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The Karate Kid (1984)

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NOTE: This commentary is available on the Blu-ray release as well as the DVD included in the February 2005 "The Karate Kid Collection" four film set. Earlier Karate Kid DVDs did not contain a commentary track.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director John G. Avildsen, screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen, and actors Ralph Macchio and Noriyuki "Pat" Morita Rating:7.8/10 (8 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on August 13th, 2012:Find all reviews by frankasu03
This track has a really fun group dynamic. You can tell that "Pat" Morita has a genuine affection for Ralph Macchio. The writer, Mr. Kamen takes great effort to point out the origins of famous scenes and lines like "wax on, wax off," and how they turned "fly-catching" into a national craze. Together, with Director Avildsen, they point out various locations in the Valley, and reveal how much of the success of the film lied in an extensive amount of rehearsal (most of which I recently discovered on John Avildsen's Youtube Channel, check it out). Listening to this track really takes one back to the heydey of the '80s. RIP "Mr. Miyagi" and cheers to Ralph for creating an iconic character. 9/10
Reviewed by Magneat-o on March 8th, 2015:Find all reviews by Magneat-o
This commentary is really interesting and well done. There is obviously a problem with Pat Morita who sounds a little out of it. Every time he talks he says something obscure which the others often ignore. It's possible he was drinking and showed up to the recording. It certainly sounds that way to me. It's a little sad knowing that alcohol was such a big problem for him even during filming.

Ralph Macchio is really good here as is the director John Avildsen and screenwriter Mark Kamen. There's lots of funny stories about the shoot and interesting information about the development of the film. Everybody was surprised at the enormous success of the film. Someone at one point asks 'why are all the antagonists blonde guys? Every one of them?' I'd noticed that as well. In the movie, blonde is bad apparently. The movie could have been called 'Fighting the blondes'.

One of the better commentaries I've heard.