Friday, 20 January 1984

Airwolf The Movie (1984) UK VHS Rental 1984

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 re-possess the deadliest aerial weapon ever made.

Special Features:
Trailers for other movies coming out in cinemas
and on rental and out to buy on video


 The Movie Version of the Airwolf two part Pilot was released in competition with the Blue Thunder movie release & was never "originally" sold to the public as a Retail item, the only way to watch the movie version was to rent it. It was released later for Retail purchase with a UPC code and different packaging.

While the much longer two part Pilot aired on television after the 9pm kids in bed deadline on the Friday night, the series then began the next afternoon. No one really thought about trying to get the movie until the series ended & people realized it wasn't getting a re-run. Also back when it first aired not many people had a VHS machine, let alone a 2nd hand Betamax, that kind of hardware was expensive back then, so not many people even managed to tape the shows off the TV until they were re-aired in 1996 on iTv and HTv Wales

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.
Airwolf  "The Movie " version is now also available on DVD  .

Other Details:

VHS Release Date: 1984
Aspect Ratio: 4.3 Full Screen 1.33:1
Running Time: 84 Mins Approx
Region Frame Rate: UK PAL
UPC: None Supplied (rental tape)
Serial: VHS PAL VHT 1119

These Do Pop Up On eBay Fairly Often
These Do Pop Up On eBay Fairly Often

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Review by TheWraith517
Blog post date set to 20th January 1984 
(does anyone know the exact date the Rental tape came out)?