Release: Jan 04, 2018 - 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).
- 9 cuts
- 3 additional scenes in the Syndicated Version
- Length difference: 907.2 sec resp. 15 min 7.2 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)
07:05 / 07:36
Missing high-angle shot.
07:20 / 07:55
A part of Michael's conversation with K.I.T.T. is missing
(K.I.T.T.: "Ahhhh, Chicago. The Windy City, a toddlin' town.")
Michael: "You seem awfully chipper considering what Devon said."
K.I.T.T.: "I can't believe it's a real possibility, Michael. I've come to the conclusion it's much ado about nothing which, though not from a novel…"
Michael: "I know, I know. It's the title of a play by Willie Shakespeare."
K.I.T.T.: "Really, Michael?"
Michael: "Alright. William Shakespeare."
K.I.T.T.: "Thank you."
Michael: "Dont mention it."
08:28 / 09:23
Parts of the fight with the two robbers are missing.
12:26 / 13:34
Marta goes to thee phone to call Devon a cab. Then the dog (Roger) shows up between Devon's legs. He does not like it at all. Subsequently, Devon arrives at Thortex. He gets out of the cab and walks up to the entrance.
13:07 / 14:55
Michael has arrived at the meeting with Jennifer Knight. The head butler comes down the stairs and walks straight up to Michael.
Head Butler: "Excuse me, are you one of the chauffeurs?"
Michael: "Eh, no. My name is Michael Knight. I'm from the Foundation for Law and Government."
Head Butler: "I see. Of course."
13:13 / 15:19
Michael follows Jennifer and the others to join the meeting but the head butler slams the door in his face.
Head Butler: "You'll be notified when your presence is requested."
24:40 / 26:53
Michael and K.I.T.T. are taking Marta home.
Marta: "Is something wrong?"
Michael: "Oh, I don't know. Nothing I can put my finger on."
Marta: "But you… you talked to him on the phone. Michael, if something's wrong, please tell me. Now I'm starting to worry about Dr. Quinlin."
Michael: "You know, Devon's always accusing me of having an overactive imagination. I mean, what could happen to 'em anyway? Bad bottle of wine? A touch too much tarragon in their veal piccata?"
Having arrived at Marta's house, they get inside.
Marta: "Will this seurity project be taking all your time?"
Michael: "Well, it better not 'cause I'm already planning on some of it with you."
Marta: "Business, of course."
Michael: "Not on your life."
Marta: "Well, I'll have to take Roger along. The vet said he needs a lot of affirmation before his operation."
Michael: "Well, that eliminates plane rides, movies and… I tell you what. I'll settle for outdoor cafes and long, quiet walks."
Marta: "You could be asking for problems, Michael Knight."
Michael: "That's exactly what I'm doing, Marta Simmons. I'm asking. I gotta check in at the vault, make sure the new isotope is resting comfortably. I will call you as soon as I get outta there."
Marta: "I'll be waiting."
Michael leaves the house gets in the car and drives off.
K.I.T.T.: "Michael, we really must talk."
Michael: "What's up, buddy? "
K.I.T.T.: "How do I look?"
Michael: "What's wrong? Aren't you feeling well?"
K.I.T.T.: "I feel fine. I'm asking you how I look."
Michael: "K.I.T.T., you looko great. Same as always."
K.I.T.T.: "That's exactly my point. I never change."
Michael: "Well, you're only three years old. I mean, come on, that's pre-kindergarten."
K.I.T.T.: "For a human being, yes, but for an automobile, it's different. We age more quickly."
Michael: "Not you, K.I.T.T. You are ageless."
K.I.T.T.: "I am?"
Michael: "You defy time."
K.I.T.T.: "I do?"
Michael: "You do."
K.I.T.T.: "Thank you, Michael."
Michael: "Don't mention it."
Michael is being redirected due to a construction site. No surprise though that it turns out to be an ambush. Two vehicles are catching up and the baddies do not waste any time. They start shooting as soon as they are close enough.
Michael: "I got you, pal!"
They are still under fire.
Michael: "Alright, full scan the area. I want to make sure we're not double-teamed up ahead."
Two of the assailants are arguing.
Driver: "Come on, bring him down!"
Shooter: "I'm trying! But the bullets are just bouncing off."
