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  • Audio Rating: A
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: C
  • Menus Rating: B-
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: All
  • Region: 2 - Japan
  • Released By: Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.
  • MSRP: •4800
  • Running time: 152
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Street Fighter (All Variations)

Street Fighter II: The Movie

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The Review!
This is the movie version of Street Fighter 2 that was released in Japan a few years back. The movie has appearances by all of the Street Fighter 2 characters up through the Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo arcade game. Some of the characters have major roles in the movie (Ryu, Ken, Guile, Chun-Li) while the other characters have minor roles down to just quick cameo appearances. They promoted the movie as having 14 different fights, some of which were longer fights (Sagat vs., Ryu, Ryu vs., Fei Long, Ryu, Ken vs. Vega), and others which were not really fights at all (Chun-Li vs. Guile, Guile vs. Dee Jay). All in all the film was really good in my opinion, in fact, it is one of my favorite animated films of all time. The fight scenes were pretty good, and the animation was consistent through out, with the backgrounds being some of the nicest I've seen in an animated film. The story was a little thin, but you're not watching a Street Fighter movie for the plot alone generally.
The quality of the DVD, while not rally that bad, was a little disappointing in my opinion. I have the import laser disc of the movie, and I think the picture on the laser disc is a little sharper than it is on the DVD. It's not a bad transfer; it just doesn't seem up to DVD standards in my opinion. The sound on the disc is fine, being exactly what you would expect from a DVD. The packaging for the movie is pretty weak. No booklet to go along with the film, and nothing about the exterior packaging to write home about. This is a little disappointing considering how big the movie was when it came out in Japan originally. For extra content on the disc itself, there is a featurette on the history of the Street Fighter 2 video games, that covers the games from the first Street Fighter game, up through the last Street Fighter 2 game, which I believe was Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo here in America. There are film trailers for the film itself, one of which is pretty cool since it has a little bit of film that wasn't in the movie itself (during the fight between Sagat and Ryu).

Overall I was a little disappointed with this DVD. I have had the laser disc version since it was released in Japan, and I think a much better job was done with that version than with the DVD version. Despite this disappointment, I highly recommend picking this disc up, after seeing the HORRIBLE job that was done on the American release of this film. The domestic version of the Street Fighter 2 animated movie was one of the first titles released on DVD here in America, and I think it is a complete shame that the only domestic version of this movie we have available on DVD is this butchered, hacked version of the film. I believe Sony did the release here in America, and I question why they did such a poor job. They had bad voice actors, they butchered some of the names, and they replaced the original music track (which was excellent in my opinion, with the main song being done by T. Komuro), with American alternative rock. So, if there is any reason why you should pick up the import version of the Street Fighter 2 animated film, the domestic release of the film should be it!!

Features
Japanese Language,Theatrical Trailer,History of Street Fighter II video games

Review Equipment
Sony 36" Wega Television, Mitsubishi M-VR600 Receiver, Raite AVPhile 715 DVD Player, Bose Acoustimass 7 Home Theater Speakers, Connections: S-Video and RCA connections for Audio.

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