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The Karate Kid (Special Edition) (1984)

Ralph Macchio , Pat Morita , John G. Avildsen  |  PG |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (320 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: Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2005
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (320 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0008JIJ2E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,438 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Karate Kid (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

"Beyond the Form" Featurette
Commentary with Director John G. Avildsen, Writer Robert Mark Kamen and Actors Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita
"East Meets West: A Composer's Notebook"
"Life of Bonsai" Featurette
"The Way of the Karate Kid" Multi-Part "Making of" Featurette
"Commentary from Director, Writer and Cast"
Featurettes
Making of the Karate Kid
Theatrical Trailer

Editorial Reviews

A fatherless teenager faces his moment of truth in The Karate Kid. Daniel (Ralph Macchio) arrives in Los Angeles from the east coast and faces the difficult task of making new friends. However, he becomes the object of bullying by the Cobras, a menacing gang of karate students, when he strikes up a relationship with Ali (Elisabeth Shue), the Cobra leader's ex-girlfriend. Eager to fight back and impress his new girlfriend but afraid to confront the dangerous gang, Daniel asks his handyman Miyagi (Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita), whom he learns is a master of the martial arts, to teach him karate. Miyagi teaches Daniel that karate is a mastery over the self, mind, and body and that fighting is always the last answer to a problem. Under Miyagi's guidance, Daniel develops not only physical skills but also the faith and self-confidence to compete despite tremendous odds as he encounters the fight of his life in the exciting finale to this entertaining film.

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90 of 93 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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am SOOOO mortified PAN AND SCAN! %$ April 26, 2000
Format:DVD
People dismiss this film because of it's simplicity. Well I'll tell you right now, it isn't a movie about Karate. Daniel overcomes an insurmountable goal, the type of goal you achieve once in your entire life (this is why I disregard the sequels, apologies for fans). The Karate Kid is a truly beautiful piece of Cinema. If you believe the Karate Kid is a bad film then hire out the Avengers, then MK:Annihilation.
What I will say is that I am DISGUSTED at the fact that this film is presented in Pan and Scan. I paid full price for a movie I am seeing half of. I wanted Widescreen. Did I get it? In a word, No. So now I have a VHS and DVD which are both Pan and Scan. Will I ever see this film in it's original format? This is a question I leave to you, Columbia. Regards Mas
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10 of 11 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 Wax on, wax off
Ralph Macchio and Noriyuki "Pat" Morita captured the essence of the philosophy of karate ("empty"--kara; "hand"---te). Read more
Published 5 days ago by Masaru Hashimoto
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie/good buy
Bought it for a girl in my neighborhood who started taking karate lessons. Something to inspire her. Always a good flick!
Published 5 days ago by Margaret Curry
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect condition
Incredible quality vs the normal dvd. I remember why i loved this movie so much as a kid. Wax on, wax off!! Cobra kai never die!!
Published 11 days ago by gregory d difalco
5.0 out of 5 stars More then just a movie!
This movie is a wonderful way to spend an evening with your family, there are so many lessons to be learned!
Published 1 month ago by Sharon Via
5.0 out of 5 stars C
Movie movie movie why do you waste my life? I pay you to just play the movie. You don't stop trying to ruin what little time we have on this earth. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stevahn
5.0 out of 5 stars Grandson 5, taking karate
I and his father watched this movie many times as children,It teaches many things , besides the best of karate movies, and first. He just loved it . Read more
Published 1 month ago by stella
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring book
Gave as a gift to my little grandson who is studying karate. Story is about karate but mostly life lessons of persevering and kindness.
Published 2 months ago by Karen S
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
had to get my seven year old the background of this wax on wax off.. she loves it. this is a true classic.
Published 2 months ago by joseph p alai
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome!
Because i love this movie and was pleased to see it had special features! Get this dvd its worth it !
Published 3 months ago by Tracie-Deanna McGee
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
Great movie. Bought for my grandsons. They love the movie and are learning taekwondo themselves.
Happy times for the whole family.
Published 3 months ago by littlebabydirt
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