DVD, Blu-Ray, and Video Game Releases: April 19th – Mortal Kombat and More!

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It is Mortal Kombat week as the new video game arrives from Warner Bros. Taking advantage of the buzz, the two theatrical films based on the game are being re-released on Blu-ray as well.

The first Mortal Kombat was directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and stars Christopher Lambert, Robin Shou, Linden Ashby and Bridgette Wilson while the sequel, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, was directed by John R. Leonetti and stars Robin Shou, Talisa Soto and James Remar.

If you need help with the gameplay, don’t forget the Mortal Kombat Prima Official Game Guide, both paperback and hardcover editions.

Don’t fret; there are a couple other less-than-notable horror titles dropping this week, too. You can decide for yourselves if Tokyo Gore Police and Hyenas are worth the space on your library shelf.

Mortal Kombat (Video Game)Mortal Kombat (Video Game)

By Warner Bros

The newest chapter of the iconic fighting franchise marks a triumphant return to the series’ mature presentation and a reinvention of its classic 2D fighting mechanic. In addition, Mortal Kombat introduces a number of new game-play features including tag team and a deeper story mode. Players can choose from an extensive lineup of the game’s renowned warriors and challenge their friends in traditional 1 vs. 1 matches or take on several new game modes.

Buy the XBOX 360 Game; or
Playstation 3 Game; or
XBOX 360 Kollector’s Edition; or
Playstation 3 Kollector’s Edition; or
XBOX 360 Tournament Edition.

Mortal Kombat Kollector's Edition: Prima Official Game GuideMortal Kombat Kollector’s Edition: Prima Official Game Guide [Hardcover]

By Adam Hernandez, Jason Wilson

– Making a big return to mature presentation and classic 2D fighting engine
– Captivating storyline that rewrites history of the Mortal Kombat Tournament
– State-of-the art technology showcasing stunning 3D environments, characters
– Re-invigorating the franchise with new multiplayer components
– First fighting game to be displayed in Stereoscopic 3D
Kollector’s Edition:
– All content from regular edition book
– Exclusive theme song from Teenage Riot Records
– Behind the Music – Exclusive interviews with the theme song artists
– Tournament caliber strategy for the serious tournament players
– Inside NetherRealm Studio feature
– Massive concept art section
– Laminated move reference cards for all characters
– Character histories with Fatality gallery and warrior evolution
– Embossed Hardcover with special foil logo

Buy the Hardcover Kollector’s Edition or the regular Paperback Edition.

Mortal Kombat (1995) on DVDMortal Kombat (1995)

Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson
Starring Christopher Lambert, Robin Shou, Linden Ashby, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Bridgette Wilson

Lord Rayden has rescued them, but he cannot fight for them. They – a martial artist, an action film star, a soldier – are the chosen three. And while the world’s fate rests on their shoulders, the rest of us can enjoy the thrills as they compete to save us all in the body-slamming, mystical-tinged, full-tilt spectacle of creatures and conflict that is Mortal Kombat. Paul Anderson (Resident Evil: Afterlife) directs this astonishing and trend-setting experience that showed how to turn a smash-hit video game into a movie smash.

Buy the Blu-ray.

Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997) on DVDMortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)

Directed by John R. Leonetti
Starring Robin Shou, Talisa Soto, Sandra Hess, Chris Conrad, Brian Thompson, Lynn Red Williams, James Remar

While Liu Kang led his warriors Princess Kitana, Sonya Blade, Rayden, and Johnny Cage to victory, and the safety of the world seemed certain, no one counted on the treachery of Shao-Kahn, the evil Emperor of the Outerworld, who has a new plan to overtake the Earth. Shao-Kahn has discovered a portal between Earth and Outerworld, and if it stays open for seven days, the two worlds will merge, with Shao-Kahn controlling both planets.

Buy the Blu-ray.

Tokyo Gore Police on DVDTokyo Gore Police (REVIEW)

Directed by Yoshihiro Nishimura
Starring Eihi Shiina, Itsuji Itao, Shoko Nakahara, Sayako Nakoshi

In the near future, the Tokyo Police Corporation is locked in a bloody war with the engineers, genetically modified super-criminals who can bio-fuse their open wounds with weapons, turning self-mutilation into a combat form. Ruka is now the top hunter. With cold-blooded efficiency she cuts through the psychotic engineers and tracks down their home base, a truly bizarre fetish club. Nothing keeps her from her sworn duty to destroy the homicidal mutants and avenge her father s death. Listen to the Exclusive Live Commentary.

Buy the Blu-ray.

Hyenas on DVD Hyenas (REVIEW)

Directed by Eric Weston
Christa Campbell, Costas Mandylor, Rudolf Martin, Joshua Alba, Meshach Taylor

Gannon, a man whose family was brutally murdered, returns to the scene of the crime to find justice for his family while seeking his revenge. With the recruitment of the town’s hunter, Gannon learns of a growing breed that hunts in packs waiting to eat you alive. Together they will stop at nothing to bring this growing breed to extinction.

Buy the Blu-ray.

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