Street Fighter (1994) - Extreme Edition [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Action / Adventure / Thriller
Universal || PG13 - 102 minutes - $29.98 || February 10, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-02-05


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Steven E. de Souza
Writer(s): Steven E. de Souza (written by)
Cast: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Raul Julia, Ming-Na, Kylie Minogue


Theatrical Release Date: December 23, 1994


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • The Making of Street Fighter
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Video Game Sequences
  • Storyboard Sequences
  • Cyberwalk
  • Archives
  • Street Fighter IV Game Trailer
  • Street Fighter IV Game Teaser
  • Street Fighter IV Anime Trailer


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (DTS-MA 5.1), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Say hello to Universals first new catalog title on Blu-ray that is not a former HD DVD port - Street Fighter. I mean, who cares that Back to the Future trilogy is being re-released on DVD the same day, we have Street Fighter. It’s not like Universal has any other catalog titles (Jaws, E.T.) that are worthy of being their first new release (last being Fletcher on HD DVD back in March 2008)... you know why? Because we have Street Fighter: Extreme Edition and you know when anything carries the 'Extreme' name that it’s going to be, well, EXTREME!!!

I remember this movie so clearly – everyday my friend and I would walk down to the local 7/11 and play a few rounds of “Street Fighter II” before returning home. Eventually, my parents bought me a SNES and one of the first games I got was "Street Fighter II". Man, was I so excited to her they were making a movie on one of the greatest fighters ever. Then...I saw it. And just like Super Mario Bros. The Movie I was on death watch. What had they done to my favorite characters? Why does Blanka look like a skinny version of The Hulk? Where are the fireballs and cool moves? Not here apparently.

The plot can be a bit had to follow but I'll give it a shot. M. Bison (Julia) has kidnapped a bunch of people and wants $20 Billion dollars (that's it?) or he will kill them in 72 hours. Colonel Guile (Van Damme) does not want the government to pay the ransom and instead takes things into his own hands my launching a sneak attack. Well, slightly before that we have Ken and Ryu that become 'secret agents' for Guile spying on M Bison and the evil Sagat inside of their lair. They are eventually joined by the good guys Chun Li, Hondo and Balrog. It’s a giant mess of characters that look alike, talk different from scene to scene, and not understanding how they got from one place to the next.

It was made to appease the video game fans... but did it work? No. Not at all. Everything that made the game so great (the moves, outfits) are pretty much gone – replaced with poor effects and fast cuts. The makeup on Baraka is truly one of the worst I have ever seen – literally green paint over fake latex and $5 orange wig they probably found in a thrift store. What were they thinking? The only descent thing I can say about the film is they tried to make the costumes match as best as possible.

Clearly this is only coming out to tie-in with the release of the new Street Fighter IV game on Xbox 360 & PS3 - but really, how much did Capcom pay Universal to release this stinker to their target audience - gamers? I know Universal released some very questionable titles on HD DVD when the format war was still going on - but that could be blamed on simply putting something out on the shelves because it was two/three studios vs. six. But really, did anyone ever think this title would ever be in a blue case?



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

First up are the only HD Special Features, various looks at the new "Street Fighter IV" video game: Street Fighter IV Game Trailer (3 Minutes), Street Fighter IV Game Teaser Trailer (1 Minute), Street Fighter IV Anime Trailer (3 Minutes).

Commentary with Director Steven de Souza

The Making of Street Fighter (6 Minutes) - One of the worst EPK's I've ever watched. This is filled with talking heads discussing the film with probably 2/3rds of the 6 minutes spent on showing clips from the film. My favorite part was when they say 'the hardest stunt was M. Bisons floating..." and never actually get into how the stunt was done.

Also included is two Deleted Scenes (2 Minutes), Outtakes (3 Minutes), Video Game Sequences, Storyboard Sequences, Cyberwalk and Archives. Most of this is literally just junk - still galleries and pictures of various Street Fighter thing.

The last feature is BD-Live portal.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Street Fighter: The Movie is presented in 2.35:1 (VC1) on a 25GB Disc. Littered with abnormal amounts of grain this is probably one of Universals worst titles on the format. I know some individuals will say the grain is from age and intended, but it looks really bad. From scene to scene he grain goes from barely there to all over the place. I would have actually appreciated a bit of DNR to get rid of some of it. What's behind the grain is not bad – the characters look decent and this is probably miles better than the stale ten year old DVD.

Universal has included a lossless 5.1 DTS MA track for this release as well as a standard DTS5.1 in French and Spanish. Really, this isn't bad - rears are kept in check and dialog comes in very strong – though I did have to change the volume levels every twenty minutes because dialog would either get to low or the action scenes would become too loud. I'm sure this is way better then the DVD... but who wants to here "Colonel! Have you lost your mind", "No! You've lost your balls!" in lossless?



.::OVERALL::.

What a waste of a disc. One of the worst movies produced (and easily the worst video game film ever) does not deserve to get the Blu-ray treatment, yet here it is. With bonus features! Let this one rot on the shelves... please.