Knight Rider: Season One (1982)

Genre(s): Adventure / Crime
Universal || NR - 1185 minutes - $49.98 || October 3, 2004
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2004-10-06


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

A U D I O &
.:: V I D E O ::.

Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Glen A. Larson (created by)
Cast: David Hasselhoff, Edward Mulhare, Patricia McPherson


Theatrical Release Date: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • "Pilot" Commentary
  • Knight Moves
  • Knight Sounds
  • Knight Rider 2000: The Movie
  • Knight Rider Under the Hood
  • Photo Gallery
  • Blueprints Gallery
  • KITT Owner's Manual


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Full Screen (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

"One man can make a difference, Michael."

That is the general theme of not only "Knight Rider" but many other TV shows in the 80's including "Quantum Leap" (1989-93) and "Magnum P.I." (1980-88) also followed this motto. But what makes "Knight Rider" any different from "Magnum P.I.", a show that has the same type of story -- and was also created by Glen A. Larson? Well, it's gotta be the car. Chick dig the car! Yes, Thomas Magnum has a hot red Ferrari, and like Michael Knight's K.I.T.T., it can persue the bad guys with the best of them, but did Magnum have those cool gadgets? Could HIS car talk? But seriously, that red Ferrari stuck out like a sore thumb, while it may take the tailee some time to figure he's being followed. Anyways, I'm veering off course. . .

"Knight Rider" season one has some interesting episodes but I could see how it could tire on some people. All the writers did (basically) was replace bad guy (or girl) x with bad guy/girl y and change the circumstances. Devon, Knight's employer, gives him a job to invesitgate, Michael takes the car, he and KITT leap over some semis or bulldozer the baddies had set out to stop our heroes and Knight and KITT prevail and save the day.

However, dispite some unoriginal moments (for instance, I believe they used some of the footage from the series premiere in another episode - during a jail break) but I just liked watching the 80's corniness and the jousting of witt between Knight and KITT.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

The best special feature that I enjoyd the most was the commentary track on the series premiere, "Knight of the Phoenix" with star David Hasselhoff and series creator Glen Larson. The two take jabs at each other, reminisce about the old days and where certain actors are and the usual things you hear. Hasselhoff once in a while hints that he'd like to do a Knight Rider movie (which would be fine with me, as long as it stars someone else and Hasselhoff makes a cameo appearance. They also talk about the quality of the show as the seasons went on, that the original intent of KITT was to make it as realistic as possible (all things considered) but then how later the writers made the car into a boat or made it fly. Not a bad track and fun to listen to.

The set includes 3 featurettes: Knight Moves, Knight Sounds and Knight Rider: Under the Hood. These are your standard features where they put together some clips from the show, have new interviews with Hasselhoff, Glen Larson and others. They're not bad to watch and were fairly interesting but throw-away material. For example, the "Knight Moves" featurette (which runs at about 6 minutes) has interviews with the regulars but the stunt driver as well. He talks about teaching Hasselhoff how to make a 360 degree turn or turn around a corner at high speeds (which apparently Hasselhoff did during the course of the show).

Also included are two stills galleries -- which actually play out like a montage with the "Knight Rider" theme playing. The other interesting feature is KITT Owner's Manual which allows the user to highlight a control from KITT's controls and find out what they do. Another throw-away, but somewhat interesting for one look.

The last thing included with the season one set is the Knight Rider 2000 TV movie which aired in 1991. I actually watched this a few months ago on the SciFi channel so it was still somewhat fresh in my memory. The TV-movie, which looked more like a possible pilot episode to re-launch the series, returned Hasselhoff as Knight and put KITT into a newer, sleaker car body. Last time, it was Knight getting a bullet to the head, this time, a female cop gets one in the noggin after stumbling on to a corruption scandal brewing within the force. Because this is the year 2000, guns (in this particular city) have been totally outlawed (not even the cops can carry 'em) but one man, played by "The X-Files" Mitch Pelleggi, has something to say about that. Soon, he causes some havoc for Michael Knight and the Knight foundation.

I'll be honest, it wasn't a great TV-movie but at least a little entertaining to watch.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Considering this dates back 20 plus years, it looks and sounds decent enough. The picture is grainy in parts and the sound goes down in parts of certain episodes, therefore I can't give this more than I have. But don't let this disuade you. "Knight Rider" aried back in 1982 when cameras and production values were fairly low in quality.



.::OVERALL::.

When I buy a TV series on DVD, I expect some features (like commentary and such) so for "Knight Rider", it passes the test. But the overall reason of why I (and I assume most people) buy a set like this, is for the episodes. While "Knight Rider" may not have been the greatest written show, it still was a lot of fun to watch.