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Knight Rider - Season Four The Final Season


TITLE: KNIGHT RIDER - SEASON FOUR THE FINAL SEASON


Info:

DVD Release Date: April 4, 2006 (Universal Home Video)
Color/1985-86
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 51 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: approx. 29 minutes
Audio: English
Subtitles: English SDH; Closed Captioned.
Special Features: K.I.T.T. Original Car Blueprints and “The Great ‘80s TV Flashback.”


Introduction:

Michael Knight is back for one last time with the fourth and final season of the action packed show Knight Rider on DVD. Let’s take a trip back to 1985 and 1986 for 21 high-tech episodes—which includes the two-part season premiere from Chicago! K.I.T.T. even has some new features, including Super Pursuit Mode! Knight Rider: Season 4 is digitally supercharged!

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 returns as Dr. Bonnie Barstow. Joining the cast this season is Peter Parros as RC3 (Reginald Cornelius III).


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

Some memorable episodes this season include: The two-part season premiere “Knight of the Juggernaut,” “Sky Knight,” “Knight Sting,” “Knight Behind Bars,” “Knight Song,” “The Scent of Roses,” “Killer K.I.T.T.,” “Out of the Woods,” “Fright Knight,” and “Knight of the Rising Sun.”

Memorable guests for this season include John Considine & Blair Underwood (“Knight of the Juggernaut”), Janine Turner (“KITTnap”), Robbie Rist & Macon McCalman (“Sky Knight”), Scott Valentine (“The Wrong Crowd”), Peter Mark Richman (“Many Happy Returns”), Shelly Berman (“Knight Song”), Catherine Hickland (“The Scent of Roses”), Lance Burton (“Deadly Knightshade”), Terry Kiser, Don King, Jeff Quarry, Danny Lopez, & Carlos Palomino (“Redemption of a Champion”), and Robert Englund (“Fright Knight”).


Packaging:

Like seasons two and three, 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 three different snapshot photos of Michael Knight from various episodes. The set has a color scheme of orange/red, gold. 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.

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 material. 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 48:150-48:30 or so minutes in length. The two-part episode runs about 1 hour 36 minutes.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The menu screen is similar to the first two sets. But first, for disc one side A only, they have three 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 Magnum P.I., Knight Rider and A-Team Seasons 1-4; SNL sets for David Spade and Alec Baldwin; and Law & Order Trial by Jury DVD. 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 Materials, 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: Columbo; Murder, She Wrote; Northern Exposure; Quantum Leap; House; Battlestar Galactica; and Sleuth TV. Yes, “Bonus Materials” is on each disc, though the bonus materials are all on disc 3 side B. When selecting Episode Index, you get to a screen of episodes with a screen shot of the episode. When selecting the episode it automatically goes to the episode. In the previous sets, we got an episode summary screen. When you select Languages, you can turn on closed captioning or have subtitles in English SDH.


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 sounds good, especially when that opening theme is playing! Fans will also be happy that the brief 30 second highlight of the episode is intact before the opening credits, again like previous sets did. But for some reason it is not on for two episodes ­ “Knight Song” and “The Scent of Roses.” Each episode is about 48:15-48:30 minutes or so, counting the opening & closing credits and the 30 second episode highlight. Without the 30 second highlight episodes run 47:45 or so. No Universal logo this time before every episode. There are chapters on this set as well. There are about 4 chapters or so, even for the two-part episode. The two-part episode's episode highlights has even a voiceover from Edward Mulhare saying this is a "special two-part episode from Chicago." No mentions on the box this time about music missing.


Special Features:

For season one, we got a ton of bonus material. Season two we got nothing. For season three we get a bonus episode from season 4. The extras for season four are probably the best since season one, but still not too good. We get K.I.T.T. Blueprints. 6 images of KITT are shown. You can print them out at www.KnightRiderDVD.com. Also, we have the 29:01 featurette on “The Great ‘80s TV Flashback.” If you have some previous Universal sets like Charles in Charge, you have seen this featurette already. The featurette talks about all of the Universal ‘80s TV series on DVD (example: A-Team) or are coming soon to DVD (Simon & Simon). The shows featured are: Miami Vice, Magnum P.I., The A-Team, Knight Rider, Simon & Simon, Murder She Wrote, Quantum Leap, Gimme a Break, Charles in Charge and Kate & Allie. Interviewed are: Ray Richmond (Writer, The Hollywood Reporter), Alex Ben Block (Columnist, TV Week), Robert Ward (co-executive producer, Miami Vice), Stephen J. Cannell (executive producer, A-Team), Debbie Matenopolous (Host of “The Screening Room,” TV Guide), Julie Cobb (Charles in Charge), Glen Larson (executive producer, Knight Rider), David Hasselhoff (Knight Rider), Jack Gill (stunt coordinator, Knight Rider), and Lara Jill Miller (Gimme a Break!). Chapter breaks are on this feature even!


Final Comments:

Overall, the set is good. The episodes are completely unedited and now we are done with the series. The extras are better than the last two sets, but way down from the first set. The most important thing is that we get every episode on DVD! The final season is worth the buy if you have seasons 1-3 already. If you don’t, buy those first and then get this set. The series is now complete on DVD and I am so happy but sad that we won't have any more DVD sets for this series. Now, let’s hope we get the long anticipated Knight Rider big screen movie but we won’t have any promotional items for that since all four seasons are now all on DVD already.


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

Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 2/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 5/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 04/09/06

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