Enter The Ninja
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The absorbing martial arts film that exposes Ninjutsu, the lethal, little-known "Art of Invisibility"... which includes the use of hypnotism, explosives and super-human fighting skills.
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For those who get the blu ray, AV quality is adequate. It is definitely not a fully restored transfer by any means. It has a better picture quality than the old VHS tapes many people probably watched this on as a kid, but not much more than an up-scaled first generation DVD. There are no extras (aside from the trailer) which is not all that surprising as well. Chances are anyone considering getting this knows what the movie is and is not. If you want an enjoyable 80s action movie, with a bit of ninja fight scenes in it, and do not expect more than that you will enjoy it.
Not long after I saw that film, I found out it was, in fact, the middle of a trilogy. Both the first and third films remained hard to find for years, but MGM finally released a MOD DVD a few years ago, which at least gives fans like me, who lost their VCR's years ago, a chance to see it.
The DVD is nothing spectacular; the picture quality is better than watching a VHS but incomparable to a remastered disc the film deserves. There are no extras and the chapter stops are at regular ten minute intervals.
As for the film, "Enter the Ninja" is something of a disappointment because it's nowhere near the low-rent awesomeness of its own sequel. Kosugi is regulated to a subordinate bad guy role and, although I love Franco Nero, he just doesn't fit the bill in this case. The film is long in the tooth and features way too much plot, but the film does deliver a decent amount of butt-kicking and several cheesy moments that will get giggles of joy from bad movie fans. The last half is far more interesting than the first; the action scenes are competently done, though it's obvious Golan was not the action director Firstenberg was.
While not a must-see, I could see picking this up cheaply for a night of low budget, low expectation thrills. This is the sort of movie that would've done well on Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater or a similar gimmick show.
American Ninja / Rage of Honor / Revenge of the Ninja (Three-Pack)
I am holding out hope that Shout Factory sales on Ninja 3 will be able to justify rolling out the remaining Kosugi films in Blu-Ray with additional content much like several of the 80's slasher films that have been released thus far.