May 4th, 2009
9:51 AM CST -
This week's video was pointed out by none other than Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon via Twitter. In it, Giant Bomb's Ryan Davis discusses the first Mortal Kombat movie in the latest installment of This Ain't No Game (TANG). In TANG, Ryan dissects video game to movie translations and point out the good, bad and ugly side of each of them. For Mortal Kombat the movie, Ryan discusses how the movie still surprisingly stands up fifteen years later, despite it's shortcomings and cheesiness.

Check the video review out below:

I personally think Mortal Kombat is one of the better video game to movie translations, and agree completely with Ryan's views. I'm actually still waiting for the movie to be released on the Blu-ray HD format, hopefully with some well deserved bonus materials. But I wont hold my breath.

There is also constant talk of a third movie, Mortal Kombat: Devastation which will ignore the previous movies and "reboot the series." I don't hold out a lot of hope for that, but would love to be surprised. Lucky for us fans, the series would LIKELY be distributed by New Line Cinema again which is owned by Warner Bros. which has a great track record of allowing film makers to stick to the source material.

Come back next Mortal Movie Monday for another great video. We're always looking for great clips to showcase, so don't forget to suggest us a future video to be featured.
May 11th, 2009
11:07 AM CST -
After last week's review of the Mortal Kombat movie I figured it was time to continue the trend. This time we have what appears to be a rarely seen music video of the song Juke Joint Jezebel by KMFDM from the highly successful Mortal Kombat Movie soundtrack. This video appears to be an official video of the song, due to it's unique live footage of the band, but never got much airplay and thusly hasn't been seen much.

Thanks goes out to ]{0mbat from MortalKombatOnline for this great find. We're always looking for great clips to showcase, so don't forget to suggest us a future video to be featured. Come back next Mortal Movie Monday for another Kompelling video.
May 18th, 2009
12:34 PM CST -
This week's Mortal Movie Monday feature is another fan made 2D throwback like the Mortal Kombat vs Street Fighter series we did before. This time the video created by Red-Lantern of Newgrounds is called Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe in 2D. It features re-enacts Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe but all in an 2D art style similar to that of Mortal Kombat 3 era. It also features a few cameos from other characters from Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe. It's a fun watch, and a nice take on the game in a new style.

Thanks goes out to Snow from the TRMK Forums for this great find. We're always looking for great clips to showcase, so don't forget to suggest us a future video to be featured. Come back next Mortal Movie Monday for another Kompelling video.
May 21st, 2009
10:30 AM CST -

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Well looks like the rumors of Midway being bid on by Warner Brothers were true. Official word from Midway today that they have accepted a Stalking Horse bid of $33 million USD on the company by Warner Brothers. This would be the starting the bidding process for the sale of the company's assets. This doesn't mean Warner Brothers has purchased Midway, just means that they are the initial bidder in a auction that will go on over the next few months once bidding is started by the bankruptcy court. Also of note, their bid is $3M higher than the $30M that Midway estimated. We wouldn't be surprised if the final sale price is over the $33 million bid once the auction is closed.

It's unclear what is part of the sale, but it's for sure the Mortal Kombat franchise along with most of the company's US assets, including their Chicago offices. It does exclude a few parts things like the San Diego and UK studios along with the TNA Impact franchises. But I'd assume all their IP, including those gained from the purchase of Atari Games is included. Here is what the press release had to say about that.

Company's U.S. assets including its Mortal Kombat franchise and its development studios in Chicago and Seattle for a purchase price of $33,000,000, subject to adjustment as of the closing for changes in inventory, plus the agreed value of the Company's U.S. account receivables. The agreement does not include the Company’s development studio in San Diego and the TNA franchise games, nor does it include the Company’s development studio in Newcastle which had developed the Company's recently released Wheelman game.

You can read more details in the press release here. We will update as we learn more.

Updated 5/28/2009
Midway released a press release today detailing the time frame of the bidding process. All the bidding will take place in June, and a winning bidder will be chosen in early July. After which the sale will probably take some time to close and finalize, so the next two months will be very interesting indeed. But it sounds like development of Mortal Kombat 9 will likely continue under the new ownership.

Midway recently announced a "stalking horse" asset purchase agreement, which is expected to receive court approval, subject to higher or better bids, in a hearing on June 2, 2009. Following this hearing, there will be a period during which Midway, through its financial advisor, Lazard, will accept binding offers up to June 24th, 2009, to acquire some or all of the Company's assets. An auction will be held on June 29th to determine the bid or combination of bids that achieves the highest value, followed by a court hearing to approve the sale to the winning bidder or bidders on July 1st, and then a final closing. All bids must comply with the bid procedures order to be issued at the hearing on June 2, 2009.

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