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DOA Coming to the Theater Near You 171

Posted by CmdrTaco
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pamri writes "DOA: Dead or Alive, the movie based on the Dead or Alive video game series is set to be released on August 25. The preview images and the trailer point to a more Charlies Angels 2 type fluff than a serious action movie. The girls are also seem friendlier with each other, in odds with the intense competition in the game." I tell people I bought a 360 for Oblivion. But I really bought it for the ladies of DOA.
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DOA Coming to the Theater Near You

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  • Just What We Need (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Metabolife (961249) on Monday May 01, 2006 @10:20AM (#15236718)
    Another hollywood movie with absolutely no substance, and being based off a video game will probably condemn it to begin with. Does the MPAA actually blame pirating for declining sales?
    • Come on, it has got Holly Valance in it... That is a lot of substance right there!

      Usually this sort of shit is aimed directly at kids, but you can't probably say that for DOA.
      • Indeed... Holly Valance [celebrity-wallpapers.net]
          • ughh....

            Why is it that Hollywood refuses to cast any full-blooded asian actresses/actors for the roles of asian characters? Devon Aoki has got to be the whitest looking "japanese" chick I have ever seen. She's only something like 1/5th or 1/4th japanese and has to be dressed up in komonos or other stereotypical japanese garmets to be identified as "oriental". Why not just cast an asian actress who actually looks the part naturally?

            The problem with actresses like Devon Aoki is that they have to imitate pre

    • Another hollywood movie with absolutely no substance, and being based off a video game will probably condemn it to begin with. Does the MPAA actually blame pirating for declining sales?

      The MPAA will mutter once in a while that lousy movies might have something to do with it. Apparently their member studio's are unconvinced.
    • The screen shots depicted could just as easily been taken from any of the soft por title shown on Cinemax these days. Just my thoughts
    • Actually, you defeat your own "insightful" (cough cough) observation with your use of the word "another." Hollywood has been making fluff movies since forever regardless of the selective-memory / myth of a golden age syndrome you suffer from.

      But hell, this is slashdot. If it makes a dig at the MPAA/RIAA and/or justifies piracy, it's "insightful."

    • YES!!!!! (Score:3, Funny)

      by NetRAVEN5000 (905777)
      I could go for watching DOA:Extreme Beach Volleyball!
    • To be fair, the game doesn't have any substance either. (At least not plot-wise.)

      Let's see, what exactly happens? There's this kid who gets trained by a drunken guy, and then an old guy, and then there's some kind of ninja meeting on a rope bridge. Then some wrestler dude pushes someone over in front of a casino and so they fight in the street and get hit by cars. Then everyone in the universe goes to the mansion built atop a skyscraper where they fight each other in strange random combinations for moro
  • by interiot (50685) on Monday May 01, 2006 @10:20AM (#15236719) Homepage
    Dead or Alive's sole purpose seems to be to outdo Lara Croft for the most inaccurate representations of women in games. Did you really expect the movie version of that to have a whole lot of substance?
  • DOA4 (Score:4, Interesting)

    by nb caffeine (448698) <`nbcaffeine' `at' `gmail.com'> on Monday May 01, 2006 @10:21AM (#15236722) Homepage Journal
    was the first game on the 360 that I really wanted. I've been a fan of the series for several years. This movie, however, looks awful. I'm a big Team Ninja fan, big DOA fan, but seriously, Igitaki. Couldn't you just make a CG version with the characters we know? And have it suck less?
  • DOA?? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Alterion (925335) on Monday May 01, 2006 @10:22AM (#15236732)
    why do film companies choose the worst possible games to make movies out of? doom, resident evil, DOA.. all were horrible games to try and make into a film . A Film game needs to survive without the interactivity off the top of my head something like Spiderman or Starwars rouge-squadron would work well as a movie... ahh i've just realised those are the only 2 decent movie tie in games i can think of.
    • The Command and Conquer series has the potential for a fun film or two. There is a lot of backstory that can be used well. Kane would make a great movie villain and the Tiberium War has the potential to make good use of special effects, for a change.
      • yes but you just know if you sent a movie studio to look at c&c games they'd pick yuri's revenge to turn into a film.. although that could be good if they got the guys from shawn of the dead to do it i suppose
      • Re:DOA?? (Score:1, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward
        The Command and Conquer series has the potential for a fun film or two.

