The Super Mario Bros. Movie has managed to be successful beyond Nintendo‘s wildest dreams. This 2023 CGI animated adventure comedy film has managed to spark a surge in interest in the red and blue plumber. So much so that even the horrible 1993 live-action Super Mario Bros. film is getting a whole bunch of interest. Don’t believe me? Then how else do you explain why it’s getting a 4K remaster for Japanese theaters?
Super Mario Bros. (1993): Re-Release Details
Oricon has recently revealed that the 1993 live-action Super Mario Bros. film is getting a 4K remaster. The reason being? 2023 marks the film’s 30th anniversary since its extremely dubious release. Thus, they want to celebrate that anniversary by bringing it back into theaters. You know, just to see if the second time around is the charm?
Alas, though, despite all the work they put into this 4K remaster, Super Mario Bros. (1993) is apparently only getting a Japanese release. There’s no official word that this release will ever make it outside Japan either. No NA release or anything. Which is rather bizarre since the production companies responsible for the film are Hollywood Pictures (US), Lightmotive (US), Allied Filmmakers (UK), and Cinergi Pictures (US). Even directors Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel are British, so it’s a bit odd that this 4K remaster isn’t seeing a NA and UK release. Maybe they might change their minds later? We’ll just have to see if this is indeed the case later.
In the meantime, you do have the option of travelling to Japan if you want to see this 4K Super Mario Bros. remaster. This 4K remaster will hit Japanese theaters on September 15, 2023. So if you have the money to do it, you can fly over to Japan to watch this remaster. In the meatime for the rest of us, we’ll just have to hope for an extra-Japan release in the future. Tune back in to THS later to find out if this happens when we do.