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Black Eagle Special Edition Next from Mvd Rewind Collection

Mvd's Rewind Collection have announced their third release, the Jean-Claude Van Damme starrer Black Eagle in a two- disc Blu-ray + DVD Special Edition combo pack coming February 27, 2018.

A video store staple back in the 1980's, Black Eagle features action film star Jean-Claude Van Damme (Bloodsport, Kickboxer) going head-to-head with martial arts legend Sho Kosugi (Enter the Ninja, Pray for Death)!

Synopsis:

After an F-11 gets shot down over the Mediterranean Sea, The U.S. government cannot afford to lose the top-secret laser tracki
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February 6th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Grizzly, Victor Crowley, Welcome To Willits, Day Of The Dead: Bloodline

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February 6th is shaping up to be a busy day for horror and sci-fi fans, as there are a bunch of great films heading home on Tuesday. The highly anticipated Hatchet sequel, Victor Crowley, arrives on Blu-ray and DVD this week courtesy of Dark Sky Films, and Scream Factory and IFC Midnight have the slasher comedy Welcome to Willits on their release slate.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is keeping busy this week with a slew of titles, including House of Demons, Keep Watching, and Family Possessions, and cult film fans will definitely want to pick up the brand new Blu-rays for Grizzly and The Gruesome Twosome.

Other notable releases for February 6th include Day of the Dead: Bloodline, Inoperable, the Friday the 13th: 8-Movie Collection, The Diabolical Dr. Z, and the Stephen King 6-Movie Collection.

Day of the Dead: Bloodline (Lionsgate, Blu-ray & DVD)

In this terrifying retelling of George A. Romero's zombie horror classic,
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What’s Coming to Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime in November 2017

What’s Coming to Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime in November 2017
November may mean the end of Halloween, but that doesn’t mean that the creepy fun has to end as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon continue to add some freaky films to November’s list of streaming content.

Netflix will start the month off with films like “Oculus” and “Silent Hill” for fans of big scares and “Casper” and “Scary Movie” for those who looking for a milder way to keep the Halloween spirit alive, and will also add in “9” and “Piranha” later in the month. For those who would rather leave the October spookiness behind, science fiction comedies like “Chappie” and “Men in Black” or family-friendly films like “Charlotte’s Web” and “The Boss Baby” should make for fun movie nights.

Hulu will also keep the frights coming with offerings like “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” and “Beowulf,” but will also get a headstart on the winter holiday season with “Christmas with the Cranks,” Happy Christmas,” and collection
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The best and worst of 80s ninja videogames

Craig Lines Jul 5, 2017

Saboteur? BMX Ninja? Ninja Golf? Shadow Warriors? The Last Ninja? We dissect the ninja videogames of the 1980s...

When I was a kid, I picked what I wanted to be when I grew up based on computer games rather than actual life experience. First, thanks to Lunar Jetman, I wanted to be an astronaut. Then Elevator Action and Impossible Mission convinced me a spy would be an even cooler job. Winter Games and, uh, Horace Goes Skiing made me think I had a shot at the Olympic Slalom. By the time I got to playing Tapper, running a redneck bar that only served Budweiser to furious cowboys looked like a solid option too.

I didn’t end up doing any of those things in real life, but one thing I did pick up from gaming that’s never gone away was an obsession with ninjas. At the
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Derek Webster: The actor behind FBI Assistant Director Isler on NCIS: New Orleans

Who is this week’s NCIS: New Orleans character that is poised to save the day for star Agent Pride (Scott Bakula)? FBI Assistant Director Raymond Isler, played by guest star Derek Webster. We look forward to seeing Webster in action on the NCIS: New Orleans finale. You probably recognize Webster, but if you can’t remember where from, here is a quick backgrounder on his career so far. Born and raised in Bakersfield, California, Webster earned his degree at The California Institute of the Arts. Derek’s first professional work was in a 1981 film, Enter the Ninja. His early career was...read more
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World Premiere Interviews: Joan Collins & Franco Nero on The Time of Their Lives

Author: Jon Lyus

Last night the red carpet was unfurled once more in the capital for the World Premiere of Roger Goldby’s The Time of Their Lives. The event was held at the Curzon Mayfair in London and was attended by Dame Joan Collins, Pauline Collins, Franco Nero, Sian Reeves, Andres Velencoso and Allene Quincy. The director Roger Goldby and producers Sir Tim Rice and Sarah Sulick were also on hand to talk through the production.

