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    The Karate Kid
  • English: Dolby Digital Surround
  • French: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Spanish: Dolby Digital Surround
  • German: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Italian: Dolby Digital Surround
    The Karate Kid Part II
  • English: Dolby Digital Surround
  • French: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Spanish: Dolby Digital Surround
  • German: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Italian: Dolby Digital Surround
    The Karate Kid Part III
  • English: Dolby Digital Surround
  • French: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Spanish: Dolby Digital Surround
  • German: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Italian: Dolby Digital Surround
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    The Karate Kid
    English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Hebrew, Czech, Greek, Polish, Hungarian, Dutch, Arabic, Portuguese, Turkish, Icelandic, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Hindi, Bulgarian
    The Karate Kid Part II
    English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Hebrew, Czech, Greek, Polish, Hungarian, Dutch, Arabic, Portuguese, Turkish, Icelandic, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Hindi, Bulgarian
    The Karate Kid Part III
    English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Hebrew, Czech, Greek, Polish, Hungarian, Dutch, Arabic, Portuguese, Turkish, Icelandic, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Hindi, Bulgarian
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    The Karate Kid
  • 3 Theatrical trailer
  • DVD-ROM features - Three games
  • Web access
  • Filmographies - Cast and crew
    The Karate Kid Part II
  • 2 Theatrical trailer
  • Featurette
  • DVD-ROM features - Three games
  • Filmographies
    The Karate Kid Part III
  • 2 Theatrical trailer
  • Web access
  • Film highlights
The Karate Kid - Ultimate Collector's Pack
Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Home Entertainment . R4 . COLOR . 339 mins . PG . PAL

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The Karate Kid - Ultimate Collector's Pack brings together the first three Karate Kid films and wisely ignores the fourth, even though it too stars 'Pat' Morita reprising his role of Mr. Miyagi.

The Karate Kid was released in 1984 and it shows. The music, the fashion, the dancing, the hairstyles all scream 1984. It has dated, sure, but it achieves what it set out to, and that is create a feel-good film that anyone can enjoy. It tells the story of Daniel Larusso (Ralph Macchio) and his unlikely friendship with an older Japanese-American widower, culminating in Daniel taking part in the local karate tournament.

Two years later, The Karate Kid Part II was released ,and featured the same actors in the lead roles. The action shifts to Japan so that Mr. Miyagi can say goodbye to his dying father. Further trouble awaits them there, only this time it is Mr Miyagi that is fighting for his life.

Reunited in 1989, The Karate Kid Part III finds the pair back home in Los Angeles, where they start a bonsai tree business. The disgraced karate teacher from the original film, with help from a friend, is planning a rematch at this year's All Valley Karate Tournament so that he can disgrace Daniel and Mr. Miyagi in front of a thousand people, and it looks like he might succeed.

Across the three films, the pair form a rock solid friendship that withstands the strains placed on it. We see Daniel grow from the kid that gets beaten up into a fully fledged karate champ. Perhaps a bit much to watch in one sitting, the films prove that successful films can be milked for all their worth.

Individual titles reviews
REVIEW: The Karate Kid
"A feel-good movie about a young man's unlikely friendship with a wise old karate expert, though at times it looks more like a home-style makeover program - 'Wax on, wax off'... "
- Terry Kemp

REVIEW: The Karate Kid Part II
"Like most sequels, the formula remains pretty much the same, only this time Daniel-son and Mr. Miyagi are in Japan, and it is Mr. Miyagi who is fighting for his life… "
- Terry Kemp

REVIEW: The Karate Kid Part III
"Hoping the public won't notice they've simply remade Part 1, the cast and crew reunite for the third installment in the series..."
- Terry Kemp

  Video
  Audio
  Extras
  Overall
Contract

Considering this is the Ultimate Collector's Pack there is a suprising lack of extras, and for the most part they are repeated for all three movies. The extras include Trailers for The Karate Kid, The Karate Kid Part II, and Roughnecks: The Starship Chronicles - The Pluto Campaign. All are full frame and are not as clean and bright as the features.

There is a short six minute Original Featurette that offers a brief look at the making of the second film. There are also Weblinks and DVD-ROM Games called Catch The Fly, Find The Village, and Capture The Bonsai. All three games are included with each film and you will need a DVD-ROM drive to access them.

The Karate Kid - Ultimate Collector's Pack is a great way to buy and enjoy the three films, and at this stage it is unlikely they will be released individually. The extras are few in number and rather lame. The second and third films are offered on different sides of the same disc, but the audio and video quality is acceptable in all three. If you enjoyed the films then, you will enjoy them now, and even though you know how it will end, you'll find yourself waiting for that final knockout blow.

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      And I quote...
    "The first three Karate Kid films in one neat package. The audio and video quality is a little better than anticipated, but don't expect too much in the way of extras."
    - Terry Kemp
      Review Equipment
    • DVD Player:
          Akai
    • TV:
          TEAC CT-F803 80cm Super Flat Screen
    • Receiver:
          Pioneer VSX-D409
    • Speakers:
          Wellings
    • Centre Speaker:
          Wellings
    • Surrounds:
          Wellings
    • Subwoofer:
          Sherwood SP 210W
    • Audio Cables:
          Standard RCA
    • Video Cables:
          standard s-video
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