Knightriders [Blu-ray] [US Import]
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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.Read more ›
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.
I was stupidly reluctant to finally give this none horror film a watch, I very much regret not watching it sooner.
The film is a true work of genius and does seems to be very directly linked to Romero’s love and feelings about art and creativity.
I am in no way worthy to pass any sort of judgement on anything creative as I do not create myself, however I do recommend if you are thinking of buying this film you will be making a very good choice, the Arrow release is fantastic as ever.
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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King Billy (Ed Harris) is a leader of a group of entertainers that dress as knights. They joust on motorcycles for the public in quasi-renaissance fairs. Read morePublished 13 months ago by bernie
Very good picture quality and worth the upgrade from the DVD though this package has both. A pity the sound is still mono.Published 18 months ago by Weslake-Monza
Good escapism - previously had it on vhs from TV so quality much better.Published 20 months ago by G. Yearling
this release of george a romeros classic is the best yet.the film itself is a masterpiece of cinema abot a group of people trying to preserve a way of life a must buyPublished on 7 Mar. 2014 by doom
great film Ed Harris holds film together good to see Honda CBX on film also Suzuki Kettle good bike action scenes and novel woman as mechanic . could be a metaphor for life.Published on 8 Oct. 2012 by ace
Lovely DVD definitely a keeper for anyone who is a fan of Romero's work. One thing I would say is that it is extremely long and it could have ended after Harris leaves the group... Read morePublished on 14 Feb. 2011 by Jai xx