Blu-ray Review: The Street Fighter Collection

The Street Fighter was directed by Shigehiro Ozawa and stars Sonny Chiba as Terry Tsurugi, a mercenary who has been hired by both the yakuza and the mafia to kidnap a wealthy heiress, but when he isn’t paid, a violent clash will ensue. The film also stars Goichi Yamada, Yutaka Nakajima, Doris Nakajima, Etsuko Shihomi, Masashi Ishibashi and Masafumi Suzuki.

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.

Terry Tsurugi is a mercenary who gets hired by both the yakuza and the mafia and ends up going up against both factions to protect an heiress he cares about. He also has a few other obstacles along the way but Terry is about as bad as they come and delivers his violent style of extreme punishment to everyone who gets in his way or wants to kidnap his lady friend.

Run Time: 93 Minutes

Rated: Unrated and Uncut

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)

Blu-ray Audio: Theatrical English Dub DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono / Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono / 90’s Re-release English Dub DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The extras include two English dubs of the film, an in-depth interview with star Sonny Chiba, another interview, two trailers and a still gallery.

  • UNCUT VERSION
  • NEW 2K Scan of the original film elements of the U.S. cut and HD inserts
  • Two English dubs – the theatrical dub and the New Line Home Video dub
  • NEW Street Fighting Man – an interview with star Sonny China (27:10)
  • NEW Cutting Moments – THE STREET FIGHTER trailer – an interview with filmmaker Jack Shoulder (13:03)
  • U.S. Theatrical Trailer (02:26)
  • Japanese Theatrical Trailer (03:00)
  • Still Gallery (06:32)
  • Blu-ray Credits (00:25)

Return of the Street Fighter was directed by directed by Shigehiro Ozawa and stars Sonny Chiba who reprises his role as Terry Tsurugi who is hired by the mob to kill two informants, but when he realizes one is an old friend, he refuses, and now he is the one being hunted. The film also stars Hiroshi Tanaka, Masafumi Suzuki, Masashi Ishibashi and Yoko Ichiji.

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?

This second chapter pretty much follows the same plot as the first movie with a few new characters inserted into the mix. The big threat this time for Terry is that he has to go up against his old arch enemy he thought was dead. There’s also the sleazy yakuza and mafia he’s still dealing with but in the end Terry shows them all who’s the boss.

Run Time: 83 Minutes

Rated: Unrated and Uncut

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono / Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The extras include three trailers and a still gallery.

  • UNCUT VERSION
  • NEW 2K Scan of the original film elements of the U.S. cut and HD inserts (Uncut Version)
  • U.S. Teaser Trailer (00:33)
  • U.S. Theatrical Trailer (02:10)
  • Japanese Theatrical Trailer (03:02)
  • Still Gallery (03:02)

The Street Fighter’s Last Revenge was directed by Shigehiro Ozawa and stars Sonny Chiba who reprises his role one last time as Terry Tsuguri who gets double crossed by the Ôwada clan when he takes off with something they want. Soon he is being chased by a group of deadly assassins. The film also stars Akira Shioji, Frankie Black, Etsuko Shihomi and Reiko Ike.

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).

Even though this third and final entry still conects to the first two movies, it sort of goes in a different direction as far as the tone. This one has a little more humor to it and even shows a slightly softer side of the anti-hero. Terry Tsugury becomes a master of disguise as he takes on this new crime syndicate that wants these cassette tapes. Terry goes up against a master assassin who’s as deadly as he is and when he realizes that he’s met his match, Terry draws in a little supernatural power to help him win his fight against this new enemy.

Run Time: 80 Minutes

Rated: Unrated and Uncut / R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono / Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The extras include two trailers and a still gallery.

  • Uncut Version and U.S. Cut
  • NEW 2K Scan of the original film elements of the U.S. cut
  • NEW 2K Scan of the original film elements of the U.S. cut with standard definition inserts from the original Japanese cut
  • U.S. Theatrical Trailer (03:06)
  • Japanese Theatrical Trailer (03:04)
  • Still Gallery (01:37)

The packaging comes with a slipcase with one blue plastic keepcase inside. The front of the slipcase features the artwork you see up top and the back includes special features for each movie along with some images. The front of the packaging for the Blu-ray keepcase features matching artwork and the back includes some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve also features some classic promotional artwork and movie credits. Each Blu-ray disc is color coded and features its own individual artwork. Inserting each disc, the menu screens were simple and easy to navigate. Each cut of all three movies have been given a new 2K scan of the original film elements. The picture and sound quality for these high-definition upgrades were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, all three movies include in The Street Fighter Collection were first time watches for me and they took me back to my childhood when I was fascinated by the martial arts and those Sundays when I would tune into Kung Fu theater all day. I really liked this Terry Tsurugi character Sonny Chiba plays because he’s not really a good guy even though he kicks all the bad guy’s asses. Actually, he pretty much kicks anybody’s ass who gets in his way and he’s also really hard to make friends with. Each movie kinda sorta connects to the next and follows the story about this anti-hero mercenary who wages war against the yakuza and a few other sinister characters. The Street Fighter movies are extremely violent and jam-packed full of well choreographed fight scenes featuring Sonny Chiba’s style of karate and there’s a lot of blood to go with it. I have to admit the blood looks really fake but that’s pretty much the only gripe I have because these movies were such a fun watch. Shigehiro Ozawa directed all three of these exciting martial arts movies in 1974 and would go on to direct a spinoff called Sister Street Fighter later that year. The Street Fighter Collection joins the Shout Select lineup when it make its Blu-ray debut on March 26th.

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