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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: B-
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 114
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Fatal Fury

Fatal Fury: Double Impact

By Chris Beveridge     March 23, 2002
Release Date: February 13, 2001


Fatal Fury: Double Impact
© Viz Media


What They Say
When their father is brutally murdered, Terry Bogard and his silver-haired brother Andy devote their lives to bare-knuckled street fighting techniques to avenge his death! Still, after ten years of training, will they be powerful enough to face their awesome enemies?

The Review!
Released back in the early 90's, the two Fatal Fury OVA's have made their way to one disc becoming yet another good bargain over the VHS version. The stories take place prior to the motion picture however, so some bits are somewhat spoiled if you've seen that, but if not, you can have one heck of a double feature.

Audio:
For the primary review, we listened to this in the original Japanese language. The stereo mix for both tracks are pretty decent, though there's not a lot of directionality, it all meshes together pretty well. Dialogue was a bit low in one or two areas, but it seemed more intentional than an authoring issue.

Video:
For the most part, this is a pretty nice looking disc. Colors are solid though not terribly vibrant. Blacks are mostly solid with little noticeable compression artifacts and on a whole, things look nice. Rainbows are pretty few and far between though there's a fair amount of line noise throughout during panning motions.

Packaging:
The front cover is very nice with some great character artwork for both features on this disc. The designs remind me a lot more of the movie animation than the ones from these OVA's though. The back has a few shots of animation as well as very good summaries for each of the episodes included. The insert provides some more nice animation shots in addition to the chapter listings. For those keeping track, this package has a white Amaray case and not the usual black found on non-family titles.

Menus:
The animated menus work very well and have great access times loading and accessing submenus. The style is setup to be pretty fast and frantic like one of the fights, and it works out well.

Extras:
The extras included for this disc are some pretty nice looking conceptual art pages and a page that lists the voice actors for the primary characters for both languages since the credits track wasn't updated to reflect the Japanese voice actors.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
For those not sure what Fatal Fury is, it's based on a video game. For a lot of people, that's enough to send them running and screaming. Having seen the movie first, I was looking forward to checking out the OVA's and seeing how they stacked up. After watching both of them, it's a bit of a mixed bag.

The first OVA has the job of introducing the characters quickly and their reason for fighting. Then the tension must be added and finally the foes they must face. Andy and Terry Bogard, both adopted sons of the famous fighter Jeff Bogard, watch their father getting murdered in horrifyingly Disneyesque fashion. Now parentless and in their early years, they want to take revenge but are nowhere near ready to face Geese, the man behind the murder.

Jeff's teacher, Master Tung, sends the boys off into the world to train and become ready to take out Geese. Once they're ready, he'll teach one of them the hidden ancient secret move that will make them one of the strongest in the world and able to take down Geese, who has long thought he had all of the school's ancient secret moves mastered.

Ah, wily Master Tung!

Geese is one of the more powerful men in this area, and every year he finances (behind the scenes of course) the King of Fighters competition, where all those bright eyed and bushy tailed young men go to prove their strength and in general receive a butt wuppin. Master Tung informs the Bogard boys that he'll only teach one of them this ultra powerful move, and the two decide that the competition is the best way to meet both goals; prove whose stronger and to take revenge on Geese for killing their father.

That's pretty much the setup through the first episode, complete with lots of action packed fight sequences, bone crunching and blood spilling as well as a lot of grunting-in-pain emoting from both English and Japanese voice actors. The second episode follows up on the events of the first, bringing in people related to Geese who hold a grudge of their own as well as trying to make their own mark on the world.

Between the two episodes, the second one definitely seems to have the better budget and better looking animation. It's got a somewhat brighter look to it and has more secondary characters introduced, such as the very cute, perky and bouncy one known as Mai. She definitely brings the bounce and fan service factor up several notches here.

To some extent, I think the OVA's aren't quite as good as the movie that follows it, but it does a good job in setting everything up and introducing them. The fight sequences are pretty well choreographed and don't feature a lot of really outlandish moves that started to dominate the genre in the late 90's. It does have a lot of the trademarked moves of the game, but it's got some actual story to it and not a ton of characters who barely get any screentime.

Fighting games, or video games for that matter, aren't everyone's cup of tea. In general, they're not mine. Fatal Fury is a fluffy bit of fun with an actual budget for the animation and a pretty coherent story and respect for the characters. It won't win awards, but it's not a bad way to pass the time.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Conceptual Artwork,Voice Credits

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.

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