Refering to Michael's previous comment ("Alright, full scan the area. I want to make sure we're not double-teamed up ahead."), K.I.T.T. explains: "I'm afraid we are, Michael. They've got the road blocked up ahead."
Michael yells: "Alright, hit it!"
He then puts the pedal to the metal and can outrun the shooters. But as K.I.T.T. pointed out, there is a road block up ahead.
Michael: "Alright, gimme all the turbo boost you got."
K.I.T.T.: "Michael, we may not clear."
Michael: "No choice, pal. Hit it!"
Michael and K.I.T.T. jump over the truck, the assailants stop in front of the truck.
After a successful escape, the scene with Michael and K.I.T.T. continues.
K.I.T.T.: "Michael, I don't understand. Who would try to kill you? Why?"
Michael: "Good questions, partner. Wish I had some answers."
K.I.T.T.: "Perhaps it's a repercussion from our last assignment."
Michael: "I don't think so. There was only one person who knew where we were going and when."
Michael: "You got it!"
Hower wants an update on his little vehicle.
Hower: "OK, guys. Let's back off. We're going to the detonating tip. She's all yours."
Worker to co-worker: "Ready, Mike?"
Mike: "OK, ready now."
The other worker counts down: "Three, two, one, fire."
But the result is far from being satisfiable.
Worker: "We're getting closer."
Hower upset: "Closer is not good enough! It still didn't penetrate."
The phone rings Hower answers: "Hower. What do you mean 'he escaped'? I told Mr. Nordstrom he was taken care of. What did you say? His car did what?"
Meanwhile, Michael has arrived at Marta's house and rings the bell.
Marta: "Who is it?"
Michael: "Michael Knight, back from the dead. Open up."
Marta runs to the door and opens.
Marta (while crying): "Michael, thank God you're alright."
She flings her arms around Michael's neck, then she explains what happened.
Marta: "Two men. Right after you left, there was a knock on the door. I thought it was you coming back again. Michael, they asked me where you were going… but when I didn't tell them, one of them hit me."
Michael: "Come on, sit down. Come on."
Marta: "They hit me. Roger bit his leg and they kicked him across the room."
Michael: "It's alright."
They sit down.
Michael: "No idea who they were or why they wanted to kill me?"
Marta. "No. Oh, Michael. What's going on? I haven't heard from Dr. Quinlin and now these men are trying to kill you. Is there something you're not telling me?"
Michael: "No. No. Is there something you're not telling me?"
Marta: "Why do you feel you even have to ask?"
Michael: "I don't know Dr. Quinlin. I barely know you. But Devon Miles is like a father to me. If something happens to him…"
Marta: "Oh, Michael. I feel exactly the same way about Dr. Quinlin. Why do you think I'd ever do anything to harm him?"
Michael: "OK. Look, I gotta go. I guess I don't have to tell you to keep the doors locked."
Marta: "No, you don't."
Michael leaves but on his way out, he says: "I'll call you if anything develops."
424.2 sec resp. 7 min 4.2 sec
Additional Scene Syndicated Version / Recut
31:20 / 40:22
Now the high-angle shot from the beginning of the episode in the (please see 07:05 / 07:36) – a few frames shorter though. (no screenshot)
Syndicated Version 4.5 longer
33:13 / 42:11
Before Bonnie calls to inform them that Marta tried to Michael, his and K.I.T.T.'s conversation about Devon is longer.
(K.I.T.T: "Are you still thinking about Devon?"
Michael: "Maybe I'm overreacting. I mean, he's probably tired and he’s not a kid anymore.")
K.I.T.T.: "Perhaps I could give him a medical scan. I do not, however, share your thoughts about age."
Michael: "Oh, no. You're not gonna start on me about this again, are you?"
K.I.T.T.: "No, Michael. Since you don't wish to discuss that problem with me, I intend to continue to work with you during my ddecline. As you requested, I checked the police computers. The semi had been reported stolen and neither the city nor the state had authorized any road crews on that off-ramp."
Michael: The boards of directors wants my hide… and now someone else wants my bones. And by the way, I hope you realize that if it weren't for your abilities, your turbo boost and your expert tracking radar system, I wouldn't have made it over that truck back there. I'd be talking to you from a cloud right about now."
