Cobra Kai: Season 4


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Stars Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Courtney Henggeler, Xolo Maridueña, Tanner Buchanan, Mary Mouser, Jacob Bertrand, Gianni Decenzo, Peyton List, Martin Kove, Vanessa Rubio, Thomas Ian Griffith.

The creators of “Cobra Kai” have the show firing on all cylinders in its fourth season, bringing to a head storylines dating back to the original “Karate Kid” trilogy from the 1980s.

In fact, season four of “Cobra Kai” is so good it retroactively makes The Karate Kid Part III almost watchable.

The third season ended with the stakes set for an epic showdown, as the rival dojos agreed to let the next All-Valley Tournament decide their fates, with the losing factions shutting down. Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) broke free from Cobra Kai and his former sensei, Kreese (Martin Kove), to form his own dogo, Eagle Fang. He reluctantly forms an alliance with his old rival, Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) to take down Kreese, who turns to help from his old pal Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith), the main villain from The Karate Kid Part III.

Silver, a wealthy industrialist who has mellowed out with age, needs some convincing to return to the fold, in one of many scenes in which the show knowingly, necessarily and hilariously picks apart the absurdity and stupidity of the awful Part III.

Meanwhile, Johnny and Daniel’s clashing styles threaten to upend their partnership as the rivalries between their students and those of Cobra Kai only grow more intense, particularly the feuds between Daniel’s daughter Samantha (Mary Mouser) and “Queen Cobra” Tory (Peyton List), and Johnny’s own son (Tanner Buchanan), who joined Cobra Kai to take on Johnny’s prized student, Miguel (Xolo Maridueña).

However, the show doesn’t paint the characters as simple heroes and villains, but offers shading to their personalities to make them sympathetic regardless of which factions to which they belong. When the tournament finally plays out over the season’s epic finale, there are so many angles culminating that it’s nearly impossible to figure out how they are going to play out, which only adds to the palpable excitement of the episodes.

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As with the previous seasons of the series, the abundant references to “Karate Kid” lore and its tangents, and 1980s culture in general, make this an easy sell to franchise fans, but the show is also developing into a decent character piece with a lot to say about bullying, parenting and the power of self-reflection.

While the season provides some satisfying payoffs to story arcs and conflicts that have been years in the making, it also sets the stage for some intriguing new directions, steering the story in a way that’s just begging for a certain Oscar winner who starred in The Next Karate Kid to show up in season five.

‘Karate Kid’ Movie Collection Bound for 4K Ultra HD Release

The “Karate Kid” trilogy is coming to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on Dec. 7, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment announced.

The three martial arts dramas will be issued in a collectible, limited-edition 4K Ultra HD set, featuring Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, plus a selection of new special features. All films have been mastered in 4K resolution from the original camera negatives.

The original Karate Kid is a 1984 coming-of-age classic from Academy Award-winning director John G. Avildsen, best known for 1976’s Rocky. The film stars Ralph Macchio as Daniel, and Noriyuki “Pat” Morita in his Oscar-nominated performance (Best Supporting Actor, 1984) as Mr. Miyagi.

New special features include deleted scenes and a retrospective documentary, “Remembering The Karate Kid,” with Macchio, William Zabka and Martin Kove.

The Karate Kid Part II was released theatrically two years later, in 1986, and finds Miyagi returning with Daniel to his Okinawa home for the first time in 45 years. There, he encounters Yukie (Nobu McCarthy), the woman he left behind when he emigrated to America.

The second film in the series comes with a deleted scene and commentary with Macchio and Tamlyn Tomita.

The Karate Kid Part III, released in 1989, finds Daniel in danger of losing it all when he places pride before principle.


Netflix: Third Season of ‘Cobra Kai’ Reaches Projected 41 Million Households in 28 Days

Netflix Jan. 12 disclosed that the third season of original series, “Cobra Kai,” is projected to be streamed by about 41 million subscribers households in 28 days since its Jan. 1, 2021 launch.

The tally, based on a subscriber streaming at least two minutes of an episode or movie, pales in comparison to Shonda Rhymes’ “Bridgerton,” which generated 63 million households since its Christmas Day debut; or “The Queen’s Gambit,” which attracted 62 million households in 28 days following its Oct. 23, 2020 launch.

