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Knightriders is the story of a troupe of motorcyclists who are members of a traveling Renaissance Faire. Knightriders is the story of a troupe of motorcyclists who are members of a traveling Renaissance Faire. They move from town to town, staging jousting tournaments with the combatants in suits of armor, wielding lances, battle-axes, maces and broadswords. The spectacle of this magnificent pageant soon garners national attention, much to the dismay of the current king of this Camelot. A conflict arises as they try to maintain their fairy- tale existence in a world fraught with corruption. Can they hold on to their Camelot state of mind? This is a finely crafted film written and directed by George A. Romero, who brought us Night Of The Living Dead and Creepshow, and continues in his tradition of visual mastery here with Knightriders. Newsweek said of Romero s talents, "Romero s combination of wit and horror is the best since Hitchcock."
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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.
The Good: Put "renfest", "medieval combat", and "motorcycles" in a blender. Add Ed Harris and a believable supporting cast of folks who are not A list but you'll still know them...Tom Savini, Brother Blue, Mr and Mrs King (as in horror writer) has a cameo, many many others. A meandering slice of life plot which addresses the question: How can you live to a code of conduct that probably wasn't even followed when it was in fashion centuries ago when you live in the modern age. It's a movie with a lot of feeling, but it doesn't beat you about the head with pontificating, instead letting the characters be true to themselves.
I hope they never remake this, because they'd ruin it. While the combat and the bikes are the initial draw, they are not the foundation of the movie.
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.