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Knightriders [DVD] [1981] [US Import]


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  • Actors: Ed Harris, Gary Lahti, Tom Savini, Amy Ingersoll, Patricia Tallman
  • Directors: George A. Romero
  • Writers: George A. Romero
  • Producers: David E. Vogel, Richard P. Rubinstein, Salah M. Hassanein
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, Widescreen, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: 11 July 2000
  • Run Time: 146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305808082
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,805 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Right up there amongst Romero's best work. --The Digital Fix

A compelling reworking of Arthurian mythology that neatly intersects with America's own myths of independence and the open West, delivering remarkable action scenes in the process. --AV Club

Ed Harris is Superb. --Digitally Obsessed

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Moran on 31 July 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The BluRay is great. A little blurry at the very beginning, which gave me a moment of worry, but it clears up and is nice and crisp throughout the rest of the movie.

Every year on or about my birthday I watch Knightriders. The gag is this: they're a wandering troupe of performers who put on jousts ... atop motorcycle. Except that what's an obvious put-on to the outside world, is (to varying degrees) real to the people living the life ... late in the movie, watching the knights fight, a girl says: "They're crazy." And a scummy agent, watching them fight, grins and says, "Yeah ... but that's what makes them sellable."

There's a brilliant bit midway through where King William (played by the best actor of his generation, Ed Harris), sitting by the fire at the side of the road along with his lawyer, with Merlin, and a roustabout named Bagman, talks about his Code: "It's tough to live by the Code. I mean it's real hard to live for something you believe in. People try it and they get tired of it, like they get tired of their diets, or exercise, or their marriage or their kids or their job or themselves, or they get tired of their God ... you can keep the money you make off this sick world, lawyer, I don't want any part of it. Anybody wants to live more for themselves doesn't belong with us. Let 'em go out and buy some pimpy psychiatrist paperback says it's OK, don't ask me to say it's OK, it's not OK!"

And Bagman responds. He's just spent the night in jail having his ass whipped by a Bad Cop ... he tells a story about waking up in a jail in Alabama after having his ass kicked years back, and just wanting to die, trying to cut his wrists with a bed spring ... but now: "Well, last night, I got my ass kicked, and I came up laughing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Up The Cat's Back on 3 Aug 2008
Format: DVD
This isn't a biker movie - the bikes are horses with engines, guys, so if you're looking for a biker movie, like the last reviewer, you'll be sorely disappointed. The cover looks like they're trying to sell a flick to an audience which won't enjoy it.

This is a film which takes dissatisfaction with modern life, pits it against authority, beats it bloody, wrings the tears out of it, makes it stand up again and ultimately turns it into something tragically beautiful. I can't think of a better way to spend my time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Steven Fynn on 3 July 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
A fantastic modern take on medieval knights. A group of men and women bikers live the life of medieval knights to entertain the public, with the twist that it is all done on the back of motorbikes. Yes motorbikes, a nice twist and therfore ust as good for bikers or medieval fans. I first saw this film on VHS years ago, and have looked for it since on DVD without much hope. The film had hbeen withdrawn from the UK at least. Then to my supprise here it is on DVD as originally released and also Blue Ray at the same time. My prayers were answered and I did not have to try and have mine copied to preserve it from degradation on tape. Go on buy it and be amused and entertained.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. White on 19 Jun 2010
Format: DVD
Don't judge the film by the Trailer. This film is so much better than expected and a good attempt at something that shouldn't work. Mixing the medi-evil with motorcycles in an modern american setting works because of the overriding moral tale. Plus all the stunts and fights are brilliant, not to mention the bikes.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. Simpson on 11 Mar 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Not to everyones taste, but was one I saw when it 1st came out on Betamax tape. ticked all my boxes back then, King Arthur & motorbikes. So when I saw it out on DVD, I had to get it to fill my nostalgia.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eric Ian Steele on 24 Oct 2010
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Although much better known for his "Dead" trilogy and its spurious offspring, or for the revisionist vampire classic "Martin", George A Romero made his most mainstream film to date with "Knightriders". So it's curious that it's also one of his least known works. The story follows a mixed bag of social outcasts and misfits who put on shows involving Medieval jousting on motorcycles. Ruled over by a fake King Arthur and his bride, things take a turn for the worst when life begins to imitate legend, and the old King Arthur is challenged by brash newcomer Morgan. It's a gerat story, and the performances are genuinely a joy to watch. Ed Harris is unforgettable as the old King, and the film's ending elevates it to true cult status. On one level, it's about people who find happiness and family outside of society's constaints - and in that way it's a perfect companion piece to Romero's "Dead" films. But it's also a funny, energetic romp with an emotionally fulfilling ending to rival the majority of Hollywood blockbusters -- even if the budget was miniscule by today's standards.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Benjamin Moderate on 29 Mar 2008
Format: DVD
First saw this when it featured on Alex Cox's peerless "Moviedrome" showcase on BBC2... the same place I saw countless excellent movies like "Repo Man" "They Live!" "Sid and Nancy" "Assault on Precinct 13" "Jabberwocky" and a whole bunch of others. All of them "cult" films from the wrong side of the tracks - beautiful, flawed monsters with low budgets and genre intentions.

This captures an American subculture - The Rennaissance Fayre - also captured in Michael Crichton's "Westworld." But more than that it is a commentary on the nature of "selling out" - then besetting the remnants of the counter culture, and the need to live authentically. It is an existentialist biker movie about an ertsatz Camelot with a genuine core - wonderfully performed by Ed Harris. See also "Walker".
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