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Knight Rider - Season One

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An iconic TV classic is back and better than ever in the reinvented, updated, and super-charged Knight Rider Season One. From executive producers Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity franchise), David Bartis (The O.C.) and Glen Larson (Battlestar Galactica) comes this action-packed series about the coolest car ever created, K.I.T.T. (Knight Industries Three Thousand), that’s equipped with artificial intelligence capable of hacking into any computer, the weapons system of a jet fighter, and incredible custom body technology that allows it to transform into other vehicles. Relive every Season One episode as an elite team of crime-fighters work with K.I.T.T. to track down elusive, high-tech villains. Presented in uninterrupted Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, you won’t want to miss this fast-paced ride to the wild side!

The '80s television phenomenon Knight Rider, in which David Hasselhoff and his hair teamed up with an erudite wonder car named KITT to fight crime, has undergone a variety of stalled attempts at a revival over the years, with a number of TV movies and short-lived syndicated series that failed to capture the original's wisecracking and smooth-riding formula. Most successful, however, was 2008's big-budget (and nicely self-aware) revamp, in which the son of the original Michael Knight takes the driver's seat of KITT's latest incarnation, this time a nanotech-sporting Shelby Mustang (voiced by Val Kilmer) with all sorts of new whiz-bang junk in the trunk.

Despite an onscreen benediction from the Hoff himself, the two-hour pilot movie admittedly clunks a bit, with a few too many cross-country trips and a lack of any real hissable villains. Things improve considerably once the regular series begins, however, as Man and Car face off against the likes of terrorist surfers, nitro-burning street racers, and many other evildoers equipped with a plethora of expendable, easily explodable vehicles.

Formulaically enjoyable as these early bikini-intensive episodes often are, though, things really pick up mid-season, with a genuinely tense three-part story arc that ups the dramatic ante, makes some surprising alterations to the cast roster, and, most importantly, reintroduces KITT's ticked-off cyborg nemesis KARR. The lack of a second season brought an end to this late-blooming creative surge, unfortunately, but, overall, this remains a breezily escapist, slickly helmed revamp that manages to do its daddy proud. Any series that features both KITT morphing into a truck and comes up with a scientific reason for its human leads to strip down to their underwear within the first 10 minutes of its first episode is a show with a firm understanding of exactly what it is. Special features include cast and crew commentary on the pilot, a rather overproduced gag reel, and several featurettes about the original series that should keep gearheads briefly riveted. --Andrew Wright

Special Features

Disc 1:
  • The Icon Reborn
  • K.I.T.T. - From 2000 to 3000
  • Knight Rider - Legacy
  • Knight Rider 2008 Commentary With Executive Producer David Bartis and Stars Justin Bruening & Deanna Russo

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Justin Bruening, Deanna Russo
    • Format: AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
    • Subtitles: English
    • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
    • Number of discs: 4
    • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
    • Studio: Universal Studios
    • DVD Release Date: July 28, 2009
    • Run Time: 800 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (300 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B0024FAD7Y
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,175 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Knight Rider - Season One" on IMDb

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    It's hard to match the original classic series, but the new Knight Rider manages to be fun and cool. It's a little lightweight, to begin with. This is pure saturday afternoon popcorn TV. So don't expect Lost or the new Battlestar. I like Val Kilmer as the voice of Kitt, and I also warmed to the Mustang after a while. The new lead actor is good in a different way to Hasselhoff was, he seems a little more vulnerable.

    If you like shows with cars, good looking women and fun action storylines. You'll like this.
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    Awesome remake of a classic. Not a Ford guy, more a GM, but that Mustang is a beauty! Maybe they can up the ante (if the show returns) with a fine Camaro SS!
    Great show, not your typical dark series, just fun and exciting!
    Buy it! It will be worth it.
    Oh yeah....beautiful women!
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    Ahhh... The early 1980's. Reagan was president, new wave dominated the radiowaves and MTV actually played MUSIC VIDEOS! Ask anyone who grew up during this period what their favorite non-animated show was as a kid and they'll probably say "Knight Rider." KR, as its affectionately called by some fans, may seem quirky and obscure nowadays with its atari centipede sound effects, poofie aqua-net hairdo's, over-acting and "sooo not the original artist" song usage, but we didn't care...

