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16 June 2007 @ 10:47 am
Well I'll be damned  
The thing actually openedEarly.

Unless you consider that it was supposed to open last year.

Either way.... it's out.  Go figure.
Fred 2.0lqc on June 16th, 2007 09:47 pm (UTC)
Well I think it did open last year, just not in the US. I recall 'cause when we did video game rush I downloaded it via torrent from somewhere as potential background movie watching.
Idtechnomonkey on June 16th, 2007 10:04 pm (UTC)
Not terribly surprising. I think Shaolin Soccer had a similar story. For that one, they kept changing their minds on what language it would be released in out here (subbed or dubbed), then it would get delayed another four months while they switched it out.

So...considering that DOA has very little choice but to suck, is it at all worthwhile? =)
Fred 2.0lqc on June 16th, 2007 10:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Huh.
Well there's suck, there's Suck! and there's SUCK!!! I would say if you don't mind hot chicks that kick ass doing cheezy martial arts it only rates a suck. Its never gonna win awards, but at least Uwe Boll didn't direct.
some guy: love that classic technology!self on July 4th, 2007 01:03 am (UTC)
Better than Street Fighter, not as good as Mortal Kombat.
They actually stayed halfway faithful to the series -- more so than expected, but the deviations were strange.
  • Hayabusa is basically a lovesick adolescent now. That's the guy from "Ninja Gaiden", to give you an idea of how wrong that is.

  • Hayate was indeed kidnapped, but comes back as Hayate -- not Ein.

  • Ayane didn't kill Helena's mother. Nor did Christie ever pose as Helena's maid as a means to assassinate her. In fact, Helena's not an assassin anymore, she's a jewel thief. And Helena wouldn't have had any jewelry to steal, 'cause she's not a world-famous opera singer -- she's Hitomi.

  • Bass isn't an overbearing father to Tina. He's slow on the uptake, but perfectly charming and supportive of her. He also comes across as being younger than her, oddly enough. (which doesn't reflect well on Jaime Presley -- Kevin Nash is 18 years her senior)

  • Nobody used their signature moves. A few were set up, but then either cut away from, or a character changed their mind. Frustrating.

  • Most of the characters are reduced to glorified cameos, and probably burnt to death (because evacuating would waste screentime).

  • ...and so on.
There's enough inside jokes to keep fans of the series happy, but if you're not someone who's solved every game with every character just to watch Story Mode play out, that probably doesn't help.

Ultimately, the horrible horrible reviews this film got aren't wrong. And the fact that it skipped LA and NY to go straight to Oxnard (for like half a week) should probably tell you something.

But I did enjoy it, and if I thought there was anyone left with a chance of appreciating it who wasn't sitting next to me in the theater, I'd probably pick up the DVD.