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Street Fighter: Extreme Edition (1994/Universal DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C     Extras: B-     Feature: C-



There are some movies that can be said to define a generation.  Unfortunately, for my generation, that movie just might be Street Fighter.  Mention it to almost any twenty-something and you’re likely to get a chuckle and either “That’s a terrible movie,” “That’s an awesome movie,” or very likely both.  Now don’t get me wrong, this movie is poorly acted, poorly written, and wallowing waist-deep in absurdity.  But it also possibly evokes the most nostalgia out of any film from the early 1990s, second only to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.


Street Fighter is based on one of the most popular videogame franchises ever, and if there ever was a strategic time to re-release the film, it’s now.  Capcom has just released the first new non-crossover Street Fighter game since 2001, “Street Fighter IV.”  In addition, a new movie was just released in select theaters, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li.  The extra features on this disc make no qualms about plugging the new game with two trailers and another for the latest animated series.  The extras also feature recorded matches from two of the classic games.


The picture has very clearly been restored, especially when compared to footage used in the special features, and it really does look good.  The sound is decent as well, though some of the dialogue recorded in post is as bad now as it was fifteen years ago.  The film is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio.


The rest of the extras not mentioned above include feature commentary by the director, behind-the-scenes footage mislabeled as “outtakes,” two deleted scenes, two storyboard sequences, and a plethora of stills galleries including promotional images, pictures from the set, concept art, and merchandising tie-ins.  There are also two “Cyberwalks,” one is simply an extended scene, and the other is humorous look at the propaganda that populated the background scenery of the film.  And finally, there is a laughably bad “Making-of” featurette that looks as though it may have been included as an extra at the end of the original VHS release boasting, “Bigger than life heroes, larger than life stars!”


The overabundance of extra features is indicative of several things.  The first is the disc’s timely re-release.  The second is extreme degree of nostalgia attached to this film.  And the third is the need to create an impetus to buy the film rather than just watch it on cable syndication where it airs at least once a month.


Now I, and just about anyone else my age will be the first to tell you that Street Fighter is a really terrible movie. However, we grew up watching it, and we grew up playing the games, and it has left its mark on us as surely as early MTV did on the age group before us, and Howdy Doody did on our parents.



-   Matthew Carrick


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