Super Mario Bros ‘The Movie’ Blu-ray review

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Super Mario Bros was released in 1996 with an all-star cast that included Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo and Dustin Hoffman. Re-released in 2014 and it get’s a shiny Blu-ray revamp.

The plot

What would be known as Brooklyn, New York in the Jurassic period, the land is full of plentiful vegetation and Dinosaurs.
A giant meteorite crashes into the Earth wiping out most of the Dinosaurs. For the ones that survived, they were fortunate to be sucked into a parallel dimension where over millions of years they evolved into human-like beings.
With the parallel dimension still in existence, the species have found it could be a way for them to return to the dimension they began their life in.

King Kooper the leader of the parallel dimension discovers there is a key to merge the two dimensions together.
He sends his two cousins and henchman tasked with finding the key that a woman named Daisy has in her possession. Daisy is kidnapped and the Mario Bros find themselves accidentally finding their way into the parallel dimension when they are in pursuit of the kidnap to rescue Daisy.

The Mario Bros are in new and unfamiliar surroundings. They are tasked with dealing with peculiar locals, breaking out of prison, saving the Princess Daisy and trying to stop King Kooper from getting his hands on the key that will permanently merge the two dimensions.

The original movie

Hailed as the worst video game inspired movies made it did not do so well at its time of release, though it did gain a small cult type following.
It was slated for mostly not following the popular Nintendo entertainment system video game it was inspired by.
In its defence, most 90’s films did not age well and even some of the best films of the 90’s would not look so great if you watched them now.
For its time, the creature modelling and costume was fantastic and would still fit in with movies and TV programmes of today’s standards.

The Blu-ray version

As soon as the logos of the companies tied to the film start to appear on the screen you can already see a vast improvement in picture quality. Far more vibrant and smoother.
Unless you had the original and Blu-ray version next to each other for comparison, you may not appreciate just how well it has been remastered.
Though there is a slight grain texture on the Blu-ray version it is a triumph over the original movie quality and brings the movie up to date with more recent films.
Using some of the latest technology and graphics the SFX really shine and compliment the film and action well.

 

 

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The reputation of the original movie has tarnished the film and there is so much more that could have been done. However opening up your mind and seeing the film for what it is and disregarding the video game connection, the movie is much better than people give it credit for and entertaining.
With the Blu-ray enhancements, it is definitely worth rewatching and enjoying the film in a light hearted way fun way it comes across.

The late Bob Hoskins as Mario Mario actually looks and sounds quite the part, while John Leguizamo plays a questionable Luigi Mario. Though you could argue with an accent and a mustache he may have played a much better convincing part.

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Special features include the making of the movie. A 60 minute documentary of new interviews with the directors, producer actor John Leguizamo and much more. The original electronic press kit and behind-the-scenes and storyboard galleries.

Super Mario Bros Blu-ray edition is out now RRP: £19.99 DVD version RRP: £15.99

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