It never fails. The formula for any game-to-movie is simply this:
-Put in as many of the characters as you can.
-Put in as many fights as you can.
-Have a big showdown with the nominal "villain."
-Plot and storyline be damned.
Street Fighter II does this. Now, you're probably thinking, "But thats good if you like the Street Fighter games!" Well yeah, I've always been a big fan of the SF2 saga, but this movie was a disappointment.
Essentially, there are four or five different storylines or plots in this movie. They all concern Bison to some degree, but no real single story to follow. This makes the whole thing boring.
It especially gets boring after the famous Chun-Li/Vega fight. Its a great fight, and probably the only reason to watch the movie, but after that every thing is just predictable and dragged out. In fact, this entire movie pretty much feels dragged out.
REGARDS TO THE DVD RELEASE---
Its in no way a reason to buy, save if you're switching your video collection over to DVD. The film is still edited (as seen by the edited Chun-Li shower scene). There's also the god-awful American soundtrack left in. If you liked the bad hard rock music from the video, you won't mind it, but if you don't like releases from Japanese countries being adulterated, then there's a problem.
So its pretty much a waste of a DVD.