Mill Creek’s bargain releases for “Knight Rider” and “Miami Vice” is effectively priced (<$10 per season) especially for those who don’t already own them. Another plus over the Universal releases is these are slimmer packaging so those with limited shelf space will benefit. Sadly, they do not have any features but that’s not too surprising.
“Knight Rider”/”Miami Vice”
— Seasons 1 & 2 —
Genre(s): Crime, Drama, Science Fiction
Mill Creek | NR – Various min. – $14.98/ea. | May 3, 2016
Date Published: 05/18/2016 | Author: The Movieman
SERIES INFO (“KNIGHT RIDER”):
Directed by: Various
Writer(s): Glen A. Larson (created by)
Cast: David Hasselhoff, Edward Mulhare, William Daniels, Patricia McPherson
SERIES INFO (“MIAMI VICE”):
Directed by: Various
Writer(s): Anthony Yerkovich (created by)
Cast: Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago, Olivia Brown, Michael Talbott
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: DVD
Number of Discs: 4 per release
Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video: Full Frame 1.33
Being born in 1980, there was no better time to grow up with some great, sometimes cheesy, television entertainment from “Quantum Leap” to “Alf” to “Magnum P.I.”. Two other shows, though I only checked them out when I was older in the ‘90s, were “Knight Rider” and “Miami Vice”, both offered thrilling episodes though “Vice” was certainly darker in tone while “Rider” was generally basic yet fun leisure, as such it’s probably my favorite of the two though the other offered better writing and performances…
The series follows the thrilling adventures of Michael Knight (DAVID HASSELHOFF), a detective thought to be dead, who’s been given a new face and identity. His assignment: to fight crime with the help of an artificially intelligent, talking car named K.I.T.T., a high-speed, futuristic weapon outfitted with high-tech gadgets and a personality of its own. Driven by justice, they set out to take down criminals who operate above the law.
The cops. The cars. The clothes. Set against the seamy and steamy Miami underworld, suave cops Sonny Crockett (DON JOHNSON) and Ricardo Tubbs (PHILIP MICHAEL THOMAS) battle a never-ending gallery of criminals, drug dealers, and lowlifes. Set to an electrifying soundtrack of rock legends, every episode crackles with excitement and stylish flair.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 0/5
Each of these sets, 4-discs apiece, are contained in a standard DVD case and stacked. No surprise, they are bare bones releases.
Missing on the “Knight Rider” releases is a commentary with Hasselhoff and Glen Larson as well as a few featurettes. There are other featurettes that were on the “Miami Vice” season one original release.
VIDEO – 2.5/5 | AUDIO – 3.0/5
|Both “Knight Rider” and “Miami Vice” are presented in their originally televised 1.33 ful frame aspect ratio and they show their age (going on 30+ years). Colors are a tad bland and there is some instances of artifacting.
“Knight Rider”: Seasons 1 & 2 come with a standard Dolby Digital Surround track while “Miami Vice” is slightly better, Dolby Digital 5.1 which is nice to highlight the quintessential 1980s music while dialogue levels, on both shows, are decently clean.
OVERALL – 2.5/5
|Overall, Mill Creek’s bargain releases for “Knight Rider” and “Miami Vice” is effectively priced (<$10 per season) especially for those who don’t already own them. Another plus over the Universal releases is these are slimmer packaging so those with limited shelf space will benefit. Sadly, they do not have any features but that’s not too surprising.|