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  • Actors: Jan-Michael Vincent, Ernest Borgnine, Alex Cord, Deborah Pratt, David Hemmings
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 3 April 2006
  • Run Time: 540 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EMI5M4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,259 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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All 11 episodes from the first season of the popular 1980s adventure series, featuring the armoured attack helicopter and its pilots, Stringfellow Hawke (Jan-Michael Vincent) and Dominic Santini (Ernest Borgnine). Hawke has set up a deal with the CIA to help them out in secret missions while he looks for his missing brother. In this first series, Hawke goes undercover to stop an old Vietnam buddy from stealing a top secret plane and selling it to the Russians, and the team come to the aid of a young woman whose Nazi-hunting father has been murdered by an old Nazi officer hidden in a Paraguayan fortified compound. Episodes are: 'Airwolf'; 'Daddy's Gone a Hunt'n'; 'Bite of the Jackal'; 'Proof Through the Night'; 'One Way Express'; 'Echoes From the Past'; 'Fight Like a Dove'; 'Mad Over Miami'; 'And They Are Us'; 'Mind of the Machine'; and 'To Snare a Wolf'.


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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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Ruari on 26 Mar. 2006
Format: DVD
Finally, the complete first season... Well, after having our appetites whet by the four season 'threebies' that Playback released, we finally get the full first season. The 2 disc set is a much welcome release for all Airwolf fans, as we finally get the pilot episode. The full season comes on two double sided discs and is an absolute joy to own. This is a well thought out and produced DVD set which I would recommend for any Airwolf fan. Hopefully all four seasons will be released by the company, as I'm sure there's enough of a demand. Seriously, don't delay, get it today!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Shore on 24 Sept. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Firstly well done for Fabulous for doing individual season releases. The full 3 season set was just too much for my bank balance so it's nice to have the option of the individual season releases.
For any youngsters out there (under 35) Airwolf was an action adventure series during the 80's which was one of a series of shows that exploited the power of the machine. It and Knight Rider were probably the best example. A fad that died in the mid 80's so we were spared "Tales of the Space Hopper" or "Chopper the Wilderness years."
So how does the "restoration" fare. Surprising very well. It's clear that the show has been remastered from the surviving 35mm prints and not just an upgrade. Proper colour grading, scratches, damage have all been cleaned up with the result that the show looks as if it was shot yesterday.
I've been reading people griping about it not being widescreen. Why would you want it in widescreen?. Firstly HD is to do with the amount of information stored in that format and it can be any aspect ratio you want. Academy, 1:66:1, 2:50:1, whatever you want. Airwolf was filmed at a time when widescreen was not or even a consideration for TV broadcasts.
Thankfully the original and only aspect ratio 4/3 has been left alone for this release. No World at War fiasco here.
There has been thankfully no noise reduction tools used with the result the grain is left intact and you can even see the difference in grain stock during some of the episodes.
Could this restoration be improved?. Yes bar a 5.1 soundtrack, enhanced CGI and replacing stock shots, this is as good as it gets. It's not Star Trek so will ever get the Grade A treatment that particular franchise has been getting.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Lee Dykes on 27 May 2005
Format: DVD
Airwolf was on from 1984 to 1987 and was the smartest idea I know of. Airwolf is a helicopter that can go faster than the speed of sound and is armed with more guns than a tank. It is stolen by the creator and taken to Lybia. "The Firm" calls in test pilot Stringfellow Hawke to get it back and he along with his friend and mentor Dominic Santini go to Lybia to steal it back. Hawke only takes the assignment to get his MIA brother ST John back, when he steals it back he keeps it for himself and will only return it when he gets his brother back, or his body. Amazing show that changed TV.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. W. A. G. Farmer on 20 July 2007
Format: DVD
Ignore the rating I've given as this series is awesome, but I just wanted to draw people's attention to this. I feel it is my duty to warn those of you who are thinking about just renting this Season not to bother as for some reason Amazon have made a mistake and instead of sending you the DVDs out of the Season 1 Box Set they are sending out the DVDs from the 4 single volumes that were released a long time before they did the season sets - that means you end up getting a couple of episodes from the middle of season 1 mixed up with the first few episodes of Season 2 and few more episodes randomly from the rest of the seasons. I've e-mailed Amazon about this problem and pointed out their mistake but it would seem that they've done nothing to actually replace them with the discs from the Season 1 box set as when u select the se for rent they still come up with the individual volumes titles. I suggest that anyone considering renting these DVDs e-mails amazon and asks them to correct this situation as to me its a case of false advertising.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. E. Stacey on 7 Aug. 2007
Format: DVD
This was a truly superb series, featuring a great cast, iconic music and a great premise. This is the first season, and starts off with the 2 part pilot episode (It should be noted that this 2 part pilot is avaialable seperately edited into a shorter Airwolf: the Movie film. That verson contains more violence, sexual references and swearing which are all absent in the more family friendly pilot).

The core cast are as follows:

Jan-Michael Vincent: Stringfellow Hawk
Ernest Borgnine: Dominic Santini
Alex Cord: Michael Goldsmith Briggs III, codename: Archangel
Deborah Pratt: Mariella

The premise is that the government have spent 1 Billion Dollars on a hightech Helicopter (Airwolf) which is promptly stolen in a massacre by its psychotic creator and pilot Dr Moffatt (a great turn by Oscar Winner David Hemmings). The government then turn to reclusive vietnam veteran Stringefellow Hawke who reluctantly agrees. Que the love interest, heartbreak, and climatic recaputure of the helicopter in Libya. Theres a twist though, the government renay on there agreement with hawke who subsequently hides Airlwolf and refsues to return it unless his brother , an MIA in Vietnam is recovered.

Its all very engaging though and Jan Michael Vincent really does engage you.

The subsequent episodes are:

Daddy's gone a hunt'n
Bite of the Jackal
Proof through the night
One way express
Echoes from the past
Fight like a dove
Mad over Miami
And they are us
Mind of the machine
To snare a wolf

All the episodes are self contained and the DVD and usually centre around either the government or Foreign body trying to reclaim Airwolf or Airwolf undergoing secret missions for a secret government organisation called THE FIRM.

Unfortunately the DVD lacks any extras, however it does have a nice layout screen (complete with Airwolf theme tune) and stands up well even today.
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