        It was hard enough trying to maintain suspension of disbelief in a game setting, never mind a movie. "Okay, we've penetrated to the heart of Moscow, first let's set up a mining operation in Red Square..."
    • I agree. Movies based on games always seem to choose the craptacular titles to work from. How about choosing something with some plot to it. I think you could make a great conspiracy/action-thriller out of Deus Ex.
    • I'm just repeating a comment that I heard here, but I think Homeworld has the potential to be turned into an awsome movie.

      If you don't know, it's a space combat sim, but it has a very interesting backstory, about a civilization without a past, that is set up in the manual, and more is revealed throughout the game.
      • Re:Homeworld (Score:3, Insightful)

        by FuturePastNow (836765)
        One can argue that there's already a Homeworld TV show, since Homeworld was heavily influenced [wikia.com] by the original Battlestar Galactica series. Of couse, there are many other influences in Homeworld. Yes, it would make a good movie, though it would probably take a trilogy of films to do right.
      • Re:Homeworld (Score:2, Interesting)

        by bufalo_1973 (898479)
        Wasn't this Galactica? :)

        Homeworld could be a nice trilogy or a serie, but only a movie... remember Wing Commander.

        The problem with Homeworld is that everything is space combat and there's nothing more (in the game). And that doesn't work in a good/average movie.

        Homeworld: Cataclism could be a better game to choose (IMHO).
    • I think you forgot to mention the hugely popular Mario Brothers movie... By far my favorite 2:00 TBS Afternoon Movie.
    • They based the movie off the books that Dafydd ab Hugh and Brad Linaweaver wrote. Seriously, I liked the whole 1st-person book thing. If they wanted to drag it out (like many movies nowadays) they could have had one movie for every book. And they wouldn't have had to butcher the story so much.
    • Movie's like resident evil are the PERFECT games to make movies from. The game revolves around an intricate story, else it would be no fun.
    • I agree DOA is a waste of time to make a movie on, there is next to zero coherent plot, only whatever semblance of a plot could fit quickli between fights. Same with any fighter game, Mortal combat, Street Fighter, etc. Doom's plot was pretty thin to base things off of too. I don't think that movies based on games like Resident Evil would have to suck, that's where you start to get some plot at least.

      The key is to find the right balance. There are games with absolutely great stories that take on the ord
    • Because lots of dummies will go and see the movie automatically because of the game. "Whoa that was a kick ass game I gotta see the movie".

      Doesn't help that a lot of people actively avoid reviews, so they will always be surprised to find another crapfest.
    • You forgot Final Fantasy : Advent Children. All in all, no other game to movie reproduction (let alone as a follow-up to the original game a couple of years later) has EVER given me chills up and down my spine in the opening scenes. FF:AC is probably one of the ONLY game to movie titles I've actually enjoyed. I fell asleep halfway thru DOOM in the theaters. (That was just because the Rock was that damned boring) and even the sound system they had could dare wake me up for the action scenes.
      • As someone who played the game, and rented the DVD when it hit my local HollyWood Video, I must say that the idea for Advent Children was pretty cool. The execution was really poor, tho. It suffered the same problem Spirits Within did: Overly predictable, with insufficent explanation for major story arcs.

        One of the things that I've come to appreciate recently is really good villians. The best way to create good villians is to make them believeable. The X-men series is an *excellent* example of this:
        • with insufficent explanation for major story arcs.
          Advent Children was a sequel made for Squares fans. To provide an explanation as to what's going on would require a whole other movie, or perhaps a RPG from Square.

