Airwolf: Seasons One, Two & Three [DVD]
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Every episode from series 1-3 of the popular 1980s fantasy adventure series featuring an armoured attack helicopter and its pilots, Stringfellow Hawke (Jan-Michael Vincent) and Dominic Santini (Ernest Borgnine). Season 1 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'. Season 2 episodes are: 'Sweet Britches', 'Firestorm', 'Moffet's Ghost', 'The Truth About Holly', 'The Hunted', 'Sins of the Past', 'Fallen Angel', 'HX-1', 'Flight 093 Is Missing', 'Once a Hero', 'Random Target', 'Condemned', 'The American Dream', 'Inn at the End of the Road', 'Santini's Millions', 'Prisoner of Yesterday', 'Natural Born', 'Out of the Sky', 'Dambreakers', 'Severance Day', 'Eruption' and 'Short Walk to Freedom'. Series 3 episodes are: 'The Horn of Plenty', 'Airwolf II', 'And a Child Shall Lead', 'Fortune Teller', 'Crossover', 'Kingdom Come', 'Eagles', 'Annie Oakley', 'Jennie', 'The Deadly Circle', 'Where Have All the Children Gone?', 'Half-Pint', 'Wildfire', 'Discovery', 'Day of Jeopardy', 'Little Wolf', 'Desperate Monday', 'Hawke's Run', 'Break-in at Santa Paula', 'The Girl Who Fell from the Sky', 'Tracks' and 'Birds of Paradise'.
Created by Donald Bellisario (JAG,Magnum P.I.), Airwolf was among the many action-adventure shows of the 1980s that garnered a cult following. Jan-Michael Vincent stars as the improbably named Stringfellow Hawke, a Vietnam veteran still troubled by the disappearance of his brother during the war. Secret government agent 'Archangel' (Alex Cord) approaches Hawke with a unique offer: to help him recover and then become the de facto pilot of the powerful, top-secret helicopter known as Airwolf. With that proposal the series begins chronicling Hawke's adventures, along with his sidekick Dominic (Ernest Borgnine) as pilot of the advanced aircraft. Contains every episode of the series.
Top Customer Reviews
Honestly, each episode of series 1 just seems to get better and better! My tip is to forward the first chapter of each episode to avoid the stupid spoiler-tastic opening montage they do for each episode which basically shows the entire plot of the episode and spoils all the suspense and fun in each episode.
There's some really great twists and surprises in the episodes. By the end of each one, you feel like you've flown around in Airwolf and visited all kinds of exotic locales with String and Dominic. And the picture quality is remarkably good, even on modern flat screen 46 inch television.
Stringfellow Hawk was such an interesting and complex character for what some deemed as a childish show. His search for his brother and the women he has lost is touching stuff, and it's nice to see how he grows as the series continues.
I've heard series 2+3 got a tad family-friendlier as the networks found it too serious and adult in series 1 but I'm sure I'll enjoy those too.
Plus the box is black, sleek and cool looking, a bit like Airwolf itself.
16 discs of full 'cold war' espionage, explosions and excitement!
So weapons to combat mode and sit down to enjoy this Cult 80's series that STILL has a massive following today.
Bottom line, if you haven't bought any of the other three and have been meaning to remember Airwolf from the 80s then this is for you; however if you have then Universal-Playback haven't made any further effort to include any extras whatsoever so only completists and the die-hard Airwolf fans need apply. To complement these three seasons of the show, you may be interested in the official digitally remastered re-release of the acclaimed Airwolf Themes soundtrack which has been released from late December 2007 on Apple iTunes... just Google 'Airwolf Themes' for full details from the official website.
The first season is actually pretty good to be fair, and has some cracking episodes that really make good use of Cold War paranoia, shades of grey morality and surprisingly intelligent ideas for a show like this - introducing restrictions and limitations on what Airwolf can do and suggesting why and how it can do it in the first place, plus raising questions like just how DO you look after your stolen/'loaned' billion dollar super chopper (is there a Haynes manual for Airwolf? If not there needs to be)? How hard would it actually be to find this unique vehicle? How hard is it to fly a supersonic jet-chopper that may or may not have artificial intelligence? The exploration of the uneasy alliance between Airwolf's new crew/owners and the intelligence agency that developed it is also quite well done.
The second season more or less squanders all of that in favour of more family friendly and brain unfriendly fare but has some standout episodes.
The third season was basically just, well, bad, with the introduction of the obligatory cute kid and String and Dom unleashing the Lady for laughably ridiculous reasons. By this point they're just not even trying.
The fourth season was so abominably bad it isn't included here likely because of licensing issues and the fact it was just so, so terrible. Seriously, just don't.
I'm glad this doesn't carry the inferior and rather rubbishy (yawn) 4th season. Season 4 should NEVER have been made, it was just NOT even good enough to carry the iconic name of Airwolf as it was just a vain attempt by the studios to hack it's proverbial cash cow to death - and what a spectacular failure it was.
I'm more than happy to have this COMPLETE SERIES of the ORIGINAL Airwolf, shown in it's correct order and it is great to have it, my only gripe is the artwork, or rather the complete lack of it. T'would have been nice to have an episode listing and a few internal photos. That said, it's better than not having it and it is fantastic to have the whole and complete series of Airwolf, released in it's entirety as it should be, WITH NO INFERIOR IMITATIONS!!!
Now if we can only get the powers that be to release all 8 seasons of Simon & Simon I'd be a really happy camper.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Step back to the 1980's when Airwolf ruled Saturday afternoon's. Seems a little dated until in the last 10 mins of each episode the theme tune starts to play, Airwolf guns and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by philip barker
A great collection of dvds as I watched as a child in the 1980sPublished on 30 July 2014 by Amazon Customer
Our son, whom the dvd's were bought as a birthday present for, has watched the first four episodes and they were up to his expectations.Published on 19 Feb. 2014 by Barry Partington
back to the good old days of TV when I was a young kid
can when it said it would