Mar 242019
 

The Street Fighter Collection is a decent introduction to the martial arts genre and while none of them are truly ‘good’, I did find the first movie to be a lot of fun, the third one being so-so while the sequel was rather dull.

 

 

The Street Fighter Collection
— The Street Fighter/The Return of the Street Fighter/The Street Fighter’s Last Revenge —
(1974)

Genre(s): Martial Arts
Shout Factory | Unrated – 274 min. – $44.99 | March 26, 2019

Date Published: 03/24/2019 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO (THE STREET FIGHTER):
Directed by: Shigehiro Ozawa
Writer(s): Kôji Takada and Motohiro Torii (screenplay)
Cast: Sonny Chiba, Etsuko Shiomi, Goichi Yamada, Fumio Watanabe, Masashi Ishibashi, Masafumi Suzuki, Rin’ichi Yamamoto, Yutaka Nakajima


MOVIE INFO (RETURN OF THE STREET FIGHTER):
Directed by: Shigehiro Ozawa
Writer(s): Kôji Takada (characters); Hajjime Koiwa (screenplay)
Cast: Sonny Chiba, Masafumi Suzuki, Yôko Ichiji, Claude Gagnon, Masashi Ishibashi


MOVIE INFO (THE STREET FIGHTER’S LAST REVENGE):
Directed by: Shigehiro Ozawa
Writer(s): Masahiro Shimura and Kôji Takada (screenplay)
Cast: Sonny Chiba, Reiko Ike, Etsuko Shiomi, Yutaka Nakamura, Masafumi Suzuki

DISC INFO:
Features: Interviews, Trailers, Galleries
Slip Cover: Yes
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 3
Audio: Japanese (DTS-HD MA 1.0), English (DTS-HD MA 1.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.35
Subtitles: English
Disc Size: NA
Total Bitrate: NA
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

Shout Factory provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.

THE MOVIE — 3.0/5


The Street Fighter (1974) — 3.5/5

Plot Synopsis: Martial arts master Terry Tsurugi (SONNY CHIBA) may be an assassin-for-hire, but when he hears of a plot to kidnap Sarai (DORIS NAKAJIMA), the daughter of a dead billionaire, he offers her protection. As he attempts to keep Sarai safe, he also deals with a pair of siblings who refuse to pay up after Terry helps their convicted brother escape from prison. But it’s Sarai’s life he cares about, so when the mobsters manage to steal her away, Terry will battle whoever gets in his way to rescue her.


The Return of the Street Fighter (1974) — 2.5/5

Plot Synopsis: 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 (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?


The Street Fighter’s Last Revenge (1974) — 3.0/5

Plot Synopsis: Terry Tsugury (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).


Review: Admittedly, I’m not much of an expert, or generally a fan, of pure martial arts movies. So this Street Fighter Collection is really my first significant foray into the genre and although it is quite over-the-top in its acting, I did quite enjoy The Street Fighter, mostly for some wonderful, if not ghastly, bloody violence. For one, our main character, Terry Tsurugi, rips a guy’s junk out and in the climactic scene, rips another’s throat. Also kind of appreciated that Tsurugi did haven’t much in the way of a moral compass, though it is a double-edge sword when you in large part kind of root for the villain, in this case a guy seeking revenge for the of his brother, not to mention his sister whom Tsurugi more or less sold.

The sequel, The Return of the Street Fighter, was a pretty big drop from the first film. The plot is of course thin but a fair portion are merely flashbacks to events of the first film, and all in all just wasn’t very entertaining, though I did still like Sonny Chiba in the role. The final entry, The Street Fighter’s Last Revenge, was at least a tad better, while the story, revolving a tape recording and billions in Yen, it was mildly enjoyable even when the fights weren’t as well choreographed and even Chiba looked a little tired. I will say, the movie does feature a brutal scene, that I won’t spoil here, only to say your jaw will drop when you see it…

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.5/5


This three-disc release comes housed in a standard Blu-ray case which side-slides into a matted slip cover.

The Street Fighter — 2.5/5
Interviews:

  • Street Fighting Man (27:10) – Actor Sonny Chiba
  • Cutting Moments (13:03) – Trailer Editor/Filmmaker Jack Sholder

Obviously the highlight here is Chiba’s interview who goes through his career, how he became an actor and his work on The Street Fighter series.

Also included on the disc are the U.S. (2:26) and Japanese (3:00) Theatrical Trailers and a Still Gallery (6:32).


The Return of the Street Fighter — 1.0/5
U.S. Theatrical Trailer (2:10), U.S. Teaser Trailer (0:33), Japanese Theatrical Trailer (3:02) and a Still Gallery (3:02).


The Street Fighter’s Last Revenge — 1.0/5
This disc contains both the U.S. Cut and Japanese Cut, which runs about 4-minutes longer. The only features is the U.S. Theatrical Trailer (3:06), Japanese Theatrical Trailer (3:04) and a Still Gallery (1:37).

 


VIDEO – 4.0/5


All four films have been given, in part, new 2K scans from the original film elements (other footage were old HD transfers_ and outside of the third film where four minutes from the Japanese Cut were in standard definition, they all are presented with a 2.35 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfers. For the most part the Street Fighter movies do look good, detail is sharp and it appears the film grain and noise was left intact. Only downside, there were still dust marks and specs were noticeable, especially against any black backdrops.

AUDIO – 4.0/5


The first two Street Fighter films received both Japanese and English-dubbed DTS-HD Master Audio Mono tracks while the final movie is just a Japanese-language track. In any case, these tracks do sound quite good, especially for both being relegated to the center channel and for its age, going on 45 years and perhaps a rigid budget that didn’t include a top-notch sound department.

 


OVERALL – 3.75/5


Overall, The Street Fighter Collection is a decent introduction to the martial arts genre and while none of them are truly ‘good’, I did find the first movie to be a lot of fun, the third one being so-so while the sequel was rather dull. The set itself isn’t filled with amazing features, but the new interview with Sonny Chiba was well worth watching and the video/audio transfers were solid.

 

 

 

Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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