The Karate Kid Collection

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The Karate Kid film series waxes its way onto DVD with this fine DVD collection from Columbia Home Entertainment. This set contains all four action-packed Mr. Miyagi movies, which have each been given a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, along with various sound options that certainly get the job done, though don't expect too many bells and whistles in that category (this is the Karate Kid, after all!). The first film has been given the most attention, with two 20-minute making-ofs that feature extensive cast...
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Overview

The Karate Kid film series waxes its way onto DVD with this fine DVD collection from Columbia Home Entertainment. This set contains all four action-packed Mr. Miyagi movies, which have each been given a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, along with various sound options that certainly get the job done, though don't expect too many bells and whistles in that category (this is the Karate Kid, after all!). The first film has been given the most attention, with two 20-minute making-ofs that feature extensive cast and crew interviews, along with behind-the-scenes footage. Other featurettes include an interview with the fight choreographer along with a sit-down interview with composer Bill Conti as he talks you through the score. Aside from another featurette on bonsai trees, there's an extremely fun full-length audio commentary from director John G. Avildsen, writer Robert Kamen and actors Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita. Between a healthy dose of laughs, the motley bunch make their way through the film and manage to entertain and dish out stories at the same time, giving the track an unexpected light quality that is certain to be a surprise to those not expecting much. The sequels don't get too much love, outside of a vintage featurette for Part II, along with previews for the first and second film. With a low price point, this collection is actually a pretty good deal, considering that no one in their right mind would probably pony up the dough for the third or fourth flick.
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Special Features

