Starring David Hasselhoff, KITT
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I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid I used to sit on the floor with my legs folded until they were numb watching Knight Rider on NBC. Any time a new network picked it up for syndication I’d be glued to the set. When Sci-Fi re-aired all 4 seasons I was there ready with a stack of VHS tapes and numb ankles ready to go. The story of Michael Knight, a former police officer shot in the face and left for dead, who was then nursed back to health by philanthropist Wilton Knight so he could continue to fight for “the helpless, the powerless, in a world of criminals who operate above the law” is unforgettable. Be honest, you watch it for the car. The Knight Industries 2000, otherwise known as KITT.
Enough of my rambling, what do you get with the Knight Rider Season 2 DVD collection? 21 episodes in remastered digital quality on 3 discs. That’s right, you can finally toss away that stack of aging VHS tapes…well, I can at least. I was surprised to see no bonus features besides the usual episode descriptions, I’m sure there were plenty of behind the scenes antics which I hope will be explored on a future release. Each episode is accompanied by a brief explanation, original air date, and a scene index. The sound is digital mono (remember, season two was originally aired in 1983) so its crisp but don’t expect any special sound effects. The video quality is outstanding, you can tell this came from the original masters and not the 2nd or 3rd generation copies used by most networks when re-airing reruns every 10 years.
The set starts out with the classic 2-part episode “Goliath” where KITT and Michael both meet their nemesis. David Hasselhoff’s dual-role is one of the most memorable in television, tack on an 18-wheeler with the same indestructible armor as KITT and you’ve got an action packed season premier that set the pace for what was to follow. In all, for fans of the series who still curse the day they used a Dodge Stealth as the basis for KITT’s replacement KIFF in Knight Rider 2000 they will be pleased by this collection which is straight and to the point. No frills, no bonus features, just every episode in better quality than you remembered it. If you’re a fan of 80’s television in general, you just can’t beat Knight Rider. Sure, it wasn’t the only sci-fi/action series of the time, but in my humble opinion it was the best of the genre and the time. I’m eagerly anticipating season 3.
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo CC
Standard 1.33:1 Color
Favorite Scenes: Goliath, Knightmares, ‘Let It Be Me’
Running Time: 391 minutes