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The Karate Kid: Part III, a review by addicted2dvd

Title: The Karate Kid: Part III
Year: 1989
Director: John G. Avildsen
Rating: PG
Length: 112 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround, French: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround, Spanish: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo, Portuguese: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo
Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai

Ralph Macchio as Daniel
Noriyuki "Pat" Morita as Miyagi
Robyn Lively as Jessica
Thomas Ian Griffith as Terry
Martin Kove as Kreese

When Miyagi (Pat Morita) refuses to help him prepare for an upcoming tournament, an angry Daniel (Ralph Macchio) finds a new mentor, unaware that a revenge-obsessed old enemy is setting him up.

Scene Access
Bonus Trailers
Production Notes
Closed Captioned

My Thoughts:
First a little rant. When I first ordered this set I read about how Disc 3 is a double sided disc with The Karate Kid III and The Next Karate Kid... which I am fine with. But I went on to read that the 3rd disc was mis-labeled... so Part 3's label actually said The Next Karate Kid and The Next Karate Kid was labeled Karate Kid II. Well I thought this set was released back in February of '05... surely they fixed this problem since then. But to my surprise... no! The set I received still has the misprinted labels. Which kind of sucks... but is easy enough to handle. I just find it odd that they didn't get this corrected after 5 years of it being released.

I also read where a lot of people said this is where the franchise starts going downhill. And from what I have read a lot of people stopped collecting after the first two movies. While I agree it does go downhill a bit here. I still find this to be an entertaining movie. Though I do hate seeing Daniel and Mr. Miyagi on the outs. The main reason I had a problem with this is that when Daniel signed the entrance form it was because he had no choice. It seems like that would have been enough any other time. but this time he waited toll he found out that the entire thing was a set up by Kreese and his friend. I got to say... Daniel just does not have any luck with the ladies. In part one he falls for Ali which we later find out she falls for someone else and we never see her again. Then he finds... I forget her name... the girl in Okinawa and we later find out she joined a dance group in Tokyo. And now in this one we have Jessica who it is let known early in the movie that she has a boyfriend and they can only be friends. And she don't even stay to see him fight in the tournament. But over all it is still a good movie that I enjoyed watching.

My Rating:
Out of a Possible 5

(From The Karate Kid Marathon on April 6th, 2010)

Member's Reviews

Brief Encounter, a review by Antares

Brief Encounter

Year: 1946
Film Studio: Cineguild Productions, G.C.F., Eagle-Lion Distributors
Genre: Romance, Classic, Drama
Length: 86 Min.

David Lean (1908)

Noel Coward (1899)...Story By
David Lean (1908)...Screenwriter
Ronald Neame (1911)...Screenwriter
Anthony Havelock-Allan (1904)...Screenwriter

Noel Coward (1899)

Robert Krasker (1913)

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873)...Composer

Celia Johnson (1908) as Laura Jesson
Trevor Howard (1913) as Dr. Alec Harvey
Stanley Holloway (1890) as Albert Godby
Joyce Carey (1898) as Myrtle Bagot
Cyril Raymond (1897) as Fred Jesson
Everley Gregg (1903) as Dolly Messiter
Marjorie Mars (1903) as Mary Norton
Margaret Barton (1926) as Beryl Walters, Tea Room Assistant