Commentary with director John Avildsen, writer Robert Kamen, and actors Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita; "The Way of the Karate Kid": Multi-part making-of featurette; "Beyond the Form" featurette; "East Meets West: A Composer's Notebook"; "Life of Bonsai" featurette
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Between The Karate Kid (1984) and The Next Karate Kid (1994), Mr. Miyagi (so brilliantly portrayed by Noriyuki "Pat" Morita) pretty much uses up all his good aphorisms. "Anything possible if not afraid," is about the best he can muster for future Million Dollar Baby-star Hillary Swank, a mere $50 baby in Next. . But there's no defense against the Rocky formula that pits a likable, much-put-upon underdog (Ralph Macchio in the first three films) against gangs of fascist toughs and old enemies. Mr. Miyagi is one of the screen's great characters. He dispenses ancient wisdom like Yoda, and when push comes to shove, he kicks butt like, well, Yoda. But not sounding like Fozzy Bear after a magic-mushroom break affords him a distinct advantage. This box set contains all four Karate Kid films, an essential inclusion for any '80s time capsule. John Avildson, an Oscar winner for Rocky, directs the first and best film. Macchio's Daniel LaRusso, a high school outcast, finds a father figure and mentor in the mysterious handyman with the unorthodox teaching methods ("Wax on, wax off"). The inevitable sequel, also directed by Avildson, further fleshes out their relationship as Daniel accompanies Miyagi to Japan, where he will have to settle old scores. Part III returns Daniel to his home turf and inserts a wedge between teacher and pupil as Daniel crosses over to the dark side in the person of rival instructor Thomas Ian Griffith. The Next Karate Kid stars Swank as an embittered young woman who, under Miyagi's tutelage, ends a reign of terror at her high school. As with the Rocky series, the Karate Kid franchise falls prey to the law of diminishing returns. But each film is undeniably rousing, even as the villains go increasingly over the top.
All Movie Guide
The initial film of the enormously successful Karate Kid series, although essentially the familiar tale of an underdog striving for victory, has an innate appeal often lacking in the genre -- an entirely believable rapport between its two stars. The script centers on the travails of a teenage boy, played by Ralph Macchio, who learns to defend himself against the bullying of some uncomfortably Aryan-looking types from an elderly Asian gardener Pat Morita who happens to be a master of the martial arts. The film goes beyond the typical plot machinery, as the old man teaches the boy about more than just karate, and a relationship develops between the two. Macchio and Pat Morita are close to perfection in their roles, and Martin Kove is good as the guy you love to hate. Macchio went on to star in a couple of sequels to the hit film, and it seems possible that his strong identification with the role might have hampered the development of his career.
All Movie Guide
The Karate Kid Part II is basically more of the same from director John G. Avildsen, a sequel that studies the high points of the original so closely that it could be considered a remake set in a different location. Instead of being cheered and applauded by an American tournament crowd won over by his underdog status, this time Daniel is urged onward by the swell of handheld percussive instruments scattered through a Japanese crowd won over by his underdog status. However hastily it was rushed into production, The Karate Kid Part II does manage to duplicate the original's winning vibe, including prompting pleased moviegoers to karate chop the air on their way out of the theater, in turn expelling their adrenaline. The fact that it cleared over $115 million domestically, compared to the $90 million taken in by the original, indicates the appetite for escapism that prompted two more similar sequels. This also probably corresponded with a hike in enrollment at karate studios around the country. Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita exude considerable comfort with the traits expected of them, with Macchio hauling back out his blue-collar New Jersey pride and Morita getting more laughs from wise eccentricity. The series began a serious slide after this installment, though it did feature future Oscar-winner Hilary Swank in part four (The Next Karate Kid).
All Movie Guide
John G. Avildsen rehashes his shopworn formula for another go-round in The Karate Kid Part III. Going against the wishes of his mentor Mr. Miyagi (Noriyuki "Pat" Morita), Daniel (Ralph Macchio) will defend his karate title in an All-Valley Championship match arranged by his nemesis Kreese (Martin Kove), whose karate studio folded after his star student lost the championship to Daniel. Kreese's friend, Vietnam veteran and toxic waste dumper Terry (Thomas Ian Griffith), agrees to help his old pal regain the championship trophy. Daniel's rival Mike Barnes (Sean Kanan) is known as "the bad boy of karate" and Daniel feels he requires more training to vanquish him. But Mr. Miyagi refuses to help Daniel train for the tournament: "Karate to defend life and honor means something. To defend a plastic trophy means nothing." As a result, Daniel naively falls into the clutches of Terry, who takes him on as a karate student. But after Daniel finds himself trapped at the bottom of a cliff and Daniel's girlfriend Jessica (Robyn Lively) has her life threatened, Mr. Miyagi realizes the bad guys have gone too far and agrees to coach Daniel for the tournament.
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Karate Kid, Part 4 is better known by its release title, The Next Karate Kid. The sole holdover from the first three KK flicks is Noriyuki "Pat" Morita, once more cast as janitor/martial arts maven Miyagi Yakuga. This time, his pupil is orphaned 17-year-old Hilary Swank, the granddaughter of Miyagi's war buddy. Relentlessly bullied by her male classmates and feeling responsible for her parents' fatal accident, Swank is taught self-worth through the tough-but-gentle guidance of Miyagi. While The Next Karate Kid may come off as too "PC" for the tastes of some fans, it is heaps better than the appalling Karate Kid, Part 3.

The Karate Kid Part II is basically more of the same from director John G. Avildsen, a sequel that studies the high points of the original so closely that it could be considered a remake set in a different location. Instead of being cheered and applauded by an American tournament crowd won over by his underdog status, this time Daniel is urged onward by the swell of handheld percussive instruments scattered through a Japanese crowd won over by his underdog status. However hastily it was rushed into production, The Karate Kid Part II does manage to duplicate the original's winning vibe, including prompting pleased moviegoers to karate chop the air on their way out of the theater, in turn expelling their adrenaline. The fact that it cleared over $115 million domestically, compared to the $90 million taken in by the original, indicates the appetite for escapism that prompted two more similar sequels. This also probably corresponded with a hike in enrollment at karate studios around the country. Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita exude considerable comfort with the traits expected of them, with Macchio hauling back out his blue-collar New Jersey pride and Morita getting more laughs from wise eccentricity. The series began a serious slide after this installment, though it did feature future Oscar-winner Hilary Swank in part four (The Next Karate Kid).
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2005
  • UPC: 043396047280
  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Language: English
  • Time: 7:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 8,296

