The late Karate Kid director John Avildsen originally filmed the entire 1984 project on a camcorder, which can now be viewed in its entirety.
Original Karate kid The director, the late John Avildsen, apparently shot a rehearsal version of the entire film on a camcorder that can be viewed in its entirety on YouTube.
Published in Youtube by Lethal weapon actor Andrew Patrick Ralston, the full lo-fi version, filmed in 1983, lasts almost two hours. Some of the footage only takes place on an empty soundstage, but other parts were filmed with costumed actors on location.
“Incredibly rare video rehearsal footage from John G. Avildsen. He shot the entire film with a video camera before using a frame from the film,” Ralston wrote. “I downloaded all the clips he had on his personal YouTube channel and consolidated them into a 2 hour clip. My side with the curator was concerned that since John died in 2017, this footage might eventually be lost.”
The rehearsal video also includes some deleted scenes from the original. Karate Child, which debuted in 1984. Avildsen, who passed away in 2017, directed all the Karate kid movies, which then rebooted after reboot, including the popular Netflix show Cobra Kai.
Cobra Kai stars William Zabka, Ralph Macchio, Courtney Henggeler, Xolo Maridueña, Mary Mouser, Tanner Buchanan, and Martin Kove. Seasons 1 and 2 are now streaming on Netflix, and season 3 is scheduled to premiere in 2021.
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