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  • Syndicated Version
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Release: Dec 30, 2017 - Author: Tony Montana - Translator: Tony Montana - external link: IMDB - more from this series
Compared are the cut Syndicated Version (UK Blu-ray by Fabulous Films / First Edition) and the uncut Original Version (UK Blu-ray by Fabulous Films / New Edition).

- 3 cuts
- Length difference: 217.8 sec resp. 3 min 37.8 sec

Please note: Minor differences such as missing credits, missing or different black screens etc. have not been listed in the following comparison. The focus is on the alteration made for reruns in syndication and that is it.

Basically, the UK Blu-ray is a highly recommendable release even though some people complain about the abscene of the TV movie "Knight Rider 2000" because it is available as bonus of the DVD release. The problem is that this was originally another pilot for second Knight Rider series that never saw the light of day. So technically, the movie is not part of the original Knight Rider from 1982. However, definately worth criticizing is the fact that the Blu-ray set only contains the shorter Syndicated Versions of all the two-part episodes which have been cut to a length of approx. 45 minutes (Blu-ray / NTSC) in order to fit in the slot.

But at least one has the chance to get the discs with the uncut episodes via Fabulous Films. One can either send the discs with the Syndicated Versions and get a free replacement or one can keep the old discs and get the ones with the uncut episodes for a small fee (payment via Paypal). Either way, the new discs then will be shipped to your address.
According to Fabulous Films, the first batch with the shorter episodes is completely sold out. But of course, there is still a slight chance that one gets a copy of those because the vendor still has some in stock.

Last but not least, a few words about the Syndicated Versions: Admittedly, they are still OK to watch but fans will realize that scenes are missing. The huge exception here is the pilot "Knight of the Phoenix". While the alterations of the second part of the pilot are being kept within bounds, they did a real number on the first part of the pilot. Including the opening, "Knight of the Phoenix Part 1" has a total length of approx. 3.5 minutes (!) and after that, the second part already begins. Basically, everything is missing. If one is not familiar with the show or the story of the pilot, it is incredibly hard to follow resp. I would say it is almost impossible. This is also the reason why the Syndicated Version of the pilot only consists of one single episode while the other two-part episodes still consist of two episodes each. Considering that there are only 3.5 minutes left of the first part of the pilot, this is not a surprise though.

Time index refers to
Syndicated Version (UK Blu-ray First Edition) – Uncut Version (UK Blu-ray First Edition)
12:26 / 57:11

Halston's at the Golden Fox Club is missing. He enters through a back door and walks down to the hatch to get to Jackson and Peter who are pretty busy already.

58.4 sec

19:09 / 01:04:51

Michael's first encounter with K.I.T.T. is missing. Michael slowly walks up to K.I.T.T. and so does Devon.
Michael: "Well, how you feelin', buddy?"
K.I.T.T.: "Take a look, Michael."
Michael gets in.
Michael: "Alright, here it goes."
Michael turns on K.I.T.T.'s computer. He is positively surprised by the result.
Devon is enthusiastic as well: "Remarkable."
Michael: "Looks like you got a serious facelift."
K.I.T.T.: "Bonnie added some new functions."
K.I.T.T. introduces his new functions to Michael and Devon.
K.I.T.T.: "This is my self-analyzing probe. In conjunction with my new onboard computer, it can isolate and diagnose virtually any malfunction."
Michael: "Wow!"
K.I.T.T.: "Thank you."
Michael: "Now, if I only knew what some of these things do."
K.I.T.T.: "Only one way to find out, Michael, but don't push the Turbo Boost.
Devon: "He's still got a sense of humor."
Michael: "Alright, here it goes: I-G-P."
K.I.T.T.: "That stands for my new three-dimensional Interactive Graphics Plotter."
Michael and Devon have no idea what K.I.T.T. is talking about.
Michael: "What's that?"
K.I.T.T.: "Let's say we run up against someone wearing a disguise and want to find out who he really is. Like this man here."
The picture of an unknown male appears on the screen.
Devon: "Oh, I hope you don't run into him in a dark alley."
K.I.T.T.: "I simply break down his face with my IGP. Then activate my Linear Predictive Graphics Routine and voilà… a 3D reconstruction of the real face."
The unknown male turns on the screen into Devon.
Michael: "You're right, I wouldn't wanna run into him in a dark alley. What else you got, buddy?"
Michael pushes a few buttons.
K.I.T.T.: "That's my Thermodynamic System."
Michael: "Sounds hot."
K.I.T.T.: "That little flashing red light, Michael, represents 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Enough to expand and eventually melt steel."
Michael keeps pushing buttons: "E-G-M."
K.I.T.T.: "Electrical Generating Mode. Puts out enough current to power a small city."
Devon and Michael at the same time: "Shocking!"
K.I.T.T. continues: "And then there's my new Polyphonic Synthesizer which aloows me to duplicate and project any sound from anywhere."
K.I.T.T. plays several sounds, Michael gets startled.
Michael (slightly annoyed): "I get the message. Let's go get Bonnie."
Devon: "Good."

In addition to that, the first few frames of the subsequent shot are missing( no screenshots).

140.8 sec resp. 2 min 20.8 sec

21:42 / 01:09:39

The end of the exterior shot is missing (no screenshots).

Bonnie is being taken to Halston and the others. She fights back but she does not stand a chance.
Bonnie: "Let go off me you big anthropoid!"
Turk: "I've been called worse things. I think."
(Margo: "What are you going to do with her?")

13.1 sec

32:27 / 01:20:40

The beginning of the shot of Jackson working in the tunnel is missing.

5.5 sec

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