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Ninja Assassin (2009/Warner Blu-ray w/DVD + DVD)


Picture: B/C+†††† Sound: B/B-†††† Extras: D†††† Film: C-



When James McTeigue helmed V For Vendetta, I was very impressed by the film and continue to believe it is as underrated as it was the target of political censorship.Then he took over doing some directing on The Invasion, the failed 2007 third official remake of Invasion Of The Body Snatchers that has some interesting moments despite its many troubles.Now comes Ninja Assassin (2009), an even more failed dud that has the hero fighting a killer rival who is killing for the government, so the only way he can win is to do much killing.


After a highly unfunny, violent opening that is too self-amused for its own good replete with much digital blood and several body parts on several people being slices away, a singer named Raiza (played by Rain, who sings pop music overseas) teams up with an agent from Europe (Naomie Harris) to battle this evil clan.Unfortunately, it is every clichť and even stereotype this subgenre of the martial arts genre that fades in and out of popularity.This one is empty, desperate and is an almost total mess.It works very, very briefly in some of the non-digital fights, but it is otherwise one to skip. McTeigue needs to choose his next project very wisely, or he can hang it up.


The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image is shot in Super 35mm format by Karl Walter Lindenlaub, A.S.C., B.V.K., with the usual artificial darkening of every scene (in part to make the digital not look as bad as it is) and though the Blu-ray is good and consistent, it is not exactly demo quality in any particular shot.The anamorphically enhanced DVD is worse with poor Video Black the old format cannot handle and that applies to the DVD includes with the Blu-ray and the stand-alone DVD version.


The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 mix has some good surrounds, but the mix has an inconsistent soundfield that disappoints and some recorded elements are not as good as others.You can hear this in the DVDís weak Dolby Digital 5.1 mix as well.


Extras in both formats include deleted scenes, but the Blu-ray adds BD Live interactive features and a Digital Copy of the film for PC and PC portable devices, plus three making of featurettes: The Myth & Legends Of Ninjas, The Extreme Sport Of A Ninja and Training Rain.



-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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