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The Karate Kid [Special Edition] [DVD] [1984]

  • SKU: 7205945
  • Release Date: 06/07/2005
  • Rating: PG
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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (208 out of 209)

    Special Features


    • Commentary with director John Avidsen, writer Robert Mark 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
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    The Karate Kid
    Newly arrived in California from New Jersey, teenager Daniel (Ralph Macchio) almost immediately runs afoul of karate-trained high school bullies. He is rescued by Japanese janitor Miyagi (Noriyuki "Pat" Morita), who agrees to teach Daniel how to harness karate for good instead of brutality. The film culminates in a championship karate bout, pitting Daniel against his sworn enemy Johnny (William Zabka) -- the cruel and thuggish boyfriend of Ali (Elisabeth Shue), with whom Daniel has fallen in love (and vice versa). Real-life karate champ Chuck Norris was offered the role of Kreese, the sadistic coach who goads Johnny into fighting dirty, but Norris turned down the role, refusing to be shown utilizing his skills negatively onscreen. Vastly popular, The Karate Kid spawned three sequels of rapidly descending merit, as well as a Saturday-morning cartoon series. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Ralph Macchio
      Ralph Macchio - Daniel
    • Noriyuki "Pat" Morita
      Noriyuki "Pat" Morita - Miyagi
    • Elisabeth Shue
      Elisabeth Shue - Ali
    • Martin Kove
      Martin Kove - Kreese
    • Randee Heller
      Randee Heller - Lucille



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    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 209 reviews

    99%
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic!

      Posted
      mad10jen
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      Karate kid looks and sounds great on blu-ray. Its about a young man who moves from Jersey to California. He immediately falls for Elisabeth Shue's character who has a jealous ex-boyfriend played by Williams Zabka. Him and his buddies are always beating up Daniel until Mr. Miyagi (the late Pat Morita) trains him in the ways of Karate but in a strange and funny way to prepare him for the karate match against the hated Cobra Kai. It has a great storyline, good acting, and the root for the underdog feeling in this movie. It has a great cast and good music in it too. It is funny at times and is a classic. I like the running commentary, pop up information and quizes option you can play on the blu-ray version while watching the film. So whether you have never seen The Karate Kid the original the original classic or you want to revisit the past pick up this movie it is a nice addition to your blu-ray collection. The picture and sound is far superior than the DVD version.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Karate Movie for Young People!

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      moviereviewer49
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      The blu-ray provided excellent sound and picture quality. A teenager and his mom move to California and the teenage boy meets a girl he really likes. The girl has a jealous ex-boyfriend who takes karate lessons from a mean bullying instructor. The ex-boyfriend and his friends beat the Kid up and he is saved by the apartments handyman, Mr. Miyagi. Mr. Miyagi is a karate master from Okinawa and agrees to teach the Kid karate. The Karate Kid and the ex-boyfriend enter a large Karate Tournament and may the best style win.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Long Awaited Special Edtion Release

      Posted
      kevman79

      This long awaited special edition release of the 'Karate Kid' has just about everything its fans wanted back when it was first released on dvd in 1998, most importantly the much anticipated anamorphic widescreen transfer. Initially released on a bare-bones disc displaying a theatrically chopped down (full-screen) image, 'The Karate Kid,' and Columbia/Tri-Star for that matter, found many of its fans shunning the initial release, opting instead to wait for the special edition of the film they knew would come sooner of later. This dvd re-release is worth every penny and includes a well put together package of extras, illuminated by a very enjoyable commentary with Avildsen, Kamen, Macchio, & Morita.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Old Karate Movie!

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      moviereviewer1949
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      The Blu-Ray provided an excellent picture and sound. This movie is one of my favorites and my son's favorites. We saw it on the movie screen when he was six years old and he loved it. He was taking Karate lessons at the time and he started working harder after seeing this movie. The movie itself is entertaining and provides some excellent life lessons. One of the very best movies of the 80's.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic 80's movie

      Posted
      mad10jen
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      The Karate Kid is an excellent movie, it has stood the test of time. When I was a kid I loved this movie and even know as an adult it is still just as good. This is an excellent price for this classic and it's even a special edition with good extras. It is a great story. Who doesn't love Mr. Miyagi, Danielson, and Ali it has a great cast. You will watch this movie numerous times and get your monies worth. See the original before the remake is released this summer it is a great additon to your collection.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      It's the Karate Kid in a cool steelbook!

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      mpclark31
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      We've all seen the movie. It's over 30 years old and is a classic of my youth! The plot, in a nutshell, is a teen moves from the East Coast to the West Coast and gets bullied until he learns karate. Bought this for the cool looking steelbook. If the artwork weren't awesome, I wouldn't have purchased it. Basically if you love the Karate Kid and think this steelbook looks awesome, pick it up. You won't be disappointed.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Neat steelbook art!

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      ArtSpartan
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      I've always enjoyed The Karate Kid, and this awesome -looking steelbook makes a great movie an even more tempting purchase! Despite the fact that the film's antagonists are pictured and the inside of the case lacks art (this could be remedied by creative customers), the designs are well implemented to the case and is recommended as opposed to the original plastic case art.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Must Have

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      ALD13
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      What an exceptional picture. It's one of the very best underdog/inspirational movies of all time. Sony has done a marvelous job with this Blu-ray release. The picture quality is now the absolute finest the movie has ever looked. I highly recommend it. I double dipped.

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