STREET FIGHTER: EXTREME EDITION (Blu-ray)|
Universal Studios | 1994 | 102 mins | Rated PG-13 | Feb 10, 2009
Written by Jason Flick
February 10, 2009
Are you tired of boring reality shows and crappy modern cartoons? Then ďQuick change the channel.Ē Or rather change the input on your TV and turn on you Blu-Ray player for some action packed martial arts fighting and put in Street Fighter: Extreme Edition on Blu-Ray disc. As everyone knows that GCM is a video game review site so any movie based upon a video game is a welcoming sight, especially with the release of Street Fighter IV only a week away. I am a huge fan of the Street Fighter series as well as the movie, so this review is a real treat for me.
Back before the days of Uwe Boll and his atrocities to all gamers with his horrible video game movie adaptations, there were several very good video game movie titles. Mortal Kombat, Double Dragon, Super Mario Bros. and Tomb Raider are all nicely made movie titles. Sure most of these titles were made right up until the point of Bollís entrance into the genre. That being said I will continue with my review of Street Fighter: Extreme Edition.
Street Fighter released to the theatres back in 1994 and it remains as probably my favorite live action movie adaptation. Street Fighter tells several stories at once but blends them all together quite nicely. The overall plot however is the Allied Nationsí fight to take down the evil, mad, psychopathic General M. Bison.
As Director Steven de Souza, says in the audio commentary this film was a huge undertaking due to the sheer number of characters that he had to work into the film. The film features 15 of the 16 Street Fighter II characters minus Fei Long and to me that is just awesome. There hasnít been a live action adaptation that has even come close to that many characters from one game, and that includes Mortal Kombat which films only reach 12 by combining two games into its first film.
Street Fighter takes place in the fictional country of Shadaloo located in south East Asia. The Allied Nations have just taken over a port city and we learn via Chun-Li that 63 relief workers have been captured by M. Bison's forces. To make matters worse 3 Allied Nations soldiers including Guile's friend Carlos Blanka.
Ryu and Ken also happen to be in the country, however portraying conmen that get on Sagat's bad side after trying them toy guns. The two are then forced to fight in Sagat's underground arena, but are unluckily arrested as Guile crashes the party in a huge vehicle equipped with missiles. Guile, who does not know exactly where Bisonís secret base is, emplaces Ken and Ryu into Sagatís band of thugs. Things then kick off as the boys try to aid Guile while trying not to blow their cover.
Along the way Chun-Li and her news crew E. Honda the sumo, and Balrog the boxer, enter to put a dent in Bison and Sagatís weapons of destruction. Each of these three has a personal vendetta against the crimson garbed lunatic. Guile is just there to be very American-like and stop a tyrant from taking over the world, oh and Bison has Charlie.
The one thing that sets Street Fighter apart from most videogame film adaptations is that each live action character slowly transitions into their pixilated counterparts. Itís even better when it is done believably, well with the exception of Blanka that is. Certain character would get their martial arts garbs naturally, or pickup a pair of boxing gloves. Raul Julia is the only actor to stay in costume the entire time, as it couldnít happen any other way. Everything about Street Fighter was crafted to make sense, one way or another.
Street Fighter: Extreme Edition does particularly shine during outdoor scenes as well in any scene taking place inside of Bisonís fortress. The actorís facial features are shown quite well especially on close up shots. As always Bisonís TV wall is just awesome to watch especially when you find out via commentary that there is over 30 hours of footage playing on all of the monitors in Bisonís base, throughout the film. I also liked all of the warped war propaganda that can be seen throughout M. Bisonís base.
Buyers of Street Fighter: Extreme Edition will have access to ďThe Making of Street FighterĒ, Outtakes, Deleted Scenes, Storyboard and Videogame Sequences sans well as Archives. There are even excerpts from Universalís own Cyberwalk website that was available when this film first released. However my favorite extra was the Feature Commentary by Steven de Souza. I enjoyed learning things that I never noticed before or interesting facts about characters, sets and even the production itself. Street Fighter: Extreme Edition retails for around $20 dollars at most retailers and is well worth the money.
Street Fighter: Extreme Edition definitely transferred over to Blu-Ray quite well, despite a few scenes that show the filmís age. For me this film is purely nostalgic and I would pick this title up in a heartbeat given the chance. I am a huge fan and I recommend Street Fighter: Extreme Edition on Blu-Ray to any fan of the game or the movie.