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The Karate Kid (1984)

Ralph Macchio , Pat Morita , John G. Avildsen  |  PG |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (354 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue, Martin Kove, Randee Heller
  • Directors: John G. Avildsen
  • Writers: Robert Mark Kamen
  • Producers: Bud S. Smith, Jerry Weintraub, R.J. Louis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: April 14, 1998
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (354 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0800179501
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,076 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Karate Kid" on IMDb

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The DVD release features a theatrical trailer, Dolby sound, full-screen (pan and scan) presentation, and optional subtitles in French, Spanish, and English. --Tom Keogh

Product Description

John G. Avildsen not only directed Rocky, he tried remaking it over the years in a dozen different ways. One of them was this popular 1984 drama about a new kid (Ralph Macchio) in town targeted by karate-wielding bullies until he gets a new mentor:

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95 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stand up and Cheer December 31, 2001
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Karate Kid is not what you may think it is. The premise of a young fatherless boy trying to survive a completely new environment is how this movie gets its humanity. For anyone who has ever had to move to a new town, be raised by only one parent, or face overwhelming odds, and almost everyone has done at least one of these, this movie can be related to on many levels. Ralph Macchio plays Daniel, a teenager from New Jersey who is forced to move across the country with his mother and start a new life in a foreign place, California. Setting aside the differences between East & West coast alone, there is plenty for him to realize. When faced with bullies that he doesn't understand, he finds a friend in an unlikely place; Mr. Miagi, a Japanese handyman, played by Pat Morita, who's hides many talents. To say Karate Kid is a story about over coming your fear is to say that life is just a thing we do everyday. This movie mixes a friendship, a romance, a coming of age story, gaining self confidence and learning to appreciate that which you may not understand right away. After getting sufficiently beat up by the bullies more than once, Daniel enlists the help of Miagi and soon finds himself training for a tournament. This may seem outrageous, but Miagi knows it is a much safer place and a more controlled environment for Daniel to defend himself and gain respect. Miagi's training techniques are unique to say the least, and just as Daniel begins to question what is going on, he realizes that Migai really does know what he is doing. The story is good and solid and allows sympathy for both sides of the characters. They fill a void for each other, an obvious father/son, mentor/student relationship. The chemistry between them is very solid. Read more ›
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 80's are back! May 11, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
"Wax on, wax off" is a catchphrase that will forever be instilled in the human psyche, thanks to the eighties release, The Karate Kid.
Now, as you cringe at the images racing through your head of disco balls, pastels, hair spray and corny one-liners and you decide to bury yourself in a deep hole and hide, dust off the cob webs because no matter how many times you've see it, this is one eighties flick you can't help but love.
Now available on DVD as an Ultimate Collectors Pack, we can relive this inspirational story of courage and friendship.
While teens of today may call this a retro disaster, and use the video cover as a coaster during a drinking fest at one of their underage parties, there's no denying the saying, "an oldie but a goodie" loudly rings true.
Moving to a new home and starting over is never easy. Just ask Daniel Larusso (Ralph Macchio). Leaving Newark for LA, Daniel's the new kid and he thinks the whole world is coming down on him.
It's all doom and gloom until like any other 16 year old teenager with rushing hormones, meets a beautiful blonde, Ali Mills (Elisabeth Shue).
However, Ali brings baggage to the picture, a wild ex boyfriend Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) who also happens to be the leader of the Cobras, a ruthless youth karate gang.
Subject to constant bullying by the cobras, Daniel turns to an unlikely source for help, Japanese war veteran turned apartment block handyman Mr. Miyagi (Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita).
Mr. Miyagi, who has been taught karate by his father becomes the helpless teens mentor and teaches him the craft, not as an offensive tool, rather only as a means of self-defence.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Blu Ray presentation of a beloved classic! December 4, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
The Karate Kid was THE sleeper hit of 1984 ! A wonderful film that entertains and inspires, a true 80's classic that remains as good today (perhaps better) than when it was released. With that said, this review will focus on the technical aspects, both audio and video, of this Blu Ray presentation rather than the film content itself.

Bottom line is whether or not 'The Karate Kid' on Blu Ray is a good investment and a good choice for upgrading your current DVD or VHS copy.

The Answer? A resounding YES !! and here is why:

'The Karate Kid' come to us on a BD-50 dual layer region free disc in Glorious 1080p and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and housed in an 'Eco' case. We are given the OAR (Original Aspect Ratio) of 1.85:1 which gives the best pixel concentration and preserves the original framing. (it also gives you some very slight black bars at the top and bottom of your screen, unless you have your over scan engaged)

The video is very good. It is easily a solid 4 out of 5 stars and is a MAJOR upgrade from all previous versions. I detected a few very small and very short instances of telecine wobble but they are over so quickly you may not even notice them. The color timing is impeccable and lends itself to reproducing all the proper hues the way you saw them in your theater back in the 80's. I am VERY glad they did not tamper with it.

ON the problem end of things, there is noticeable black crush in dark scenes from time to time, but only slight and never enough to ruin a scene. Also, this transfer has obviously had DNR applied here and there to clean up what the transfer team probably thought was 'noisy' film grain. It is not particularly egregious and only removes SOME of the fine detail from faces.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie
Published 2 days ago by Amanda
5.0 out of 5 stars I use this as an example to kids that they ...
I use this as an example to kids that they may be learning every day, even if they do not think so
Published 2 days ago by Soonernla
5.0 out of 5 stars This Movie Still Has It Especially For Pre-Teens
Too bad real life cannot work like this movie.
However it is FUN and INSPIRATIONAL.
Nice to see the Late Pat Morita onscreen again.
Fun...
Published 8 days ago by Tony Silver
4.0 out of 5 stars Karate Kid review & retrospective 8.5/10
Hello out there & welcome to this as you can see this is going to be an in depth review for The Karate Kid from 1984. Read more
Published 9 days ago by JRP
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie. Anytime I'm in the mood for a good Karate film this is my go-to film. Great story.
Published 11 days ago by Tabatha B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love the movie - what else has to be said?
Published 15 days ago by Helen D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish they still made movies like this.
Another family favorite that spans three generations! A great movie, and no one gets naked and in bed! Read more
Published 19 days ago by Bonnie Serrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great
Published 25 days ago by Ojitos
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Boys loved it
Published 26 days ago by creola
5.0 out of 5 stars Kickin' it old school
Ordered for our cross country trip. The chap didn't watch it yet, but it's good to have in our collection.
Published 1 month ago by B. Moore
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