Ninja III: The Domination

 (789)5.41 h 33 min1984R
A beautiful woman becomes possessed by a Ninja's demonic spirit after he is shot by police, and kills in revenge for him.
Directors
Firstenberg,Sam
Starring
Lucinda DickeyJordan BennettSho Kosugi
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Action
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English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
David ChungDale IshimotoJames HongRobert CraigPamela NessRoy PadillaMoe MosleyJohn LamottaRon FosterAlan Amiel
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Menahem GolanYoram Globus
Studio
SciFi and Fantasy
Rating
R (Restricted)
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Smokingfoul languagesexual contentviolence
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Kevin DudleyReviewed in the United States on August 6, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
This review pertains to the Scream Factory collector's edition blu-ray
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"Ninja III: The Domination" manages to combine ninjas, Flashdance and a touch of The Exorcist and even Poltergeist all in the same movie. Released originally in 1984, it is bizarre, non-sensical, illogical and a great deal of b-movie fun for all of those reasons. While technically the 3rd in Cannon Films' 'ninja' trilogy following on the heels of "Enter the Ninja" and "Revenge of the Ninja", it is an in name only sequel.

Scream Factory originally released this glorious slice of 80's cinematic cheese on blu-ray back in 2013 featuring a solid transfer, a commentary track and a picture gallery. This release wound up being a big seller for them and far exceeded their sales expectations. So 5 years later they would re-release the film in a new collector's edition featuring a new 4K transfer from original film elements alongside a nice selection of new special features featuring interviews with people involved in the film along with the previous release's extras too.

While the 2013 disc's transfer looked quite good for the time, the new 4K transfer blows it away with improved contrast, black levels, depth, detail and color saturation. The new transfer also features more picture information on the top and bottom of the frame. While brighter than the old disc, it actually shows that the 2013 transfer was a bit on the dark side as the new contrast levels look much more filmic, natural and lifelike in comparison. Colors are wonderful and detail is stupendous. Simply put this is the definitive transfer of this crazy film!

Audio is presented in the same punchy lossless 2 track mix as before. Thankfully English subtitles were included this go round as they were not part of the 2013 release.

Extras are as follows:
- NEW Interview With Actress Lucinda Dickey
- NEW Interview With Actor Jordan Bennett
- NEW Interview With Producer And Stuntman Alan Amiel
- NEW Audio Interviews With Production Designer Elliot Ellentuck And Co-Composer Misha Segal Featuring Isolated Tracks From The Original Score
- Theatrical Trailer (In HD) With Optional Trailers From Hell Commentary With Screenwriter Josh Olson
- Audio Commentary By Director Sam Firstenberg And Stunt Coordinator Steve Lambert
- Still gallery of 95 promotional and behind the scenes images

You can also reverse the sleeve art to have the original poster art instead of the newly commissioned artwork.

Films do not get much wilder and crazier than "Ninja III: The Domination". Scream Factory's new collector's edition blu-ray is well worth the double dip should you already own the 2013 disc.
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Concrete DovetailReviewed in the United States on August 22, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
This is the movie where the Ninja drills himself into the ground
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Ninja III: The Domination is inferior to Enter the Ninja and Return of the Ninja, however, it contains perhaps what is the all time most "awe c'mon" moment in ninja cinematic history. Towards the end of the movie an impaled ninja is surrounded and needs to flee, but out in the rugged, hilltops there's no where to hide. Or is there? The ninja uses his cosmic powers to make his body spin in place. Japanese ballet? No. He drills his body into the dirt. I remember seeing this in the 80s and someone in the room commenting that this was a bit too much. The opening of the movie is about as awesome as a ninja movie can get. The ninja takes on the local authorities. In a badass moment he climbs a tree and overtakes a helicopter. I didn't find the middle of the movie as appealing as the beginning or end. Sho Kosugi shows up as some random good ninja who senses the presence of the bad ninja. I didn't care much for the ninja demonically possessing the fitness instructor story. Would have been cooler if Whoopi Goldberg would have reprised her role from Ghost and played the psychic. Missed opportunity, or maybe I have my dates mixed up and this movie actually came first. Love the foreboding 80s style ninja music. Why couldn't they have made a zillion of these?
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Mike's tech reviewsReviewed in the United States on July 18, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Awesome 80's action thriller ... amazing martial arts stunts
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Every movie like this needs to start with a BANG, and this one doesn't disappoint. The first 15 minutes are truly awesome. You'll especially like this part if you hate golf...or cops. It features some really awesome martial arts sequences.

It starts getting a little weird shortly after, when the leading lady starts showing signs of her possession. There's some sci-fi like special effects, and the entire film is full of far-out analog synth sounds, similar (in many cases identical) to the music featured in Revenge of the Ninja (which you watch last because it is the best of the 3). But before long, our heroine starts kicking some major police butt, a task she's well suited for, being in incredible shape and possessed by a master ninja.

We don't see much of Sho Kosugi himself until the second part of the movie. Of course, he does plenty of his own incredible fight scenes, in his trademark style, especially at the end.

