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Karate Kid 1 (1984)

Director: John G. Avildsen     Starring: Noriyuki Morita Ralph Macchio
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40713537
UPC: 043396101302
UPC 14: 00043396101302
Rating: Game Rating Code
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SVD1190: Features: -DVD.-Synopsis: A New Jersey teen moves to California, meets bullies and learns karate from a handyman, Mr. Miyagi.-Genre: Family.-Screen Format: CLR / WS.-Rating: PG.-Special edition.
Editor's Note
In John G. Avildsen's THE KARATE KID, Daniel (Ralph Macchio) and his mother (Randee Heller) move from New Jersey to Southern California, where he's not too keen about his new home--until he meets Ali (Elizabeth Shue), an attractive girl who seems to like him. But trouble looms when Ali's ex-boyfriend (William Zabka) and his gang of ruffians start tormenting Daniel. One day, as Daniel is suffering a beating at the hands of these louts, Mr. Miyagi (Noriyuki "Pat" Morita), an elderly Japanese handyman, comes to his rescue. To Daniel's amazement, Miyagi manages to take down the whole group all by himself using karate. Daniel begs to learn this ancient martial art, and soon Miyagi begins the boy's training, teaching Daniel that there is more to karate than fighting. Through a series of lessons, the wise mentor instills a sense of honor and nobility in his young pupil while preparing him for the ultimate karate showdown. However, as Daniel studies the discipline and art of karate, his enemies are learning a dirtier kind of fighting from Kreese (Martin Kove), a cold-blooded ex-marine. Ultimately, the boys will fight to the finish in the All Valley Karate Championship in a rousing and triumphant finale. Morita is a gem as the elderly father figure Miyagi, giving the character warmth, wisdom, and comic charm. Macchio's underdog character inspired an entire generation to run out and join the nearest karate school while chanting "wax on, wax off."


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Surround Sound, English, Spanish, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/15/2012
Video Play Time Running Time: 127 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1984
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 10130
Video UPC UPC: 00043396101302
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: French, Spanish, Thai, Chinese
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Elisabeth Shue
Video Cast Info Martin Kove
Video Cast Info Noriyuki "Pat" Morita
Video Cast Info Ralph Macchio
Video Cast Info Bill Conti - Original Music By
Video Cast Info James Crabe - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Jerry Weintraub - Producer
Video Cast Info John G. Avildsen - Director
Video Cast Info John G. Avildsen, et. al. - Editor
Video Cast Info R.J. Louis - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Robert Mark Kamen - Writer
Video Cast Info William J. Cassidy - Production Designer
Plot Summary
When a New Jersey teenager relocates to sunny southern California, he finds trouble in the form of bullies and a friend in the form of Mr. Miyagi, the local handyman who teaches him karate.


Oscar (1985)
   Video Award Name Pat Morita, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor

Golden Globe (1985)
   Video Award Name Pat Morita, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor

Memorable Quotes

"Now use head for something other than target."----Mr. Miyagi (Noriyuki "Pat" Morita) to Daniel (Ralph Macchio)

"How did you do that?!"----Daniel, after Miyagi chops the head off of three bottles with his hand|"Don't know. First time."----Miyagi

"Wax on, wax off."----Miyagi, teaching Daniel karates moves

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...THE KARATE KID exhibits warmth and friendly, predictable humor, its greatest assets..." 06/22/1984 p.C16

"...[Morita] is simply terrific, bringing the appropriate authority and wisdom to the part. His timing and understated humor are also impeccable..." 05/23/1984

USA Today
"THE KARATE KID is surprisingly sure-footed and deft in its new setting....Smith is a charming and natural young actor." 06/11/2010

3 stars out of 5 -- "[KARATE KID] has a powerful nostalgic kick that the remake struggles to top." 08/01/2010

Chicago Sun-Times 10 of 10
The Karate Kid was one of the nice surprises of 1984 -- an exciting, sweet-tempered, heart-wa - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Macchio,Ralph
Product attributeLabel:   Columbia/tri-Star
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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