The Karate Kid Part II (1986) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Drama
Sony || PG - 113 minutes - $24.95 || May 11, 2010
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2010-06-14


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: John G. Avildsen
Writer(s): Robert Mark Kamen (characters); Robert Mark Kamen (written by)
Cast: Pat Morita, Ralph Macchio


Theatrical Release Date: June 20, 1986


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Picture-in-Picture
  • Featurette
  • BD-Live


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), French (DTS-HD MA 5.1), Portuguese (DTS-HD MA 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Portuguese, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

The Karate Kid II picks up mere moments after the satisfying conclusion to the first film. Daniel-san has won the battle against the evil Kobra Kai gang and Miyagi is very pleased with his young apprentice. Flash forward 6 months into the future and we find out that Miyagi has made a deal with Daniel's mom to take him in for the summer (even building him his own little house on the property!) while she goes away to work.

But things won't be all 'wax on, wax off' for him this summer when Miyagi receives a letter in the mail telling him he must return to Okinawa to visit his very ill father. When Miyagi left many years ago, he not only left behind his father, but a lover and an old friend who only wants to settle a score.

Yaaaaaawn. That's all I kept thinking as I re-watched this sequel after many years of remembering it being 'pretty cool'. Well, it's not. Essentially The Karate Kid II just rehashes most of the plot and characters from the first film. Replace the Kobra Kai gang with a generic Asian gang (as far as I know, they don't have a name), replace Daniel's love interest Ali with new love interest in Kumiko.

The problem with the film is it follows almost the same path the first film went and never tries to become its own movie. All they did was replace characters from the first film with Asian versions. The plot remains nearly the same (a big battle at the end) and the only decent part of the film is looking at Okinawa's beautiful landscape.

Action - and acting - remains incredibly dull and thankfully the third film returns back to where the first film started (even though that film is even a bigger dud). Why they decided to change things up so fast still does not make sense to me. They could have easily thought of a much better way to keep Daniel in the San Fernando Valley which would have appealed to the younger kids who could actually relate to him a bit more instead of some kid lost in translation.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Blu-Pop (Picture-in-Picture) - Features trivia and 'pop ups' from interviews and behind the scene clips. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

Vintage Featurette (6 Minutes; SD) A very short and very dated look at the film with some behind the scenes footage. Like an extended commercial you might see on HBO; nothing worth watching.

A BD-Live Portal is also included.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

The Karate Kid II is presented in 1.85:1 (MPEG4) on a 50GB Disc. Much like the first film, Karate Kid II looks excellent on Blu-ray. Even though it's a few years younger than its counterpart, picture quality remains about the same. Okinawa really looks wonderful.

Sony has included an English 5.1 DTS MA Track for this release. 80's and montages are like peanut butter and jelly, and the lossless track gets very, very loud any time one of these hot tunes starts in the film, so be advised. Dialog is kept rather clear, and overall I felt it was another nice job from Sony. Good for being consistent - unlike other studios.



.::OVERALL::.

The Karate Kid II continues with the motto of 'the sequel is never as good as the first'. The drastic choice of going to Okinawa seems like an idea that might happen in the fifth or sixth film in the series - not the second. If you're a fan of the series you should enjoy the Blu-ray, but I'd advise everyone else to just skip this.