Netflix said all three seasons of “Cobra Kai” have been seen by 73 million households worldwide. The streamer had 195 million subs through Sept. 30, 2020.

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“Cobra Kai,” which picks up 34 years after The Karate Kid and features original stars Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio), Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) and John Kreese (Martin Kove) — the latter head of the Cobra Kai karate school. Pat Morita, who played Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid films, was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1985. Morita died in 2005 at the age of 73.


Cobra Kai: Season 3


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Stars Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Courtney Henggeler, Xolo Maridueña, Tanner Buchanan, Mary Mouser, Jacob Bertrand, Gianni Decenzo, Peyton List, Martin Kove.

With its third season, “Cobra Kai” continues to deliver everything a “Karate Kid” fan could hope for, and more.

With the confidence of two hugely popular seasons behind them, and a fresh move to Netflix, the show’s creators have taken the deepest dive yet into the franchise’s history, revisiting beloved characters while continuing to build upon the storylines for its new generation of characters.

The show even finds time to poke fun at itself and the admittedly goofy premise that enough high school kids nowadays would be into karate that worrying about the casual violence of roving karate gangs becomes a necessary issue of local civic leaders and school board members.

The season picks up in the aftermath of last season’s all-out brawl between the students of the Cobra Kai dojo trained by Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) and those of Miyagi-Do trained by Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio), the two rivals from the 1984 original The Karate Kid.

With his ace student, Miguel (Xolo Maridueña), seriously injured and in the hospital, Johnny questions the “No Mercy” underpinnings of the Cobra Kai way just as his former sensei, John Kreese (Martin Kove), outmaneuvers him for control of the dojo.

Meanwhile, Daniel travels to Japan, setting of the second “Karate Kid” movie, in hopes of saving his car dealership, and learns valuable life lessons from some old friends.

The season also delves into Kreese’s backstory, derived mostly from the third movie, showing flashbacks to his time in Vietnam when he first embraced the ruthlessness he has been preaching ever since.

The result is a delicious 10-episode meal of nostalgia. I suppose one doesn’t have to have seen the “Karate Kid” movies to enjoy the show, but familiarity with them will certainly make one appreciate it more, particularly in the final two episodes and the return of the one character who could possibly put Johnny and Daniel’s feud into the proper perspective, and put both of them in their place.

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Looking at the structure of the storylines, the creators seem to be taking almost as much influence from professional wrestling as they are “Karate Kid” movies, with characters forming factions, teaming up and switching allegiances to set up the next big pay-per-view-style confrontation.

The battlelines drawn in season three provide the set-up for what should be an explosive fourth season with the All-Valley championship on the line.

To coincide with the Jan. 1 premiere of all episodes of the third season, Netflix has bowed a new half-hour interview/sketch-comedy show called “The Netflix Afterparty,” hosted by David Spade. The first episode features cast-members from “Cobra Kai” discussing the new season.

‘Cobra Kai’ Season 3 on Netflix Jan. 1, Renewed for Season 4

Netflix will premiere the third season of “Cobra Kai” on Jan. 1, 2021, and has renewed the Karate Kid spinoff for a fourth season.

Produced by Sony Pictures Television, the series is a continuation of the “Karate Kid” franchise that takes place 35 years after the events of the All Valley Tournament from the original 1984 film, as the rivalry between Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and bad boy Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) continues into the next generation with the students of their competing dojos.

Season Three finds everyone reeling in the aftermath of the violent high school brawl that has put Miguel (Xolo Maridueña) in the hospital. While Daniel searches for answers in his past and Johnny seeks redemption, Johnny’s former sensei, Kreese (Martin Cove), further manipulates his vulnerable students with his own vision of dominance according to the ruthless Cobra Kai philosophy.

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The cast also includes Tanner Buchanan, Mary Mouser, Jacob Bertrand and Courtney Henggeler.

The first two seasons, which originally premiered through YouTube’s SVOD service, are now available for streaming on Netflix and on DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Update (12/24/20): This story from Oct. 2 has been updated to reflect a change in release date from Jan. 8 to Jan. 1 announced Dec. 24.

Pauly Shore’s ‘Guest House’ Most-Viewed New-Release Movie in U.S. Homes

Three new films appeared on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended Sept. 12: Guest House at No. 7, Superman: Man of Tomorrow at No. 12, and The Karate Kid at No. 14.