We spoke to Dame Joan and Franco Nero, who talked about his work on the classic 1981 movie Enter the Ninja which he admits he ended up directing much of. He also confirms he’ll appear in John Wick 3, which is great news as it’s another piece of confirmation that Keanu Reeves will be back as the eponymous hitman.

Photo by Colin Hart

Scott Davis and Colin Hart were our men on the
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How Superman IV: The Quest For Peace Killed the Superman Franchise and Helped Close a Studio

Continuing our lead up to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which opens on March 25th, Scott J. Davis looks back at the ill-fated Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, the final film to star Christopher Reeve as the true Man of Steel

Back in 1983, the Superman franchise was in full swing, despite the tense and fractured on-set fights and fallouts which saw original director Richard Donner leave after Superman: The Movie before he was able to finish Superman II, released almost three years later under the new direction of Richard Lester. Both films were huge financial successes with Superman: The Movie 1978’s second highest-grossing film behind Grease.

A third film was inevitable, with Lester again directing the returning Christopher Reeve alongside legendary comedian Richard Pryor, who had made a joke on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson at the time saying how he would love to been in a Superman film.
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‘The Ninja Trilogy’ Blu-ray Review

Enter the Ninja

The film that heralded the start of the ninja craze in the West, Enter the Ninja was one of many martial arts action films made by the uber-prolific producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus after they purchased Cannon Films in the late 70s.

Directed by Golan, Enter the Ninja tells the story of Cole (Franco Nero), a Westerner who is trained in the art of ninjitsu in Japan. Finishing his training he heads the Philippines to visit his war buddy Frank Landers (Alex Courtney) and his newlywed wife Mary Ann (Susan George), who are the owners of farm which is under attack from unscrupulous businessman Charles Venarius (Christopher George) because – unbeknownst to the Landers – there’s a huge oil deposit under their land! Of course having Franco Nero’s ninja on their side means that the Landers can easily see off Venarius’ henchmen. That is until he
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Blu-ray Review – The Ninja Trilogy (Enter The Ninja, Revenge of the Ninja, Ninja III: The Domination)

Enter The Ninja / Revenge of the Ninja / Ninja III: The Domination, 1981/1983/1985.

Directed by Menahem Golan and Sam Firstenberg.

Starring Sho Kosugi, Franco Nero, Lucinda Dickey, Susan George, Christopher George, Arthur Roberts, Jordan Bennett and James Hong.

Synopsis:

The three Ninja films produced by 1980’s low-budget kings Cannon Films that like many of the studio’s films have become cult hits since their initial release.

“Before Menahem, I didn’t and I bet that millions of people didn’t know the word ‘Ninja'” said Boaz Davidson in Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films, 2015’s superb documentary on the crazy life and times of The Cannon Group, led by Israeli cousins Menahem Golan and Yorum Globus. The duo has bought Cannon Films in 1979 and went on to make their mark on American cinema and pop – culture through the 1980’s before going bust in 1994. They introduced us to any wild films,
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‘Rage of Honor’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Sho Kosugi, Lewis Van Bergen, Robin Evans, Gerry Gibson, Charles Lucia, Richard Wiley, Carlos Estrada, Ulises Dumont, Theodore McNabney, Alan Amiel, Armando Capo | Written by Robert Short, Wallace C. Bennett | Directed by Gordon Hessler

As a kid who grew up in the video store there were a few staples in my cinematic diet – none more so than the VHS releases from Imperial and Trans World Entertainment. From chop-socky flicks featuring an incredibly young Jackie Chan, to the ninja films of Sho Kosugi, I could not get enough of the Far East fight action. However the death of VHS also saw the death of those types of films being freely available here in the UK. Sure you can go down the import route (which I did for a number of those dear-to-my-heart action movies of the early 80s) but there’s nothing quite like walking into a store and picking
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Cannon’s Ninja Trilogy comes to UK from Eureka!

