Plot: What’s it about?
Fatal Fury is another anime (Japanese animation) title based on the popular video game. When the game was first released by SNK for the Neo Geo arcade/home system it was an immediate hit. Now the people at Viz video bring the characters to the big screen on DVD. All the characters are here, Terry Bogard and his brother Andy, the cocky kickboxing champ Joe Higashi and the large breasted “bouncy” Mai Shiranui. The plot for Fury is not too complex, Laocorn Gaudeamus is searching the world over for a special suit of armor that will bring ultimate power to whoever wears it, the only problem is that its in six pieces and each piece is in a different part of the world. Laocorns twin sister, Sulia, sees what this obsession has done to her brother and knows what will happen if he gets his hands on it. Sulia, while running from some of Laocorns footsoldiers, runs into Terry and this is basically how she ends up asking the “good guys” for their help.
Fatal Fury, who’s original title was changed from “Legend of the Hungry Wolf” when it hit the states, is quite good considering most anime based on games are just an excuse to show the characters from the game with a weak plot thrown in to the mix. The animation is slightly choppy at times but very good overall, the fight sequences are fast and done in a way where you can actually see the moves as they fly across your screen, not just blurs of color. Fury does have some down time as far as action but clocking in at 100 min. this is one movie that you can really get into, as opposed to most anime titles that try to pack an entire story and numerous subplots into 40 or 50 min. The bottom line is that in if your a fan of the game or “fighting style” anime, you will love this movie, if your just an anime fan in general you wont be disappointed either. The movie has gained a lot of recognition after its nationwide airplay on the Sci-fi channel but this uncut DVD version with all the trimmings is the way to go for sure.
Video: How does it look?
Fatal Fury is in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. The picture looks above average all around, good color, tones, contrast and you don’t lose a lot of details in darker areas as in a lot of anime. This is really a colorful movie and its transfer to DVD looks great, if you’ve seen this one on VHS you can really see the difference.
Audio: How does it sound?
Two choices, English 2.0 surround or original Japanese dialog on a 4.0 track, either way subtitles are available and the sound on this disc is very good, surround sound is a must on this one. From the spinning moves that sound like there hitting you, to the explosions from some of the characters “special moves” this is a clear, crisp soundtrack.
Supplements: What are the extras?
Not bad for anime (most anime titles lack extras). There is character info on each player, some black and white concept drawings, a summary of the story, staff credits and 4 different trailers. There’s the American trailer, The “preproduction” trailer, the original Japanese theatrical trailer and a Japanese T. V spot.