Ninja Assassin (2009) - DVD/Digital Copy Combo [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Action / Martial Arts
Warner Brothers || R - 99 minutes - $35.99 || March 16, 2010
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2010-03-16


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: James McTeigue
Writer(s): Matthew Sand (story), Matthew Sand and J. Michael Straczynski (screenplay)
Cast: Rain, Naomie Harris, Ben Miles, Sho Kosugi


Theatrical Release Date: November 25, 2009


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 3 Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • DVD/Digital Copy Combo


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (2.40)
  • English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

IMAGE

I donít even want to start this review off with my usual story that somehow doesnít relate to the film right now. Instead, I want to tell you about the amazing, spectacular, blood-filled film that is Ninja Assassin and how much the flick kicked some major tail.

A group of gangsters are gathered in a factory talking about their latest crimes when a tattoo artist regales them with the tale of ninjas. He shows them how he survived the ordeal by being slashed on the left side and living, because of the fact his heart is on his right side. The main gangster opens up an envelope filled with black sand and immediately the tattoo artist freaks out. Suddenly, the room goes black and Raizo (Rain) jumps down, slashes everyone into little bits and leaves the room unscathed. Raizo is a ninja from his fatherís clan who was exiled for refusing to conform to the norms of their culture.

Meanwhile, detective Mika Coretti (Naomie Harris) is on the prowl for the ninjas when she spots a security camera that has Raizoís picture on it. She jumps at the chance to find him, when her detective friend Ryan (Ben Miles) lets her know that she needs a protective detail if sheís going to be hunting the ninjas. Upon returning home she opens an envelope to find black sand and a ninja tries to kill her. Raizo comes to her rescue, killing the ninja, and lets her know that he can help save her and give her what she needs to bring down the renegade ninjas. Mika doesnít know if she can trust him or not, but if she doesnít then the ninjas killing spree will go on for years to come. Can Mika and Raizo stop the ninjas from killing the world, or will they falter in the darkness?

Thereís really no point going into the story of this one, as though since itís an action based film the story isnít the real point behind the film. Instead, the great part about this flick is that the story is so generic (ninja hates dad because he left the clan, goes to kill dad, has a brother who is a jerk and he has to kill, etc) that it literally borrows from every action movie in the past that the story doesnít matter. The violence and the over-the-top action sequences involved are so freaking amazing to watch I literally could mute the film and have just as much enjoyment as I would with the volume cranked up. Granted I wouldnít hear the amazing sound effects and audio track the film has to offer, but that just goes to show how freaking sweet the action here is.

While I may be bashing the story, the cast does a great job with the lackluster script they are given. The flick is also so short on dialogue yet big on action that most people probably wonít notice the great acting found within, although in all honesty thatís not a big thing here. The violence is the best thing here, as though after ten minutes I lost track of how many people were decapitated, limbs chopped off, and anything else that has to do with the removal of body parts just for the heck of it. That is truly what the movie is about: just violence, after violence, and heck why not throw in more violence for the fun of it?

Of course though, with that being said, the film is not for the weak of heart. This is most definitely not a movie that youíll want to watch with the young ones or a girlfriend that hates blood and gore. I neglect to say boyfriends because, well, we all like these types of flicks whether or not we want to admit it. I was in awe of the amazing violence sequences, the action sequences, and everything else the film has to offer. Even though the story is lacking, everything else about this movie just screams ďwatch me now!Ē



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Additional Scenes (8 minutes): Thereís nothing of real value here as though the scenes have nothing really to do with the story and have that annoying timer on both the top and bottom.

** BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVES **

Behind the Story (40 minutes): The only real extra on this Blu-ray is divided into three parts, one dives into the background of the ninja, the second deals with the special effects, and the final talks about training for the film. All three of these are well-worth a viewing if you get the free time, as they are both informative and entertaining if you enjoyed the flick like I did.

BD-Live: To my knowledge there are no extras available here for the film.

In addition to the above exclusives, a DVD and Digital Copy Combo are available for your pleasure.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

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This is a perfect example of a proper Blu-ray in the technical package realm. Colors are absolutely bright and colorful the entire time the movie is running, which means this is demo material for those looking to show off their television to friends. Nearly every violent scene has perfect color ratio, basically meaning that there werenít any issues with colors being overblown or awash either. Flesh tones also look superb, and in all honesty, this is one of the best Warner Blu-Rayís Iíve had the pleasure of viewing in a long time. The lone problem I have is that a few scenes are riddled with a little bit of noise, mainly the darker scenes with the ninjas toward the end, but other than that handful of scenes this is a spectacular transfer.

Speaking of spectacular, the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is reference material! Every action scene involved with this flick, of which I stopped counting after twenty, are all available to showcase to your friends and family the awesome power of Blu-Ray and this film combined. I could literally hear the blades dissect the people in the movie, hear the limbs being chopped off, and anything else violent that I didnít mention can be heard too. The 5.1 mix is astounding, as not once did I struggle to hear the cast speak their lines or have any issues with clarity. This is an incredibly loud, engaging mix that should be enjoyed by all.



.::OVERALL::.

Ninja Assassin may have disappointed at the box-office but thatís no reason what so ever to miss this one on Blu-ray. I urge you right now to go buy the Blu-Ray combo pack, loan the DVD to some poor sap who doesnít have a Blu-Ray player, and enjoy the sights and sounds of how a perfect movie should be. This is a reference-material Blu-Ray and one that needs to be viewed by all. This one isnít for the squeamish though, so you might want to be a little cautious if you watch this one on your anniversary or some holiday meant for love. Heads off to sweetest day!