Monday, 28 February 2011

Airwolf The Movie (1984) UK DVD 2011

(c) Universal Studios & Fabulous Films Limited

Back of Box:
Airwolf The Movie is a futuristic high action adventure about an awesome billion dollar helicopter equipped with a twin-turbine drum rotor system capable of propelling it to 300 knots, plus 14 firepower options. When the helicopter is purloined by Libyan mercenaries, Michael Archangel (Alex Cord), project director of the CIA, enlists the help of Vietnam veteran Stringfellow Hawke (Jan-Michael Vincent) and his father's best friend Dominic Santini (Ernest Borgnine) in an attempt to recover the Airwolf.
A deadly mission takes them to the Middle East, where they come face to face with the enemy in a dirty battle to repossess the deadliest aerial weapon ever made.

Special Features:
Fully Restored Uncut Original Feature
Chapter Points / Stills Gallery

Fans petitioned Universal Studios for a long time to get the Series released in full on DVD, oddly the movie came out much later. Most fans who managed to already get the movie either had the VHS Public Release or the VHS Video Rental release for the lucky few who could find it back when video rental stores sold it on along with Airwolf II and Airwolf III (which were both just double episode tapes in no specific order)
And also the Columbia House Collection which was a form of "collect one a month" from a Video & later DVD publishing house a bit like Britannica, although im unsure if they officially released the R18 movie version, as i have yet to see a Columbia House dvd or vhs cover for "the movie" that didn't look doctored in a image editor, meaning the Movie CH DDVD is no doubt just the pilot cut.

Sadly this UK Region 2 Release didn't come with the "Ernest Borgnine" Interview as the R1 USA release did, but it did come with what they falsely represented as a "Stills Gallery" And is in fact more of a "Publicity / Behind The Scenes Photos"  which shows some photos many of you will of seen before and also photos many of you have not seen before.   I have yet to see just how many photos are on the R1 release, but this UK R2 release contains 107 Photos in the gallery, at least 5/6 i had never seen before, although i had seen variations of 3 of them.

You may of also noticed that the USA R1 release also has Santini on the box front unlike the R2.

The UK R2 release has a partial animated menu that plays behind the main screen, the music on that is Gabrielas theme from when they fly over whats left of moffett's smoking jeep.

Just The Box & Disk, along with the Flyer Posted At The Bottom

Animated Menu:
Screen Shot Of The Animated Menu
Screen Shot Of The Animated Menu

Scene / Chapter Selection

Chapter Menu 01
Chapter Menu 02

The Gallery Has A Disclaimer
David Hemmings In Airwolf
Ernest Borgnine & Jean Scot Bruce Outside Jetcopters
Santini Air Hard Top Jeep

Why Own The Movie Version?
The movie is rated 18+ and contains swearing, it also featured a few extra scenes padding out the action. It was also cut in places removing the pilot ending at the cabin, so when Airwolf fly's over the water at after hunting Moffet, it ends right there, But the pilot edition shows hawke back at the cabin with a visit from archangel leaving him with a case for the series to begin. The Redstar start up sequence also features a different music score in the Movie Cut.
The movie is shorter than the pilot, but can be watched as a stand alone film that ends where it ends.

Please be aware this release is Not remastered..

Still Taken from the FF UK R2 DVD
People may post comments below with any additional information....

Other Details:
DVD Release Date: 28/FEB/2011 
Aspect Ratio: 4.3 Full Screen 1.33:1
Running Time: 82 Mins Approx
Region Code: Region 2 UK PAL DVD
UPC: 5030697019585

Oddly when bought it came with an double sided Advert Inserted in the box.....
Featuring two other shows from back then, just a shame it didn't also have a double sided inlay with Knight Rider and The A-Team... 

It would also be great if anyone in the world bought either of them sets and could get in touch and send us a nice image scan of the "Airwolf Advert Card"  which i assume would of shipped with either of them sets...

For other information on the R18 movie, read here.

People may post comments below with any additional information....

Review by TheWraith517

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Airwolf Complete Season 4 (1987) Region 1 DVD 2011

Airwolf Season 4

This is the USA, Region 1 release in NTSC.  The box design matches the season 1,2 and 3 release unlike the original  Region 2 Release for Season 4.

No extras again with this release and 2 episode teasers are missing, the one from  "Salvage" and the one for "On the Double"  I am unsure why that is the case because i have them on VHS, they are out their.

DVD Main Menu The Same For All 5 Discs

Episode Selection Screen

Episode List:
 Episode #   Prod #    Air Date   Titles
_____ _____ ________  ___________ ________________________
57   4-01    0906     23/Jan/87   Blackjack 
58   4-02    0901     30/Jan/87   Escape 
59   4-03    0904     06/Feb/87   A Town for Hire 
60   4-04    0903     13/Feb/87   Salvage 
61   4-05    0905     20/Feb/87   Windows 
62   4-06    0907     27/Feb/87   A Piece of Cake 
63   4-07    0902     06/Mar/87   Deathtrain 
64   4-08    0910     13/Mar/87   Code of Silence 
65   4-09    0911     20/Mar/87   Stavograd (The Stavograd Incident) (pt1) 
66   4-10    0909     27/Mar/87   Stavograd (The Stavograd Incident) (pt2) 
67   4-11    0908     03/Apr/87   Mime Troupe 
68   4-12    0912     10/Apr/87   X-Virus 
69   4-13    0914     24/Apr/87   Rogue Warrior 
70   4-14    0915     01/May/87   Ground Zero 
71   4-15    0913     08/May/87   Flowers of the Mountain 
72   4-16    0916     15/May/87   The Key 
73   4-17    0917     22/May/87   On the Double 
74   4-18    0918     29/May/87   Storm Warning 
75   4-19    0919     03/Jul/87   The Golden One 
76   4-20    0921     10/Jul/87   The Puppet Master 
77   4-21    0923     17/Jul/87   Malduke 
78   4-22    0920     24/Jul/87   Poppy Chain 
79   4-23    0922     31/Jul/87   Flying Home 
80   4-24    0924     07/Aug/87   Welcome to Paradise 
Apparently Season 4 was only made so that the entire "Series" spanned 80 Episodes, This way the show could get syndicated on Cable and Satellite TV.  Seams a poor excuse to create 24 episodes with None of the original cast OR the actual flying helicopter. (besides J.M.V shown a few times in the first episode and the original moch up of the helicopter with the on-board computers) The rest of the show all relied on a new cast and stock footage for the aerial fights.

Other Details:

DVD Release Date: 1/2/2011
Aspect Ratio: 4.3 Full Screen 1.33:1
Language: English
Audio: 2.0 Mono
Running Time: 1121 Mins Approx
Region Code: Region 1 NTSC DVD
DVD Count: (5) Six Discs
UPC: 025192083402

Review by TheWraith517