Street Fighter - The Ultimate Battle

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Details At A Glance

Category Action Theatrical Trailer(s) None (cover incorrect)
Rating Other Trailer(s) Yes, 1 - Dolby Digital City
Year Released 1994 Commentary Tracks None
Running Time 97 minutes Other Extras None
RSDL/Flipper No/No
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region 4 Director Steven E. de Souza 

Columbia Tristar
Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme
Raul Julia
Ming-Na Wen
Damian Chapa
Kylie Minogue
Wes Studi
RRP $34.95

Pan & Scan/Full Frame No MPEG None
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Dolby Digital 5.1
16x9 Enhancement Yes Soundtrack Languages English (Dolby Digital 2.0 )
French (Dolby Digital 2.0 )
Theatrical Aspect Ratio 2.35:1    
Macrovision Yes    
Subtitles English

Plot Synopsis

    Street Fighter - The Ultimate Battle is based on the Capcom game Street Fighter II. It stars Jean-Claude Van Damme as Colonel Guile and Raul Julia as General Bison.

    Civil war has broken out in Shadaloo, and General Bison is behind it. Like all psychotic bad guys, he has hatched a plot to take over the world. Colonel Guile is in charge of the AN (Allied Nations) forces whose job it is to stop him. General Bison has taken some hostages, and will kill them if a 20 billion dollar ransom is not paid.

    Several other characters assist with either side. On the good guys side are Cammy (Kylie Minogue), Chun-Li (Ming-Na Wen), a reporter, and the rest of her entourage. On the bad guys side are General Sagat (Wes Studi) and Vega (Jay Tavare). Undecided are Ken (Damian Chapa) and Ryu (Byron Mann).

    Lots of entertaining fights are the order of the day, and I was becoming concerned that too many people were being killed. Fortunately, many characters in this movie need to be killed several times before they finally lay down and die. I was also becoming concerned that the movie was taking itself way too seriously, until the assault on Bison's headquarters begins. From here on in, Street Fighter becomes a mindlessly violent movie with fist fight after fist fight all beautifully choreographed and soundtracked, and all done gloriously tongue-in-cheek. There are even a number of great one-liners thrown in for good measure, especially from Dee Jay (Miguel A. Nunez, Jr).

    You will need to watch the credits all the way through with this movie. There is some amusing voice-over dialogue over the end credits, and a little tag after the credits have finished.

Transfer Quality


    The video transfer of this movie is acceptable, with a number of minor faults marring the picture occasionally.

    The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 2.35:1, 16x9 enhanced.

    The transfer was razor sharp most of the time. One or two scenes were a little out of focus, and a few scenes appeared to be edge-enhanced, giving them a harsh edge. Shadow detail was generally pretty good, and no low level noise was present.

    The colours were well rendered, and I had no specific complaints about the colour saturation.

    No MPEG artefacts were seen.

    A number of slightly irritating film-to-video artefacts were seen. There were a few small skips in the video sequence, as if frames had been dropped. The most noticeable of these was at 7:11, but there were approximately five more throughout the movie.

    I noted a significant number of film artefacts, perhaps more than I would expect given the age of this movie, however, none were particularly distracting or particularly bad.


    There are two audio tracks on this DVD. The default is English Dolby Digital 2.0 audio, surround-encoded. This is the one that I listened to. The other track present is a French Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded soundtrack. This meant that for a change, I did not need to alter the default setting of the audio to suit my setup.

    Dialogue was problematic at times, often being quite hard to hear during action sequences, but at other times was easily heard.

    The musical score was unremarkable.

     The surround channel was used aggressively for action and music. It was active almost all of the way through the movie, and provided a surprisingly good surround experience given that the mix is a matrix mix only, and sounded fuller in the mid-range than many 5.1 mixes I have listened to.

    The .1 channel was not specifically encoded, but the subwoofer received lots of work from explosions, gunshots, and every single blow in every fight got a good kick from the subwoofer. This added immensely to the over-the-top experience of this movie.


    The menu on the disc is the standard Columbia Tristar menu system.

    Contrary to the packaging, the theatrical trailer is not present on this disc.

    The Sony Pictures DVD Centre and the Dolby Digital City trailers are present on this disc in 4:3 mode, Dolby Digital 2.0 sound, surround encoded.


    Street Fighter - The Ultimate Battle is a movie that surprised me by how much I actually enjoyed it, especially the latter half of the movie. Yes, the plot is paper-thin and predictable, but the fights are well-staged and the humour is an added bonus. The extra punch added to the fights by the very aggressively mixed soundtrack is a major plus for this disc.

    The video quality is generally reasonable, with some flaws, but no major flaws.

    The audio quality is great in the action department, but a little lacking in the dialogue intelligibility department. Overall, it was a most enjoyable and aggressive soundtrack.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Michael Demtschyna
22nd December 1998

Review Equipment
DVD Pioneer DV-505, using S-Video output
Display Loewe Art-95 95cm direct view CRT in 16:9 mode, via the S-Video input. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.
Audio Decoder Denon AVD-2000 Dolby Digital AddOn Decoder, used as a standalone processor. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.
Amplification 2 x EA Playmaster 100W per channel stereo amplifiers for Left, Right, Left Rear and Right Rear; Philips 360 50W per channel stereo amplifier for Centre and Subwoofer
Speakers Philips S2000 speakers for Left, Right; Polk Audio CS-100 Centre Speaker; Apex AS-123 speakers for Left Rear and Right Rear; Yamaha B100-115SE subwoofer