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Blue Thunder : The Complete Series

4.3 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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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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  • 11 episodes on 3 discs

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  • Actors: James Farentino, Dana Carvey, Sandy McPeak, Dick Butkus, Bubba Smith
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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)
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  • 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000G8NXV4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,392 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Blue Thunder : The Complete Series" on IMDb

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By Servo VINE VOICE on 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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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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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! ABC debuted Blue Thunder on Friday nights directly against CBS' top rated show, "Dallas". Dallas was at it's peak during this time and buried anything ABC or NBC put up against it. Unfortunately, whoever was in charge at ABC didn't bother placing Blue Thunder on another night, so it never really stood a chance. Although I was a fan of Dallas, I would videotape Blue Thunder so I could enjoy both. I am glad someone was smart enough to bring Blue Thunder to DVD, even though it only lasted 11 episodes. I highly recommend this show to anyone considering buying it. You can see for yourself what a good show it was and wonder like I do what might have been had ABC been smart enough to even give an attempt of saving it.
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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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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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I remember looking forward to this show every Friday night at 8, but it became first a victim of the Winter Olympics and then of every "special" ABC wanted to run. It might have gained a following if it wasn't pre-empted almost every other week thereafter. You would never know when it would be on next . . .
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