Street Fighter II (of 1) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Tuesday, July 01, 1997
Release Date: Tuesday, July 01, 1997
What They Say
All the lightning-fisted, bone-crunching thrills of the world's wildest combat video game explode onto the screen in the brilliantly animated, sensually super-charged adult adventure, Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie!
Street Fighter 2 was originally released here in the U.S. with two different VHS versions. An unrated and an edited PG-13 edition made it to store shelves. After awhile we were finally treated to a laserdisc version and now the unrated version comes to DVD. This was actually one of the first titles available after the launch of the new format and gave a fledgling DVD otaku something to cling to.
So what can I say about the movie? It's frat house material. A plot unraveling the dealings of an organization named Shadow Law trying to take over the world through recruiting the ultimate street fighters is really just weak groundwork for what we all really came for, and that's for everyone to beat the crap out of everyone. Sorry, if you want more substance you'll have to search elsewhere, but those who are looking for the afore mentioned, apply within.
The audio of this disc really isn't that bad. A decent selection of fad songs actually compliment the movie better than I might have guessed. (especially KMFDM's song Ultra which plays nearly in it's entirety during the Chun Li Vega fight...) The digital mix isn't as inspiring as some newer releases but an improvement can easily be heard over the Pro-Logic PCM mix. Alas, there's no Japanese track, and this can only be taken with a grain of salt I guess...
As for the video, not bad. It's in Letterbox, and that there makes it better than some of the embarrassingly noticeable panning and scanning of the VHS versions. Color accuracy is pleasing enough but it looks like it wasn't struck from a pristine print like 'Ghost' or 'Tenchi' with a few rainbow moire' effects popping up here and there. Being able to directly compare between the VHS and DVD though it's no contest. For Laserdisc owners it gets a little trickier decision wise, and in that situation it's up to you.
Packaging takes my favorite route with the keepcase and insert slip on the inside, with a complimentary red title logo printed on the disc.
On to the menu. Uh, there is none. That sucks. This was a first gen title but anything would've beaten nothing. Darn.
In the end, if you haven't got the VHS version this disc is a no-brainer. It's a non-stop action film (heck, half the chapter titles have the word vs.. in them...) that is great for those nights when cerebral exercises ain't your thing. And even if you do own it on VHS, it's worth at least a rental to see what a difference 0's and 1's can make for someone, even a street fighter.
Mania Grade: B
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: B
Packaging Rating: A-
Menus Rating: F
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Running time: 90
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen Letterbox
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Street Fighter (All Variations)