Eureka Entertainment have announced they are to release The Ninja Trilogy, a trio of crazed martial-arts classics from the 80s starring Sho Kosugi, in a Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition in the UK on 18th January 2016.

The wild world of Cannon Films rarely became more delirious or influential than this trio of rollocking, crazed action classics. Beginning with Enter the Ninja, they spearheaded a craze for the titular martial-arts assassin that spiralled throughout the decade and beyond, but this eccentric trilogy still stands alone.

Enter the Ninja (featuring Franco Nero and Susan George) deals with a couple on oil-rich land in the Philippines under siege from a ruthless industrialist. Revenge of the Ninja moves to Salt Lake City, Utah, where Cho and his son Kane begin a new life after their family is killed in Japan. After opening a doll shop, a criminal betrayal leads to an almighty showdown. Ninja III: The Domination
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Cannon Films’ The Ninja Trilogy coming to UK Blu-ray in 2016

Eureka Entertainment, the British DVD and Blu-ray distributor, have today announced details of the upcoming release of The Ninja Trilogy. The three Ninja films that helped put 1980’s film company The Cannon Group on the map.

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Set for release on January 18th, 2016, the set will include Enter The Ninja, Revenge of the Ninja and Ninja III: The Domination. Full details below:

Enter the Ninja (1981)

Franco Nero plays a westerner initiated into the arts and life of a ninja. A wealthy farmer engages Nero’s services to defend him from the evil intentions of an oil baron and his band of thugs. Because he is an American, and good at his trade, he is hated by his Japanese rivals and the feet and fists start flying.

Revenge of the Ninja (1983)

Martial arts action thriller. After his family is killed by ninjas in his homeland of Japan,
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Blu-ray Review: American Ninja - The Ultimate Collection Charts A Legacy Of Badass Action

If there is any genre of cinema that is evocative of the '80s home video boom, it's probably action, and specifically the films of the Cannon Group. While there were dozens of imitators crowding video store shelves back in the heyday of VHS, none were more prevalent or inspired more confidence among adolescent male consumers that Cannon's films. However, there was one cinematic niche that perhaps belongs more than any other to the '80s, and that is the ninja film, and no one did those like Cannon.Beginning with the remarkably insane Enter the Ninja, starring Django himself, Franco Nero, alongside Sho Kosugi, Cannon rode the ninja train as far as it would take them. Following the surprising success of Enter the Ninja (directed by Cannon...

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9 important lessons from Cannon Films documentary Electric Boogaloo

9 important lessons from Cannon Films documentary Electric Boogaloo
Who needs good taste when you have plenty of enthusiasm? Fantastic new documentary Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films charts the rise and fall of two movie-obsessed Israeli cousins - Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus - after buying a financially troubled American film studio in 1979.

The duo subsequently churned out some of the most iconic movies of the 1980s... but not necessarily on the strength of their artistic merit. Buy 'em cheap and pile them high was the initial ethos that led to titles like Hospital Massacre, Enter the Ninja and a plethora of increasingly exploitational Death Wish films. Yet occasional gems and cult classics like Runaway Train and Lifeforce emerged too, plus there's the title of a breakdancing movie sequel that entered popular culture - Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo.

So many fascinating revelations emerge in the documentary surrounding the genesis, production and release of the films
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9 important lessons from Cannon documentary Electric Boogaloo

9 important lessons from Cannon documentary Electric Boogaloo
Who needs good taste when you have plenty of enthusiasm? Fantastic new documentary Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films charts the rise and fall of two movie-obsessed Israeli cousins - Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus - after buying a financially troubled American film studio in 1979.

The duo subsequently churned out some of the most iconic movies of the 1980s... but not necessarily on the strength of their artistic merit. Buy 'em cheap and pile them high was the initial ethos that led to titles like Hospital Massacre, Enter the Ninja and a plethora of increasingly exploitational Death Wish films. Yet occasional gems and cult classics like Runaway Train and Lifeforce emerged too, plus there's the title of a breakdancing movie sequel that entered popular culture - Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo.

