“THE KARATE KID”

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A fa­vorite movie of sev­eral gen­er­a­tions, di­rec­tor John G. Avild­sen’s orig­i­nal 1984 ver­sion of the drama marks its 35th an­niver­sary with a new home-video edi­tion that in­cludes a Blu-ray and the film’s 4K Ul­tra HD re­lease. Ralph Mac­chio plays Daniel, the earnest young un­der­dog who finds en­e­mies in a group of school bul­lies led by Johnny (Wil­liam Zabka), a love in­ter­est in ap­peal­ing Ali (Elisabeth Shue), and a mar­tial-arts men­tor in wise and loyal Mr. Miyagi (Noriyuki “Pat” Morita). The Daniel and Johnny char­ac­ters have con­tin­ued lately in the stream­ing se­ries “Co­bra Kai,” and Mac­chio and Zabka par­tic­i­pate – along with co-star Martin Kove, whose Kreese also has ap­peared in that se­quel show – in a new ret­ro­spec­tive doc­u­men­tary here. (PG: P, V)

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