One of the questions
we are asked most often is "Where can I get Karate Kid music/script/memorabilia?"
In this new section, we hope to give you some idea of what's available/where
to get it and how much to pay.
Part 1 - Official Merchandise -Karate Kid Movies on DVD or VHS
-Please find links below that offer special prices much lower than you'l pay in your local store. Please remember: By ordering through this page, you'll not only be getting the very best price, but you will also be helping to support this site...
Original Soundtrack CD
Karate Kid Music
All the Karate Kid Music is now out of print in the USA and Europe. This means that you have to order it from a special, online site that will import it for you. The situation is complicated by the fact that the original Karate Kid soundtrack was never produced on CD in the USA or Europe, but strangely was (and may still be) available in Australia.
The good news is that we have set up a special link for you with a special price at CDNOW. To order the soundtrack CD for a great price -and support this site, click HERE
(see the music
section for more details on the soundtrack and the artists who contributed
For the other soundtracks (KKII & KKIII), ebay is currently just about your only realistic hope. Search for "Karate Kid" and you'll see various soundtracks being offered. KKII on CD is the rarest by far, but was definitely produced, so there are some out there.
See our music section to understand what you are bidding for. If you are lucky, you may be able to get the O.S.T. or the bootleg of Conti's music for as little as US$20.
We would love to see a 'special edition' CD release of the music, especially from the first film, including the instrumental music by Bill Conti and missing 'pop' tracks like Bananarama's "Cruel Summer" and should there ever be any progress on this, you'll read it first right here.
2 - Memorabilia/Promotional Materials
Karate Kid Posters
The 41" x 27" 'one sheet' original theater movie poster is offered by people on ebay from time to time. Expect to pay about US$ 20, including shipping to the USA/Canada -more if you live elsewhere in the world. These posters were always folded, so expect a few fold creases. A smaller (half size) poster at 14" x 36" is also offered occasionally. These were always rolled.
A set of 8 lobby cards (the photos that used to be placed in the 'window' of the theater) were produced and are occasionally available. These often fetch $30 or more from a dealer but can occasionally be had for less on ebay. Beware, though, they are meant to be viewed from a distance and the printing quality or resolution is not high enough for real close viewing (less than a few yards).
The Karate Kid Press Kit
A press kit was published
by Columbia Pictures to publicise each of the movies. These were never intended
for the public. They contain a full credits listing and approximately 30 double
spaced pages of production info and cast and crew biographies. They also include
a number (typically ten) individual 8" x 11" black and white photos.
The original Karate Kid press kit fetches the most $$ on sites like ebay,
often going for between US$25 and US$50 depending on condition and completeness
of the kit. Often KKII or KKIII kits do not even attract a single bid at US$10.
The press kits are housed in a card folder with the movie logo on it. We
have used a copy of this press kit in the research for this web site, so you
won't learn anything from it that isn't included on this site. Our advice
is to not pay higher than US$20 including shipping for one of these, unless
you have your own reasons for having one regardless of cost.
Cast/Crew Screening Program
A rare cast/crew/press screening program was published by columbia for attendees of advance crew/press screenings. It is a folder, similar to the one used for the press kits, but printed on it are the complete credits for all personnel who worked on the movie. We, at the KK website, have one mint copy of this available for any true fan or collector for US$40 +shipping. This amount is just what we paid for it for research. Contact us for details. No profit is made on this item.
An original cast/crew script
There are a number of drafts floating about for the original 1984 movie. One of them is an early 1983 draft, which we have obtained a copy of for research purposes (see the vanished scenes section for details). The other version is the final, or shooting, script. Both of the versions that you can buy are photocopies rather than originals. They make interesting reading as they contain scenes that were planned, but never included in the final film. Expect to pay about US$15 + Shipping for such a script. Original copies are rare and presumably expensive. I have never seen one for sale, but I have seen one auctioned for charity.
Ralph Macchio Autograph
Regularly on sites like ebay, there are autographed publicity stills for people like Martin Kove and Ralph Macchio. Expect to pay at least US$10 - US$20 for these. I often wonder about their authenticity, but have no evidence as to whether they are fake or not. An example is shown left.
More details to be added soon...
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