With the video-game-based “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li” hitting theaters in late February, Universal would like to remind you that it was there first, thank you very much, with the 1994 Jean-Claude Van Damme vehicle “Street Fighter.”
It tanked in theaters, but a tie-in is a tie-in “ in this case: “Street Fighter: Extreme Edition.” J-C is the heroic Col. Guile, who leads a blue-bereted band of warriors “ including pop singer Kylie Minogue! “ against the nefarious drug lord Gen. Bison (Raul Julia, in his final film), who’s holding hostages in his high-tech island fortress. Martial-arts mayhem ensues between the forces of good and evil.
Full of adventure, and with a color palette resembling a bag of Skittles, “Street Fighter” comes from that time when Hollywood thought making a movie from a game required campiness “ think “Double Dragon” and “Super Mario Bros.,” not “Resident Evil” or “Silent Hill.” Thus, writer/director Steven E. de Souza goes so camp, you could make s’mores with it. That’s why audiences stayed away, yet today, 15 years later, that’s the sole reason to watch this instantly dated flick: as a “so bad, it’s good” experience. It’ s hard to believe something this goofy came from the mind who wrote arguably the best action movie ever (“Die Hard”), until you remember he also wrote “The Flintstones.”
For an “Extreme Edition,” the DVD is a little light on features “ at least those pertaining to the actual movie. Several trailers and promo shorts are for the “Street Fighter” game and anime.