Reviewer's Rating 3 out of 5  
The Karate Kid: Part II DVD (1986)

More karate adventures with Ralph Macchio but this time with a thinner script, as he and Pat Morita head off to Japan to tie-up some lose ends from Mr Miyagi's past in a reasonable DVD release.

Made two years after "The Karate Kid", this sequel transfers to DVD with much the same results as it's predecessor's transfer. Picture quality is quite acceptable, and once the action moves to Japan, the image clarity further improves.

As with the first movie, there are plenty of cheesy pop tunes to keep you entertained along the way, including the Oscar nominated "Glory of Love". The 2.0 surround mix makes the most of them with good bass levels throughout.

Extras include a trailer, filmographies, and a 'making of' featurette. It has the usual cast interviews where they talk about character motivations and other boring nonsense. There is a profound insight from producer Jerry Weintraub as to why they made this sequel: "It's a continuation of a story about people's lives". Now surely not even Mr Miyagi could have made such a penetrating observation?

Region: 2
Ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic)
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0 (surround)
Extra Features: Scene selection, original 'making of' featurette, cast and crew filmographies, "The Karate Kid" trailer, "Roughnecks: Starship Trooper Chronicles - The Pluto Campaign" trailer, and multiple languages and subtitles.

The rest of "The Karate Kid" DVD trilogy:
"The Karate Kid"
"The Karate Kid: Part III"

End Credits

Director: John G Avildsen

Writer: Robert Mark Kamen

Stars: Ralph Macchio, Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita, Martin Kove, Nobu McCarthy, Danny Kamekona, Yuji Okumoto, Chad McQueen

Genre: Action

Length: 108 minutes

Cinema: 1986

DVD: 17 September 2001

Country: USA