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Street Fighter’s Last Revenge :Comparison (Image Entertainment vs. Optimum Asia) 
Written by: on January 30th, 2005
Theatrical Release Date: Japan, November 22nd, 1974
Director: Teruo Ishii
Cast: Sonny Chiba, Etsuko Shihomi, Frankie Black
The Street Fighter's Last Revenge
The Street Fighter's Last Revenge
DVD released: 1995 2005
Approximate running time: 79 minutes 79 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Non-Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: NR 15
Sound: Dolby Digital stereo English Dolby Digital stereo Japanese with English subtitles
DVD Release: New Line Cinema Optimum
Region Coding: Laserdisc Region 2 PAL
Retail Price: OOP £15.99

New Line Cinema’s Laserdisc
Optimum’s Region 2 DVD

The Film :

Takuma Tsurugi (Sonny Chiba) has been hired by the Owada too retrieve a cassette which contains a secret recipe for making cheap heroin. All bets are off when they double cross Tsurugi when he shows up with the merchandise and they refuse to pay him. A master of disguise Tsurugi starts to uncover the truth behind the secrets contained on the cassette.

Video:

The Street Fighter’s Last Revenge out of the three New Line cinema’s Street Fighter laserdisc’s is in the worst shape. The image lacks detail and has some minor print damage. The colors looked washed out and flesh tones look unhealthy. New Line Cinema’s release does offer more picture information then all of the current U.S. DVD releases of The Street Fighter’s Last Revenge which are cropped. Optimum’s release brings the films flesh tones and colors to life. The black levels remain strong and constant with solid detail through out. Grain is kept to a minimum as this print is nearly flawless. Framing wise they appear to offer about the same amount of picture information.

Audio:

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 The Street Fighter’s Last Revenge. 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 The Street Fighter’s Last Revenge ever sound to date. English subtitles have been included that are easy to read and follow.

Extras:

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 Return of the Street Fighter, The Street Fighter, Yakuza Deka, Yakuza Deka Marijuana Mitsubai Soshika, The Bullet Train, Golgo 13: Kowloon Assignment and Time Slip.

Overall:

After years of suffering through cut and washed out versions finally a The Street Fighter’s Last Revenge DVD that is totally uncut and uncensored.

Note: The exact running time according to the counters on my players is the Optimum PAL DVD runs exactly 1 hour 20 minutes and 5 seconds. The New Line laserdisc runs exactly 1 hour 18 minutes and 46 seconds. Also the 79 minutes listing for both titles come from their cover art which list this as their running times. The main changes between the two releases are mostly violence related shots.

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