K.I.T.T.: "Thank you, Michael. But how did I look?"
Bonnie appears on the screen and laughs: "Am I interrupting a family argument?"
Michael: "I think you just saved us from one."
Bonnie: "Then I'll add the eternal triangle to it. (I just received an urgent call from Marta.)"
Additional Scene Syndicated Version
38:57 / 48:48
Additional exterior shot in the Syndicated Version.
Syndicated Version 5.3 sec longer
38:57 / 48:48
The Uncut Version contains a longer sequence that will also be in the Syndicated Version later on instead.
Starting with Michael, Devon and Bonnie in the semi.
Devon: "Michael, I just don't believe this. Not with K.I.T.T.'s molecular bonded shell."
Michael: "That was my first reaction, too. Then I realized there's only one possible explanation. Devon, someone found a way to neutralize it."
Devon: "Impssible. No one person knows the formula, you know that."
Michael: "I know that. And I had Bonnie analyze a chip. Come here, take a look."
And so he does.
Devon: "It appears tob e fragmented."
Michael: "Devon, it was sprayed with a destabilizing agent. Specially formulated to do exactly what it did. I know where it happened and when and one of the key players involved. Dr. Quinlin's doe-eyed lil assistant."
Devon: "Marta? Michael, you can’t be serious."
Michael: "I'm dead serious."
Devon walks back over to Bonnie.
Devon: "Are any of his internal systems still intact?"
Bonnie: "I'm afraid we have an enormous job ahead of us."
Devon: "I see. What you're saying ist hat to all intents and purposes, K.I.T.T. is dead."
Bonnie: "I wouldn't exactly put it that way."
Devon: "Well, that's the essence of it, isn't it? I’m afraid we must face the facts. Bonnie, you're return to the Foundation with K.I.T.T. and await further instructions."
Devon then turns to Michael.
Devon: "Michael, you're always complaining about aborted vacations. Well, now is your chance."
Devon: "Yes, four whole weeks to do with as you please."
Michael gets angry: "What is going on here? You just don't throw K.I.T.T. away like a TV set or a toaster. And what about the assignment? What about the security of Cernium 116?"
Devon: "As far as security is concerned, I'm satisfied that it is perfectly adequate. As far as K.I.T.T. is concerned… Well, look at him. Face the facts. He's dead. I'm sorry but that is my decision. Michael,send me a post card."
Devon walks away but Michael seems to have figured it out by now.
Michael: "'Call me Ishmael.'"
Devon stops andd turns back around: "I beg your pardon?"
Michael: "You remember. The first line from a classic novel. You were right, it was Hemingway."
Devon laughs: "Of course."
He then turns around and leaves for good.
Bonnie: "I don't believe what just happened. Michael, what is wrong with him?"
Michael: "You're not gonna believe this either. But that's not Devon Miles. Don't ask me what's going on here or how it happened but that is not Devon. You're not going back to the Foundation and I'm not going on vacation. We're gonna stay right here and we're gonna rebuild K.I.T.T. ourselves."
Bonnie: "Michael, you don't just…"
Michael interrupts: "Just go with me on this, OK? Find a garage. We got less than 24 hours before they can move the Cernium. We got less than 24 hours to figure out what’s going on here."
A few night shots, followed by a cab showing up.
Cabbie: "End of the line."
Michael: "Wait a minute. Where's the alley?"
Cabbie: "You'll have to find that on your own. I've been mugged down here twice. This is as far as I go now. That'll be $14.90."
Being annoyed, Michael reluctantly pays the guy: "Thanks."
Michael tries to talk to some guy standing around on the street: "Excuse me, I'm looking for an alley behind a surplus store… "
But the guy is so wasted, he almost falls.
Michael: "Oh, yeah, yeah… You eh… You got your own problems there, buddy."
Michael keeps walking. All of a sudden, some street thugs show up on his six.
Thug #1: "Hey! Why don't you give me $10?"
Michael: "I'm a little short on cash tonight, guys."
Thug #2: "We'll take whatever you got, dude. Every lil bit helps. Come on, gimme ten bucks. Come on, brother."
Thug #1: "Hey, why don't you give me ten bucks? Gimme ten bucks."
Thug #2: "Come on, man. Come on."
Now, R.C. aka The Street Avenger intervenes: "Cool it, suckers!"
