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Blue Thunder : The Complete Series (1984)

James Farentino , Dana Carvey  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Farentino, Dana Carvey, Sandy McPeak, Dick Butkus, Bubba Smith
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 22, 2006
  • Run Time: 529 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000G8NXV4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,959 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Blue Thunder : The Complete Series" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 11 episodes on 3 discs

Editorial Reviews

James Farentino, Dana Carvey, Bubba Smith, Dick Butkus. The high-powered TV series about a special government helicopter unit known as Blue Thunder whose mission is to seek out the shrewdest of criminals using state of the art electronic devices and supreme aerial skills to bring 'em down! Inspired by the hit movie of the same name. Includes all 11 episodes on 3 DVDs. 1984/color/11 hrs/NR/fullscreen.

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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From Out Of The Blue, Thunder Arrives On DVD! July 10, 2006
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Based on the 1983 movie, ABC's "Blue Thunder" focused on the Blue Thunder Unit, a Los Angeles police unit which operated a high-tech helicopter (actually a modified French-made Aérospatiale Gazelle) with ground support. A few of its features included an electric cannon, night sensors, turbo-speed and a "whisper mode" that allowed it to run silently.

The series starred James Farentino (Police Story) as pilot Frank Chaney; Dana Carvey (Saturday Night Live) as his observer Clinton "JAFO" Wonderlove; Sandy McPeak as Cpt. Ed Braddock, the unit commander; Ann Cooper as Officer J.J. Douglas; and ex-NFL jocks Dick Butkus (Any Given Sunday) & Bubba Smith (Police Academy) as Officers Richard "Ski" Butowski & Lyman "Bubba" Kelsey, the ground support team.

ABC first launched Blue Thunder for a midseason run on January 6, 1984. Unfortunately, CBS's slightly more sophisticated helicopter drama "Airwolf" (which debuted 2 weeks later) from creator Donald P. Bellisario (Quantum Leap, JAG) countermanded Blue Thunder's intended run, thereby facilitating its cancellation after just 11 episodes.

While Airwolf was the more successful series with its grim and moody tone, Blue Thunder was just as watchable for its A-Team, Hunter-like tone: standard 80s blend of action and tongue-in-cheek humor. Regardless, the real star [in both shows] was, of course, the helicopter. Not to mention the catchy opening theme music. Again, in both shows.

Blue Thunder - The Complete Series is a 3-disc (529 min.) set featuring all 11 episodes from the 1983-1984 season. Special Features include: Digitally Remastered English Audio and High Definition Full Frame (1.33:1) Video, Bonus Previews, Closed Captioning.

Episodes include:
1. Second Thunder
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Purchase for Series Fans August 30, 2006
As a child I loved this show and I always kept a warm place for it in my heart. This show is action packed, each show with shootouts and explosions, not to mention the wonderful aerobatics. The remastering in superb, as it vividly brings out the blue tint in Dana Carvey's eyes and even shows the forehead lines on most of the actors. Colors are well-defined and there is a strong contrast and warm lights. However, when movie stock footage is used, it looks grainy compared to the series footage. Numerous footage is reused during this series, but it's expected with the budget for aviation shots. Explosion from time to time are corny cut outs, or just plain cheap, but the remastering makes some footage quite vivid. Writing could be better, but there is a generous amount of action that exceeds Airworf. If you're not a fan then rent it, but this is a must own for fans of this series.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A short lived series on DVD! September 24, 2006
It's nice to see Blue Thunder, the TV series, released on DVD, in spite of the fact it lasted only one season. It was one of the great action-packed shows to come out of the 1980s. You had James Farentino who piloted Blue Thunder. A very young Dana Carvey, who was the co-pilot, who was always referred to as "JAFO" (Just Another Frustrated Observator.) You also has Dick Butkus & Bubba Smith, two ex-football players, who appeared in the series as well. I like other reviewers here would love to have Street Hawk, another short lived series, come out on DVD as well.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor packaging and disc quality February 22, 2009
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The quality of the video and audio are good, as reviewed by the others. I enjoyed watching the episodes again that I had watched years ago; and there are the ones that I had missed because I was too busy working at the time. I am disappointed with the patches of cloudiness on the surfaces of discs 1 and 2. The discs are viewable, but the clouding should not be there; and I am not sure of the long term durability of the discs. The center hub holding disc 1 is loose and the disc keeps falling off. I returned the whole set to Amazon for replacement. The new set has the same problems. I decided to keep the second set because I do want to finish watching the episodes; and the price is right.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cancelled too soon! - 80's escapist entertainment. January 24, 2008
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I remember watching this TV series when it first aired, thinking it really wasn't very good. Then "Air Wolf" came along to steal the thunder away, and before you could say "whisper mode", Blue Thunder had been cancelled.

Looking back, this series really wasn't a failure at all. Granted the first few episodes are very repetitive and poorly written, but the series soon hits its stride. When compared to other 80's tv series such as Knight Rider and the A-Team, Blue Thunder fits in nicely. If you're a fan of the feature film, or just looking for escapist entertainment, 80's style, I think you'll enjoy this series!

Only eleven episodes, so I wouldn't pay more than $20! Wait for a good deal!

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too Short a Series December 23, 2007
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I have truely enjoyed going back and watching this series on DVD. The only bad thing about the series itself was that it was too short lived. It was a family friendly version of Blue Thunder and the interaction between the stars was wonderful. Dick Butkus and Bubba Smith are a hoot to watch.

As far as the quality of the disks, I have no complaints. The picture and sound was wonderful and they are a pleasure to watch. However, if you have a widescreen tv you will have the annoying black bars on the sides unless you expand the picture since this is in 4:3 aspect. The only bad thing I have to say about the set is that there are no extras, which would have been nice. Some behind the scenes on the helicopter or even some series interviews would have been nice.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
this was a good series..brings back memories ..
Published 1 month ago by 780 TANGO
5.0 out of 5 stars It all the tv program I use to watch growing up
It was all I wanted nice good job it was the tv show I use to grow up with it
Published 4 months ago by Joel Ramos
5.0 out of 5 stars Who Doesnt Love this Series
I grew up watching blue thunder as a kid and even now as an adult i appreciate this kind of work. Stock pilling my dvd case
Published 14 months ago by Igeek2
5.0 out of 5 stars love tv show
got hook on the tv show by the movie by same name wish lasted longer would recommend to all buy
Published 18 months ago by tanker
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Thunder vs. Dallas on Friday nights
Many people believe the ABC tv series, "Blue Thunder" was mainly cancelled because of CBS' "Airwolf". Airwolf had NOTHING to do with Blue Thunder being cancelled! Read more
Published on February 25, 2012 by Terry L. Staley
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this show
I loved this show, loved airwolf as well but this was a different version of the same idea dealing with more every day stuff. Read more
Published on December 1, 2011 by Philip B. Davison
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Thunder Season 1
I am the husband of the person who ordered this,and it was a Christmas gift for me.I am very pleased with the quality of the product and had wanted it for some time. Read more
Published on January 14, 2011 by loshman
3.0 out of 5 stars Blue Thunder Bites The Dust
I'm kind of amazed that they decided to go ahead and release this short-lived series of BLUE THUNDER on DVD, since it only lasted 11 episodes after it's debut on ABC in the Winter... Read more
Published on July 10, 2009 by Taheen Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Action Series Cancelled Way Too Soon
A very enjoyable series with a memorable cast and catchy theme tune. The Sony Prints are outstanding quality and do justice to this show. Read more
Published on September 24, 2007 by Trevor William Douglas
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