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George Romero's Knightriders on Blu-ray

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If someone said: "Let's take a bunch of knights and have a jousting tournament!" You'd say ok, seen that before... but then someone says "Yes, but have you seen them do it on motorcycles?" There you have it... George Romero's Knightriders jousting their way into your homes on November 26, 2013 in HD Blu-ray no less.

The film was released on blu-ray back in April of this year by Arrow Video for the UK, but now Shout! Factory brings it to the US.

A company of entertainers perform at country fairs in jousting tournaments wearing armor riding on motorcycles and using maces to knock each other off the choppers. The troupe parallel the knights of the court of Camelot in many ways and their leader "Billy" is their King Arthur. When their act gains the attention of big promoters it looks like commercialism will change the team they have created and Billy becomes undone at the idea of losing his Camelot.

After years of dominating the midnight circuit with the likes of Night of the Living Dead, Martin, and Dawn of the Dead, George A. Romero took a departure from bona fide horror films to make this naturalistic tale of a traveling troupe of motorcycle-riding jousters. When the success of their jousting tournaments--in which armor-clad bikers go at each other with real lances for the entertainment of county fair crowds--attracts the attention of bigtime promoters, creeping commercialism threatens to spoil their delicately constructed Camelot. The troupe is a mirror of King Arthur's court, complete with its King (Ed Harris), Merlin (Brother Blue), and Morgan le Fay (Tom Savini).

Made immediately after the zombie classic DAWN OF THE DEAD, Romero's KNIGHTRIDERS is 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. Yes, it's Excalibur meets Easy Rider.

Actors: Ed Harris, Tom Savini
Directors: George A. Romero
Format: Anamorphic, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: R (Restricted)
Studio: Shout! Factory
DVD Release Date: November 26, 2013
Run Time: 145 minutes

Knightriders [Blu-ray]

Manufacturer: Shout! Factory
List Price: $19.97
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Editorial Review: The members of a traveling Renaissance Faire, who saddle up on motorcycles instead of horses, ride from town to town to stage medieval jousting tournaments with combatants in suits of armor and wielding lances, battle-axes, maces and broadswords. The spectacle of this violent pageant soon garners national attention, much to the dismay of the current king of this Camelot. A challenger to his throne arises as they try to maintain their fairytale existence in a world wrought with corruption.

Written and directed by George A. Romero (The Night Of The Living Dead series) and starring Romero regulars Ed Harris (Creepshow), Tom Savini (Dawn Of The Dead), John Amplas (Martin), Patricia Tallman (Monkey Shines) and Ken Foree (Dawn Of The Dead).

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