One of the thugs from the off: "Ain't that the Street Avenger?"
R.C.: Ain't you the same creeps I stopped just last week?"
Of course, they deny everything and get out of there fast.
Several comments are audible while the thugs are leaving (impossible to determine who says what):
- "No,man. That wasn't us, was it? Come on."
- "Let's get out of here. Let's get out of here quick!"
- "Let's go. Come on! "
- "Run, run!"
R.C. climbs dow to Michael: "You Michael Knight?"
R.C.: "Bonnie said you might get lost."
R.C. is just about to get inside when he realizes he has seen Michael: "You look familiar."
Michael: "We met the other day. Different alley, similar circumstances."
R.C. laughs: "Yeah. Follow me."
Michael and R.C. get inside.
R.C.: "Bonnie, I found him."
Bonnie: "Good. Hello, Michael. I'll be right out."
R.C. (to Michael).: "By the way, Reginald Cornelius III, RC3 for short."
Michael: "Hey, thanks for that."
Michael points to the alley.
R.C.: "No big deal, man."
R.C. takes off his clothes and drops his gun on the ground. This is when Michael realizes the gun is fake.
Michael picks it up: Excuse me?
R.C.: "It's rubber."
Michael: "Yeah, I can see that."
R.C.: "Alright, see, what happened is, a few months back, things started getting pretty nasty around here. So I borrowed this M-16 that my brother brought back from Nam. You want some coffee?"
Michael: "Eh, no."
R.C.: "Alright. So anyway, I borrow this M-16, I get all dressed up like this and I around the city calling myself the Street Avenger. I shot up a couple of gang rides, you know. No big thing. Anyway, I made myself the dummy rifle out of rubber."
Michael: "You do this often?"
R.C.: "Well, not much anymore. I'm in eh… semi-retirement."
Michael: "Oh, oh, yeah."
Bonnie mischt sich aus dem Hintergund ein: "How do you like the garage?"
Bonnie erklärt: "It's the cheapest thing I could find. And given our nonexistent budget, I grabbed it."
Michael: "Given our nonexistent budget, I love it."
Bonnie: "It belongs to RC3's father."
Michael: "Your dad."
Michael: "Don't tell me. RC2."
Bonnie: "Any luck this afternoon?"
Michael: "No, Marta's gone. She took everything she needed: Clothes, dog. How's K.I.T.T. coming?"
Bonnie: "I think we bit off a little more than we could chew."
Michael: "Wait a minute. You said you could get by with the equipment in the semi."
Bonnie: "I can. To a point. I can recreate his systems and technology. But the structural damage was little bit more than I bargained for. To repair that, I'd need a fully-equipped machine shop and skilled technicians."
R.C.: "From your lips to RC3's ears."
Michael: "Who is this guy anyway?"
Bonnie: "The Street Avenger."
R.C. opens the door and gets his guys.
R.C.: "Alright, now Bonnie: Say hello to your new pit crew."
R.C.: "Alright, guys. This is the boss, Bonnie."
The guys are thrilled, Bonnie laughs.
R.C.: "Now, this tall guy is Michael."
Michael: "Obliged. How you doin'?"
R.C.: "Alright, now this is how it is. OK, listen. I answer to Bonnie, you answer to me. And this ist he patient."
The guys get cracking. R.C. walks up to Bonnie and Michael.
R.C.: "Alright, just 'cause this is the ghetto does not mean that there's no talent down here. Don't let the way these guys look fool yu. These brothers are bad."
R.C. goes back to the others.
Michael: "Well, Cinderella, looks like your wish came true."
504.6 sec resp. 8 min 24.6 sec
Additional Scene Syndicated Version
41:14 / 59:13
Here, the Syndicated Version contains the entire scene with Michael, Devon and Bonnie in the semi (please see previous alteration).
BUT this is where the first part of the Syndicated Version ends. For that reason, there is a freeze frame of Michael after his last comment ("We got less than 24 hours to figure out what's going on here"). Roll credits.
The remaining, so far still missing scenes from the previous alteration (please see 38:57 / 48:48) will follow at the beginning of the second part of the Syndicated Version (subsequent to opening credits & Recap). (no screenshots)
Syndicated Version 174.9 sec resp. 2 min 54.9 sec longer