Saturday, June 29, 2013

Nothing can prepare you for THE DOMINATION of NINJA III

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Review by: Alan Spencer

Director: Sam Firstenberg

Cast: Sho Kosugi, Lucinda Dickey, Jordan Bennett

Scream Factory / Region A / Rated R / 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1) / English DTS-HD MA Stereo / 92 minutes

Extras: Commentary by Director Sam Firstenberg and Stunt Coordinator Steve Lambert / Theatrical Trailer

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Nothing can prepare you for Ninja III: The Domination. Okay, forget the review. You're not ready for a movie about an aerobics instructor possessed by an evil ninja. Oh, you're suddenly more interested? Maybe you are ready for this review. I still don't know if you can handle it. Go get your ninja suit on and stand in front of a sunrise. Or just read this review. Whichever you prefer. Ninja III: The Domination is a perfect example of unintentional humor, oddness, and eye-brow ruffling confusion. The plot makes no sense. How people act makes no sense. Why things happen the way they do defy all logic, but it's all so hilarious and a great a time that it doesn't matter. It might not reach the mega levels of Troll 2 in the pleasurably inept department, but it still ranks very high. Ninja III: The Domination gets a black belt in cheese.

The plot (hah!) involves a ninja who randomly appears from a cave and goes to a golf course to kick people's asses. Then the cops arrive, and the ninja kicks their asses until he's shot down and vanishes in a cloud of smoke. The ninja evades the police, locates an aerobics instructor, hands her a sword, and she's gradually possessed by his spirit after he dies. A cop becomes romantically entangled with this possessed woman, and he enlists the help of another ninja to save his love interest. For only a ninja can kill another ninja. Compound every bad action movie from the '80s and early '90s, give a pinch of The Exorcist, a wonderfully hammy bit-part performance from James Hong, throw in rejected '80s music for your listening pleasure, dump an arbitrary attempted rape/woman kicks the men's asses scene, throw in an erotic use of V-8 juice, enough Chinese star throwing to create an Olympic event and you only to begin the scratch the surface of Ninja III: The Domination's B-movie greatness.

Chisel this one into a rock. I award Ninja III: The Domination the best recent Blu-ray release of a "so-bad-it's-good" film. While on the topic, the Blu-ray transfer is fantastic. Colors and detail are sharp. The audio and visual department from Scream Factory have once again outdone themselves. Then again, that's always been their way of doing things. I wish there were a tad more extras, but the source isn't completely dry. You get a compelling and amusing commentary from director Sam Firstenberg and stunt coordinator Steve Lambert. I'll add the inside cover has some really cool posters and images of Ninja III: The Domination  I love it when companies do that. Ninja III: The Domination is required viewing for fans of martial arts cheese.

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