          BTW, did you just call a movie about superheros/villains 'believable?'
          • I said that the villan was believeable, not the movie. One must also take into context the story that the villan is being portrayed in. :)
        • Ahh, but there's a small difference, there. Magneto, in the original comic from the few that I own, does not ever try to force mutations upon all mankind like they did in the movies to make him seem more sinister. AC kept more to the true form of the storyline.
          • Not having ever been a fan of the comic book series (but having friends who were), I can claim ignorance to this point. The friends said that the movie did the original story justice, tho.
    • Re:DOA?? (Score:2, Interesting)

      by Murphy(c) (41125)
      I realize that everyone has it's own great idea for a game to be turned into a movie. Yet I still feel compeld to illuminate you with my brilliant ideas :)

      Monkey Island. Imagine a Monty Python style movie, with very witty British humor behind it.

      Larry Laffer. No wait it's already been done, it's called soft-porn.

      Day of the Tentacle. Cheesy 50s or 60s horror movie.

      And while you are at it making a Doom movie, why not make a Commander Keen movie. Imagine the hero spending a great deal of his time jumping about
    • why do film companies choose the worst possible games to make movies out of? doom, resident evil, DOA.. all were horrible games to try and make into a film .

      Absolutely. And yet my script for "Pong, The movie" was refused yet again. It's hopeless I tell you.
    • A competant group should be able to make a movie "out of" anything.

      Great videogame inspired movies have been made before. There was Tron. There was The Matrix. There was Advent Children.

      Resident Evil should have been a shoe-in movie, and except for some mediocre acting, bad CG, and dogs covered in ham, it would have been. But the game was clearly based upon the tradition of Romero's zombie movies, like Dawn of the Dead and more modern versions like Dead Alive. And had they pulled form that source, they
  • by digitaldc (879047) * on Monday May 01, 2006 @10:22AM (#15236735)
    I tell people I bought a 360 for Oblivion. But I really bought it for the ladies of DOA.

    When playing DOA, do you use an off-brand joystick?
  • I can't believe it, this is already a B-movie from 1950 [imdb.com]. You can catch it at the internet archive of movies [archive.org]. I think that D.O.A. for that movie stands for Dead On Arrival though.

    I am shocked that Uwe Boll [imdb.com] didn't get to direct this sure-to-be masterpiece! Can Corey Yuen [imdb.com] live up to my expectations?!
  • by rickmccl (637396) on Monday May 01, 2006 @10:26AM (#15236769) Journal
    If there isn't going to be any volleyball, then I am not going to be interested.
  • Wow, Cory Yuen.... (Score:5, Informative)

    by sesshomaru (173381) on Monday May 01, 2006 @10:29AM (#15236789) Journal
    Hmm, doesn't necessarily mean it will be good, or even the next The Heroic Trio [heroictrio.com], still Cory Yuen's [wikipedia.org] filmography is encouraging:

    * DOA: Dead or Alive
    * The Transporter
    * So Close
    * Enter the Eagles
    * Hero
    * My Father Is a Hero
    * High Risk
    * The New Legend of Shaolin
    * Bodyguard from Beijing
    * Fong Sai Yuk
    * Saviour of the Soul
    * Top Bet
    * All for the Winner
    * She Shoots Straight
    * Dragons Forever
    * Righting Wrongs
    * Yes, Madam

    This is exactly the right kind of a director for a film based on DOA, we may end up with another Mortal Kombat. (I mean really, who didn't like Fong Sai Yuk? I've got it on VCD...)

  • Obvious? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by argStyopa (232550) on Monday May 01, 2006 @10:30AM (#15236796) Journal
    "The preview images and the trailer point to a more Charlies Angels 2 type fluff than a serious action movie."

    +1, obvious.

    From the trailer, it starts with:
    "They know what they like..."
    "They get what they want..."

    Hard to believe that's going to be superficial.

