The Karate Kid, Part II

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Overview

The Karate Kid Part II lacks any exciting bonus features, but it does offer a few supplements. A six-minute featurette contains basic information about the film from interviews with director John Avildsen, producer Jerry Weintraub, and Pat Morita. Created at the time of its original release, this feature comes in an unimpressive full-frame format. The other major section is a series of trailers for this film and a few other Columbia Tristar releases. The previews for The Karate Kid and The Karate Kid Part II come...
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Overview

The Karate Kid Part II lacks any exciting bonus features, but it does offer a few supplements. A six-minute featurette contains basic information about the film from interviews with director John Avildsen, producer Jerry Weintraub, and Pat Morita. Created at the time of its original release, this feature comes in an unimpressive full-frame format. The other major section is a series of trailers for this film and a few other Columbia Tristar releases. The previews for The Karate Kid and The Karate Kid Part II come in poor, full-frame transfers with very limited sound. There are also selected filmographies for Ralph Macchio, Morita, and Avildsen. The 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer features impressive moments of shining colors and excellent clarity. Much of this transfer works nicely, but there are some moments where the contrast suffers and the picture becomes dark and grainy. This could stem from the age of the print, but it's still disappointing in the overall sense. Even given its uneven nature, this transfer still does a decent job in presenting the story. This disc also contains a 1.33:1 full-screen transfer for people more accustomed to television viewing. Bill Conti's rousing score and Peter Cetera's cheesy title track both spring nicely from the speakers on this well-done audio transfer. Although it is only a 2.0-channel Dolby Surround track, the force of the sound renders the limitations less important than usual. The dialogue is clear and understandable throughout the running time, and the sounds have a full texture with plenty of depth.
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Special Features

Original Featurette; Bonus Trailers; Filmographies; Interactive Menus; Scene Selections
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Editorial Reviews

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/10/2001
  • UPC: 043396059917
  • Original Release: 1986
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: English, Español, Français, Portugais
  • Time: 1:53:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 26,829

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ralph Macchio Daniel
Noriyuki "Pat" Morita Miyagi
Nobu McCarthy Yukie
Danny Kamekona Sato
Yuji Okumoto Chozen
Tamlyn Tomita Kumiko
Lee Arnone Stewardess
Wes Chong Sato's Houseman
The Cobras
Jack Eiseman G.I. #3
Robert Fernandez Watchman
Rob Garrison Tommy
Clarence Gilyard Jr. G.I. #1
Natile N. Hashimoto Kumiko's Friend
Marc Hayashi Taro
Will Hunt Postman
Garth Johnson Autograph Fan
Pat E. Johnson Referee
Sarah Kendall Stewardess
Martin Kove Kreese
Robyn Lively
Raymond Ma Cab Driver in Okinawa
Bruce Malmuth Announcer
Evan Malmuth Cab Driver
Diana Mar Video Store Girl
Chad McQueen Dutch
Joey Miyashima Toshio
Michael P. Morgan G.I.
Tony O'Dell Jimmy
George O'Hanlon Jr. Soldier
Tsuruko Ohye Village Woman
Sara Raymond Ma Cab Driver
Jeffrey Rogers G.I. #4
Aaron Seville G.I. #5
Eddie Smith Bystander
Charlie Tanimoto Miyagi's father
DJ Ron Thomas Bobby
Traci Toguchi Girl Bell Ringer
Arsenio "Sonny" Trinidad Ichiro
B.D. Wong Boy on Street
William Zabka Johnny
Technical Credits
John G. Avildsen Director, Editor
Brooks Arthur Musical Direction/Supervision
Jacob Brackman Songwriter
John Carter Editor
William J. Cassidy Associate Producer, Production Designer
Peter Cetera Score Composer, Songwriter
Bill Conti Score Composer, Songwriter
James A. Crabe Cinematographer
David Foster Score Composer, Songwriter
Jimmy de Knight Songwriter
Paul de Rolf Choreography
Jose de Vega Choreography
Dennis de Young Songwriter
Dennis Dion Special Effects
Susan Ekins Associate Producer
John M. Elliott Jr. Makeup
Max Friedman Songwriter
David Garfield Editor
Zenko Heshiki Consultant/advisor
Caro Jones Casting
James Kail Makeup
Robert Mark Kamen Screenwriter
Jane Kurson Editor
R.J. Louis Executive Producer, Producer
Mary Malin Costumes/Costume Designer
William Matthews Art Director
Diane Nini Songwriter
Michael Omartian Songwriter
Roland Orzabal Songwriter
Wayne Perkins Songwriter
Lee Poll Set Decoration/Design
Karen Trudy Rosenfelt Associate Producer
Carly Simon Songwriter
Ian Stanley Songwriter
Jim Teegarden Set Decoration/Design
Jerry Weintraub Producer
Dootsie Williams Songwriter
Curtis Williams Songwriter
Richard Wolf Songwriter
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