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Mortal Kombat: Legacy(TV) (2011)
An adaptation of the fictional universe of the Mortal Kombat video game franchise. The show's premise originated with the short film entitled Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, portraying the original game's story in a realistic way and it became a web series.
For more about Mortal Kombat: Legacy and the Mortal Kombat: Legacy Blu-ray release, see Mortal Kombat: Legacy Blu-ray Review published by Kenneth Brown on November 8, 2011 where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.
Starring: Aaron Helbing, Michael Jai White, Jeri Ryan, Darren Shahlavi, Matt Mullins, Samantha Tjhia
Director: Kevin Tancharoen
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Mortal Kombat: Legacy Blu-ray Review
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Reviewed by Kenneth Brown, November 8, 2011
It never ceases to amaze me when someone with a credit card, an open weekend, a few connections and some cinematic know-how earns the full attention of a major studio, drums up tremendous buzz and support, and pulls off something like Mortal Kombat: Legacy. It doesn't happen very often and it doesn't always work, but when it does, it can be very, very exciting. Legacy isn't perfect -- some of its shorts have proven to be as divisive as they are daring -- and director, man with a dream, and fanboy on a mission Kevin Tancharoen doesn't exactly make an airtight case for resurrecting Mortal Kombat on the big screen. That said, the sheer passion and potential on display in Legacy's nine episodes is, at the very least, intriguing and, if all turns out well, an experiment in project-pitching and studio green-lighting that will pay off big for Tancharoen, fans of the videogame series, and the Mortal Kombat franchise as a whole.
What began as a self-financed risk (Mortal Kombat: Rebirth) spawned a nine-episode "season" of Machinima.com shorts (Mortal Kombat: Legacy) and, as of September, has officially become a movie-in-the-making (the as yet untitled Mortal Kombat reboot film, due sometime in 2013). Favorite fighters face off to the death (or near-death), fun character cameos await diehard videogame players, and some genuinely surprising (and crafty) twists, turns and tweaks to the MK formula keep things fairly fresh and fierce. Not every short beats and bloodies its kombatants as brutally and beautifully as the next, nor does each one stack up as well as the last. But Legacy doesn't suffer any shortage of ideas, and Tancharoen succeeds on almost every level, even when he drifts farther and farther away from the relative safety of the long-standing Mortal Kombat mythos. Episodes include:
Mortal Kombat: Legacy Blu-ray, Video Quality
Legacy's 1080p/AVC-encoded video presentation looks much better than I expected it to. Between Tancharoen's budgetary constraints and the series' home on Machinima.com's YouTube channel, I have to admit didn't exactly have high hopes. Fortunately, Warner doesn't seem to have spared any expense, bringing Mortal Kombat: Legacy to Blu-ray in spectacular fashion. Colors are as bold, bloody and, when the forces of Outworld press in, as bleak as they should be. Skintones are nicely saturated, primaries sizzle, the sticky red stuff has a suitably visceral pop, and black levels are nice and deep (albeit a bit overpowering at times). Detail is quite good too -- textures strike fast, edges draw blood, and delineation obscures and reveals with filmic ease, even if some VFX-heavy sequences are prone to several inconsistencies, some softness and an assortment of (presumably inherent) digital anomalies. (All of which is at its worst in the "Kitana and Mileena" episodes.) The encode itself, though, appears to be sound. I noticed a few instances of errant artifacting and banding, but nothing that struck me as terribly distracting. And any other issue, again, is attributable to the series' source, nothing more. Legacy looks great, better than it ever did online. Sit back, press start and play... ahem, watch away.
Mortal Kombat: Legacy Blu-ray, Audio Quality
Warner's DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track holds its own as well, punchy sound design and all. Dialogue is clean and clear, without any lost lines, battered bellows or wilting whispers to speak of. Low-end output has kick, body blows and uppercuts connect, gunfire blares and the occasional explosion makes its presence known. The LFE channel favors volume over finesse, sure, but the series' action already trumps its drama, so no one should be surprised. Likewise, rear speaker activity is more aggressive than it is legitimately involving, but for a modestly budgeted web series, it packs more heat than most might expect. And, really, that's what Legacy and the majority of its AV presentation hinges on: expectation. So long as you're willing to shrug off a few missed opportunities along the way, Mortal Kombat: Legacy's lossless track won't disappoint.
Mortal Kombat: Legacy Blu-ray, Special Features and Extras
Mortal Kombat: Legacy Blu-ray, Overall Score and Recommendation
Mortal Kombat: Legacy could have been a bloody mess. Instead, Tancharoen pulls off a devastating combo and keeps his head firmly attached to his shoulders. Some shorts are much better than others, but Tancharoen's passion bleeds through again and again, making Legacy well worth watching. And while you can certainly watch it all for free online, there's simply no better way to experience Mortal Kombat: Legacy than on Blu-ray. With a strong video presentation, an able-bodied DTS-HD Master Audio track, and a small but satisfying selection of featurettes, Warner's Blu-ray release justifies the cost of high definition admission.
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• Mortal Kombat: Legacy II Blu-ray - July 7, 2014
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced the Blu-ray release of Kevin Tancharoen's Mortal Kombat: Legacy II. The second season of the Machima web series is a further adaptation of the popular Mortal Kombat videogame franchise, and streets on October 14th.
• Mortal Kombat: Legacy Blu-ray - August 11, 2011
Warner Bros. has revealed that it will give the webseries, Mortal Kombat: Legacy a Blu-ray release on November 8th. The series, which stemmed from a low budget YouTube production by Kevin Tancharoen will have its nine episodes brought to high definition with a ...
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