What's up with "The Karate Kid"? Practically OOP and Full Frame only?

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  1. John*P

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    The Karate Kid is one of my favorite movies, and is an 80s classic, IMO. Unfortunately, the DVD is nowhere to be found at any store around here, and it is out of stock at Amazon.com. (along with the other 3 Karate Kid flicks) Columbia doesn't even seem to have it available for purchase on their site! And the only version of KK that currently exists is Full Frame only! [​IMG] What gives? I hope Columbia is planning on releasing a Special Edition of the first movie...and maybe even releasing a KK box set like WB did with the Police Academy movies. Something must be done...the original Karate Kid is way too good to be OOP and P&S only. Does anyone know of plans for a SE or something? My VHS copy has had it, I need a good DVD.
     
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    Why would you care if it was "practically OOP" if it is pan and scan and not of interest to you anyway? I have long hoped the sinking Sony video division would re-issue this in 1.85:1, but lately their policy has been to do the opposite. Maybe they can find a way to re-issue KARATE KID in an even worse format than it's already in - maybe mono, with lots of edge enhancement, a studio bug on screen, forced commercials... and then call it a SPECIAL EDITION!!
     
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    Dick: I never said the current Karate Kid DVD was of no interest to me...why do you think I've been looking for it online and in stores?! Don't put words in my mouth. Sure, I prefer widescreen to P&S, but since its the only version available at this time, I'd buy it, and replace it when/if a SE is released.
     
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    I'm really suprised there hasn't been a widescreen release of this. I'd probably buy it.
     
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    The Mighty Ducks got OAR (which I'm sooooooo happy about, seriously) and I wish this series would too. I wont buy the sequels without the original.
     
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    I would like to have Karate Kid on DVD too.

    The Mighty Ducks is not available on DVD. There is a widescreen VHS though. At least I thought that's what I was watching. [​IMG]
     
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    Anamorphic editions of Karate Kid can be gotten in R2 and R4.
     
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    Brandon, I think he's talking about the quality of the video...I'm just happy to have it heh.
     
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    That was most definitely sarcasm, just as Kyle suggested. It was the most horrible video transfer I've ever seen.
     
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    Disney needs to reissue this and Honey I Shrunk The Kids as Special Editions with anamorphic transfers.
     
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    That's wonderful, but we're talking about R1.
     
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    I hate to tell you guys this, but there is every indication that CTS has started stockpiling catalog titles for the Blu-Ray software launch in about 60 weeks.

    In all likelihood Karate Kid will be released in its OAR and 1080i on Blu-Ray at that time.

    It will be very interesting to see if DVD will get a simultaneous 16:9 release.

    Based on the slew of P&S and open matte non-anamorphic releases of catalog titles that we're seeing from CTS right now, I'm beginning to fear the worse.
     
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    KARATE KID was among the first DVDs released which is why it was full frame only (it never made it to laserdisc widescreen). That is also why it is out of print. It was never reissued.

    It was one of the first DVDs I bought as well.
     
  15. Brandon Conway

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    I read the sarcasm differently for some reason, i.e., he had his VHS transferred onto a DVD-R or something.

    I must have been tired....
     
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    Actually, the original post made no mention of region. For all you know, the thred starter might be grateful to know the film CAN be found in OAR in some form. But hey, your snotty reply is ok too, I suppose.
     
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    That's how I read and replied to the original post. No harm done -- gotta remember that email is emotionally tone deaf... :wink:
     

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