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Airwolf: Season 1 (1984)

Jan Michael Vincent , Ernest Borgnine  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jan Michael Vincent, Ernest Borgnine, Alex Cord
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: May 24, 2005
  • Run Time: 1184 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007YMWFK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,772 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Airwolf: Season 1" on IMDb

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Keep your eyes to the skies for non-stop action as the complete Season One of Airwolf soars on to DVD for the first time ever! Jan-Michael Vincent stars as Stringfellow Hawke, a reclusive renegade pilot who's assigned to top-secret missions for the CIA by the mysterious "Archangel" (Alex Cord). Hawke's weapon of choice is the high-tech battle helicopter of the future, Airwolf. Loaded with cutting-edge surveillance equipment and unbelievable firepower, Airwolf takes Hawke and his friend Dominic (Ernest Borgnine) around the globe in search of dangerous international spies and criminals. Ride along with guest stars Lance LeGault, James Whitmore Jr., Shannen Doherty and David Carradine on all 11 episodes, including the thrilling two-hour pilot, of this amazing action-adventure series.

Hip spy shows with covert agencies within agencies--like Alias and 24--are missing only one thing: A super-duper armor-plated helicopter with "nuclear-tipped shrike missiles." In the action series Airwolf, a mysterious national security agency called the Firm constructs a "Mach-one-plus chopper that can kick butt," only to have it stolen by the nefarious scientist who designed it (David Hemmings, Blowup, Barbarella). Desperate, the Firm turns to Stringfellow Hawke (Jan Michael Vincent), a soulful, cello-playing, art-loving, eagle-watching, guilt-ridden master pilot. Hawke refuses to help unless the Firm searches for his brother, who went MIA in 'Nam. Of course, he succeeds in his mission, but until the Firm fulfills its side of the bargain, he keeps the chopper--but also agrees to fly covert missions in exchange for tips about government efforts to retrieve Airwolf.

This elaborate setup proves surprisingly durable. The combat scenes in Airwolf are clumsily edited, but the scripts--though firmly in the cheesy techno-thriller vein of Robert Ludlum and Tom Clancy--are pleasantly zippy. While Vincent may have gone on to a straight-to-video career (appearing in such sterling titles as Hidden Obsession, Indecent Behavior, and Animal Instincts), he’s a persuasive and sexy pilot; he's got the same kind of rangy, athletic physicality that makes Kevin Costner convincing as an athlete. Add to this mix the ever-zesty Ernest Borgnine (Marty, The Wild Bunch) and it's clear why Airwolf outlived the similar series Blue Thunder. Most episodes feature international skullduggery with foreign agents trying to steal Airwolf and sell it to the Soviets or Libya, but there are enough clever details to keep you from objecting to the larger absurdity of the all-powerful helicopter. Guest stars include Shannen Doherty (Beverly Hills 90210) and David Carradine (Kill Bill). It's too bad Hemmings didn't become a regular; his sadistic, lecherous traitor gave the two-hour pilot some real juice. --Bret Fetzer

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80 of 83 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Airwolf (Season One) May 31, 2005
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The DVD release of "Airwolf: Season One" will likely prove to be a mixed blessing for its fans.

The Series and Its Premise:

Airwolf's first season (eleven episodes from 1984) cleverly developed the series' dark (and sometimes heavy-handed) perspective on Cold War espionage in which the Libyans and Russians were portrayed as the scheming, black-hatted villains, while U.S. covert intelligence (known as "the Firm" in this series) was viewed as heroic, white-hatted cowboys, despite having its own ambiguous motives.

Caught in the middle are brooding ace pilot & reluctant hero Stringfellow Hawke (Jan-Michael Vincent) and his loyal co-pilot, Dominic Santini (Ernest Borgnine), who have hidden away the most awesome aerial assault weapon on earth: Airwolf. The enigmatic fate of Hawke's long-lost brother, St. John, who disappeared years before in Vietnam, motivates Hawke to strike a thieves' bargain with the Firm's director, Archangel (Alex Cord): Hawke & Santini will keep Airwolf stashed and fly it on secret missions for Archangel until the Firm can conclusively prove St. John's fate.

With this bold premise, and backed by Sylvester Levay's memorably techno-styled score, the series kicked off the first season with its best episode ever: the movie-length "Shadow of the Hawke," featuring Hawke's fiery showdown with Airwolf's psychotic creator, Charles Henry Moffett (David Hemmings) in the Libyan desert. Flashbacks to scenes from this particular episode would hauntingly reverberate throughout the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's the helicopter... May 31, 2005
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First, some people seem concerned with the packaging and the menu and the extra content. The packaging is cheap, the menu is pathetic, and the extra content does not exist. Personally, I don't really care, but if that sort of thing bothers you, there you go. My thinking is, if Universal is being cheap to make it more cost-effective to release somewhat obscure TV shows, I'm cool with that--bring on The Equalizer!