       There are two English actors for whom I will go out of my way to see their performances in any film they’ve made. The first is Robert Donat and the second is Celia Johnson. Each was a respected thespian in their time, but what they shared in common was their rather tenuous association with moving pictures. For Donat, it was a matter of his health that kept him from accepting many roles, while Johnson plied her trade most famously on the stage, and only rarely would she dabble in film projects. It’s truly sad, because she has been somewhat forgotten over time and her legacy is relatively unknown to film fans.
       One of her incomparable performances was that of the homemaker whose life is altered when a momentary inconvenience introduces her to a man with whom she will have a fleeting dalliance.  The film was Brief Encounter and was made by director David Lean at the end of the Second World War. For its time, the screenplay could be considered rather scandalous and I’ve often wondered how Lean got it past the British censors. When one thinks of British films and the rigid structure of English society at the time, it’s really quite amazing that the film was not only made, but was such a hit. The thought of a film chronicling an adulterous affair must have surely been the primary conversational piece at many a tea time in post war Britain, I must say.
       Laura Jesson (Johnson) is your atypical English housewife, loyal, dutiful and completely submerged, in what she herself would deem, her happy day-to-day existence. She has a loving, successful husband and two obedient children, dinner or bridge with friends and her one day away from her domicile shopping in the big city. Her routines never waver, yet Laura is happy. She has a good life and a roof over her head, extremely fortunate considering the plights of others in her homeland. But fate and bit of coal dust will forever change her outlook on what she’ll come to believe is her mundane lifestyle.
       On her weekly shopping trip to the city, she is awaiting the arrival of the train which shall transport her back to her safe haven, when suddenly, an express train flies by and in its turbulent wake, lodges a bit of coal dust in Laura’s eye. She enters the refreshment station on the platform, yet is unsuccessful at removing the irritant. Luckily for her, or maybe unlucky as we will find out, a doctor is inside the station awaiting his train home. He removes the bit of grit, Laura thanks him, and he leaves to catch his train. This brief ‘encounter’ will profoundly change both their lives as they will happen to meet each other again in the following two weeks. Their second meeting will be fleeting and made only in passing on the city street. But it is their third meeting that will forever bond them together.
       After placing her order at a crowded restaurant, she notices the doctor arriving and surmising that he will not have a place to sit, agrees to his request to join her at her table. Their conversation is friendly and innocuous, and through it, we find out that his name is Alec (Trevor Howard), a country physician who weekly ventures to the city to cover for another physician at the hospital. During their conversation, Laura tells Alec about her weekly trips to the city for shopping and to catch a film at the local theater. In a rather bold move, Alec asks her if she wouldn’t mind if he tagged along with her to the theater. At first Laura is somewhat taken aback by his brashness, but seeing no harm in it, she acquiesces. After the movie ends, they are hurrying back to the train station, where Alec again solicits an awkward query. Will Laura meet him again, same time the following week? At first she refuses, but suddenly she remembers the good time she had during their day together, and she relents. This momentary lapse in judgment will shake her inner being to the core, as over the next few weeks, she falls in love with Alec.
       I’ll go no further with the plot line as one has to view Brief Encounter on their own to understand its subliminal seduction. David Lean has made, what I consider, one of the most sensual films in cinematic history. If this film where to be made today, we would get all the lurid details of their affair, affixed with copious amounts of their sexual trysts. But being a product of its time, Lean has to instill in the film, the same desires that both of the lead characters are feeling, yet in the viewer’s mind. He accomplishes this by using a rather unique form of plot development. He starts the film with the final moments of Laura and Alec’s relationship, as they sit, once again in the refreshment station. They are anonymous to both the viewer and the other patrons of the refreshment station. Suddenly, a woman enters, recognizes Laura and plants herself at their table. A look of bewilderment appears on both Laura and Alec’s faces as a train whistle blows, and Alec must leave to catch his train. He grabs his coat, briefly places his hand on Laura’s shoulder and departs the station. A few fleeting moments pass by, and the endlessly chattering friend gets up to buy some chocolate at the counter. When she turns back towards the table, Laura is not there. Another moment passes and Laura re-enters the station, looking disheveled and faint. Her friend buys her a brandy to help her regain her composure. In time, we will understand through Laura’s own words, as she will narrate what had occurred in the previous weeks upon her chance meeting with Alec. Why the touch on the shoulder had sent her scurrying on to the platform, and why she would become so distraught that she needed the brandy. It is through her narration of the subsequent events that we are able to delve into Laura’s quandary with not only a bit of curiosity, but with the added desire to see the two of them together. This is truly a film that tears at the heartstrings of the viewer, yet subliminally sets in the viewer’s mind, the same kind of desire felt by the couple on screen. If you love a good romance story, there is none better than Brief Encounter.

Review Criterion
- The pinnacle of film perfection and excellence.
- Not quite an immortal film, yet a masterpiece in its own right.
- Historically important film, considered a classic.
- An entertaining film that’s fun or engaging to watch.
– A good film that’s worth a Netflix venture.
- Borderline viewable.
– A bad film that may have a moment of interest.
– Insipid, trite and sophomoric, and that's its good points.
– A film so vacuous, it will suck 2 hours from the remainder of your life.
- A gangrenous and festering pustule in the chronicles of celluloid.

(From Brief Encounter (1945) on May 7th, 2010)

Member's TV Reviews

The Facts of Life: The Complete First and Second Seasons, a review by addicted2dvd

     The Facts of Life: The Complete First and Second Seasons (1979/United States)
IMDb |Wikipedia |Intro |
A spin-off of the tremendously popular "Diff'rent Strokes," THE FACTS OF LIFE is the hilarious series that follows housemother Mrs. Edna Garrett (Charlotte Rae) and her mission to instill values in the girls of Eastland School. The large first season cast included John Lawlor, Jenny O'Hara, Lisa Whelchel, Felice Schachter, Julie Piekarski, Kim Fields, Molly Ringwald, Julie Anne Haddock and Mindy Cohn. By the second season, the show focused on Mrs. Garrett and just four Eastland girls - spoiled Blair, gossipy Tootie, wise-cracking Natalie, and newcomer to the group, rebellious Jo (Nancy McKeon). Under Mrs. Garrett's guidance, these four go from wide-eyed school girls to mature young women ... all while learning THE FACTS OF LIFE! Guest stars include the cast of "Diff'rent Strokes," Helen Hunt and Richard Dean Anderson of TV's "MacGyver."

Charlotte Rae as Mrs. Edna Garrett
Lisa Whelchel as Blair
Kim Fields as Tootie
Mindy Cohn as Natalie
Nancy McKeon as Jo

  • Bonus Trailers
  • Featurettes
  • Closed Captioned

My Thoughts:
I just finished watching the first two seasons of this classic sitcom. One of my favorites. I always liked the entire cast. Many of the episodes of The Facts of Life deals with some pretty big issues... especially for the time ('79-'88). Starting with the very first episode. While they never say the word they are obviously showing that one of the girls under Mrs. Garrett's care is concerned she is a lesbian. Some of the other issues the episodes in this set covers includes cheating, crash diets, sex, adoption, divorce, drugs, the handicap, shoplifting and suicide. These first two seasons are rather short at 13 episodes each. Which I am sure is the reason they put the first 2 seasons together in one set. I really enjoyed revisiting these episodes... and I am now going to start season 3.

My Rating:
Out of a Possible 5

(From Addicted2dvd's Random TV Series Watched on September 24th, 2012)