Guest House, from Lionsgate, is a comedy starring Pauly Shore, best known for a string of 1990s comedies such as Encino Man and Jury Duty. Shore, the son of comedian Sammy Shore and The Comedy Store founder Mitzi Shore, plays a squatter who refuses to move from a guest house even after the property is sold to a newly engaged couple. The film was released through digital platforms and retailers on Sept. 4, ahead of its Nov. 10 DVD and Blu-ray Disc release date.

Superman: Man of Tomorrow, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, was released as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on Sept. 8, two weeks after its digital release. It’s the 40th entry in the direct-to-video DC Universe series of superhero movies based on DC Comics characters, produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment. It details the early days of the Man of Steel’s shy alter ego, Clark Kent, in Metropolis.

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The Karate Kid is a 1984 martial arts drama starring Ralph Macchio Jr., who reprises his role as Daniel LaRusso in “Cobra Kai,” a Web series based on the movie and its sequels. Consumers were likely motivated to watch the movie by the recent surge in popularity of “Cobra Kai,” the first two seasons of which became available on Netflix on Aug. 28.

The political satire Irresistible, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, made the biggest jump on the “Watched at Home” chart, which tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc) compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

Irresistible moved up to No. 10 after debuting at No. 19 the prior week in the wake of its Sept. 1 release on DVD and Blu-ray Disc (though its disc version hasn’t cracked the top 50 on VideoScan’s sales chart in either its two weeks on shelves). The film was written and directed by Jon Stewart and features a cast headed by Steve Carell, Rose Byrne, Chris Cooper, Mackenzie Davis and Topher Grace. Carell portrays a campaign strategist who runs a Democratic mayoral candidate (Cooper) in a small right-wing town. A Focus Features production, Irresistible was rerouted from a May 2020 theatrical release by the coronavirus pandemic and instead debuted in June on premium VOD. It became available through regular digital channels on Aug. 18.

The top five remain relatively unchanged from the prior week  — and from the week before that. Paramount’s popular TV drama series “Yellowstone,” long a favorite among home viewers, again took the top three spots on the chart, though this week season three leapfrogged season two to take the No. 2 spot. Universal’s The King of Staten Island switched places with RLJ FIlms’ The Tax Collector to finish as No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

  1. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  2. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  3. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  4. The King of Staten Island (Universal)
  5. The Tax Collector (RLJ Entertainment)
  6. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  7. Guest House (Lionsgate)
  8. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  9. 42 (Warner)
  10. Irresistible (2020, Universal)
  11. The Silencing (2020, Lionsgate)
  12. Superman: Man of Tomorrow (Warner)
  13. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Warner)
  14. The Karate Kid (Sony)
  15. Rogue (Lionsgate)
  16. The Vanished (2020, Paramount)
  17. The Outpost (Screen Media)
  18. Scoob! (Warner)
  19. 1917 (Universal)
  20. Made In Italy  (IFC Films)


Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Sept. 12.

‘Cobra Kai’ Moving to Netflix

The Karate Kid sequel series “Cobra Kai” has found a new home in Netflix, which will present the third season of the digital original show. The first two seasons, which were presented in 2018 and 2019 by the YouTube Premium streaming service, also will be available on Netflix later this year.

The show, produced by Sony Pictures Television, is a continuation of the “Karate Kid” franchise that began in 1984 and spawned three sequels and a remake. The show is set 35 years after the All Valley Karate Tournament that saw Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) defeat Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), and finds down-on-his-luck Johnny seeking redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo. The raises the ire of Daniel, who now runs a successful car dealership but struggles to maintain balance in his life without the guidance of Mr. Miyagi.

Their conflict carries over into a new generation of students, including Daniel’s teenage daughter and Johnny’s estranged teenage son. Further complicating events is the return of Johnny’s former sensei, John Kreese (Martin Kove), who seeks to restore Cobra Kai to its former glory just as Johnny begins to regret the dojo’s ruthless legacy of victory at all costs.

“The appeal of the ‘Karate Kid’ saga is timeless, and ‘Cobra Kai’ picks up right where it left off without missing a beat. The rivalry between Daniel and Johnny is one for the ages, and the show has a ton of heart and is a lot of fun,” Brian Wright, VP of original series at Netflix, said in a statement. “We can’t wait to introduce a new generation of fans to Cobra Kai and are thrilled to be its new home around the world.”

