“The Karate Kid Collection“ is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on December 7th via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The set includes the three films “The Karate Kid” (1984), “The Karate Kid Part II” (1986), and “The Karate Kid Part III” (1989). This release will mark the very first time that the two sequels have been available on the 4K UHD Blu-ray format. All three films have been remastered in 4K from the original camera negatives. All of the films were directed by John G. Avildsen and the cast for the films included Ralph Macchio, Noriyuki “Pat” Morita, and Martin Kove.
The tech specs for the 4K releases include a 2160p video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range, as well as Dolby Atmos, a lossless 5.1 surround mix, and the original 2.0 Stereo theatrical sound mix, for each of the three films. Each release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will include the Blu-ray Disc counterparts.
The bonus materials set to be included for each film in this set include some new extras. Since that list can run a tad bit lengthy, I’ve chosen to include those in the press release listed further below after the break.
The 1983 film “The Outsiders“ will officially be getting a 4K UHD Blu-ray release on November 9th, via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (stateside) and Studiocanal (in the UK). The film, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, has received a new 4K restoration by his company American Zoetrope. This new 4K restoration includes a new extended version“The Outsiders: The Complete Novel” as well as the original theatrical cut — using the original camera negatives. Below you can find a quote by the filmmaker regarding this new cut of the movie.
Said Coppola, ‘“The Outsiders The Complete Novel’ came about after meeting students over the years who repeatedly asked me why certain scenes from S.E. Hinton’s wonderful book were missing from the theatrical version. These questions reminded about my inspiration for the film—in 1980, a contingent of 12- to 14-year-old students wrote and asked me to make it. I listened to those young fans back then, and I continue to listen to young people now and believe in their opinions, so this complete film version of the novel is for them.”
The film, based on the S.E. Hinton novel, starred C. Thomas Howell, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Matt Dillon, Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, Ralph Macchio, and Diane Lane. The tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray release have not yet been fully detailed but it is known you can expect both versions of the film with HDR10, spanning across a 4-disc set. That being said, one would assume this will be a “combo pack” with a Blu-ray included of the film (perhaps one each for both cuts) and one just for bonus materials? That last bit has not yet been confirmed or detailed, so that’s just based on speculation of what will fill the 4 discs.
UPDATE: You can now find the artwork (pictured further above) and the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon and retailer Target.
It is known that a digital copy of the film will be included with the release. The bonus materials set to be included on the 4K release have already been detailed and are listed fully below.
NEW Restoration Interview with Cinematographer Stephen Burum, Zoetrope Head of Archives and Restorations James Mockoski and Colourist Gregg Garvin
NEW Deleted Scenes
NEW Francis Ford Coppola Introduction
NEW Francis Ford Coppola Anatomy of a Scene
NEW Old House New Home featurette
Audio Commentary with Francis Ford Coppola
Audio Commentary with Matt Dillon, C. Thomas Howell, Diane Lane, Rob Lowe, Ralph Macchio and Patrick Swayze.
Staying Gold: A look Back at “The Outsiders”
S.E. Hinton on Location in Tulsa
The Casting of “The Outsiders”
NBC’s News Today from 1983 “The Outsiders Started by School Petition”, and
Deleted and Extended Scenes
In addition to this physical 4K release of the film, there will be a theatrical re-release as well as a debut on the streaming service HBO Max. Those international dates are listed below.
U.S. and International Release Dates:
NORTH AMERICA (Warner Bros.) – Theatrical September 26, Home Entertainment November 9, HBO Max November 16, TCM Fall 2021
UK HOME (STUDIOCANAL) – Theatrical TBC, Home Entertainment November 8
AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND (STUDIOCANAL) – Home Entertainment November 10
GERMANY (STUDIOCANAL) – Home Entertainment November 11
Further below, after the break, you can find the full details about this upcoming re-release and the new cut of the film.
The 1986 film “Crossroads” starring Ralph Macchio is coming to Blu-ray Disc, for the very first time, on January 12th, 2021, via Mill Creek Entertainment. The film, directed by Walter Hill, co-starred Joe Seneca, Jami Gertz, Joe Morton, and Steve Vai. Tech specs and bonus materials for the release have not yet been detailed. You can find the Blu-ray now available for preorder over at Amazon. The release will feature a retro VHS-style slipcover packaging, as pictured above.
The 1984 modern classic “The Karate Kid“ is getting a 4K UHD Blu-ray release on April 16th to celebrate the 35th anniversary, via Sony. The film, directed by John G. Avildsen, starred Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, William Zabka, Martin Kove, and Elisabeth Shue. Tech specs for the release include newly 4K restored video with some sort of HDR (high dynamic range) although not yet specified and Dolby Atmos sound. It is said that the original 5.1 and Stereo will be available in terms of audio. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” with a Blu-ray Disc and a Digital Copy of the film included.