You know those people who dress up as knights and reenact medieval shit? You might know them better by their street name, 'nerds'. Yeah, well thank God for them. Because as long as these dorks exist, no matter how pathetic you are, you know there's always someone lower on the evolutionary ladder. So, given my disrespect for these weiners, you'd think a whole feature film about them would be of little interest. But you see, jousting on motorcycles cancels out the poindexterness of the whole camelot crap. But ultimately what these people do is irrelevant. If this movie was about a troupe of travelling bridge players, the carefully crafter characters and impressive performances would still shine through (although the action sequences might suffer).
One of Ed Harris' earliest roles makes it clear that he was a great talent from the beginning and Tom Savini finds his best acting stint here. Romero fans will spot many familiar faces from Martin, Creepshow, Dawn and Day of the Dead. Despite being a straight drama with no zombies, teenage vampires or swarms of cockroaches, Romero's style is unmistakeable. Knightriders is probably his closest film to Dawn of the Dead in terms of atmosphere, visual style and pace.
The anamorphic transfer is outstanding. The print is in excellent condition and compression artifacts are non-existent. With a realtively soft image, it's never obvious that we're watching an NTSC disc (which is always a nice thing). The soundtrack is strong throughout, with Donald Rubenstein's rousing score sounding clean as a whistle.
Extras include a trailer, about 15 minutes of silent home movie footage, mostly of stunts (it would have been nice to at least have some music over this), and a commentary track featuring Romero & Savini. John Amplas and Christine Forrest Romero also appear on this track, but not for the entire duration.
This is a great movie with the superb presentation that it deserves. If you're not familiar with Knightriders, but are otherwise a loyal Romero fan and don't mind going without a little splatter for a couple of hours, check it out. It's well worth the risk.