Knight Rider-Season 3 (1982)
|Category||Action||Main Menu Audio & Animation|
|Year Of Production||1982|
|Running Time||1024:00 (Case: 1285)|
|RSDL / Flipper||
Multi Disc Set (6)
|Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Ads Then Menu|
|Region Coding||2,4,5||Directed By||
Universal Pictures Home Video
Glen A. Larson
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Here it is - the penultimate season of Glen A. Larson's science fiction series, with its artificially intelligent car K.I.T.T. (voiced by William Daniels) and the unstoppable Michael Knight (David “The Hoff” Hasselhoff).
For those who want a run down of the show, my review of the first season is here and the review of the second season is here. I shall not waste your time with episode summaries – you can find good summaries at TV.com amongst other places. The following sets out how these episodes are arranged on the 6 discs of this season:
Season 3 offers perhaps the best, and most consistent, season of the show, with only a couple of aberrant mediocre episodes. Although firmly entrenched in its 1980s backdrop, with all the storytelling limitations inherent thereto in a prime time TV show aimed squarely at the 8 - 15 year old male demographic, this show tries to break the envelope and tell stories that really mean something.
There are a lot of great episodes here, including Knight Of The Drones: Parts I & II, K.I.T.T. vs K.A.R.R., and Knight In Disgrace. But in my mind the best episode here, and perhaps the best for the entire series, is Junk Yard Dog. I remember this episode vividly from the first time I watched it as a child, and it is still as affecting all these years on.
There is no doubt that Knight Rider was an inventive series for its time. Although it has already had one abortive attempt at revitalisation, I’m not putting it past the producers to have another go sometime in the future. Definitely good value, and if you only have the cash for one season, this is the season I recommend.
Video is presented in 1.33:1, Full Frame - the original broadcast aspect ratio of the series.
Picture quality is on par with the second season, if a touch better. There is a little graininess as a result of the film stock, but the image is sharp and there are no real faults.
There are some slight film-to-video transfer artefacts that you can see on a CRT screen, but projected up on a 100 inch screen over an HDMI digital link, these faults were not particularly visible.
Sadly, no subtitles on this season, which is quite the oversight by Universal. Unimpressive.
The dual layer pauses are between the episodes, and invisible.
Audio is presented in 2.0 Dolby Digital Mono in English, French and German.
Dialogue is clear, with a few static pops and so forth, usually in outdoor scenes where post-production ADR was used.
There is no surround or subwoofer use unless you switch the crossover ridiculously high.
|Surround Channel Use|
All menus are in 1.33:1 Full Frame. The disc home menus have various clips from the show with a 2.0 Dolby Stereo soundtrack of the theme. All other menus are static and silent.
Content wise, R1 and R4 are largely identical, although R1 has subtitles, whereas the R4 release does not. We have a better laid out set here, with the episodes split on 6 discs, rather than on 3 dual sided discs as they are in R1. Without an R1 copy, I cannot do a direct video-to-video comparison for you. I'm giving this to R1 for the subtitles as I think this is a fairly important aspect of DVD technology.
Knight Rider – Season 3 is, in my opinion, the best of the series. Consistently good, with my favourite episode of the whole series, it’s hard to pass this one up if you’re a fan.
We have a nice, clean transfer here, a smidgen improved on the second season, but sadly no subtitles.
|DVD||Sony DVPNS92, using HDMI output|
|Display||Sony VPL-HS60 WXGA 3LCD Cineza Projector (10,000:1 contrast ratio) with 100" Longhom Pro-Series Micro-Textured White Matte PVC 1.78:1 16:9 Fixed Mount Screen with Black Velour Trim. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 720p.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Jensen QX70 Centre Front, Jensen QX45 Left Front & Right Front, Jensen QX20 Left Rear & Right Rear, Jensen QX-90 Dual 10" 250 Watt Subwoofer|