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Karate Kid, The (Karate Kid Collection, The)
Special Edition
Genre: Family

Reviewed In Issue 94 (Mar 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Ralph Macchio, Noriyuki "Pat" Morita & Elisabeth Shue

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features on disc one of the three-disc Karate Kid collection includes commentary with the director, writer, and actors; five featurettes, the 24-minute "The Way Of The Karate Kid: Part 1," the 21-minute "The Way Of The Karate Kid: Part 2," "Beyond The Form," a 13-minute look at the art of martial arts, the eight-minute "East Meets West: A Composer's Notebook," featuring the music of The Karate Kid as presented by composer Bill Conti, and finally the 10-minute "Life Of Bonsai" with the option of watching it with English subtitles on or off. There are also three previews, and under subtitles is the option of watching the film with spanish subtitled commentary. Disc two offers the original six-minute featurette, filmographies on the director, and stars Ralph Macchio, and Noriyuki "Pat" Morita, and trailers. Side one of the third disc in the set includes filmographies and trailers.Side two of the third disc in the set includes filmographies and trailers.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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(MPAA Rating): PG
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(Retail Price): $
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 127
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1984
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 02/01/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): John G. Avildsen
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
First in the series of the popular "The Karate Kid" films, Ralph Macchio stars as the teenager who reluctantly moved with his mother from New Jersey to California. Immediately becoming bullied by toughies at school, Daniel's life was forever changed after meeting Mr. Miyagi (Morita), the man who taught him the art of martial arts. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
Available for the first time on DVD in widescreen, the anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture should not disappoint fans who have been waiting for this release. Colors are well balanced and nicely saturated, occasionally appearing dated, but not in excess. Minor shimmering details are noticed at times. The source element is revealing of minor film grain and occasional artifacts. There is a slight halo of edge enhancement noticed around objects, and some pixelization is also apparent. (Suzanne Hodges)

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