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Cult DTV gorefest “ROBOT NINJA” slashing back on special-edition Blu-ray/DVD

Friday, April 13, 2018 | Blu-ray/DVD, News


After giving his Super-8 zombie epic THE DEAD NEXT DOOR its hi-def disc debut, J.R. Bookwalter and Tempe Digital are doing the honors with his follow-up feature, ROBOT NINJA. Read on for the complete details and first look at the cover art, plus a trailer.

Released on VHS in 1989 by Cinema Home Video and out of print since, ROBOT NINJA will be showcased in a three-disc Blu-ray/DVD/CD set. The movie tells of a comic-book artist (Michael Todd) who turns vigilante, donning the costume and blades of his creation to bloodily battle crime. Co-starring Linnea Quigley and BATMAN’s Burt Ward, it has been given a 2K scan and restoration from the original negative, and will be presented in a pair of 1080p HD transfers—one in the original 4:3 aspect ration, and another cropped to 16×9 widescreen. The Blu-ray will include a new DTS HD-MA 5.1 Surround remix and a DTS HD-MA mix of the original 2.0 stereo; the DVD will feature the original Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo mix, a Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround remix and the Dolby Digital 2.0 German-dubbed stereo mix. The special features are:

Disc 1 (Blu-ray)

  • 2018 production commentary (participants TBA)
  • Cast and crew interviews
  • Still galleries (including all original artwork by David Lange)
  • THE ROBOT NINJA 2014 fan film by Johnny Dickie
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Tempe Digital trailers

Disc 2 (DVD-9)

  • 1989 VHS release version in 4:3 original aspect ratio (standard definition)
  • 2018 audio commentary by writer/director J.R. Bookwalter
  • Audio commentary by Doug Tilley and Moe Porne of No-Budget Nightmares Podcast
  • Behind-the-scenes footage
  • 1989 original VHS release trailer
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Tempe DVD trailers

Disc 3 (CD)

First time on CD! Original motion picture soundtrack with complete score by J.R. Bookwalter plus songs by J.R. Bookwalter, Foxx, Argus and Rodney Shields


  • Slipcover with vintage artwork by David Lange (first 500 units only)
  • Reversible wrap with newly commissioned artwork by David Lange and original 1989 Cinema Home Video VHS artwork
  • Eight-page color booklet with liner notes and behind-the-scenes photos (first 1,000 units only)
  • First 1,000 units numbered and autographed by writer/director J.R. Bookwalter

An Indiegogo campaign has been launched here to support the project and offer pre-orders for the disc set, along with other perks including T-shirts, a comic-book adaptation, a screenplay book and more. Pre-orders are set to ship in late 2018, and the restoration will also have limited theatrical release this fall.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and in addition to his work for RUE MORGUE, he has been a longtime writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. He has also written for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM,, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM, MOVIEMAKER and others. He is the author of the AD NAUSEAM books (1984 Publishing) and THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press), and he has contributed documentaries, featurettes and liner notes to numerous Blu-rays, including the award-winning feature-length doc TWISTED TALE: THE UNMAKING OF "SPOOKIES" (Vinegar Syndrome).