Airwolf: Season 
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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), hes 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 FetzerSee all Product description
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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.
Considering the amount of vintage shows out there to be released on HD, it's nice to see this classic 3 season get in there first.
And lastly for Knight Rider fans Japan is releasing all five seasons in a deluxe box set in December.
So rejoice that at the end of the year the best vehicle shows of the 80's will have got the HD treatment.
Fun, Action, Emotion and a load of fun. Even my kids loike this series even if it is getting a bit dated now.
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