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Noriyuki "Pat" Morita Mr. Kesuke Miyagi
Ralph Macchio Daniel LaRusso (The Karate Kid I-III)
Martin Kove John Kreese Cobra Kai Sensei (The Karate Kid I-III)
Hilary Swank Julie Pierce (The Next Karate Kid AKA The Karate Kid, Part IV)
Technical Credits
John G. Avildsen Director
Christopher Cain Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- The Karate Kid
1. Start [3:49]
2. Paradise at Last [5:07]
3. Beach Party [7:04]
4. Soccer Trials [4:32]
5. The Cafeteria [1:17]
6. Karate School [3:27]
7. Bike Vs. Bikers [:50]
8. "Can't We Go Home?" [1:49]
9. Dealing With It [7:31]
10. Halloween Dance [4:06]
11. No Mercy [13:04]
12. Training Begins [7:21]
13. Ali's Encino Home [2:36]
14. The Arcade [2:50]
15. Sanding the Deck [4:24]
16. Painting the Fence [3:13]
17. Paint House [4:52]
18. "Learn Balance" [3:57]
19. "No Scare Fish" [2:21]
20. The Country Club [2:28]
21. Anniversary [6:19]
22. Solo Practice [:55]
23. Secret to Punch [1:34]
24. Birthday Party [5:19]
25. Apology Accepted [4:35]
26. Registration [:31]
27. Competition Begins [2:21]
28. Daniel Vs. Johnny [9:27]
Side #2 -- The Karate Kid II: The Story Continues...
1. Start [5:52]
2. Sore Loser [4:11]
3. Six Months Later [6:59]
4. Girl He Left Behind [5:28]
5. 32A & B [5:21]
6. Sato [4:51]
7. Homecoming [3:43]
8. Miyagi Family Dojo [2:10]
9. No Choice [2:21]
10. Drum Technique [7:46]
11. Dance Lesson [6:23]
12. Sight-Seeing [5:49]
13. $600 Bet [4:05]
14. Peace Offer [5:32]
15. At the Hop [1:31]
16. Looking for Trouble [2:51]
17. Message for Miyagi [1:20]
18. Cleaning House [3:28]
19. "Take Me With You" [1:35]
20. Sato Wins [3:12]
21. Last Will & Testament [1:57]
22. Tea Ceremony [1:33]
23. Big Storm [3:48]
24. Saving Sato [:25]
25. Daniel Gets the Girl [2:22]
26. "I Come Help Rebuild" [1:52]
27. Dishonored [2:09]
28. Live or Die? [4:49]
Side #3 -- The Karate Kid Part III
1. Start [4:56]
2. Broke & Going Nowhere [1:17]
3. Terry Silver [3:26]
4. Progress [5:47]
5. Planning Their Revenge [4:39]
6. A Dream Come True [2:27]
7. Silver Buys a Champion [2:30]
8. True Bonsai Grows Wild [3:21]
9. New Rules [2:29]
10. Daniel Meets Jessica [3:34]
11. Intelligence Gathering [7:04]
12. "I Need Your Title" [1:21]
13. Apologies Accepted [4:16]
14. Running Out of Patience [4:22]
15. Devil's Cauldron [6:18]
16. Signed Under Duress [3:35]
17. "Please Forgive Me" [4:03]
18. A Nice Offer [2:12]
19. "Know How to Sweep?" [1:20]
20. Terry's New Trainee [7:40]
21. Rule #2 [4:09]
22. Rule #3 [1:58]
23. Downstairs [4:42]
24. Strong Root [2:24]
25. Terry's Agenda [2:39]
26. Miyagi to the Rescue [9:54]
27. Title Match [4:39]
28. Sudden Death [5:04]
Side #4 -- The Next Karate Kid
1. Start [4:04]
2. Julie [2:13]
3. Visiting Angel [3:14]
4. Exchange Plan [4:39]
5. A Warning & an Escort [2:04]
6. Discovering Julie's Secret [2:00]
7. Col. Dugan & His Troops [4:16]
8. Julie & Eric [4:54]
9. Leap for Life [4:39]
10. Bartering for Lessons [2:28]
11. Baby-Sitting [3:25]
12. Chased by Alpha Elite [5:08]
13. The Gas Station [1:07]
14. The Monastery [2:56]
15. "Respect all Living Things" [4:42]
16. Praying Mantis [4:08]
17. Birthday Cake & Wish [8:21]
18. Zen Archery [1:54]
19. Healing a Broken Wing [4:17]
20. Karate Waltz [5:01]
21. Eric Comes for Julie [4:28]
22. Zen Bowling [1:04]
23. At the Prom [4:40]
24. Bungee Jumping [1:57]
25. At the Docks [1:46]
26. Julie & Miyagi Arrive [3:49]
27. Taking Her Best Shot [3:18]
28. Miyagi Finishes the Job [2:01]
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Side #1 -- The Karate Kid
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   Languages
      Audio: English
      Audio: French
