Created by Donald P. Bellisario
Starring Jan-Michael Vincent, Ernest Borgnine, Alex Cord, Deborah Pratt
- All twelve first season episodes (includes the two-part pilot)
Released by: Universal.
Anamorphic: N/A; episodes appear in their original 1.33:1 format.
My Advice: If you’re a fan, buy it.
On one hand, there’s nothing about this series I could say that Ernie Cline hasn’t said better. But I’ll do my best. Airwolf is an attack helicopter that kicks a tremendous amount of ass. Of course, the government–and who else would have paid for such a thing–screwed up when they asked Stringfellow Hawke (Vincent) to unnab Airwolf from the guy who nabbed it and hightailed to Libya. Rather than bring it back, Hawke hangs onto it, running missions for the CIA, and won’t give it back until they provide concrete info about Hawke’s brother, St. John, who’s been missing since Vietnam.
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But there was such comfort in what passed for international espionage thrills in the cheesy 80s. Clancy hadn’t broken the genre wide open so we didn’t realize, at our young ages, that there was such a thing as gouda. The cast is good at working with what they have on their plate: Vincent plays the brooding protagonist well enough, as does Borgnine as the joking sidekick/mentor. Alex Cord comes off well as a TV spook, even though he’s in all white a lot.
Sadly, the episodes are all you get on here. The major cast members and creator Bellisario are all still around, so even a ten minute slap and dash retrospective would have been nice, but no dice, apparently. In the mad dash to put as much TV out on DVD as possible before whatever next format takes over, I guess fans should just be happy enough to have the episodes on disc.
And that’s who should buy this: if you’re a hardcore fan, plonk down the money. But if you just want to revisit the past, give it a rental.