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Romero's Knightriders headed to worldwide Blu-Ray

Mar. 14, 2013by: Kevin Woods
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Fans of George Romero's 1981 cult classic KNIGHTRIDERS can now rejoice as Arrow Video is bringing the film to worldwide Blu-Ray on April 22 in a specially restored deluxe edition that will include both DVD and Blu-ray copies of the film, along with a host of special features and collector’s items.

Made immediately after the zombie classic DAWN OF THE DEAD, Romero's KNIGHTRIDERS is both quite clearly the work of the same director (there are lots of familiar faces from his other films) as well as a marked change of tone. There’s still plenty of mind-melting action, but rather than flesh eating maniacs, its medieval jousters riding modern-day motorcycles who get to have all the fun! Check out the synopsis and trailer below, followed by the details on the Blu-Ray coming from Arrow Video (love that company name!).

A travelling troupe of jousters and performers are slowly cracking under the pressure of hick cops, financial troubles and their failure to live up to their own ideals. The group's leader, King Billy, is increasingly unable to maintain his warrior's rule while the Black Knight is being tempted away to LA and stardom, as they all have to ask why they were here in the first place.

KNIGHTRIDERS stars a young, up-and-coming Ed Harris, horror fave Tom Savini, Patricia Tallman and features a cameo from horror novelist Stephen King!

A real must-have collector’s item, the deluxe edition of KNIGHTRIDERS includes the following bonus material and special features:

  •  High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations.
  •  Uncompressed original Mono 2.0 PCM audio.
  •  Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
  •  Audio commentary with George Romero, Tom Savini, John Amplas and Christine Romero.
  •  ‘The Genesis of a Legend’ – Star Ed Harris remembers his first leading role.
  •  ‘A Date with Destiny’ – Co-star Tom Savini reflects on the film.
  •  ‘Medieval Maiden’ – Interview with actress Patricia Tallman.
  •  Theatrical Trailer.
  •  TV Spots.
  •  Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Nat Marsh.
  •  Collector’s booklet featuring brand new writing on the film by author and critic Brad Stevens, an archival interview with Romero, and a new interview with composer Donald Rubinstein, illustrated with original archive stills and posters.

You can pre-order this badboy right HERE.

 

Extra Tidbit: Are you a fan of Romero's KNIGHTRIDERS? Will you be picking this one up on Blu-Ray?

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12:13PM on 03/14/2013
"Headed to worldwide Blu-ray"? I think you may have misread the press release. While it's true that the word "worldwide" does appear, it merely means that this is the movie's Blu-ray debut anywhere in the world, whereas this article's headline leaves the reader to infer that the discs will be playable anywhere in the world. The discs themselves will no doubt be regions B and 2 locked, like most - if not all - of Arrow's recent BD/DVD combo releases.

(Just a friendly heads-up to anyone who's
"Headed to worldwide Blu-ray"? I think you may have misread the press release. While it's true that the word "worldwide" does appear, it merely means that this is the movie's Blu-ray debut anywhere in the world, whereas this article's headline leaves the reader to infer that the discs will be playable anywhere in the world. The discs themselves will no doubt be regions B and 2 locked, like most - if not all - of Arrow's recent BD/DVD combo releases.

(Just a friendly heads-up to anyone who's thinking of importing this from the UK.)
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9:45AM on 03/14/2013
I love this movie. And that cover art is awesome.
I love this movie. And that cover art is awesome.
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