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  • Audio Rating: A++
  • Video Rating: A++
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: A-
  • Extras Rating: A+
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Manga Entertainment
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 90
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Street Fighter (All Variations)

Street Fighter Alpha

By Roeland Das     February 18, 2002
Release Date: January 30, 2001

The Review!
Game and Movie
Street Fighter is (one of) the most know and popular Fighting shows and one of the first. The first SF was available on Nintendo, which I've played and was great. Also seen the movie and now the sequel: ALPHA.

Can't describe it...just perfect. The voice acting is excellent. The music is beautiful. The action sounds are cool. This is certainly a great show to hear. Something I really liked about the action sounds were those really neat short "flashes". Something you hear when kicking really hard against the wind. Little detail which let you know how hard they kick. And the music it has just feels right. YES and again good English actors, WOW. And last but of course not least: the show is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1. Cool.

I get tears in my eyes when watching this show. It is almost painful watching a screen so clear you could almost see your reflection in it. Everything is clear and very detailed. Again just perfect. The only small downside is the end fight. The could have...they SHOULD have put more effort in creating an REALLY evil character, because this one ain't that. Just a small thing. (And with the and fight I mean BEFORE the credits.)

The story is a little weak and plain and unlikely. But still it ain't bad. It is only missing somethings. Character development is one. The characters are just kept too simple. The end fight is second. That was the end fight? The (end) fight is repeated three times: THE SAME. Part three: where's the action? Alright, here I am overreacting but I had some hopes for more action. And a few minor things.

The main characters are Ryu, Ken and Chun Li. Ryu accidentally meets Chun Li. Along with Ken they discover the power of the dark Hadou. A power Ryu possesses but something he doesn't want the use, unless he gets angry. So an evil organization kidnaps Ryu's little brother. Yes and now he is angry.

Nice and cool and nice and cool (with lack of terms). It really gets into the action. The menus are beautifully. There is only one big negative thing about it. You get lost in it. There are almost no hyperlinks back. So you have to press back...back...and again back. At least you get to see the menu over and over again. And it's worth it.

A lot. But not something out of the ordinary. A making of SF in black white. A lot of interviews! Some reviews and some review-slides. It is nice but not special.

Original. Not that good but it is Original. Showing al the characters and highlights Ryu. The back side gives a lot of info and somewhat WRONG info. Running 120 minutes? That is with all the extra's. Somewhat misleading.

Best fighting show I have ever seen with only one downside: the story. At the other side the audio and video are just excellent. A must see for every fighting fan and a must try for every anime fan.

Review Equipment
Pioneer DV 530 Region free, Philips Match line (flat screen) with Dolby 5.1 wireless speakers


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