Columbia TriStar whips up three martial arts films

After the recent announcement of the second and third Karate Kid movies, Columbia TriStar Home Video will be adding the forth and final installment of the series, The Next Karate Kid to their DVD lineup along with two films from the more recent martial arts series Three Ninjas: Kick Back and Three Ninjas: Knuckle Up.

Mr. Miyagi returns for the last chapter of the “Karate Kid” series when during a commemoration for japanese soldiers fighting in the US Army during World War II, he meets the widow of his commanding officer. He gets to know her granddaugther Julie, who is an angry and rebellious teenager who is filled with angst and confusion after the sudden accidental death of her parents. Mr. Miyagi once again decides to take on a pupil and teach her the ways of karate.

Continuing the trend set by earlier “Karate Kid” releases, each successive film in the series receives more added features on the disc. “The Next Karate Kid” will be presented both in anamorphic widescreen and fullscreen and will contain an original Dolby 2-Channel soundtrack. The disc will also contain trailers from various “Karate Kid” films as well as filmographies and a multi-level DVD-ROM game.

For slightly younger audiences comes the second and third installments of the “3 Ninjas” films. “Kick Back” follows the three underage ninjas and their grandfather as they journey to Japan where they find themselves in the middle of martial arts mayhem. Pursued by a bumbling trio of brain-dead thieves and an army of well-trained ninjas, Rocky, Colt, and Tum Tum are up to their ears in high-kicking action. In “Knuckle Up” the boys return to the U.S. but only to take on the challenge of a motorcycle gang, renegade cowboys and eventually a toxic waste king in order to save a local indian tribe.

Both discs will contain anamorphic widescreen transfers as well as fullscreen transfers complimenting their original Dolby 2-Channel audio. The discs are pretty barren in terms of features each containing only a theatrical trailer.

On August 7th, all three of these DVDs will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.95 each.

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