Written by: Michael Den Boer on January 30th, 2005
|Theatrical Release Date: Japan, April 27th, 1974
Director: Shigehiro Ozawa
Writer: Koji Takada
Cast: Sonny Chiba,
Claude Gannyon, Yôko Ichiji , Masashi Ishibashi
|Approximate running time:||83 minutes||79 minutes|
|Aspect Ratio:||2.35:1 Non-Anamorphic Widescreen||2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen|
|Sound:||Dolby Digital stereo English||Dolby Digital stereo Japanese with English subtitles|
|DVD Release:||New Line Cinema||Optimum|
|Region Coding:||Laserdisc||Region 2 PAL|
The Film :
Terry Tsurugi (Sonny Chiba) is hired by the yakuza to kill an accountant who is in police custody. Tsurugi fights with the police too force them to put him into custody. In police custody Tsurugi kills the man for the yakuza by ripping out his throat. Tsurugi escapes the police by jumping out of a window. The yakuza are using a karate school as a front to extort money to build the Asian Arts Center. After the yakuza realize that Tsurugi knows too much they send out assassins to dispose of him.
New Line cinema’s laserdisc print is virtually free of nicks and scratches. The flesh tones do look pale and the image lacks detail through out. New Line Cinema’s release does offer more picture information then all of the current U.S. DVD releases of Return of the Street Fighter which are cropped. Optimum’s release offers solid colors and has natural looking flesh tones. The black levels remain strong and constant with solid detail through out. Grain is kept to a minimum as this print is in excellent shape. Optimum’s release also offers slightly more picture information then the New Line Laserdisc.
New Line cinema’s laserdisc comes with only one audio option an English dubbed Language track and it is presented in a Dolby Digital stereo. Overall the sound on this release is clean with no sign of hiss or distortion. The action sounds crisp and dialog is always easy to understand. New Line cinema’s laserdisc offers better sound quality then all of the current U.S. DVD releases of Return of the Street Fighter. Optimum’s DVD comes with only one audio option the films original Japanese Language track and it is presented in a Dolby Digital stereo. The sound track is in amazing shape with no problems with distortion or hiss. This is the best I have ever heard Return of the Street Fighter ever sound to date. English subtitles have been included that are easy to read and follow.
The New Line cinema laserdisc is a barebones release that doesn’t even come with the films original trailer. Optimum’s release comes with the following extras a stills gallery, a bio on Sonny Chiba and The films original trailer. Rounding out the extras are trailers for other release from Optimum is a Sonny Chiba trailer collection including the following titles The Street Fighter, The Street Fighter’s Last Revenge, Yakuza Deka, Yakuza Deka Marijuana Mitsubai Soshika, The Bullet Train, Golgo 13: Kowloon Assignment and Time Slip.
After owning countless inferior versions released by companies like Brentwood, Diamond and VCI a Return of the Street Fighter DVD that is worth owning.