    I was expecting the boom-shaka-boom porn music to start any moment. I'll have to review it again a few times frame-by-frame to make sure, though.
  • Sob... (Score:5, Funny)

    by RyoShin (610051) <tukaro AT gmail DOT com> on Monday May 01, 2006 @10:33AM (#15236810) Homepage Journal
    I saw a preview for this when I went to see UltraViolet, I think. I didn't even realize it was for Dead or Alive until they said the words. I haven't played the game much, but it looks completely bastardized. Basically, from what I could tell, they're playing up the women as a group of ninjas or something. WTF. Might as well have just adapted DOA: Beach Volleyball or whatever that game was called.

    This movie will only do well if someone applies the nude mod.
  • Ahem (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Rydia (556444) on Monday May 01, 2006 @10:37AM (#15236849)
    I present to you, ladies and gentlemen, the reason why no-one takes games (and by extension, gamers) seriously.

    Congratulations, DoA-lady-fanciers! You're pathetic.
    • Re:Ahem (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Gulthek (12570) on Monday May 01, 2006 @11:08AM (#15237082) Homepage Journal
      A lot of people take movies seriously, yet we have porn.

      A lot of people take books seriouly, yet we have smut (or romance) novels.

      A lot of people take video games seriously, yet we have DoA.

      If anything, videogames have the tamest seedier side of any entertainment medium.

      That said, I do enjoy playing Dead or Alive and enjoy looking at the ladies, especially Lei Fang. Although my wife and I prefer Soul Calibur for the better gameplay and better campy material. She likes to ogle Nightmare and play Voldo, I like to ogle Sophitia and play Mitsurugi.

      Right now we are playing Dreamfall. I enjoy the attractive main character, while she really digs Reza's (the character's ex boyfriend) voice.

      See how the medium can appeal to all? :-)
  • by suv4x4 (956391) on Monday May 01, 2006 @10:39AM (#15236862)
    Dead Or Alive Trailer Real Lo
    Dead Or Alive Trailer Real Med
    Dead Or Alive Trailer Real Hi
    Dead Or Alive Trailer Win Lo
    Dead Or Alive Trailer Win Med
    Dead Or Alive Trailer Win Hi
    Dead Or Alive Trailer Qt Lo
    Dead Or Alive Trailer Qt Med
    Dead Or Alive Trailer QT Hi


    I bet picking "Dead or Alive Trailer Real Lo" is the correct answer
  • Pam Anderson (Score:2, Insightful)

    by IflyRC (956454)
    Sounds like a cheesey Pam Anderson movie/tv series. Take a bit of "Barbwire","Charlie's Angels", and anything from the 70's jiggle television era and we're there.
  • Ofcourse i didnt really expect much quality from this based on the game, the game is mere fanservice http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fanservice [wikipedia.org]. But they could have at least made it look fun, and not some regurgitated hollywood pap.
  • Bodacious bouncing bosoms defying physics!
  • by stubear (130454) on Monday May 01, 2006 @10:51AM (#15236973)
    ...that Taco admits to purchasing an XBOX 360 or that he purchased DOA for the XBOX 360.
  • Maybe people will disagree with me, put I can name only one good video game based movie. If you like anime and haven't seen Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, do. It's really good.
  • Even for a movie made from a video game, those screens say it all: unbelievably bad. I thought they at least made sure franchise titles went to movies with a decent budget and producer? What the hell is this crap?

    This is not going to make it to theaters, folks; even with the god-awful movies in theaters these days, this kind of material is strictly straight-to-dvd quality.
  • Not pretending (Score:5, Insightful)

    by El_Smack (267329) on Monday May 01, 2006 @11:10AM (#15237107)
    At least it's not a self-proclaimed "Serious Movie" that has the female actresses bare their breasts and shake their asses because "It's Important to the Plot".

    It seems more honorable to me to sell the movie with "Hey buddy! Hot chix kicking ass, and you get a couple peeks at the goodies!"

