Pat Morita returns as Mr. Miyagi in the latest sequel to the Karate Kid series, The Next Karate Kid. This time the new Karate student is a rebellious teenage girl named Julie (Swank). Julie is counseled by Mr. Miyagi and three Buddhist Monks, and grows to adulthood from adolescence while kicking-butt on a gang of military students who control the other kids at her high school. Along the way she learns to love and becomes less rebellious and more sensitive. These films are not really about Karate after all, they are coming-of-age stories. If you liked the others, you
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits pleasing quality throughout. Images are sharp and detailed, though some scenes are wanting in finer definition. Colors are rich and naturally balanced, with accurate fleshtones, and deep blacks. Contrast and shadow delineation are nicely rendered throughout. There is a bit of edge enhancement noticed, but pixelization is not a factor. The picture is quite solid and clean, with a few source element artifacts. While the LaserDisc (Issue 13) earned a reference score, the DVD is unquestionably preferred for its more refined colors and sharper images. (Suzanne Hodges)
Theatrically released in 8 Channel SDDS, it is unfortunate that this Dolby
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After inserting the disc into the DVD drive of your computer, the DVD-ROM menu will automatically run (if you have autorun enabled). If you do not have autorun enabled, just open the folder for your DVD drive, and double click the file start.exe.From the main menu, you are given the options to Play the Game, a link labeled SPE!, and a link for Columbia Tristar
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