Kristin Kreuk(Lana on "Smallville") stars as Chun-Li, a girl haunted by the childhood kidnapping of her loving father by "Bison" and his henchman, Balrog. As the young girl grows up, she becomes an expert in martial arts, and a beautiful woman. Her life's purpose seems to be realized upon receiving a sacred scroll, and she's off to Bangkok, befriends "Gen," a member of a the "Order of the Web," whose mission is to fight injustice. Seeing it at virtually every corner, Chun-Li perfects her skills with Gen's help, and begins to use her special skills to fight crime and to confront "Bison," for a final showdown. Attempting to mix it up, there are also two cops after Bison as well.
While Kreuk is actually pretty good in her role, the rest of the cast come across as caricatures, and the script doesn't help. It feels as if things are made to be complicated in order to distract from the film's cable-tv-esque storyline.
That said, "STREET FIGHTER: THE LEGEND OF CHUN-LI" doesn't look cheap, and while only run-of-the-mill, it moves along at a semi-decent pace, so never feels as boring as "MAX PAYNE."
FOX has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray. Colors are rich and fleshtones appear natural throughout. The detail is often dazzling, showcasing a beautiful production design. While there is minor grain, it's a very good(short of great)image. The dvd sports the same aspect ratio. While colors are decent, they never feel deep enough and darker scenes swallow up some of the detail that shines on blu-ray.
FOX has provided a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. It's outstanding! From beginning to end, minor nuances and deep bass are presented with great fidelity and perfect balance. It's an aggressive mix, completely immersing the audience and showcasing the kind of action sounds one hopes for in a "martial arts" inspired film. The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix on the dvd offers a great soundmix as well, but it never comes close to recreating the deep bass and quality of the lossy mix. This blu-ray demonstrates how much a difference the format makes on even a mediocre film.
FOX has gone all out for this release! This three-disc release includes the theatrical cut and an "unrated" version. The "additional" 47 seconds making up the "unrated" version doesn't offer anything that stands out, however. An audio commentary with the film's producers and actors Chris Klein and Neal McDonough. It's pretty dull and not recommended. It's also only available on the "unrated" version. An option for text-sourced trivia is offered as well as plenty of deleted scenes(480p only). A featurette(1080i) examining the film's origin and production, is semi-worthwhile. Another featurette(1080i)allows cast and crew to discuss the story and casting, although it's pretty much just promotional-type material, without anything engaging. A Production and storyboard gallery look terrific and two trailers for "MISS MARCH" and "THE MARINE 2" are offered in full 1080p.
The 2nd disc is a digital copy of the film and disc 3 is in dvd format, containing an animated film, as well as some bonus features.