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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:
      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 (312 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B0024FAD7Y
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,883 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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    - British Agent Cassandra Banks: "KITT?" (turns to Mike Traceur) "You're talking to your truck?"
    - KITT: "It is a pleasure to meet you, Cassandra."
    - Cassandra: "And he's talking to me?"
    - Mike: "Let's see Bond's car do that."

    I think the show missed out on an opportunity here. How awesome would it have been if a Ford Pinto played host to KITT's A.I.? It's epic work trying to make a Pinto seem sexy. Anyway, this new KNIGHT RIDER series lasted all of one season, during which its viewing audience mostly went "Meh" and after which the network executives went "Meh." That's about the surest way to get the plug pulled on a show. For enthusiasts of the original 1982 series, this remake will be worth looking up, mostly because it's not a remake as much as a continuation. David Hasselhoff's cameo in the pilot movie sanctions it as such. But this show's flaws ultimately sink it.

    The new KNIGHT RIDER gets hooked up with today's technical advances, and I guess I'm talking as much about the advances as they relate to film-making. This show is bigger, glitzier, infinitely more hi-tech. It's still very much a guilty pleasure. KITT's A.I. - now updated to the Three Thousand model - is housed in a black 550 HP Ford Shelby GT500KR Mustang with crazy specs, the sexiest of which is the chameleon function. KITT can now shapeshift into other Ford models (which officially makes this show champion of blatant product placements). KITT can hack into any computer device, play havoc with any security system. It also comes equipped with a bulletproof nanoskin, a 3-D object duplicator, and a submarine function. This car ain't no hooptie.

    An 80-minute-long movie in 2008 launched the new series.
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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 big fan of the original series when I was a child. I have been enjoying watching the original series again and am delighted to find that I enjoy it just as much as I did then. When I heard about the new remake of it, I was curious.

    One warning to fans of the original is not good to watch this with an expectation that it is going to be like the original. The two main weaknesses of the new series is the flashy but very loose plot and how they butchered that wonderful theme song. The plot line has some very interesting ideas, but a lot of times after watching an episode--when it comes to recounting just seem to remember the car chases and sexy women. KITT is more computer-like than the original series, though he still has his charm. I was very disappointed in the episode that featured KARR, KITT's evil twin. Though the episode was interesting, KARR didn't really have much of an appearance. When he finally shows up, he dies within five minutes.

    However, I do like the new series. It has its merits. The original series may have been corny, but it had a better developed plot. The new series is very flashy and has a loose plot, but it has a few interesting ideas--for instance, Mike's amnesia about certain events that happened to him when he was a soldier. The Knight Foundation has a whole team now of interesting characters--a nerdy scientist, a sexy linguist, a paternal head of the project, and two other shady characters that seem to have ties to other government agencies. As I've said, it is best to watch it with no expectation that it is like the old series, but it is entertaining.
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