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  • Syndicated Version
  • Uncut
Release: Dec 27, 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).

- 11 cuts
- 1 scene with alternate footage (= recut)
- Length difference: 202.2 sec resp. 3 min 22.2 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)
00:00 / 00:00

The Syndicated Version starts with the opening credits, followed by footage of te guard at the gate.
The Uncut Version on the other hand does not start with opening credits. Instead, there are several shots of Michael and K.I.T.T. Not until then, one gets to see the guard at the gate. Only the Uncut Version contains a transition to the shot of the guard at the gate, the Syndicated Version does not. As a consequence thereof, a few insignificant frames are missing at the beginning. (length difference excluding opening credits)

43.9 sec




06:11 / 05:36

The shot of Jackson is slightly longer in the Uncut Version due to opening credits in the Uncut Version (2.5 sec)
The same goes for the first shot subsequent to the opening credits: The exterior shot starts a little earlier in the Uncut Version. (2 sec)
(length difference excluding opening credits)

4.5 sec



11:25 / 12:14

Missing shot of the car chase.

10 sec




12:15 / 13:13

The scene with the elderly couple in the cab is missing.
Henrietta (to the driver): "Young man, are you sure this is the right way to Fisherman's Wharf? According to my map, it's that way."
Arthur: "Relax, Henrietta, relax. I'm sure hes just trying to save us money and taking a shortcut. Now just sit back and enjoy the sights."

The very first shot of that scene (exterior shot of the cab - please see screenshot #1) is also a little later in the Syndicated Version.

24.4 sec





Alternate Footage / Recut
12:19 / 13:41

Now the previously mentioned exterior shot of the cab in the Syndicated Version. (5.4 sec)
The Uncut Version contains a close-up of the cab driver instead. (1.7 sec)

Syndicated Version 3.7 sec longer
Syndicated VersionUncut




12:32 / 13:51

Again, the elderly couple is missing in the Syndicate Version. In spite of the near-crash, the cabbie keeps driving as if nothing happened. The elderly couple on the other hand startled.
Arthur: "For goodness sake's, Henrietta. Don't let go of me."

3.8 sec




13:08 / 14:24

The entire first part of the scene with Devon and Michael at Santa Clara Penitentiary is missing. They talk to the guard who was working at the Jackson broke out.
Devon (from the off): "You say your radio turned into a robot?"
Guard: "I know it sounds crazy but that's what happened."
Michael: "And then this lil robot shot out a puff of smoke and you passed out before you reached the alarm."
Guard: "Dead to the world."
Devon: "And when you came to, this was all that was left?"
Devon gets the melted remains of the radio out of his suit case and shows it to the guard.
Guard: "Look, if you don't mind, I don't want that thing anywhere near me."
Michael: "You know, the description of the woman who gave this to you was pretty vague."
Guard: "Hey, what can I say? I was more inerested in a free radio. Check with the donut shop, they got to know her."
Michael: "The police already have."
Guard: "What they say?"
Michael: "They said they don't give away prizes and they don't count donuts."
The guard sighs. Then he says: "My wife's never gonna believe this."
Michael: "She'll have a lot of company."

50.9 sec





15:25 / 17:32

A further part of the scene at Santa Clara Penitentiary is missing: Th guard opens the door for Devon and Michael. Devon thanks him and they both leave.

6.1 sec




24:34 / 26:49

The car stops. Peter is stunned by the estate. He gets out of the car, looks around a little and then gets dragged inside.

19.1 sec





34:12 / 36:47

Back to the elderly couple for a change. The cab stops right behind K.I.T.T. and they get out of the cab. Arthur walks straight up to the driver and pays. Meanwhile, Henrietta takes a look around.
Henrietta: "There's something about Chinatown that's so mysterious."

15.2 sec





35:21 / 38:11

Another scene with our beloved elderly couple is missing. Their maps are lying on K.I.T.T.'s roof while they are discussing where to go first.
Arthur: "Alright, what should we see first?"
Henrietta: "How about there?"
Arthur: "That looks good."

4.4 sec




35:27 / 38:21

Uncut Version: Subsequent to Michael's "K.I.T.T.! I need ya!", there is another shot of the elderly couple while K.I.T.T. responds with "Right away, Michael.". A small interior shot of K.I.T.T. follows, then further footage of the couple.
Henrietta: "Arthur, what was that?"
Arthur: "I don't know."
K.I.T.T. drives off, the maps end up on the ground.
Arthur: "There's no one driving that car, Henrietta."
Henrietta: "Our maps."
Arthur: "Oh, yeah."
He quickly gets to the maps to pick them up. (13.5 sec)

Syndicated Version: Subsequent to Michael's "K.I.T.T.! I need ya!", the Syndicated Version only contains the small interior shot of K.I.T.T. Then he drives off. (2.5 sec)

11 sec
Syndicated VersionUncut




37:56 / 40:56

Michael is at Peter's. He stops, gets out and while doing so, ne says "Well, here we are." This is the end of the scene in the Syndicated Version.

The Uncut Version on the other hand contains more dialog.
Michael: "(Well, here we are.) Oh, by the way, those karate twins didn't hurt you, did they, buddy?"
K.I.T.T.: "Are you kidding me, Michael?
Michael: "Would I kid you? Keep your scanner peeled."
Michael walks away. Last but not least, a little exterior shot of K.I.T.T.

The subsequent shot of Peter and his girlfriend Su-Lin starts insignificantly earlier in the Uncut Version (no screenshots).

12.6 sec





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