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 02:28 PM

CORRECTION: Jax was Sonya's Cop partner back in the raid and on the docks. The other black guy on the island was merely another well known martial artist Johnny knew.

#4 IHugKittens

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 04:12 PM

I would AGAIN like to point out that the popular Mortal Kombat main theme that you all love is actually a rip off of a 1992 Eurodance song by 2 Unlimited called Twilight Zone:



Come on, at least give these guys SOME credit...

#5 SLeBlanc

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 04:59 PM

I loved Mortal Kombat, since I was like 13 when it came out, but I had a hard time with this one even for nostalgia purposes. The thing for people who didn't play the game much is that the story was just a basic shell to provide some backdrop. It is not like the game relied on the story, or it played much more than providing some context to their look or finishing moves. What I didn't expect is how much the call backs to the game bothered me (and I even think teenage me had a similar thought). Shang Tsung saying "fatality" or Scorpion yelling "Get over here!!" just seemed so forced and awful.

PS, I have no idea how Paul was able to not get the pronunciation for Shang Tsung right, it was only said in the movie about 2.7 million times.

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 05:52 PM

I think you guys are giving the video game way too much credit. I've seen plenty of video games get maligned by Hollywood (including the aforementioned Final Fantasy), but Mortal Kombat stays relatively close to the source material - it's all one big cheesy fight scene after another. Still, I liked this movie a lot better than Street Fighter.

Here's one fun fact though: this isn't the director's only video game franchise. After the success of Mortal Kombat, director Paul W.S. Anderson went on to do the "Resident Evil" film franchise, which unlike "Mortal Kombat", does have gamers in an uproar for straying from the source material.

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 07:14 AM

In regards the Goro's suit; the costume was not just two guys standing on top of each other. The top half was a very intricate 120 pound puppet. The top arms were also not linked to the suit performers arms, but controlled remotely by a separate puppeteer using telemetry controls where the puppet would mimic their movements.



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#8 RikkiHo

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 11:06 AM

A few notes on the portrayal of Sonya Blade:
  • In the beginning scene where she and Jax raid the dance club, they gun-butt nearly 80% of the people there. For dancing.
  • Bridgette Sampras' choreography for the pool fight in Billy Madison was more convincing than her battle with Kano. She falls on her ass after throwing a high kick and is standing completely sideways the entire time. Doesn't she look uncomfortable? I'm not just referring to the shorts and the abundance of sand.
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Posted 29 January 2014 - 11:15 AM

My two favorite things that were missed:

1) Raiden's haughtily chuckles at everything he says and then quickly apologizes. Touched on the "sorry" on the podcast, but the laugh is golden! Never underestimate a god who can laugh at his own jokes before realizing how dumb they sound.

2) Goro's biggest fans were two shirtless identical twins who shout in unison "GORO" while staring into each others eyes. They are front row to all of his fights.

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 12:42 PM

Correction: Mortal Kombat was an awful game. A step above Pit Fighter.
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#11 Ninja Terror

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 01:30 PM

One omission I would have liked to hear about was when Johnny Cage broke out some Gymkata moves when fighting Scorpion on the catwalk. How is it ever a good idea to run towards someone spinning around a high bar?

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 04:46 PM

I might have missed this, but if not, I can't believe it was omitted. So you're gonna laugh and then apologize at your own weird joke/prophecy?!



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Posted 29 January 2014 - 06:06 PM

View PostSneedle Vision, on 29 January 2014 - 04:46 PM, said:


I might have missed this, but if not, I can't believe it was omitted. So you're gonna laugh and then apologize at your own weird joke/prophecy?!




Woah!!! That laugh at the 39 seconds mark!!! Now I know where Tommy Wiseau from "The Room" learned it from...



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Posted 29 January 2014 - 10:51 PM

View PostRikkiHo, on 29 January 2014 - 11:06 AM, said:

  • In the beginning scene where she and Jax raid the dance club, they gun-butt nearly 80% of the people there. For dancing.

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 12:38 PM

Can someone with internet saavy GIF Sonya cocking the shotgun?

Also from IMDB:

Chris Casamassa was to reprise his role as Scorpion, but he was committed to do stunt work in Batman & Robin (1997).


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Posted 30 January 2014 - 04:01 PM

The guy who played Sub-Zero (Francois Petit) can also be seen in the documentary "Beyond the Mat", as the head doctor for WWE.

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 09:45 PM

View PostMaximiliano, on 29 January 2014 - 06:06 PM, said:



Woah!!! That laugh at the 39 seconds mark!!! Now I know where Tommy Wiseau from "The Room" learned it from...




it's uncanny how much that laugh is like Christopher Lamberts, maybe he modeled it after him.

#18 Dumesday

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 05:20 AM

I apologize if this has been brought up already but I haven't seen it yet. The creators of the game Mortal Kombat based Raiden off of a character from John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China.




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Posted 31 January 2014 - 08:13 AM

Is there a way to qualify for this tournament, or do you just show up? Obviously Tsung tricks Johnny Cage into entering. But Liu Kang enters/shows up to avenge his brother. And in Sonya Blade's case, she just chases Kano onto the ship and simply shows up to this Island and randomly is in the competition. This competition is supposed to hold some world changing significance yet people that just seem to show up are a part of it!?

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 09:18 AM

I'm pretty sure they did discuss that.