So many fascinating revelations emerge in the documentary surrounding the genesis, production and release of the films
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Why Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films is the film you should watch this week - video review

In the 70s Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus's reign at Cannon Films produced some of the shlockiest B-movies to (dis)grace the screen. Andrew Pulver remembers some old favourites (Enter the Ninja, Invasion USA, The Last American Virgin) and explains why Mark Hartley's documentary about the studio that gave early breaks to Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris and Charles Bronson is worth your time this week. Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films is out in the UK now Continue reading...
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Off The Shelf – Episode 51 – New Releases For Tuesday, May 26th 2015

This week on Off The Shelf, Ryan is joined by Brian Saur to take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of May 26th, 2015, and chat about some follow-up and home video news.

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Masters Of Cinema & Eureka in August: Cruel Story Of Youth, Medium Cool, the Town That Dreaded Sundown

Screen Archives Entertainment have some new and exclusive Code Red Blu-ray titles, available now. Guy Magar’s Retribution, Tobe Hooper’s Spontaneous Combustion and Shakma.

Twilight Time new releases for June will go live for pre-order Wednesday, May 27the st 4 Pm Eastern: Absolute Beginners (1986), State Of Grace (1990) , Mississippi Mermaid (1969), The Young Lions (1958) , The Night Of The Generals (1967) the approximate street date is June 9th.

New Releases

Ballet 422 Cannibal Ferox The Confession Da Sweet Blood of Jesus Double Indemnity Empire Of The Ants / Jaws Of Satan
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Games nobody talks about anymore: Saboteur

A platformer with a hint of stealth and tonnes of drama, Saboteur was an 8-bit classic. Ryan looks back...

Saboteur arrived slap-bang in the middle of a decade where ninjas were the height of cool. Films like Enter The Ninja, American Ninja and Ninja Terminator (directed by the irrepressible Godfrey Ho) were must-have rentals at video shops. And in the realm of videogames, the stealthy movements and deadly weapons of the shadow warrior soon began to proliferate.

It's difficult to describe just how startlingly brilliant Saboteur looked back in the 1980s. Released by Durell, which at the time made some of the very best games for 8-bit computers, Saboteur was nothing less than a ninja simulator - a game that gave you all the agility, resourcefulness and strength of a black-clad shinobi.

Your mission begins at night. Bobbing along silently in a dinghy, you arrive at a jetty with only
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Blu-ray Review – Black Eagle (1988)

Black Eagle, 1988.

Directed by Eric Karson.

Starring Shô Kosugi, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Doran Clark, Bruce French, Gene Davis and Vladimir Skomarovsky.

Synopsis:

A top CIA agent investigates a Us military plane that has crashed somewhere over Europe but comes face to face with Soviet agents operating in the area.

Much like the 1986 The Karate Kid knock-off No Retreat, No Surrender, Black Eagle wasn’t always a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie; it was a movie that just happened to feature The Muscles from Brussels, albeit briefly, in a secondary role and before he was a huge star. The real star of Black Eagle is Shô Kosugi, a name that may not mean much to those not into 1980s martial arts movie but to many the man is an action film legend, appearing in such Cannon Films classics as Enter the Ninja, Revenge of the Ninja and the hilariously naff yet brilliant Ninja III: The Domination.
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Old School Kung Fu Fest unveils roster

Old School Kung Fu Fest unveils roster
The Old School Kung Fu Fest, set to run from April 16-19 in New York, has announced its 14-film line-up including American Ninja 1 & 2 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Currently in its fifth year, the four-day event showcases the best martial arts and action films from 1960s through the 1980s.

This year’s special focus is ninja films. Other titles include black-and-white Shinobi No Mono Parts 1 & 2 and Cannon Films’ ninja trilogy of Enter The Ninja, Revenge Of The Ninja and Ninja III: The Domination.

Nonprofit Subway Cinema presents the festival and its programming team including Samuel Jamier, Rufus de Rham and Goran Topalovic curate the event.
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