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Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie

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Product Description

All the lightning-fisted thrills of the world’s wildest combat video game series explodes onto DVD in this brilliantly animated, sensationally supercharged adventure, Street FighterTM II: The Animated Movie. This all new unedited and uncensored version now boasts a stunning new 5.1 surround sound mix of the equally popular soundtrack. In the not too distant future, civilization is under attack. Leading the forces of darkness is the evil mastermind Bison, who is determined to capture the minds and bodies of the world’s greatest fighters for use in his manic plan to conquer the world. The only people on Earth with the potential to stop him are Ken and Ryu, two powerful legendary martial arts warriors. Together they face the fights of all fights. The final battle of good against evil is about to begin!

Based on the video game, Street Fighter II: the Animated Movie (1994) is the first feature in the popular continuity that includes a second animated film, a TV series, an OAV, and a live-ction feature. With physiques that Mr. Olympia would envy and moves that would shame Bruce Lee, Ryu and Ken Masters rank as the world's greatest martial artists. They face a dire challenge when Vega (Bison in the English dub), the psychic master of the criminal syndicate Shadowloo (Shadowlaw), attempts to turn the world's top street fighters into his agents. The minimal plot exists only as a framework for the over-the-top martial arts battles. Director Gisaburo Sugii stages many of the fights at night in an effort to heighten the drama, but the results are so dark, it's difficult to see what's going on. Fans of the series complain--justifiably--that the English voices sound stiff and hokey, although the dialogue is hopelessly silly. The double-sided disc offers both the English and Japanese versions; the latter contains about two more minutes of violent fighting. (Rated PG-13, suitable for ages 17 and older: graphic violence, violence against women, nudity, alcohol use, profanity, ethnic stereotypes) --Charles Solomon

Special Features

  • Features both the original Japanese master with never before seen scenes and the UK unrated version, featuring a soundtrack by KMDFM
  • Interactive player cards
  • UK trailers

Product Details

  • Actors: Kôjiro Shimizu, Kenji Haga, Miki Fujitani, Masane Tsukayama, Masakatsu Funaki
  • Directors: Gisaburo Sugii
  • Writers: Gisaburo Sugii, Kenichi Imai
  • Producers: Akio Sakai, Kenzo Tsujimoto, Megumu Sugiyama, Mitsuhisa Hida, Takeshi Sekiguchi
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Manga Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 18, 2006
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FA57T4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,790 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie" on IMDb

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By Stephen M. Sturgeon on July 18, 2006
Format: DVD
First, let's get the obvious out of the way. I'm sure the main reason the majority of guys are going to buy this is because of the shower scene. Let me just make one note about it and move on. The english version has an EXTENDED version of the shower scene. There is still one shot that's missing (just to be exact). However, the Japanese side of the disc does indeed have the UNCUT version of the shower scene. So feel free to go nuts, take screen shots etc. It is in here.

Now on to the rest of the review. This release is in everyway superior to the original US release.

It has the UK version of the movie (which is vastly extended over the US version) and the Japanese (completely un-cut).

The menu system is also a vast improvement (since the original DVD didn't even HAVE a menu system). The extra's, while sparse, also make it a cut above the original release.

The only thing I could possibly fault this release with is that it's only the Japanese version that's completely un-cut, while the UK version is merely extended.

Even that's not much of a fault. I don't typically watch my anime with the Japanese track, but with this one, I'll make an exception.

Once you see the Japanese version, you'll realize just how bad the english dub is. The dubbing team had to add to the dialogue to fit the mouth-flaps. This made for a lot of (for a lack of a better word) stupid dialogue that made some scenes go on painfully too long. It killed a lot of the flow of the movie. The original Japanese dialogue fits the flow of the movie better, and the voice acting is simply better.
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When Jean-Claude Van Damme came out with the live action movie, "Street Fighter", a lot of people, especially video game fans, were disgusted. This movie was a spoof of a video game, not a translation. However, this tragedy would be avenged with the release of "Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie". Unlike the live action film, this movie is extremely intense, decently parallel to the arcade story, and is overall a good movie.
In the story, the evil organization known as Shadowloo is unleashing an icy grip over the world powers. Under the leadership of M.Bison, scientists Brainwash expert martial artists to assassinate world leaders. Bison's latest target is the legendary Ryu, who had recently defeated his top henchman, Sagat. Kidnapping his best friend and respected rival, Ken Masters, Bison plans to either add Ryu to his army, or destroy him. With the aid of Air Force Captain William Guile, Interpol agent Chun Li, and Sumo Wrestler Edmond Honda, Ryu wages a war against Shadowlaw, and prepares for a showdown with his best friend.
The fights in this movie are spectacular, as the fighters from the smash hit video game execute signature moves. One of the most dazzling fights is the match up between Chun Li and Vega, which is very "Matrix"-like (ironically, this movie was released five years before "The Matrix"). There's eye candy in the movie, too. (Keep your eyes peeled for a cameo appearance by Akuma.) With a dynamic storyline and a cutting edge soundtrack, "Street Fighter II" is a masterpiece.
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This the best anime I've ever seen!! Sure it's slightly edited but, who cares (It was a tiny scene with Chun-Li in the shower and some stronger cursing.)? The best scenes are Cammy's 1st cameo (Her 2nd one is quite boring.), Ryu and Sagat's fight, Ryu and Fei Long's fight, and (My personal favorite...) Vega and Chun-Li's fight. The voice acting is actually quite good (Except for Dee Jay, he's supposed to sound Jamaican, not American!) and Honda is quite funny. However, there is another American dub, but with more cursing (Dee Jay always ends his sentences with a curse word and Vega called Chun-Li a word that rhymes with witch when she hits him in the face during the fight.)and surprisingly the "uncensored" cuts out Chun-Li's nudity (But I really don't care because I'm a girl.). Although many people hate the music, I think it's cool (Especially the song Chun-Li plays while fixing her hair and her fight with Vega.). All 'n' all, this movie is very good and should go out and buy it or rent it.
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Firstly, I must say, I guess I'm one of those guys who "unfortunately needs to see Chun Li in her animated underwear." Secondly, I think one should not approach a movie about a bunch of gladiatorial cartoon characters looking for a complicated storyline. It's just cool. Just watch it---and appreciate it for what it is. Even if the roles were stretched kinda thin, the movie included most of the classic street fighters. Blanka, in particular, I liked. Sagat, Balrog and Vega were of course the hired thugs of M.Bison, each of them making notable appearances throughout.
I have many personal high points in the movie. The brawl between Ryu and Sagat is rock n' roll all the way. Sagat is like twelve feet tall, as wide as a bus. You get to see the dragon-punch that left Sagat with that big ugly scar, falling back on the background info behind the game.
The fight between Chun Li and Vega. Yes, she's in her underwear, and yes, it's cool. In that scene she uses virtually every one of her classic moves from the game. Vega slices her bathrobe to ribbons, and she ends up kicking him through a wall.
Some of the Ryu and Ken flashbacks were cool, which inevitably dovetailed into the rivalry between the two friends. I liked it when they harnessed their power to thrash Bison; Bison was a motormouth that never shut up.
Guile was my favorite guy, and he sounded kinda like Ben Gazzara when he talked. There was an immediate sexual tension between Guile and Chun Li, and I was cheering him on all the way. And later in the movie, maybe Guile was defeated by a five-hundred pound Bison, but it didn't matter, because he made off with Chun Li in the end. Now that's what it's all about, stars and stripes, baby.
I think if you like the game you'll like the movie. It's just fun to watch.
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