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Episode 233

Street Fighter (1994)

Published on: 30th November, 2023

Street Fighter is one of those movies that does feel lacking, incomplete, and cut to shreds, and then you realise it is indeed all of those things because of the various issues on set. Capcom’s constant demands, Raúl Julia's illness and recovery from surgery, Jean-Claude Van Damme's regular absences from set, and a constantly changing filming schedule, not to mention the MPAA requesting constant cuts to give it the all important PG-13 rating. Under different circumstances, Street Fighter could actually have ended up so different.

It's a movie based on a video game, that bucked the trend of video game movies not making any money, but that did not buck the trend of video game movies not being all that great, that had nothing to do with the actual video game, and everything to do with selling toys, appeasing Capcom and enabling Jean-Claude Van Damme's bad behaviour...

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The podcast on the history and legacy of movies you know, and movies you don't.
Are you interested in how movies are made? Do you wonder how a film went from conception to completion? If so Verbal Diorama, hosted by Em, is the podcast for you!

Movies are tough to make, and Verbal Diorama is here to celebrate the coming together of teams of extraordinary cast and crew, bringing us movies that inspire us, delight us, make us laugh, make us cry and petrify us. This podcast discovers the stories behind the scenes, and proves how amazing it is that movies actually exist!

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Hi! I'm Em. I created Verbal Diorama in 2018, and launched the podcast in February 2019 to rapturous applause and acclaim.... from my cat Jess.

The modus operandi of Verbal Diorama is simple: movies are tough to make! The coming together of a team of people from all walks of life to make something to entertain, delight and educate us for 90+ mins is not an easy task, and yet so many succeed at it. That must be something to celebrate.

I'm here to do just that - to celebrate movies. Their history and legacy, and why they remain so special to so many of us.

Episodes are audibly book ended by Jess. She sadly passed away in March 2022, aged almost 18. She featured in many episodes of the podcast, and that's why you can hear her at the end of every episode. The role of official feline producer is now held by the comparatively quieter Evie.

I love podcasts, and listen to many, but never my own.

I unashamedly love The Mummy (1999) and Grease 2. I'm still looking for a cool rider.