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Mortal Kombat: Conquest - The Complete Series (1998 - 1999/Warner DVD Set)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: D Episodes: C+

Wham! Bam! Punch!

Classic video game fans unite with this nicely done DVD release from Warner Brothers bringing back the often times cheesy martial arts based television series Mortal Kombat: Conquest - The Complete Series, which originally aired on the TNT Network. In the wake of the new game coming out next month on all the next gen consoles, Mortal Kombat X, this show brings back all your favorite classic characters as they fight each other one on one. Sadly, this show never really caught on and ended up being only one 22 episode season (from 1998-1999). Regardless, its all here in this set in its narrow-vision glory.

"In each of us there burns a soul of a warrior. In every generation a few are chosen to prove it. Centuries ago, in a time of darkness and fury, that fate befell three strangers: A monk, Kung Lao; an exiled guard, Siro; and a thief, Taja; who have to defend our earth realm from the forces of Outworld. By fighting for their lives, by fighting for their honor and by fighting for their realm. In a tournament called Mortal Kombat".

Many centuries ago, Earth was an enchanting and desirable planet. Powerful and rich with natural resources, the vicious megalomaniac Shao Kahn wanted Earth as part of his growing collection of conquered realms known as Outworld. To protect Earth, Mortal Kombat, a tournament in which the fate of the planet is decided in battles between competitors from Earthrealm and Outworld, was created. Five hundred years in the past, the monk warrior Kung Lao defeated Shao Kahn's sorcerer, Shang Tsung. When Kung Lao spared his life, Kahn imprisoned Tsung in the cobalt mines.

Kung Lao now had to train the next generation of warriors, who would give their lives to save Earth. Kung Lao creates a partnership and friendship with two warriors: Siro, a former bodyguard, and Taja, an ex-thief. In the mysterious city of Zhuzin, Kung Lao and his new friends are guided and watched over by the thunder god Raiden. The three now battle various evils of both Outworld and Earthrealm, including an imprisoned Tsung, who swore eternal revenge on Kung Lao for his humiliating defeat, and the sultry and seductive Vorpax, who is also imprisoned in the mines and has an agenda of her own.

Presented in standard definition, the discs are in a 4:3/1.33 X 1 full frame aspect ratio as it was originally broadcast. The sound is mastered in a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track with English subtitles and SDH. The whopping runtime for this season is 970 minutes... that's a lot of martial arts butt kicking!

No extras sadly.

If you're a fan of the game and '90s television, then I would suggest checking this release out. Its fun to see this show again after so many years and I feel DVD is a fine format to view it in... no need for a high definition release.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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