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The members of a traveling Renaissance Faire, who saddle up on motorcycles instead of horses, ride from town to town to stage medieval jousting tournaments with combatants in suits of armor and wielding lances, battle-axes, maces and broadswords. The spectacle of this violent pageant soon garners national attention, much to the dismay of the current king of this Camelot. A challenger to his throne arises as they try to maintain their fairytale existence in a world wrought with corruption.
Written and directed by George A. Romero (The Night Of The Living Dead series) and starring Romero regulars Ed Harris (Creepshow), Tom Savini (Dawn Of The Dead), John Amplas (Martin), Patricia Tallman (Monkey Shines) and Ken Foree (Dawn Of The Dead).
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Those who want a chance at fame are led by Romero make-up wizard Tom Savini (very good as Morgan the Black Knight) and the leader of those who don't want to lose what they've got is Ed Harris (amazing in his first lead role). The tension between the material world and the fight against its corrupting influence is a recurring theme in Romero movies, and at the fore here. Never boring, it is a fascinating look at a small society trying not to lose its soul.
The music in Knightriders is one of its best features and fits beautifully. Unfortunately the movie came out the same time as the similarly themed Excalibur, and was buried at the theatres. This is a chance to discover - or rediscover - a gem of a movie.
The transfer is good, and much better than the previous DVD release (which was good), but the Blu-ray does highlight some flaws and scratches in the source material at spots. Still a great movie and transfer. Being an older movie the audio is in Mono. Well worth a look if you are unfamiliar with it or with any of Romero's non-zombie works!
An absolutely incredible MGM transfer from film master to Blu-Ray! At the risk of going overboard about this, it's an *entirely* different movie experience than the VHS or DVD transfer. This edition benefits from stunning resolution, and excellent audio rendition. Some great bonus reels, too. Behind the scene shorts with Ed Harris (discussing his experience as a 30-something on set), George Romero (talking about how the movie eventually got made, and the SCA's influence on the story), and Tom Savini's views on his character, Morgan. IMO - A must have for any legacy SCA member, and the perfect SCA gift.
George Romero shines with an original saga of a Camelot-esque traveling motorcycle troupe. They're simple, honest folk led by a just king...but villainous treachery (greed) nearly pulls the group apart. Ed Harris, in one of his earliest leading roles, is nearly consumed by self-doubt in his quest to slay the dragon and keep the group from compromising its values. But hey, this is an epic story and of course all turns out well, albeit bittersweet...
Technical characteristics are impressive given the low budget. You'd never think that Tom Savini can act, but act he does as a male "Morgana LeFay"-type character. What a "rennaissance" man (ducking)! Donald Rubenstein's original score is excellent; it's too bad that is not available. (The only drawback is that the theme won't leave your head for days, and is a little overused).
Finally, George and Chris Romero, Tom Savini, and Chris "The Greek" Stavrakis (brother of Taso) share lots of interesting background info on the commentary track. You'll even find out what happened to Billy and Linet's thrones...
This is how a Romero film should be released! Waiting anxiously for a proper "Dawn of the Dead" and "Day of the Dead" collector's edition.