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“Cobra Kai” is written and executive produced by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg via their production company, Counterbalance Entertainment.

“Making Cobra Kai has been a dream come true for us since day one,” Heald, Hurwitz and Schlossberg said in a statement. “We are thankful for the tireless dedication of Jeff Frost, Chris Parnell, Jason Clodfelter, Karen Tatevosian, and all our partners at Sony for finding us a new home where we can not only continue the series, but also explore opportunities to further expand the ‘Karate Kid’ universe. We are beyond excited to join our new partners at Netflix and look forward to the show reaching the massive global audience who loves this franchise as much as we do.”

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The first two seasons of the show are also available on DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

‘Stranger Things’ Remains Top Digital Original, Parrot Analytics Says

There were no changes to the top five on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals chart the week ended June 1, with “Stranger Things” remaining at No. 1 for the second consecutive week.

The third season of the Netflix science-fiction horror series, set in 1985, won’t debut until July 4, but the show shot to the top of the chart the prior week due to mounting hype – fueled by a clever marketing campaign that includes several real-world tie-ins, including the return of Coca-Cola’s ill-fated “New Coke,” introduced that year, and “Stranger Things”-inspired ice cream flavors at Baskin-Robbins.

Despite a subsequent 8.5% drop in Demand Expressions, “Stranger Things” retained its grip at No. 1, with 54.4 million Demand Expressions to 46.3 million for second-ranked “Lucifer,” based on a character from the DC Comics comic-book series “The Sandman.”

Demand for “Lucifer” was relatively unchanged from the prior week. The series stars Tom Ellis as Lucifer Morningstar, aka the devil, who moves to Los Angeles to run his own nightclub and serve as a consultant to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The DC Universe series “Doom Patrol” remained at No. 3 with 34.6 million Demand Expressions, a slight gain of less than 3% from the prior week, while another DC Universe series, “Titans,” repeated at No. 4 with 33 million expressions, just a half percentage point more than in the prior week.

YouTube Premium’s “Cobra Kai,” a sequel to the 1984 movie The Karate Kid, again came in at No. 5 on the digital originals chart despite a 4% drop in Demand Expressions to 31.2 million.

A “digital original” is a multi-episode series in which the most recent season was first made available on a streaming platform such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video or Hulu.

Demand for Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” was up less than 6% from the prior week, but the bump was enough to send the dystopian drama to No. 6, up from No. 8 the prior week.

Media Play News has teamed with Parrot Analytics to provide readers with a weekly top 10 of the most popular digital original TV series in the United States, based on the firm’s  proprietary metric called Demand Expressions, which measures global demand for TV content through a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites.

‘Cobra Kai’ Paley Center Screening

To mark the 35th anniversary of The Karate Kid, the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles April 22 welcomed the cast and creative team of the YouTube Premium series “Cobra Kai” for a special screening and conversation in celebration of the April 24 season two premiere.

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Original ‘Karate Kid’ on 4K Blu-ray After Theatrical Re-release

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release 1984’s The Karate Kid on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray April 16 to commemorate the film’s 35th anniversary.

The Karate Kid stars Ralph Macchio as Daniel, a teenager who trains with a martial arts master Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) in order to defeat a gang of bullies at a local karate tournament. The cast also includes Elisabeth Shue, William Zabka and Martin Kove.

The film spawned three sequels, a remake and the sequel series “Cobra Kai,” which returns for a second season this spring on YouTube Premium. “Cobra Kai” stars Zabka, reprising his role as the bully Johnny from the original film, and Macchio, reprising his role as Daniel.

The 4K UHD disc in the combo pack will include the new retrospective featurette “Remembering The Karate Kid,” featuring new interviews with  Macchio, Zabka and Kove.

The combo pack will also include previously released bonus material such as a trivia track, audio commentary and several behind-the-scenes featurettes.

As part of the film’s 35th anniversary promotions, Fathom Events will screen The Karate Kid in theaters nationwide March 31 and April 2. The screenings will include a preview of season two of “Cobra Kai.” Tickets for the two-day-only Fathom screenings will be available beginning Feb. 15 at or at participating theater box offices.

Remastered in 4K from the original camera negative, the UHD Blu-ray includes a newly mixed Dolby Atmos audio track as well as the original stereo and 5.1 audio mixes.