(aka "Satsujin ken 2" or "Return of the Street Fighter")

 

directed by Ozawa Shigehiro
Japan 1974

 

In this impressive follow-up to ”Street fighter”, Chiba returns as Tsurugi Takuma, the freelance hit-man, bodyguard and I-do-what-I-damn-well-please antihero, this time killing off the competition for a business tycoon, who wants to start a karate school. But when his old master discovers, that this new school is a front for the mafia, Tsurugi goes against them and meets some old enemies along the way.

In many ways “Return of Street Fighter” is superior to “Street Fighter”. It has more story (cough cough), it has more action and the fighting sequences have more thought behind them. And they are damn impressive visually. One sequence is a showdown between Tsurugi and two villains in the snow, one using yari (spear), the other a kusari-gama (sickle and chain), another sequence, where Tsurugi meets his old enemy, whom he believed leaving dead in “Street Fighter”, is fought out in a rain and thunderstorm, and the final mass fight is fought out in a darkened staircase, with only a flashlight and a swinging lamp as light sources. All very inventive composed.

Sadly this should be the last good street fighter flick of the series, officially that is. By now Toho was riding the wave to its fullest extend, and continued exploiting it with "Sister Street Fighter", plus two sequels, and "The Last Revenge of Street Fighter". The series official had its last entry with "Kozure satsujin ken" in 1975.

Henrik Sylow

Theatrical Release: April 27, 1974

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DVD Comparison:

Brentwood (10 Faces of Sonny Chiba Box) - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Optimum (The Street Fighter Box Set) - Region 0 - PAL

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Brentwood

Region 0 - NTSC

Optimum
Region 0 - PAL
Runtime 1:23:26 1:19:15 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

2.27:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.11 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

2.40:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.95 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Brentwood (10 Faces of Sonny Chiba Box)

 

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Optimum (The Street Fighter Box Set)

 

Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital English (dub), 2.0 Dolby Digital Chinese (dub),

2.0 Dolby Digital Mono Japanese

Subtitles None English, Dutch, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Brentwood

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 2.27:1

Edition Details:
• Filmography

DVD Release Date: June 25, 2002
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Chapters 14
 

Release Information:
Studio: Optimum

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.40:1

Edition Details:
• Stills Gallery
• Trailers

 

DVD Release Date: January 24, 2005
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Chapters 16

 

 

 

 

Comments Native resolution of the Brentwood DVD is 720px, but as there are black bars left and right, the film frame takes up approx 705px. Black bars were removed and frame resized to 700px. In order to compare, the Optimum frame of 1016px was resized to 700px.

Both are DVD5 editions, but there is a world in difference.

BRENTWOOD
The Brentwood suffer from edge enhancements, heavy ghosting (even during normal movement), its very bright, lacks detail and is, in comparison to Optimum, over scanned by approx 10%.

It is dubbed into English (and Chinese) and the dub is simply awful. All the characters have gotten English names, like Takuma (Chiba) now is Terry, and translation is very "liberal". It also has an English title sequence, but if its created by Jack Shoulder ("The Hidden"), as "Street Fighter" was, I don't know.

OPTIMUM
The Optimum is based on a digitally re-mastered source of the recently restored original version, showing next to none signs of artifacts. It is not as dark as "
Street Fighter", has great details and contrast, and while it also has ghosting, it seems only to be during fast movement. It is just a great transfer.

It comes with the original Japanese 2.0 Dolby Digital mono track, which also has been re-mastered. There is no noise and dialogue is clear.

 - Henrik Sylow

 

 





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(Brentwood (10 Faces of Sonny Chiba Box) - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP vs. Optimum (The Street Fighter Box Set) - Region 0 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 

 


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