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  • Actors: David Janssen, Ralph Meeker, Elayne Heilveil, Harry Klekas, Sam Dawson
  • Directors: William A. Graham
  • Writers: Robert Boris, Rupert Hitzig
  • Producers: Alan A. Armer, Roger Gimbel
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Vci Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 12, 2005
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A3454Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,605 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Birds of Prey" on IMDb

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Harry Walker (Janssen), ex-military pilot, works for a radio station in Salt Lake City as an adventurous traffic-helicopter reporter. While on his rounds he observes a bank robbery taking place and the abduction of a female teller. He follows the criminals as the race away in their car, and then as they transfer to a helicopter for an exciting aerial chase. Watch the non-stop action as Walker is quickly running out of fuel and has to find a clever way to refuel and not lose the criminals and their frightened hostage. Bonus Features: Digitally Re-mastered| Scene Selection| Bios| Previews. Specs: DVD5; Dolby Digital; 81 minutes; Color; 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; MPAA - NR; Year - 1973; SRP - $9.99.

Customer Reviews

It all ended a bit too soon for me.
miel22
On the plus side, the mid-air action between the two helicopters is great and keeps the pace moving throughout the film.
Geraldine
Really enjoy action films and this is one of the classics.
David H. Batten

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Drago on April 20, 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
One of the integral pieces of this film is the 1940's music soundtrack. For example, Harry Walker's (Jansen) favorite song is "Three Little Fishies". At one point in the chase, he can be seen singing along with the record. In this travesty of a DVD, he's singing along to some xylophone solo. Until somebody "fixes" the DVD, I'll have to stick with my home recording that KABC hacked up to fit in the commercials.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By E. Williams on January 11, 2007
Format: DVD
My only disappointment with the this DVD is that the original soundtrack music has been altered (I will assume for licensing purposes). This results in two anomalies: the soundtrack is out of sync in some portions of the film and the first-time viewer of this film may wonder why the main character is waving his hands in 2 of the film sequences. The flight sequences (stunt flying) will be appreciated by any helicopter pilot; however, I miss the original music. If I could buy an un-altered copy I would gladly do so.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Selqet on December 8, 2005
Format: DVD
One of the most interesting aspects of the original was that the WWII veteran used a lot of swing band jazz titles as dialogue, which wasn't as corny as it sounds when coupled with the flying action and the matching WWII era song soundtrack. Why would they undo that?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Peter L. Crowl on February 10, 2007
Format: DVD
I was looking forward for so long to seeing this terrific movie again. I saw it when originally presented in '73 and loved it.

When the saw that the disc was out I was all over it. Imagine my dismay when I found that they deleted the original soundtrack. It ruined the movie for me. Sure the action sequences are good - and Jansen is at his best - but without the original music it's nothing.

Avoid this version until they correct the travesty. How much could Three Little Fishies cost anyway?
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By James Resinger on October 13, 2005
Format: DVD
I didn't catch this movie is its original TV run in 1973 but instead saw it on a local re-run in 1978. (It was also one of the first things I ever recorded on my new--and hyper-expensive--Panasonic VHS recorder.)

I was touched by the movie's theme about a man who, wistful for his days as a World War 2 fighter pilot in the Flying Tigers, slogs along as a chopper pilot doing traffic reports for a radio station.

Suddenly, witnessing a bank robbery in progress, he has a chance to become a hero again. The Hero As Wounded Romantic is a role that David Janssen played to perfection, as anyone who has seen HARRY O will agree.

As the young woman taken hostage by the bank robbers, Elayne Heilveil very nearly steals the movie from the rest of the cast, and I'm disappointed that she didn't seem to do that much after making this movie.

One thing I found annoying was the fact that some of the music in the original run was replaced by some other stuff, probably because of clearance difficulties. In particular, the original ended with a poignant rendition of "I'll Get By" playing over the end titles; that's been replaced by a much less touching instrumental.

As far as the digital transfer is concerned, it's not terrible, but it's not that great either. Also, there are brief biographies of Janssen and co-star Ralph Meeker, but nothing about Heilveil.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By W. Green on October 17, 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
i watched it today and i was disappointed that the songs had been changed, the dialog seemed different, it even seemed to be missing a flying sequence.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Craig J. Getchel on July 9, 2007
Format: DVD
I remembered this movie for years and was excited to see it on DVD. Unfortunately they changed the soundtrack and that's too bad. But the movie is very exciting and some of the best helicopter flying you'll ever see in the movies.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By harry44callahan on June 11, 2008
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I remember seeing this movie as a child and couldn't wait to get it on tape. I recorded it years ago on VHS from TV with the correct soundtrack "Little Fishies" song. I got it prerecorded on VHS in the 80's and was disappointed to find the soundtrack had been altered for no apparent reason as described in other reviews. I just ordered this DVD version even though the soundtrack is apparently still altered...it is still a very good David Janssen movie and a classic action film from 70's TV (I believe it was a made for TV movie). Great story line and helicopter chase sequences, the ending is still a heartbreaker (I'll not give it away!). If you've never seen this, it is definitely worth the price and I'm glad I've found it available on DVD. If you've seen it before and don't think you want it with the altered soundtrack, it is still worth the price as it is a great movie...I think at this point the original version is probably lost forever...except for those of us lucky enough to have recorded it off TV and still have our old VHS tapes!
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