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MORTAL KOMBAT: ANNIHILATION

One has to ask themselves, how good can a sequel to a movie based on a video game be? But then again, if you’re looking to show off your home theater system, MORTAL KOMBAT: ANNIHILATION ($25) is as good as it needs to be. The virtually nonexistent plot concerns the evil ruler of another realm, who plans to merge the Earth with his own world. Saving the Earth and humanity falls to the band martial arts fighters who defeated fighters from the other realm in the first film. MORTAL KOMBAT: ANNIHILATION is filled from end to end with non-stop martial arts fight sequences and good looking special effects. It’s juvenile fun, although those with a well-equipped Home theater system will find it a pleasant diversion. The cast of MORTAL KOMBAT: ANNIHILATION features Robin Shou, Talisa Soto, James Remar and Brian Thompson.

New Line Home Video offers MORTAL KOMBAT: ANNIHILATION on DVD in both wide screen and full frame presentations. Both presentations appear similar in color and detail. The full frame version has a bit more information at the top and bottom of the frame and makes for an acceptable viewing experience. The Letterboxed version restores the film’s 1.85:1 theatrical framing, in addition to containing the anamorphic enhancement for wide screen television. Image quality on this DVD is top notch; sharp, crisp and well detailed. Color reproduction is also excellent with its richly saturated hues reproducing without color noise or distortion. MPEG-2 compression artifacts remained in check throughout the presentation.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtrack was in a word: LOUD! If you want to subject your system to a track that will put it through its paces, this is it. Sound comes at you from every channel; directionality of this track is superior, as is bass reproduction. Quite moments were virtually nonexistent on the track. However, dialogue remained clear and intelligible throughout, despite what was going on in the other channels. Other soundtrack options include a matrixed Dolby Surround compatible track as well as a French 5.1 channel track. Subtitles are available in English and French.

The very cool interactive menus are animated and feature access to a theatrical trailer, biographies of the characters, 3-D computer models, character sketches, scene designs and a "jump to a fight" scene access sub-menu.

Once again, New Line Home Video pulls out all the stops to create a terrific DVD. Recommended for kids, DVD junkies or anyone who wants to show off their sound system.

 
MORTAL KOMBAT: ANNIHILATION 



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DVD reviews are Copyright 1998 THE CINEMA LASER and may not be copied or reprinted without the written consent of the publisher.
THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.


 

 

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