Next, the acting and writing is not as bad as many shows of the time--or today--but there is certainly far, far better. Related to this was the drift away from the moodiness of the first season in subsequent seasons--like Keanu Reeves, Jan-Michael Vincent is probably best left to act to his strengths, such as they are, which appears to be what he was doing in the first season to good effect. I always thought, and still do, that the perfect accompaniment to a super-helicopter built by a secret government agency is a moody pilot extraordinaire who lives in a remote cabin in the mountains. Far-fetched though it is.

OK, so is this DVD worth getting? I never questioned buying it myself, but even so, I was a little concerned whether it would be as enjoyable to watch now as when I was younger. The answer is, not quite, but close enough. And it's all about the helicopter, so I'd say not to bother getting this if you weren't a fan of Airwolf to begin with, or don't like helicopters. This show is about Airwolf, a completely impossible helicopter that is still way cool. The switches flip, the buttons are pressed, the eerie howling noise begins with the muted whop-whop of the rotors, and off goes this gorgeous, dangerous, awesome machine to do good deeds around the world.

My father taped all the Airwolf shows when they first ran...
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4.0 out of 5 stars AIRWOLF GROWLS May 22, 2006
Before the shows JAG, NCIS, Magnum PI and Quantum Leap, There was Airwolf. Created by Donald P. Bellisario, this action adventure story involving a Blue Thunder like miltary helcopter. The show had a good cast involved. Such show performers as Jan-Micheal Vincent(as Stringfellow Hawke), Alex Cord (as Archangel), and Ernest Borgnine (as Dominic) make this show watchable.

The adventure show is not just about the helcopter-its the people who handle the choper. The agency (the government shadow agency) headed by Archangel sends Hawke on mission and Dominic helps. It never said what kind of agent is he, nor do we need to know

There was only 11 episodes in the first season. This box set included the two hour pilot. The bad news is there NO EXTRAS, however the episodes are rewards in themselves. These shows barely ages itself from when they came out in 1984

FYI--The CD soundtrack for the show, Airwolf Themes: 2CD Special Limited Edition is a collectors' item selling for up to $981 - a World Record - on eBay making it the "World's Most Expensive Television Soundtrack." (Wikipedia)

So Universal, when is Season 2-4 coming?

Bennet Pomerantz, AUDIOWORLD
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
I was wondering when they would put this show on DVD. This was the very last show of my childhood that had not been put on DVD. The A-Team, the incredible Hulk and Nightrider have been sold for a while now. I was afraid this wouldnt take place. If you dont know anything about the show just think about the good 80's shows and that's what this one is also. The helicopter in the show is awesome. I remember as a child I would be playing and imagining that I was flying it with my friends. Yea I know it sounds rather corny now since I'm 27 however it was neat back then.... he he. I work with kids now and I love showing them the old stuff to let them know what a good TV show really is like. The difference now in regards to Action shows is that today kids cant watch them. They are too violent. These shows are some what violent also, however, they dont cross the line and are still family oriented. Bottom line is, if you havent seen it, still buy it. Its great. If you have seen it, I dont have to say anything else.
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Great show.
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Published 1 month ago by Hector R.
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love aviation, you'll love Airwolf
If you love aviation, you'll love Airwolf. The scripts always include an aviation related theme involved,
but there's a lot of variety, and International involvement. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Paul Subbie
5.0 out of 5 stars The show was very good.
The show was very good.
Published 2 months ago by judy cade
4.0 out of 5 stars I grew up watching this
I grew up watching this serie's
Published 3 months ago by Westy
4.0 out of 5 stars Big price, but good package
Finally, the first season on DVD. I watched the series on this season and I love them. BUT I wish they long ago released everything on Blu-ray.. or ¤K Blu-Ray. Read more
Published 3 months ago by 1337
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the helicopter
Published 3 months ago by John Mapes
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!
Great plots... great acting... they don't make them like this anymore.
Published 3 months ago by Kirk
5.0 out of 5 stars Airwolf Is A Great Show!
I got this as a Christmas present for my dad last year. We'd been watching Airwolf on G4, and then G4 went off the air, Esquire bought the network and was going to replace it with... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Josh Ralls
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