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Knight Rider - Season Three


TITLE: KNIGHT RIDER - SEASON THREE


Info:

DVD Release Date: January 31, 2006 (Universal Home Video)
Color/1984-85
MSRP: $49.98
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 21 (22 hours, one was a two-hour episode)
Running Time: approx. 17 hours and 47 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: approx. 48 minutes
Audio: English
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish; Closed Captioned.
Special Features: Bonus Episode from Season 4 “Knight of the Rising Sun.”


Introduction:

Michael Knight is back in style with the third season of the action packed show Knight Rider on DVD. Let’s take a trip back to 1983 and 1984 for 21 high-tech episodes—which includes one two-hour episode. Knight Rider: Season 3 is digitally re-mastered!

Catch Michael Knight (David Hasselhoff) and the baddest car on four wheels, KITT (voiced by William Daniels), as they chase more elusive criminals in each action-packed episode. The heart-pounding second season of Knight Rider packs in even more thrills and more high-speed chases. It’s full-throttle excitement with Michael Knight and KITT in the action series that left all others in the dust. Edward Mulhare is also back as Devon Miles. Patricia McPherson from season one returns as Dr. Bonnie Barstow.


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

Some memorable episodes this season include: The two-part season premiere “Knight of the Drones,” “Knights of the First Lane,” “Halloween Knight,” “K.I.T.T. vs. K.A.R.R.,” “Knight in Disgrace,” “Knight of the Chameleon,” “Junk Yard Dog,” and “Knight in Retreat.”

Memorable guests for this season include Jason Bateman (“Lost Knight”), James Cromwell (“Ten Wheel Trouble”), and James T. Callahan (“Circus Knights”).


Packaging:

Like season two, we got a box with three slim cases. I personally think this is great packaging. The box art has a shot of Michael Knight's face and KITT's body (shown above) again. Left of Michael there are some of the words spoken in the opening credits, "A shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a man who does not exist..." The back of the box art has a synopsis of the show and the set itself. There are four different snapshot photos of Michael Knight from various episodes. The set has a color scheme of red and yellow/orange. The three slim cases have the same cover as the box art. The back of all three cases has episode info for each disc. Episode title and a brief synopsis are provided in a KITT style font! When we open the cases, we get the discs, but surrounding that is just plain white color. They should have done something better than that. The discs are doubled sided again, so no photos or graphics on the discs itself. One other note: There is also an enclosed insert when you open the box, with three coupons to save $5 each on season 4 sets coming in spring 2006 of A-Team, Knight Rider and Magnum, P.I.

Disc one side A has episodes 1-3; side B has episodes 4-7. Disc two side A has episodes 8-11; side B has episodes 12-15. Disc three side A has episodes 16-19; side B has episodes 20-21 and the bonus season four episode. All the discs are evenly placed. 4 discs per episode, though disc one has three episodes, but that is because that is a two-part episode. So really there are 22 hours on these six sides. Each episode runs about 48:00-48:30 or so minutes in length. The two-part episode runs about 1 hour 36 minutes. The box also states that all original music is intact but two songs.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The menu screen is similar to the first two sets. But first, for disc one side A only, they have four trailers that automatically play. You can fast forward or skip the chapter at any time, though. In case you want to watch, you’ll see previews for Seasons 3 of Magnum P.I., Knight Rider and A-Team; Kate & Allie (you see cover art for it, the set is coming later this spring), Charles in Charge and Gimme a Break! Season 1 (latter two for some reason says coming Feb. 7, they are actually coming Feb. 14); seaQuest Season 1; and a movie trailer for the DVD of Cry_Wolf. The menu screen starts off with video shots of KITT, and then various clips from episodes are playing with the catchy and cool theme song in the background (which loops). The options for this set are: Play All, Episode Index, Languages, Bonus Episode, and Sneak Peeks (disc one side A only). Sneak Peeks has different DVD trailers than the ones that auto play before D1 SA. Trailers for: Northern Exposure; Quantum Leap; House; Columbo, McCloud, and McMillian & Wife; Las Vegas; Battlestar Galactica; Law & Order, Leave it to Beaver and Miami Vice. Yes, “Bonus Episode” is on each disc, though the only bonus episode is on disc 3 side B. When selecting Episode Index, you get to a screen of episodes, when you choose one you get to the episode summary screen. On that you can choose Play, Scenes, or go back to the Episode Index. There is a nice KITT pointer so you know what you are choosing, just like in previous seasons. On that screen it also has a screenshot from the episode, episode title, original air date, and a brief synopsis. When you select Languages, you can turn on closed captioning or have subtitles in Spanish.


Video and Audio Quality:

The video is again marvelously crystal clear. I am very impressed with it. It looks very good and re-mastered. Fans will be happy to hear them continue to give us the best copies. The audio is in mono, but it sounds like stereo to me, especially when that opening theme is playing! Fans will also be happy that the brief 30-60 second highlight of the episode is in tact before the opening credits, again like previous sets did. Each episode is about 48-48:30 minutes or so, counting the opening & closing credits and the 30-60 second episode highlight. Again there is a 20-25 second or so Universal logo before EVERY episode, but you can chapter skip it. That annoyed me a bit; they already have that before the FBI Warning when you put each disc in. Maybe they should have put that after the closing credits instead. There are chapters on this set as well, like season one. There are about 4 chapters or so, even for the two-part episode. One interesting note, on the box it says "Includes all original music except for two songs." The A-Team season three also has the same statement.


Special Features:

For season one, we got a ton of bonus material. Season two we got nothing. For season three it is a tad better than last season, because we get a bonus episode from season 4! Last time The A-Team had a bonus Knight Rider episode, this time The A-Team has no bonus episodes of anything. Season 4 of Knight Rider is out this April, I don’t expect any more extras.


Final Comments:

Overall, I think the set is worth the buy. The episodes are completely unedited (well, except two original songs missing), but the length is all original. The extras are better than the last set, but way down from the first set. The most important thing is that we get every episode on DVD. And Universal will speed it up a little this time as the fourth and final season is coming out this April. But before that, make sure you buy this set on January 31!


Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 1.5/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 5/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 01/27/06

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