Warner Bros. is debuting its entire 2021 movie slate on HBO Max, and that includes the latest movie adaptation of the game series, Mortal Kombat.
Mortal Kombat is out now in US cinemas and on HBO Max. However, cinemas are still not open here in the UK due to lockdown.
Will Mortal Kombat come to UK VOD services and DVD?
Yes – Warner Bros. has confirmed that Mortal Kombat will be available for home release in the UK on 6 May 2021. We don’t have confirmation on where it will be coming to, but we assume that it will be available to rent from the likes of Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, YouTube and iTunes.
It will likely cost around £15 to rent for a period of 48 hours. Once we hear more, we’ll update this article to include buy links.
Mortal Kombat should also come as a DVD release eventually, but this likely won’t be until later on this year. In the meantime, you can still watch Mortal Kombat right now, using HBO Max and a VPN.
How to watch Mortal Kombat on HBO Max in the UK
The only way to watch Mortal Kombat right now is via HBO Max. A subscription to HBO Max also grants you access to Godzilla Vs. Kong, the whole HBO back catalogue, classic sitcoms like Friends and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, CW shows such as Batwoman and more.
If you’d like to sign up for HBO Max, you can do so on the website for $14.99 per month. HBO Max is currently exclusive to America. However, you can still sign up for an account right here in the UK using a phone and a VPN.
VPNs (virtual private networks) reroute your IP address so you can browse the web as if you’re from another country. To watch Mortal Kombat on HBO Max, you will want to connect to a US server.
Billing information for HBO Max
For the next step, you’ll need the HBO Max app. We have successfully tested this method using NordVPN and an Android phone.
Once you’ve signed up for your VPN of choice, you’ll need to download it on either your iOS or Android device. The HBO Max website currently only allows you to sign up if you have a payment card that’s tied to the US. If you don’t have that, here are the steps you should take:
- Launch your VPN on your iOS/Android device and connect to a US server
- Create a new Apple ID/Google Play account in your browser that’s tied to the US (leave the country blank)
- Register your new account on your iOS/Android device app store
- You should now have access to the US app store – download and install the HBO Max app
- Tap ‘skip’ if the app store asks you to add payment information to your iOS/Google Play account before you’ve installed HBO Max
- Create a new account in the HBO Max app with your email address and password
- Use PayPal as your method of payment (this can be a UK account)
- Once your account is verified, you can sign in from any device
There have been reports of users not being able to install HBO Max on iOS as the app store forces users to register their payment details and doesn’t accept UK PayPal if you try to register with this account.
To get round this, we recommend purchasing US App Store credit via a digital gift card – which can be added as a US payment option.
You can purchase this from places such as Amazon US, though there are other retailers available. You’ll need a website that allows you to pay with UK bank details. The typical minimum amount you can purchase will be $25 – enough to cover one month’s subscription of HBO Max.
When the site asks you to put in the recipient, enter your own email address and the code to redeem the money will be sent to your inbox. Then when you need to add payment information in the app store, select ‘redeem gift card or code’, and you should be able to add the money as credit on your account.
With this, you should then be able to sign up for an HBO Max account. Once your account is active, you can change your payment information back to your UK PayPal via the website to avoid having to pay for a new gift card every single time.
We’d like to stress that all of these methods are technically against HBO’s terms of service, so the company could cancel your account at any time. Proceed at your own risk.
Mortal Kombat trailer
You can watch the full official trailer from Warner Bros below:
There’s also a ‘kast featurette’ which gives a behind-the-scenes look at some of the actors involved in the series.