Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Street Fighter Blu-ray Review

Street Fighter: Extreme Edition Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys JohnsonDisc Size: 22.4 GB
Film Size: 19.2 GB
Film Rating: PG-13

Video
Street Fighter comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p VC-1 video presentation. The transfer caught me by surprise, as it was definitely better than I expected. The film has a ton of grain at times, but it still manages to be a nice high-def presentation all things considered. It definitely is in need of a remaster, but I don't see that ever happening. Colors vary from dull to vibrant, but a lot has to do with the lighting during the scenes when they are dull. Detail is quite impressive, particularly any close-ups. Black levels were also solid for the majority of the film. This isn't going to be any new reference material, but it looks very nice considering the film's age as well as look. 7/10.

Audio
A 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is included, and sounds very nice. The film is quite front heavy, but expands when the scenes are more necessary for surround use. Dialogue stays in the front, and is very clear. The film's action travels throughout the front and surround speakers, and sounds quite neat during any scenes involving guns. The music in the film varies from aggressive in the front to full surround use, and was quite nice as well. I really liked how everything sounded so clear together, and not as dull as I anticipated. Everything was brought to life and shines. 8/10.

Extras
My Scenes
Street Fighter IV Game Trailer (3:07) (HD)
Street Fighter IV Game Teaser Trailer (:36) (HD)
Street Fighter IV Anime Trailer (3:12) (HD)
The Making Of Street Fighter (5:55) (SD)
Outtakes (3:08) (SD)
Deleted Scene #1 (:56) (SD)
Deleted Scene #2 (1:12) (SD)
Storyboard Sequences (SD)
Video Game Sequences (:32) (:46) (SD)
Cyberwalk
Publicity Stills
Arcade Movie Game Trailer (:50) (SD)
Concept Drawings by Nikita Knatz
On The Street Fighter Set Gallery
Ad Campaigns Gallery
Trading Cards Gallery
Toys and Tie-Ins Gallery
Feature Commentary with Director Steven E. de Souza
BD-Live

The extras were alright, there actually is not much to them. The HD extras happen to be promotional material for the upcoming game, Street Fighter IV. There are more galleries than anything, and they are small pictures featured around a big border, press skip to move to the next image. BD-Live will be available come release date, and will include My Scenes sharing as well as sneak peeks of upcoming Universal Studios films.

Blu-news Summary
Street Fighter was quite stupid, and very cheesy, and pretty much bad. But I still found something to love about it, the feel of the film is surprisingly fun and funny. Maybe not everything was intentionally funny, but I got a bunch of laughs out of it. It may hold special meaning to some who grew up with this film, as I find stupid films that I grew up with to be some of my favorites. It's certainly hard to recommend this, but if possible give it a rent.

The Blu-ray release definitely looks good, and sounds better. The transfer doesn't always impress, but this is pretty much about as good as it gets for this film. Sound is nice, and even clearer than I had anticipated. Extras are alright, short and to the point, but there's really not as much there as it looks. Street Fighter on Blu-ray is 'Recommended For Fans,' but to others I would suggest giving it a rent if you are indeed interested.

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2 comments:

Nate said...

HOW DARE YOU BEAT ME TO THIS REVIEW!!!

kidding. i'm strangely looking forward to street fighter. i'll hope columbia house puts it in their inventory, and i'd wait for a BOGO. i've seen it, i know how much of a disaster it is, but still, like a trainwreck, it's so hard to look away

Loys Johnson said...

LOL. That's a great way to put it!