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Ninja III: The Domination Blu-ray Review

Ninja III- The Domination Blu-ray

“Ninja III: The Domination” is a wacky and entertaining bad 80’s movie.

In this sequel to “Enter The Ninja” and “Revenge Of The Ninja,” Lucinda Dickey (of “Breakin’” and “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo” fame) stars as an exercise teacher/telephone repairwoman named Christie who becomes possessed every now and then by the spirit of an evil ninja that was gunned down by a squad of police officers. With a new host body, the seemingly unstoppable ninja seeks revenge against the police officers who killed him. The only people who can stop him? A mysterious eye patched individual, a police officer (Billy Secord) and Christie herself.

In the 80’s, it was no secret that ninjas were insanely popular. Whether it was “American Ninja” or “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” they were everywhere in the film and television mediums. “Ninja III: The Domination” may not have been one of the more popular (or best) entries in the genre, but it’s certainly a fun one if you derive enjoyment out of cheaply made bad movies.

From the hilarious and action-packed opening sequence with a ninja slaughtering golfers and police officers on a golf course to a set piece that takes place at a cemetery, there’s no shortage of action here. If there’s one thing you can say about this movie, it’s that there’s never a dull moment. It’s a fast paced movie from start to finish. There’s also no shortage of flat-out WEIRD scenes that will have you simultaneously laughing and scratching your head. Among the bizarre sights in ‘Ninja’ are a V8 sex scene (yes, you read that right), an arcade machine with lasers, a floating magic cheap looking sword, ninjas wearing eyeliner, and a scene that was undoubtedly influenced by The Exorcist.” Basically, it all adds up to a very strange and a very 80’s action movie. Give it a spin if this sounds like it’s up your alley.


‘Ninja,’ which is presented 1.78:1 1080p, looks hit-and-miss on Blu-ray. A number of the exterior scenes look a bit too fuzzy while some of the darkly lit interior scenes look rather unimpressive in hi-def. Thankfully, scenes like the resolution in the desert look cleaned up here. The film also boasts some sharp looking colors to boot.

The 2.0 DTS-HD MA audio track is all over the place mostly due to the fact that the sound recordings are so uneven. On the downside, some of the dialogue sounds distant, some of the sound f/x sound incredibly lame, and several of the ADR recordings are rather clumsy. On the plus side, the cheeseball synthesizer score sounds crisp and clear.

* DVD copy.
* Theatrical trailer.
* Commentary by director Sam Firstenberg and stunt coordinator Steve Lambert. The two chat about ninja movies, action set pieces, factoids, etc. It’s not the most exciting track, but it’s worth a listen to if you’re a big fan of the film.

June 15, 2013 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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