Ninja III: The Domination (1984) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

Ninja III: The Domination (1984) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Sam Firstenberg
Starring: Shô Kosugi, Lucinda Dickey, Jordan Bennett
Rated: R/1:85/1080p/Region A/Number of Discs 1
Available from Scream Factory

The body of a sexy aerobics instructor is invaded by the evil spirit of a dying ninja. At first, changes in her behavior is limited to having strange interactions with an arcade game, doing sexy things with V8 juice, and being attracted to an unusually hairy police officer. But soon enough, she’s systematically killing, ninja-style, the officers responsible for the ninja’s death, and can only be stopped by another ninja!

So basically a female aerobic instructor is possessed by an evil spirit of a fallen ninja when coming to his aid. The spirit seeks revenge on those who killed him and uses the female instructor’s body to carry out his mission. The only way the spirit will leave the aerobic instructor’s body is through combat with another ninja. To put it simple, Ninja 3 (Which has nothing really to do with Enter the Ninja or Revenge of the Ninja, but they have nothing to do with each other) is ridiculous. I mean that in the best way possible. You can’t take what you see on-screen seriously and that makes things all the more fun. In this story, we get a girl who works for the phone company that gets possessed by the spirit of a ninja. Pretty soon she’s climbing more polls than just the phone ones when she runs into a male cop. Adding to that she is being made against her will with the spirit of this ninja to kill off his cop friends and this is all leading to a battle with another ninja played by the legendary, Sho Kosugi. The movie lacks logic, but I still love it.

And what is not to love? Yes, the movie has a lot of logic flaws and corny effects, but we still get a great deal of ninja action and one of the more creative uses of V8 juice you will ever find. I also think the transfer here really stands out above and beyond most, especially over the other two in this box set release. This is a 1984 film from Cannon, but the transfer looks really nice overall. If you loved this movie before you will love it even more now. If this was your first time seeing it, it is goofy, but you will enjoy it for that fact. Yes, this could be what a lot of folks call a bad movie, but I believe it might also fit the whole “so bad that it is good” mold as well. If you have a sense of humor, I think you will enjoy this Exorcist/Ninja hybrid. And, YES, the new edition does pack a better transfer and extras even if it doesn’t have the deleted scenes everyone is complaining about online.


– NEW 4K Scan From The Original Film Elements
– 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

Quality of Transfer: 96%