    Kinda like the Man Show, no pretentions, no redeeming values. Just girls on trampolines.
    • Re:Not pretending (Score:3, Interesting)

      by B_Realll (957738)
      Hell yeah. Throw in 1 part Skinamax movie and 1 part Bloodsport and I'm there. I love a mindless popcorn flick once in awhile. I find that I actually enjoy them more than the pretentious crap coming out as "good" movies these days.
  • DOA was a great B-Movie from 1950 that was remade in 1988 with Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan.

    Get an original name. And an original plot.
  • D.O.A [imdb.com] contains explicit portrayals of violence; sex; violent sex; sexual violence; clowns and violent scenes of violent excess, which are definitely not suitable for all audiences.
    • I think i'm going to have to see this. One of the IMDB Quotes from the movie:
      Quotes:
      Psychotic Beggar: I choose you, Pikachu!
      [the beggar proceeds to beat the crap out of the policemen]
      • A Takashi Miike classic. He's the guy who also directed Ichi the Killer... a masterpiece of Japanese shock cinema.

        D.O.A. is simply awesome. Tons of action, sex, gratuitous violence, and it's got some pretty hilarious moments as well. But be warned, there is jap scat and bestiality portrayed in this film. It's not as bad as Ichi the Killer in most ways, but it's still pretty unsettling. Definitely not for the feint of heart.

        If you enjoy D.O.A., I'd also recommend:

        Ichi the Killer -- The reason why Takas

  • The preview images and the trailer point to a more Charlies Angels 2 type fluff than a serious action movie

    Ah, so it will be true to the game, then
  • Coming? (Score:5, Funny)

    by macemoneta (154740) on Monday May 01, 2006 @11:27AM (#15237265) Homepage
    "DOA Coming to the Theater Near You"

    Coming? From what I've seen in the theaters, they've been showing nothing but DOA stuff for years.

  • This is great to hear. Because, you know... movies [imdb.com] based [imdb.com] on [imdb.com] video [imdb.com] games [imdb.com] have such a stellar [imdb.com] record [imdb.com].
    • Funny. I thought the first Mortal Kombat movie actually kicked ass in that b-movie kinda way. Christopher Lambert was pretty entertaining in it. Most of the other video game movies I've seen [i]have been[/i] total crap, though.
  • Why is Kasumi wearing pants?! This is just wrong!
  • Looking at the stills gave me real Street Fighter II flashbacks...

    Chris Mattern
  • The idea of a DOA movie, to me, means a full CG cinematic experience. Ie, the characters should be rendered, not live-actioned. From what I can see of the trailer, it looks alot like crap. Ie, I'd rather go see DOA characters at a cosplay convention. Looks like the movie completely misses the point of what DOA is about, but then again, seems to be par for the course for the game->movie conversions. Message to movie execs: stop screwing it up and you might see better returns. Ways to screw up a moview
  • by Jackie_Chan_Fan (730745) on Monday May 01, 2006 @09:12PM (#15242041)
    I love Corey Yuen, been a fan of his HK films for a long time now, and when i saw his name attached to this a year ago, i was just sad :)

    This cant possibly be good, and yet Corey is directing it. I hate seeing non martial artists, play martial art roles. It always looks bad.

    The only thing that can save this film is Corey Yuen's camera and editing work. Its just too bad the talent involved and the whole "dead or alive" game genre is going to ruin it.

    I'm all for hot chicks doing martial arts, and there are plenty of really hot real martial artists out there in asia. There are some really talented girls on the Beijing wushu team that could make an all girl martial art flick really shine with Corey at the helm.

    I'll still see this mess sadly, cause i'm an action junkie.

    But i recommend everyone see films like Tom Yum Gong, Ong Bag, New Police Story, Drunken Master 2, Once Upon a Time in China 1 and 2, Fist of legend, Shaolin Temple 1, 2 and 3, Hero, Fearless, Police Story 1 and 2, Project A, 1 and 2...

    Go see those great films... and witness what a real martial art film is all about.

    Hot chicks with natural flexibility != a martial artist.

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