Episode 159

Mortal Kombat (1995) & Mortal Kombat: Annihilation


In a change to the scheduled episode, a smaller Nanorama (episodes slightly shorter, but focusing on interesting titbits of information) on the history and legacy of the original Mortal Kombat film adaptation from 1995, and its much maligned sequel...


Mortal Kombat, as a video game, was a worldwide phenomenon. It made sense to make it into a movie. It really was an unprecedented hit, too. And it all started with the arcade game for Terminator 2: Judgement Day and Midway Games' love of Jean-Claude Van Damme....


Mortal Kombat: Annihilation promised three times the ambition of the first movie, with more fights, more special effects and more Outworld. It did follow through on those promises, to be fair to varying degrees of success, but there was some genuine innovation behind the scenes...


Dom O'Brien's article on Mortal Kombat: Annihilation



About the Podcast

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Verbal Diorama
The podcast on the history and legacy of movies you know, and movies you don't.

About your host

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Em .

Hi! I'm Em. I created Verbal Diorama in 2018, and launched the podcast in February 2019 to rapturous applause and acclaim.... from my cat Jess.

The modus operandi of Verbal Diorama is simple: movies are tough to make! The coming together of a team of people from all walks of life to make something to entertain, delight and educate us for 90+ mins is not an easy task, and yet so many succeed at it. That must be something to celebrate.

I'm here to do just that - to celebrate movies. Their history and legacy, and why they remain so special to so many of us.

Episodes are book ended by my cat Jess (pictured with me!). She sadly passed away in March 2022, aged almost 18. She featured in many episodes of the podcast, and that's why you can hear her at the end of every episode. The role of official feline producer is now held by six-month-old Evie.

I love podcasts and listen to many, but never my own.

I unashamedly love The Mummy (1999) and Grease 2. I'm still looking for a cool rider.