KNIGHT RIDER: THE COMPLETE SERIES REVIEWED
“Knight Rider” has its complete series arrive on DVD from Mill Creek. If you have the original DVD complete series release from Universal, the difference is a sign of the times. While this release is more budget minded, that first release was designed to look like KITT. What’s the difference between the discs? Nothing. The transfers and Dolby tracks are exactly the same. I don’t remember the 2008 release having special features, so there is no big loss there.
For the fans, you get all 4 seasons and 85 episodes here. While I was in Kindergarten when the show went off the air, I have distant memories of the show. Mainly the fact that American pop culture used elements of the show every time a talking vehicle appeared onscreen. Poor William Daniels. Forever typecast between a talking car and an overly caring teacher. What’s a cherished actor to do?
If you’ve never seen the show before, Hasselhoff plays a white Luke Cage style analogue. But, now he’s been adopted by a Mr. Drebin figure to become Superstar Secret Agent with a talking ‘vette. I miss the forward thinking of shows like this, as every other thing is either a Shonda Rhimes production or a lame attempt to capitalize on the comic film adaptation explosion. The easy joke is to make a slam on how this must’ve been a cocaine fueled Sci-Fi action romp. But, that’s not always true.
“Knight Rider” occupied a space in time where post Star Wars fantasy and 70s PI shows were mixing together and existing on American TV. When FOX came into the picture and tastes went urban, things naturally gave way. Such is the zeitgeist. Times like these make me wish there were commentaries on the disc, but what would be said? The car talked, The Hoff drove and then they waited for the commercial breaks? Some things are better left unsaid.
- 1.33:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby Digital 2.0