The Street Fighter's Last Revenge (Gyakushű! Satsujin Ken) (1974)

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Released 7-Apr-2006

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Action Main Menu Introduction
Menu Animation & Audio
Gallery-Poster
Theatrical Trailer
Trailer-Inner Senses, Zatoichi At Large, Godzilla-Final Wars
Biographies-Cast-Sonny Chiba
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 1974
Running Time 80:07
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Teruo Ishii
Studio
Distributor
Toei Company
Madman Entertainment
Starring Sonny Chiba
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI Box Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.40:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures Yes
Subtitles English Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    The wealthy Owada hires Takuma Tsurugi (Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba) to rescue his brother and a black mah jong case from a siege in which the younger Owada is a hostage. Disguising himself as a policeman Tsurugi rescues the man but is soon double-crossed by the Owadas who take the case and the money that Tsurugi was to be paid. It turns out that the mah jong case conceals a tape that Owada is using to blackmail an even wealthier businessman for $1 billion yen. The tape records a conversation about how the businessman bribed public servants and politicians up to and including the Prime Minister.

    Tsurugi retaliates by stealing the tape, but he then comes up against a mysterious and powerful karate expert who also wants the tape.

    This is a silly finale to the Street Fighter series, which made Chiba internationally known in the mid-1970s. It has a weak and perfunctory plot which is dressed up with a few oddities. Not least of these oddities is Blackie, the Chicago hitman hired by the Owadas who has an Australian or Kiwi accent and whose weapon of choice is a laser beam. He also chooses to dress like The Cisco Kid, for reasons which remain mysterious.

    In real life Chiba is a karate and judo expert and he gets several opportunities to display his skills. He also does a reasonable Bruce Lee impersonation (or rip-off if you prefer). His acting skills are perhaps not quite up there with Lee but he is a personable hero. Director Teruo Ishii is known for his often bizarre films about torture and violence, and he does not make a very good fist of the action sequences in this often very violent thriller. Some of the karate sequences are surprisingly perfunctory.

    The original English dub of the film which has been available on VHS and DVD has the plot revolving around a recipe for cheap heroin which is on the tape. The movie makes more sense in the original version, and it is a credit to Eastern Eye for releasing this movie in such good condition in Australia, as part of a very cheap box set of Chiba films.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The film is presented in an aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and is 16x9 enhanced.

    This is a very good video transfer. Apart from some occasional aliasing, for example at 12:48, there is little wrong with the transfer. It is a progressive PAL transfer, not an NTSC to PAL conversion, and so does not display the problems of some of Eastern Eye's earlier releases. The transfer is clean and reasonably sharp. Colour is on par with films of the era. Shadow detail is not the best, with dark suits and dark hair lacking in detail.

    There is some telecine wobble and the occasional fleck or faint scratch, but otherwise the source material looks to have been in immaculate condition.

    The optional English subtitles are in the ubiquitous yellow, and apart from one or two spelling errors are very good, well-timed and easy to read. They are positioned above the bottom of the frame, so anyone with a projector masking their screen to 2.35:1 will not miss anything.

    The disc is single-layered.

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Audio

    The original mono soundtrack is provided here in a Dolby Digital 2.0 format.

    Dialogue is clear and the effects and music are presented without congestion or that hollow, lifeless sound that mono soundtracks occasionally get. However there is considerable sibilance in the dialogue, which I sometimes found distracting.

    The music score is heavily influenced by blaxploitation movies of the 1970s, being quite funky and using those edgy guitar riffs, man.

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Extras

Main Menu Introduction

    A short series introduction with graphics and footage.

Menu Animation & Audio

    The main theme of the movie can be heard with some brief Chiba action.

Gallery-Poster

    3 posters and 9 stills.

Theatrical Trailer (2:56)

    A 16x9 enhanced original trailer with white subtitles that are different to those in the feature. It contains plenty of spoilers, so watch this afterwards.

Trailer-Inner Senses, Zatoichi At Large, Godzilla-Final Wars (5:41)

    Trailers for other Eastern Eye releases.

Biographies-Cast-Sonny Chiba

    3 pages of text about the star's career.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    This appears to be a port of Optimum's UK Region 2 release. The Region 1 is not 16x9 enhanced and contains an English dub only.

Summary

    The third and least of the Street Fighter series, with as good a transfer and set of extras as could be expected. At the low price for the box set in which it appears it is a bargain, though whether it is worth watching more than once is a consideration.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Philip Sawyer (Bio available.)
Friday, May 26, 2006
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