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Super Mario Mania as Original 1993 Live Action Starring Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo Movie Goes to Number 1 on Amazon in DVD and VHS!


It’s Super Mario mania!

With the new “Super Mario” movie making $204 million over the long Easter holiday, it was only a minute before fans would searching for its origins.

They can be found in the 1993 movie, “Super Mario Brothers,” that has long ago fallen into obscurity.

And yet it’s back! The 1993 movie is available on DVD and VHS. And it’s number 1 on Amazon’s list of movie best sellers. (It’s number 12 on Barnes & Noble, but maybe because it’s a dollar more expensive.) The number 2 DVD on Amazon? Advance orders for the new film’s disc.

The original live action film starred Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo as Mario and Luigi in the flesh! The directors were Annabel Jankel and Rocky Morton. Leguizamo has openly critical of the new casting with Chris Pratt. Hoskins, one of our great actors, passed away much too soon at 71 nine years ago. He was the brilliant star of movies like “Mona Lisa” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”

On Amazon the seller of the DVD — for five bucks — is Hollywood Pictures, aka Disney, the original studio. It says they’re in stock, so Disney must have more of them, or they’re stamping them out right now.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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