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Blue Thunder: The Complete Series [DVD]
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Based on the action-packed blockbuster film of the same name, BLUE THUNDER stars James Farentino ('Police Story'), Dana Carvey ('Saturday Night Live') and NFL greats Dick Butkus and Bubba Smith, dishing out their own brand of justice. The high-tech, turbo-speed aircraft known as the Blue Thunder was created by the federal goverment as the ultimate weapon in the war on crime. It can see through walls, record a whisper or even level an entire city block in seconds. When terror rains down, Blue Thunder will always follow.
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Has it aged well? Er...................no. What might have been exciting to young eyes all that time ago, is a little cringe inducing now; the writers relied heavily on situations where the helicopter could be used to full effect, and what stock footage from the movie was available, and judging from what I watched so far, they used a lot, thus limiting the story lines, so we get jet fighters being stolen, maniacs in helicopters and one story featuring the then novelty, space shuttle. Remember this was the time that "The A-Team" ruled early Saturday night TV.
The cast do their best playing second fiddle to Blue Thunder, herself. James Farentino takes on the Roy Scheider role as the maverick pilot, here re-named Chaney, with a pre- Wayne's World, Dana Carvey as JAFO (if you've seen the film you'll know what it means) throw in two ex-NFL stars, Bubba Smith, later of the Police Academy movies, and Dick Butkus as the light comedic pairing that the show perhaps could have done without, and you have your cast.
What surprised me was that the series only lasted for 11 episodes, all on this release. Unfortunately, Blue Thunder's thunder was taken by a more successful super helicopter, Airwolf, originally premiering in the USA a few weeks after the first few episodes of Blue Thunder.
Now to the discs. All episodes are spread over 3 discs; no extras really to speak off only a trailer for other titles available from Sony.Read more ›
The actors in the series fit the roles perfectly and never left you feeling miserable. The plots may not have been that complex, but the overall thing was awesome. I would recommend this to anyone especially as its getting more rare as time goes by.
In fact the entire series is very dated even for 1983. The cockpit shots showing the maverick copper Cheney and his sidekick JAFO look a little false: it just looks like they are seated under a large air-conditioning fan in order to signify that Blue Thunder's rotars are whirling above them. Was that detail really necessary?
However, they do not entirely rely on the movie for Blue Thunder's flying scenes. We see plenty of desert flying and flying over the sea. Additionally, the head-on driving shots of Bubba and "Ski" (in their large blue armoured backup vehicle) look awful! They buffet from side to side a little and Ski makes sure to spin the stearing wheel around to make it look like he is driving. Come on this is 1983 not 1963! You can do better than that!
I can see why Blue Thunder lost out to Airwolf. In the former, pretty much no-one dies; there are few explosions; and the plots are not that complex or involving. It's certainly more of a family-friendly series like the A-Team whereas in Airwolf the hero, Hawke, uses that chopper to kill more people than TB (Airwolf also has the best music scores of any series).
It's quite an omission not to have any continuity from the movie. Blue Thunder is destroyed on a railway line at the end. What happened next? Did they have another in reserve or did they make another? What happened to Murphy (Scheider's character). They never mention him in the TV series. When they talk about whether a chopper had been used to make a 360 degree loop no-one says that Murphy had done. Shame.
The TV series is just okay. I don't think it's worth 2 stars. I'd prefer to give it 2 and a half but must go for a 3.
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enjoyable nostagia tv series, a little dated now but still fun to watch.Published 2 months ago by B. C. Webb
This brought back some distant memories of my childhood. Well written and acted out. This was ahead of its time, but out done by another helicopter series.Published 12 months ago by Desmond
JUST BRILLIANT, TOTALLY AWESOME AND HIGHLY RECOMMENDED WELL WORTH THE MONEY.Published 16 months ago by Robert Rae Hughes
Truly excellent. Brought memories back from when I was younger back in the 80'sPublished 17 months ago by Graham Smith