Plot: What’s it about?
Mega Mountain is the coolest amusement park there is, so of course, it is the natural vacation choice for the 3 Ninjas. It was supposed to be a day of fun and relaxation, but as per usual, the three little guys manage to get into some trouble. While Rocky (Matthew Botuchis), Colt (Michael O’Laskey II), and Tum Tum (J.P. Roeske) are enjoying the park with their grandfather Mori (Victor Wong) and the computer genius girl that lives next door, they witness a most horrific series of events. The visitors knew it would be a sad day, as star Dave Dragon (Hulk Hogan) was making his farewell appearance, but little did they expect the sheer madness that unfolded. A band of ninjas invade the park and hold the owners for ransom, which of course, ends the fun that takes place there. The people behind this crime are Lothar Zogg (Jim Varney) and the kid hater Medusa (Loni Anderson), who want to cash in by bending the laws and ruining Mega Mountain. Can the ninjas manage to overcome the odds, even with some help from Dave Dragon himself?
As if just the usual 3 Ninjas weren’t enough this time around, this sequel also sports the presence of Jim Varney, Loni Anderson, and of course, Hulk Hogan. I’ve found the 3 Ninjas series to be decent in terms of fun kids’ entertainment, but not much else and the same applies to their newest adventure, High Noon at Mega Mountain. As per usual, we have different kids in the leads, but it doesn’t matter much, since the basics remain the same. Although none of the films in this series have held much parental appeal, this one is often so bad, the adults might chuckle themselves. Loni Anderson is hilarious, while Varney and Hogan have their moments, especially Hogan, as he is always humorous when he tries to be a movie star. The laughs are typical for the series, slapstick, poor verbal banter, and some crude humor. In the end, I wouldn’t say this is the best film in the series, but in some instances, it is so bad, it turns into cheese based entertainment. So if you or someone in your house is a fan of the 3 Ninjas series, then this one is worth a look, as even though the extras are minimal, Columbia has tacked on a nice, low price.
Video: How does it look?
3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain is presented in a 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, with a full frame edition included on the disc’s flip side. As this is a more recent release (1998), the print is free from serious flaws, but some minor ones still surface. The image is loaded with vivid colors, but the hues never oversaturate or bleed. The contrast is even and never falters, with rich and well defined black levels. This presentation has some errors, but in the end, still measures up as an above average transfer.
Audio: How does it sound?
The included 2.0 surround track is clean and up to the task, but isn’t too active or powerful, due to the material involved. The surrounds don’t see a lot of attention, but some scenes make good use of the rears, so they’re not silent here. The music sounds solid also, while dialogue is smooth and never falters at all. This disc also includes French & Spanish language tracks, as well as subtitles in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes some talent files, but no other bonus materials.