Episode 024: Double Dragon (1994) (The Videostore Junkyard Episode 003)


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(The year was 1994, and Hollywood was searching for ways to tap the emerging reservoir of videogame properties which were capturing the hearts and minds of young moviegoers worldwide.

1993's Super Mario Bros. feature film had seen little success at the box-office, but that didn't stop major movie studios from snapping up other popular videogame properties in the hopes of turning them into the next big film franchise. Enter the smash-hit arcade beat-em-up Double Dragon, a game that spawned two sequels and multiple home ports in record time.

Would this be the first hit videogame adaptation, succeeding where the Super Mario Bros. film had failed? It absolutely would not! Bombing worse than its predecessor, Double Dragon would ultimately fail financially and critically, leaving behind a legacy of being all but forgotten. In this episode we do a deep dive into how the Double Dragon film came to be in the first place, why it failed, and whether it deserves the reputation which has followed it since its release.

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