The mystical ninja aspects are a little over the top, with many quite unrealistic high jumps in the fights. But there are also lots of really cool stunts in this flick, involving rope swinging, climbing, and lots of motorcycles. Robbie Knievel even does some of them! Also, I can't be sure, but be on the lookout for a quick cameo of of Ashley Ferrare, the female star of the aforementioned Ninja prequel. Not hard to spot, as she's wearing that same red gi!
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K. WilliamsReviewed in the United States on February 7, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Cannon Film Craziness at its best
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I bought this movie because I loved it so much as a kid and thought it was the greatest movie of all time, I was ten going on eleven. I grew up in the 80s during the early years of cable television and family owned video rental stores and the one studio that epitomized bad movies of that decade was Cannon films. They churned out some of the craziest, crappiest, awesome and weird movies for most of my childhood until they came to an end in the early 90s due to poor management and lesser and lesser profits. They are probably responsible for the whole ninja craze that captured the imaginations of myself and my friends and the one that stood out for all of us was Ninja III: The Domination. Only the Cannon Group could create a more insane film that seem to lift from 80s slasher movies, The Exorcist, workout videos and the Loony Tunes. It was rated R but honestly this thing was made for preteen to early teenage boys.
The story follows an evil ninja that kills some targeted people and then spends the rest of the beginning of the movie fighting, and killing, what appears to be all the cops in Los Angeles. They keep shooting and he will not go down, but then does a disappearing act similar to Bugs Bunny and gets discovered shortly after the cops split by a young woman who works for the telephone company. He says some sort of incantation to transfer his soul into her so that he can later seek revenge on the last remaining police officers that were trying to kill him. When his soul takes control, she goes out to kill these men and then wakes up wondering what happened and why she is bruised and battered. She also happens to be dating one of the intended victims and he becomes concerned and takes her to a mystic who gets the evil spirit to reveal itself and then informs the boyfriend that "only a ninja can kill a ninja." Just so happens that a good ninja has showed up and he agrees to help pull the spirit out of her and place it back in its original body and then fight it to the death.
The blu-ray of the film is awesome and looks great, but the only extras is a commentary track which I admit I have not tried at the time of this review. They actually listed an original trailer, but I found nothing for it in the menu of either disk. This is why it gets four stars. I'm happy to have the film, and love being about to go back to my weird childhood, but it would have been nice to see some extras with the cast sharing stories about this amazing mess of a film.
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Amy M GustyReviewed in the United States on February 2, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
I really like this movie I was seating for this Movie ever ...
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I really like this movie I was searching for this Movie ever since I was 8 years old and now Ive finally found it can't get enough of this DVD it's great can you imagine Searching all the Video stores all over Alaska just for one movie ,31 years looking for this movie now I am very happy. And top it off you can either watch this movie on Blue ray or regular Dvd you get two choices even way better then VHS you don't have to wait just turn on your T.v and wham it's on so good you'll keep on going back to your favorite parts of the movie and I am 39 years old and still can't get enough of this movie still a kid at heart.
11 people found this helpful
TommyReviewed in the United States on August 30, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
The 'Scream Factory' release is superb! One of the best Blu-Ray releases ever!
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'Scream Factory' have done an amazing job releasing this mid 80's obscurity from 'Cannon Films'. The Blu-Ray transfer looks absolutely amazing and the sound quality is excellent as well. There is also an Audio Commentary track on the disc by director Sam Firstenberg and Stunt Coordinator Steve Lambert, which is one of the most interesting and comprehensive commentary tracks on film making. A very informative dissection of how an action film is constructed and made, as well as the amazing influence and input a stunt team has on the production of a film.

I was left completely satisfied after viewing the film with the commentary track and it left me with an appreciation for the art of film making. I highly recommend this disc for the commentary track alone and hope that Scream Factory will release all their films with such great transfers and special features.

I'd love for them to release 'American Ninja' on Blu-Ray in the near future, and in the mean time I will be exploring more of their great releases.

Buy this and have a blast!
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bugmanReviewed in the United States on August 18, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Ninjas are Awesome!
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Ninja 3: The Domination (1983). A ninja assassin heads to the golf course and kills a bunch of rich white dudes and cops to boot before himself dying and transferring his soul to Lucinda Dickey of Breakin' fame. Of course, this movie is utterly ridiculous, and probably the lesser of the three movies of the Ninja trilogy; Enter the Ninja is my personal fave, and Revenge of the Ninja is no-holds-barred. But still, Ninja 3: The Domination is tons of fun, and gets even more props for mixing horror into the proceedings. James Hong shows up, always a good thing. Pure gold from cheesy, wonderful Canon.
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Froggle RockReviewed in the United States on August 15, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Buy the Blu Ray Collectors Edition!!!!
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Enjoyed this thoroughly!!!! Special features are exceptionally great. 4K quality really brings out all the sounds, colors, characters, scenes in the movie, and because of this movies cult following, outta the two 'NINJA' trilogies (Cannon & Trans World) this is the ONLY one so far to have its own collectors edition. Also in the Blu Ray case you can use the new collectors edition cover art or go old school with the original release cover art.
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