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The Karate Kid Blu-ray

United States
Mastered in 4K / Blu-ray + UltraViolet Sony Pictures | 2010 | 140 min | Rated PG | May 14, 2013

The Karate Kid (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles
English, English SDH, French, Spanish

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)
UV digital copy
Digital copy

Packaging
Slipcover in original pressing

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Region A (B, C untested)

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The Karate Kid

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The Karate Kid Blu-ray delivers truly amazing video and audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

12-year-old Dre Parker could've been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother's latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying - and the feeling is mutual - but cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre's feelings make an enemy of the class bully, Cheng. In the land of kung fu, Dre knows only a little karate, and Cheng puts "the karate kid" on the floor with ease. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han, who is secretly a master of kung fu. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life.

For more about The Karate Kid and the The Karate Kid Blu-ray release, see the The Karate Kid Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith, Taraji P. Henson, Wenwen Han, Rongguang Yu, Zhensu Wu
Director: Harald Zwart

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The Karate Kid Blu-ray, Video Quality

  5.0 of 5

Sony's commitment to releasing the finest Blu-ray products is evident with every spin of a Sony-branded disc. The consistency of product -- from the latest blockbusters to the most cherished classic titles from years gone by -- is arguably tops in the entire industry, and why shouldn't it be; Sony was a lead Blu-ray design and advocacy outfit, its PlayStation 3 console offered disc playback and instant wide format adoption, and the first wave of titles released back in 2006 bore the Sony label on the spine. Since then, and through a few growing pains and spurts -- a bloody format war, a misstep or two, the transition from Dolby TrueHD to DTS-HD Master Audio -- the studio has emerged as the most trustworthy in the industry when it comes to its Blu-ray product. When it says Sony, chances are extremely high that the movie is going to look (and sound) about as good as the format allows. Now, Sony is recalling the days of its "Superbit" DVD releases with the emergence of "Mastered in 4K" (*) Blu-ray discs. The initial wave consists of a handful of films, all of which have enjoyed previous, and largely very high quality, Blu-ray transfers. The new transfers are sourced from 4K masters but here's where the giant asterisk comes in: they're then downscaled to standard Blu-ray 1080p resolution. That means buyers can enjoy them on their regular old Blu-ray players and their regular old HDTVs -- no fancy new hardware required. The downside is that viewers aren't really seeing the material in 4K; even those who shell out the large sum of cash for a new 4K TV will be treated only to an upscaled presentation, much the same way today's regular old TV/playback 1080p device combos upscale standard definition DVDs.

Watching the "Mastered in 4K" transfer in 1080p does yield some benefits over the standard 1080p Blu-ray releases, even if it's not a true 4K experience. The discs take advantage of a significantly higher bitrate than regular old Blu-ray discs, meaning more muscle to produce the finest picture quality, revealing superior details and showcasing that perfect cinematic, pleasing grain texturing for pictures photographed on film and more accuracy for those photographed in the wholly digital realm. "Mastered in 4K" discs also promise superior color balance and accuracy, reproducing a more faithful-to-the-source palette that will reveal the sort of natural shading and subtle nuance even the best of 1080p Blu-ray cannot match. More, Sony promises enhanced viewing on its own line of 4K TVs thanks to a proprietary upscaling algorithm that's designed to squeeze the most out of the "Mastered in 4K" line of Sony discs, above and beyond what any competitor's display can offer. Makes sense considering some branch of Sony is at work along every step of the process. Unfortunately, one of Sony's shiny new 4K televisions was not available for review purposes, but suffice it to say that either of the launch displays -- the 55" and 65" XBR-labeled sets -- will undoubtedly offer the best consumer viewing picture to date, whether joined with a Sony "Mastered in 4K" disc or a regular old Blu-ray from any studio.

The big question with what is still a fairly brand-new movie like The Karate Kid is whether the "Mastered in 4K"/"Presented in 1080p" treatment is a leaps-and-bounds improvement over the previously released transfer. The short answer is "no." That's not to say that this film doesn't look spectacular here, because it does, and that's not to say there isn't a very slight uptick in noticeable quality on 1080p televisions, because there is. Take everything that was great about the previous transfer -- namely all of it -- and give it just a little more visual flash, oomph, and naturalism. Sony's "Mastered in 4K" presentation of The Karate Kid represents the pinnacle of 1080p home video viewing. It's truly difficult to imagine something looking even slightly better than this in 1080p. This is the best of 35mm filmed content on Blu-ray. Grain is extremely fine, details are precise, colors are brilliant, and the sum total is eye candy of the highest order. From the opening shot of the homemade growth chart scrawled on a door frame to the fine textures of Dre's braids as visible in close-up shots, from little imperfections on Mr. Han's lightly weathered screen door to the tiniest little fabric and stitching nuances in the orange school uniform tops, from worn-down and tattered building façades to the most insignificant facial line, crease, or hair, the transfer reveals all with stunning ease, clarity, and beauty. Colors positively dazzle. There's no shortage of bright hues throughout the film; whether a yellow cab at the beginning, those orange school uniform tops, or lush vegetation greens, the transfer consistently springs to life with its color/texture combination. There's no dimming, no overly warm or hot colors, just a pure, vivid, realistic array. There's not a soft shot in the movie, not a hint of wear, not a touch of blocking, not a trace of edge enhancement. Skin textures are faultless and black levels are flawless. This is certainly the very best of consumer home video in 2013, and even if it's just a tease as to what movie fans can expect with the future of true 4K releases, it must be said that the future looks very bright. And very filmic. And it can't get here fast enough.

All screenshots have been sourced from the "Mastered in 4K" Blu-ray disc. The first nineteen shots have been selected to match those found in the review of the old release. New screenshots have also been aded for perusal.


The Karate Kid Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  5.0 of 5

Matching The Karate Kid's stellar "Mastered in 4K" 1080p transfer is its crisp, accurate, and immeasurably satisfying DTS-HD MA 5.1 lossless soundtrack that appears to be the same from the previous release. Although The Karate Kid's soundtrack isn't of the powerful and mind-boggling variety, it's sure to win over audiences with the way it handles its every element to sheer sonic perfection. The track delivers everything from the high-octane popular music of Flo Rida heard during a dance video game sequence in chapter 10 to the soothing elements of James Horner's excellent score with equal precision, the picture's assortment of music playing with a spacious and smooth posture across the front and just the right level of back-channel and low-end supportive elements. Bass is wonderfully realized in both music and sound effects; there's just enough of a noticeable thud accompanying the various kicks and punches to give them a bit of additional oomph, but not to the point that they come across as cartoonish or phony. Atmospherics are superbly handled, too. Whether the falling rain that cascades around the soundstage as Dre and his mother leave Detroit or the combination of chirping birds, rustling leaves, gentle winds, and chatty children that create an entire aural world around Dre's new school in chapter three, Sony's lossless soundtrack never delivers anything but the most seamless and convincing of sonic environments. Dialogue is center-focused and never forced to compete with outside influences, and at several junctures through the film the spoken word realistically echoes throughout more cavernous locales, such as a concert hall or a spacious dojo. The Karate Kid lacks the more aggressive action elements of soundtracks that play bigger than what it has to offer, but don't let the lack of pure volume and action deter what is another pitch-perfect lossless soundtrack from Sony.


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