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Enter the Ninja
SPECIFICATIONS
  • 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English Mono
  • 1 Disc
FEATURES
  • Theatrical Trailer

Enter the Ninja

MOD
Reviewed by: Chris Galloway

Directed By: Menahem Golan
Starring: Franco Nero, Susan George, Sho Kosugi
1981 | 100 Minutes

Release Information
DVD | MSRP: $19.98 | Series: MGM Limited Edition Collection
Fox Home Entertainment

Release Date: October 18, 2011
Review Date: December 7, 2011

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SYNOPSIS

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.


PICTURE

Menahem Golanís undeniably bad yet inexplicably captivating guilty pleasure Enter the Ninja (starring Franco Nero as a ninja!) finally comes to DVD through MGMís burn-on-demand library, the Limited Edition Collection. The film is presented in the aspect ratio of about 1.85:1 on this single-layer DVD-R and has been enhanced for widescreen televisions.

The transfer here is far better than I would have expected, and it almost feels wrong that the film doesnít look like its playing from a well-worn VHS tape, but itís still laced with a few problems. The sharpness of the image varies drastically throughout, delivering some surprisingly detailed moments, but most of the time thereís a level of haze to it. Colour saturation is strong but there is some bleeding present, and skin tones can lean a little on the red side, but blacks come off surprisingly strong. The print has had next to no restoration done to it so damage is still pretty heavy with specs of debris scattered about the frame being the most common problem. But in all honesty I was expecting much worse.

Not spectacular, and maybe one of the weaker transfers Iíve seen from MGMís MOD line (which has been pretty impressive thus far) but in comparison to VHS, this is a drastic improvement.

6/10

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AUDIO

We get a fairly mediocre Dolby Digital 2.0 mono track. While there isnít any noticeable problems with noise or distortion the track is flat, even when the horrendous score tries to shock us. Dialogue is clear and articulate, though, not that it really matters.

6/10

SUPPLEMENTS

Like most MOD releases there isnít much in the way of supplements and all we get here is an amazingly bad theatrical trailer, which is pretty entertaining in its own right. Though it isnít much at least we get something.

1/10

CLOSING

Iím surprised itís taken so long to get this film out on DVD since MGM even released Return of the Ninja and Rage of Honor on DVD early on, so why this one was MIA is a mystery to me. Unfortunately since this is a MOD disc itís a little pricier than it probably would have been if it was an actual pressed disc, but those looking to upgrade their VHS they may find it worthwhile.




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