    To us this was the best thing on TV besides Smurfs and He-Man and it appealed to our parents as well. KR was like James Bond meets Herbie the Love Bug. While our mothers drooled over the blue-eyed hunky Hasselhoff, we were captivated by the ominous-looking but friendly talking black Trans Am, K.I.T.T. (Knight Industries Two Thousand) we giggled everytime theives tried to steal KITT and failed, and we cried when KITT got destroyed (but they -always- managed to rebuild him).

    The visual quality of these discs is damn pretty good. It would've been nice if they had director/actor interviews and maybe some behind the scenes words with George Barris (the guy who built all the KITT cars for the show) I can't say I care for the double sided discs, as they are terribly easy to smudge.
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    I was a bit reluctant to the idea that they have changed the car type, however the new mustang still captured the old spirit of the old KITT.
    I loved the transformation part however i thought if it can transform to more than just a car like KAR did it would be even more interesting.
    Over All Superb Work.
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    KNIGHT RIDER (KR) is either a show you like or one you don't. I grew up as a teenager watching this show on friday nights and have liked it ever since. KITT is a cool car and concept. In typical 80's fashion you have a hero that meets and dates up a new attractive female in every episode. Each commercial break is usually a life and death cliffhanger, this guarentees the viewer will stay tuned. The bad guys are always rounded up and rarely does a person become injured or die. Some may call the show "cheezy" but I enjoy the simple format. It is nice be be able to escape reality with a show like KR.

    The DVD is one of the best I've seen when it comes to putting a seasons worth of shows on DVD. To begin with the pricing is great. Too many shows, STAR TREK & CSI, gouge there fan base with DVD prices between seventy & one hundred dollars. I love DVD's that allow the viewer to play all the episodes back to back. I hate it when I get returned to the main menu after each episode. This DVD has a nice amount of extras and includes the preview for each episode. It also has a written summary of each episode. Adding the 1991 movie of KR 2000 was an unexpected and much appreciated bonus. I don't care for the movie that much and would never purchase it by itself but am glad the DVD producers included it with this DVD package.

    All in all, most television shows that are released in season format could learn a thing or two from the producers of this DVD package. I await the remaining 3 seasons. I'm also looking forward to the release of MAGNUM PI (season one) on DVD.
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    The Knight In Black Shining Armour (Region 4)

    This a great release from Universal of the Knight Rider who first season with extras bonus goodies.

    The box set here contains 8 discs. I don't know if the region 1 (US/Canada) is actually eight discs and Amazon have written it wrong? Or if the R1 version is on flip side discs. But nothing is any different, except that the Australian release has got English subtitles.

    I had not seen Knight Rider since the 80's when I was a kid. And after watching the whole first season I still had no memory of anything from it except the intro of it. But I love it all over again. It is true what they say about the Knight 2000 and K.I.T.T, there was not a kid in the world who did not want to be in that passenger seat with Michael Knight riding in that black Pontiac Trans-am. I was one of them, and even after all these years, I still would like to have a car like that, tho wouldn't everybody?

    In the box set of the first series you get all 21 episodes. There is a few dust speckles in the film from time to time. But it's not enough o notice unless you're specifically looking for it on purpose, you might just notice it now and then, but it's nothing of a problem I wouldn't think. You also get 2 episode long, or 2 hour long, pilot episode where Michael Long becomes Michael Knight and is first introduced to K.I.I.T (the Knight Industry Two Thousand) which is the computer inside of the Knight 2000 (Trans-Am). Some things in the series are a little dated, but quite a lot still holds up today. I didn't think the plots where old fashioned or anything, the only thing that you could be picky about is the 1991 T.V movie "Knight Rider 2000" which is on the last disc as a bonus. The movie is OK, but doesn't hold up against the series.
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    It is a box set of 4 regular DVDs for a DVD player. Not to embarrass you but it has been out for 5 years, and you couldn't tell?
    Nov 11, 2014 by Eric Pregosin |  See all 2 posts
    What happened to the DVD?
    Most likely just like the series didn't take on the air, it probably didn't sell on DVD either.
    Sep 25, 2013 by Eric Pregosin |  See all 2 posts
    Where's the Blu-Ray?
    Patience, it takes time to release tv series on blu ray, and not all of them will be.
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    It's the new one, not the original.
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