The Street Fighter Collection (Blu-ray Review)

The Street Fighter Collection (Blu-ray Review)

The Street Fighter Collection (Blu-ray Review)

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The Street Fighter Collection (Blu-ray Review)
Rated: UR/Region A/2:35/1080p/Number of Discs 3
Available from Shout Select

The Street Fighter (1974)
Directed By: Shigehiro Ozawa
Starring: Sonny Chiba, Goichi Yamada, Etsuko Shiomi
Rated: UR/2:35

Terry is a tough, mercenary, master of martial arts. When an important business magnate dies, leaving billions to his daughter, the Mafia and Yakuza try to hire Terry to kidnap the daughter. When they refuse to meet his exorbitant price, then try to kill him to conceal their secret plans, he promptly offers his services to protect her. Much ultra-violent martial-arts fighting action, as expected, ensues. This also includes a subplot of a family’s bloodfeud with Terry over a disputed debt.

1974’s The Street Fighter starring the legendary Sonny Chiba as Martial arts master Terry Tsurugi was a movie I first saw many moons ago on an old 15 movie pack that looked like someone had ripped it from a VHS. Thankfully, that’s not the case here as Shout Select brings us the whole Street Fighter trilogy in a very nice Blu-ray set that lets us watch the American or original versions of the film. The original here is what started it all and see Terry doing away with the bad guys in violent manners that might even be a bit ahead of their time. There isn’t much in the way of really good guys here in this movie. Terry himself is about as Punisher-ish as you could get at this time and he really doesn’t care who’s throat he is ripping out. Women are treated bad, people are getting killed left and right, but for the time and for my money it’s one of the better movies you’ll find in this genre. There’s a reason why The Street Fighter is such a loved movie and this release really shows it. Terry goes from killing for the highest bidder to protecting a girl he fancies, and it all comes to a head in a very dramatic and cool looking final battle in the rain. The Street Fighter isn’t for the weak of heart but it’s bloody and it is packed with action. That’s a good time for me and I’m sure it will be for the most of you as well.

Extras

– NEW 2K Scan Of The Original Film Elements Of The Uncut Version
– Uncut Version Of The Film (91 Minutes) With English And Japanese Audio
– Two English Dubs – The Theatrical Dub And The New Line Home Video Dub
– NEW Street Fighting Man – An Interview With Star Sonny China
– NEW Cutting Moments – THE STREET FIGHTER Trailer – An Interview With Filmmaker Jack Sholder
– U.S. Theatrical Trailer
– Japanese Theatrical Trailer
– Still Gallery

Quality of Transfer: 93%

Return of the Street Fighter (1974)
Directed By: Shigehiro Ozawa
Starring: Sonny Chiba, Claude Gagnon, Masafumi Suzuki
Rated: UR/2:35

When the wrong people find out about the illegal activities being conducted by yakuza big shot Otaguro (Hiroshi Tanaka), he calls in master street fighter Terry Tsugury (Sonny Chiba). Tsugury’s assignment is to kill the would-be informants, a task he initially accepts. However, when Tsugury realizes that one of his intended targets is a friend (Masafumi Suzuki), he finds himself facing a dilemma: Should he carry out his orders or fight back against the yakuza?

Being in all honesty, I don’t think any Street Fighter movie is as good as the original. In this one, I do think we have a full-on effort to being even more violent and even more shocking, with the movie starting off with Terry doing an elaborate stunt in order to get arrested so he can shut someone behind bars up on a job. That comes with a nice throat box being ripped out. From there it is pretty much violence galore with one fight scene having someone’s eyes being knocked out in a very cartoon-ish manner. The plot is what it is, but if you just came here for even more blood and guts then you’ve come to the right sequel with Return of the Street Fighter. The best way to describe this one is we have Sonny Chiba in full on Sonny Chiba mode and that’s never a bad thing. It might not be as well put together like the original, but it scratches that itch you might have for the red stuff.

Extras

– NEW 2K Scan Of The Original Film Elements Of The Uncut Version
– Uncut Version Of The Film (83 Minutes) With English And Japanese Audio
– U.S. Teaser Trailer
– U.S. Theatrical Trailer
– Japanese Theatrical Trailer
– Still Gallery

Quality of Transfer: 87%

The Streetfighter’s Last Revenge (1974)
Directed By: Shigehiro Ozawa
Starring: Sonny Chiba, Reiko Ike, Etsuko Shiomi
Rated: UR/2:35

Terry Tsugury (Sonny Chiba) is a street-wise thief who agrees to help an underworld crime boss (Akira Shioji). For a fee, Tsugury will steal back a set of cassette tapes that contain precise instructions on how to manufacture cheap heroin. But when he realizes he’s been double-crossed, Tsugury makes off with the tapes. With a deadly assassin (Frankie Black) on his trail and an ever-widening circle of people he can’t trust, Tsugury finds help in a mysterious agent (Etsuko Shihomi).

The Streetfighter’s Last Revenge is a bit different than the other two films in that not only is Terry still crushing necks and killing the bad guys, but he’s also running around like a Kung-Fu James Bond. He’s got a lot of people he can’t trust in this one and one is a hot lady that would just assume kill him than help him it seems. None the less, this is the first time we’ve gotten the full version of this one here in the states. You can pick between the two at the start and it should go without saying that the Japanese version packs a lot more of a violent punch than the other does, so that will be the one you want to see. There are other differences and you can watch both to see, but that’s my pick. Other than that we have our lead wearing fake faces and getting out of situations that should be impossible to get out of. It’s over the top and bloody, but that’s how I like my movies.

Extras

– NEW 2K Scan Of The Original Film Elements Of The U.S. Cut (80 Minutes)
– NEW 2K Scan Of The Original Film Elements Of The U.S. Cut With Standard Definition Inserts From The Original Japanese Cut (84 Minutes)
– U.S. Theatrical Trailer
– Japanese Theatrical Trailer
– Still Gallery

Quality of Transfer: 87%

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