Super Mario Bros. movie gets a fan rerelease with 20 more bizarre minutes
An expanded version of the Super Mario Bros. live-action adaptation. released this morning on The Internet Archive, courtesy of the Super Mario Bros. Movie Archive Team. Starring Bob Hoskins (Who framed Roger Rabbit?) and John Leguizamo (Carlito’s Way), the film follows two Brooklyn plumbers, Mario and Luigi, who attempt to rescue a mysterious princess (Samantha Mathis) from a cruel dictator named King Koopa (Dennis Hopper) after being accidentally transported to another dimension.
This new version of the movie, called “The Morton-Jankel Cut”, features over 20 minutes of additional scenes from VHS sources. It features never-before-seen footage of a cut-out subplot of the Mario brothers clashing with a rival plumbing company affiliated with the Mafia, King Koopa killing a subordinate by de-evolving him into slime, a scene with supporting characters Iggy and Spike raps about the overthrow of King Koopa’s tyrannical regime, and a whole lot more.
Originally released in 1993, Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel’s Super Mario Bros. is remembered by fans and critics as one of Hollywood’s first and maligned attempts to capitalize on the popularity and commercial success of video games in the late ’80s and mid’ 90s, most notably the Nintendo Entertainment System and the flagship platformer – franchise of the company. The film itself was a critical and commercial bombshell, due in part to the dissonance between the film’s portrayal of the original characters and setting and the deeper identity crisis caused by the behind-the-scenes drama between the directors and Disney that was distributing it. bought. rights to the film several weeks before shooting began, and demanded significant rewrites until the film’s release.
The Internet Archive description of the release describes the discovery of the new images: “On May 15, 2019, the Super Mario Bros. Movie Archive Team […] discovered a VHS videotape containing an expanded, earlier rough cut of the 1993 cult film Super Mario Bros. This version contains approximately 20 minutes of previously unseen and expanded scenes that expand the backstory and reinforce character arcs. Originally from producer Roland Joffé, it seems one of a kind. “
Whether this new incarnation of the film will ever see the light of day as an official high-definition release is anyone’s guess, but for now it can be watch the full 125 minute cut via the internet archive.