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hikers is strung up in Bunnyman’s garage.


Midnight Releasing’s DVD should please those who do en- joy the film, with an especially sharp image and 5.1 audio that capably handles the film’s atmo- spheric soundtrack. There is a generous helping of extras, includ- ing an audio commentary and a number of interviews, deleted scenes and other featurettes. A third Bunnyman film has been announced.


ENTER THE NINJA 1981, Kino Lorber, 99m 40s, $29.95, BD-A


REVENGE OF THE NINJA 1983, Kino Lorber, 89m 56s, $29.95, BD-A


RIVER OF DEATH 1989, Kino Lorber, 101m 5s, $29.95, BD-A By John Charles


A nice by-product of MGM li- censing so many of its titles to other labels has been the appear- ance of several Cannon action


movies in Blu-ray editions that improve upon the previous video incarnations.


Franco Nero toplines ENTER THE NINJA as Caucasian ninja master Cole, who visits an old friend in the Philippines and is quickly embroiled in a corporate land grab scheme. After easily defeating dozens of goons in the employ of evil industrialist Charles Venarius (a fey and perturbed Christopher George), Cole must face-off against a former colleague (Sho Kosugi), who resents Cole’s training in the ninja arts and is happy to sell his lethal services to Venarius.


One of the films that launched the ninja movie craze in the West, ENTER THE NINJA started pro- duction with Emmet Alston (NEW YEAR’S EVIL) at the helm. Un- happy with the dailies, co-pro- ducer Menahem Golan fired Alston a few days into production and took over himself. He also dis- missed star Mike Stone, replacing him with Franco Nero, who hap- pened to be appearing at the nearby Manila Film Festival. In his haste to get the project going


again, Golan apparently never thought about the implications of casting Nero as a character named Cole from Texas. As a result, Nero was notoriously redubbed with a neutral Ameri- can accent “by Marc Smith,” but almost every scene here has been less-than-professionally looped from top to bottom, inadvertently making the picture seem one of a piece with the HK kung fu flicks the original Cannon put out in the ’70s. Possessing no martial arts training, Nero is clearly doubled by Stone in most of the fights, but the action is reasonably rousing. Less engaging are the picture’s weird tonal shifts between sopho- moric drama and lowbrow comedy, but you are unlikely to be bored. The 1080p 1.85:1 transfer displays periodic light wear and is at the mercy of David Gurfinkel’s uneven cinematography. Overall, the pre- sentation is pleasing enough to represent a mild step up from MGM’s DVD-R release. A lengthy theatrical trailer is included. ENTER THE NINJA was a solid success throughout the world, so Kosugi came back for


Franco Nero toasts Kino Lorber’s spiffy new Blu-ray of ENTER THE NINJA.


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