In the l980s and '90s so many mainstream motion pictures had been transmuted into video games--from STAR WARS and BATMAN down to such dubious joystick material as THE DARK HALF and PLATOON--that the reverse, spinning a successful feature out of a best-selling video game, grew into a
Hollywood marketing vision of the Holy Grail, and just about as elusive. Thus, heedless of the pixel-driven commercial flops SUPER MARIO BROS and DOUBLE DRAGON, STREET FIGHTER arrived as a late 1994 theatrical release.
The actioner allegedly takes its inspiration and motifs from karate-tournament software Street Fighter II, though the gaudy results more resemble a G.I. Joe play set...