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: French
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: Spanish Subtitled Commentary
      Subtitles: Chinese
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      Featurettes
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         The Way of the Karate Kid: Part 1
         The Way of the Karate Kid: Part 2
         Beyond the Form
         East Meets West: a Composer's Notebook
         Life of Bonsai - Subtitles in English: On
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      Previews
         The Karate Kid
         Karate Kid II
         3 Ninjas High Noon at Mega Mountain
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      The Karate Kid
      Karate Kid II
      3 Ninjas High Noon at Mega Mountain
Side #2 -- The Karate Kid II: The Story Continues...
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   Audio Set-Up
      English
      Spanish
      French
      Portuguese
   Subtitles
      English
      Spanish
      French
      Portuguese
      Chinese
      Korean
      Thai
      Subtitles Off
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Original Featurette
      Filmographies
         John G. Avildsen (Director)
         Ralph Macchio
         Noriyuki "Pat" Morita
      Bonus Trailers
         The Karate Kid
         The Karate Kid Part II
         Roughnecks: Starship Trooper Chronicles - the Pluto Campaign
         Godzilla 2000
Side #3 -- The Karate Kid Part III
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   Audio Set-Up
      English
      French
      Spanish
      Portuguese
   Subtitles
      English
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      French
      Portuguese
      Chinese
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   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Filmographies
         John G. Avildsen (Director)
         Ralph Macchio
         Noriyuki "Pat" Morita
      Bonus Trailers
         The Karate Kid
         The Karate Kid Part II
         Godzilla 2000
         Roughnecks: Starship Trooper Chronicles - the Pluto Campaign
         Beverly Hills Ninja
Side #4 -- The Next Karate Kid
   Play Movie
   Audio Set-Up
      English
      French
      Spanish
      Portuguese
   Subtitles
      English
      Spanish
      French
      Portuguese
      Chinese
      Korean
      Thai
      Subtitles Off
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Filmographies
         Noriyuki "Pat" Morita
         Hilary Swank
      Bonus Trailers
         The Karate Kid
         The Karate Kid Part II
         Godzilla 2000
         Beverly Hills Ninja
         Roughnecks: Starship Trooper Chronicles - the Pluto Campaign
      DVD-ROM
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    OK, i'm just OBSESSED with any movie Ralph Macchio is in, so i had to watch this movie. It was Amazing!!! for anyone who Loves ralph Macchio, WATCH THIS MOVIE (and also the other two movies. 3 isn't as good)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great!

    I thought the acting was great. If you're a fan of these movies, or if you just want to see what all the hype is about, I recommend buying this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    boo! this movie really stinks bad

    When I watched these movies I was amazed by the poor acting and the stupid story lines.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AMAZING!!!!

    OH MY GOD!!!! THIS IS ABSOLUTLEY THE BEST MOVIE I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE. THIS IS MY FAVORITE MOVIE!!! AS MR. MIYAGI WOULD SAY...BONZAIII!!!!!!!!!

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