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  • Audio Rating: A
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 100
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Non-Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Fatal Fury

Fatal Fury The Motion Picture

By Sean Connolly     February 16, 2002
Release Date: February 09, 1999

The Review!
First off, the video. Of course, it's Pioneer quality. What else do you expect? oh, and if you didn't know, "Pioneer Quality" means superb. I'm really pleased to see one of my favorite fighting titles came through so beautifully. Now I can see Mai's assets in the best form possible!
The sound quality is just as good. I was surprised to see that the Japanese track was Dolby Digital 4.0 But, it was a pleasant surprise. The dialogue is clear and crisp and the music in this title is very good ( at least to me ).

The packaging is also good with a nice picture on the cover and some decent pictures on the back of the case. Then again, anything with Mai on it is a winner in my book. The menu is also pretty decent. There's different pieces of music for each sub-menu and the pictures in each menu are nice.

Now, on to the story. This is the place where most fighting game to anime conversions fail, but Fatal Fury: TMP actually has a decent story. The story actually takes into account what happened in the two previous OAVs ( in the form of flashbacks and dialogue ). The character design is also top notch, then again, any design by Masami Obari is A+ is my book. I love his style. In addition to a decent story, there's also some good character development with the series' main characters. Mainly Terry Bogard and the movie's plucky heroine, Sulia. Terry's brother Andy and Mai has some good scenes together as well. Poor Joe, he gets left out of the loop again. in addition to all of this, the fight scenes are great. They really do the series and the characters justice. Fatal Fury was and still is the Neo Geo's flagship fighting game and it's great to see the fights doing the series proud. The only real minis to this movie is that while the animation is good for the most part, there are some scenes that are just really bad. There is a scene early in the movie with Terry fighting some bad guys that looked really bad. As well as another scene later in the movie with all of the main characters fighting off a band of generic baddies. Yuck. It's obvious those scenes must have been sub-contracted out to a different animation studio. Ugh.

Despite some scenes with bad animation, there's no reason why you shouldn't at least rent this title. It really is pretty good and worth your time. Personally, I'm glad this title has hit DVD. Then again, I'm kind of a sucker for these types of anime. Call it, a guilty pleasure.

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