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Although there aren't a ton of new releases on DVD or Blu-ray this week, the good news is we're getting quality over quantity. The biggest release of the week has got to be X-Men: First Class (which isn't actually out until Friday), but Joe Wright's Hanna and the Will Ferrell dramedy Everything Must Go are currently on store shelves as we speak. There are also plenty of TV releases including new seasons of Fringe and a trio of NBC comedies (The Office, Parks and Recreation, and Community), plus some great Blu-ray catalogue titles including Scarface, United 93, Straw Dogs, and a Scream Five-Film Set that somehow does not yet include Scream 4. As if that wasn't enough, Airwolf: The Movie also hits stores today! So what are you buying or renting this week? Will you be springing for the $699 version of Scarface? Check out the full list of releases after the jump. »
It's actually the two-hour pilot episode of the '80s TV show of the same name, though with a few scenes moved around so that it can be called a movie (this version aired as a TV movie in the UK). Starring Jan-Michael Vincent as Stringfellow Hawk and veteran actor Ernest Borgnine as his mentor Dominic Santini, the pilot episode hits DVD from Shout! Factory and Fabulous Films on September 6.
The episode follows Hawk, who is recruited to reclaim a very advanced helicopter from its creator, who stole it and is currently using it to wreak havoc throughout the Middle East. As the back of the DVD case more hyperbolically puts it, "Airwolf The Movie is a futuristic high-action adventure about an awesome billion-dollar helicopter equipped with 14 firepower options and a twin-turbine rotor engine capable of propelling it to 350 mph." Whoa, dude.
To be fair, the episode does work well as a stand-alone movie. »
- Sam McPherson
In 1984 the Cold War continued to dominate the headlines. Soviet-American relations remained tense and films such as Wargames and Red Dawn reflected the mood of the time. On television another war was raging, a war between two heavily armed helicopters. One was a top secret military experiment, the other a state of the art crime fighting police chopper. Airwolf and Blue Thunder were so similar that only one could survive in the ratings war.
Blue Thunder had an advantage; the brand had already been established the year before in director John Badham’s feature film of the same name starring Roy Scheider and Malcolm McDowell. Scheider played police pilot Frank Murphy assigned to patrol the skies of La in experimental helicopter, Blue Thunder. The film was a solid action thriller and fared well enough at the box office to warrant a spin-off television series of its own on the ABC network. »
- Chris Wright
Another week, another list of DVDs and Blu-rays out to buy from today – including an instant teen classic, a hilarious road trip and some terrifying tales…
Paranormal Activity 2 (DVD/Blu-ray)
Just as Daniel and Kristi welcome a newborn baby into their home, a demonic presence begins terrorizing them, tearing apart their perfect world and turning it into an inescapable nightmare. Security cameras capture the torment, making every minute horrifyingly real. Review.
Due Date (DVD/Blu-ray)
Expectant first-time father Peter Highman (Robert Downey Jr.) looks forward to his new child’s due date five days away. As Peter hurries to catch a flight home from Atlanta to be at his wife’s side for the birth, his best intentions go completely awry when an encounter with aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galifianakis) forces Peter to hitch a ride with Ethan on a cross-country trip that will ultimately destroy several cars, »
Airwolf: The Movie
Airwolf: The Movie is a futuristic high action adventure about an awesome billion dollar helicopter equipped with twin-turbine drum rotor system capable of propelling it 300 knots, plus 14 firepower options. When the helicopter is purloined by Libyan mercenaries Michael Archangel (Cord), project director of the CIA, enlists the help of Vietnam veteran Stringfellow Hawke (Vincent) and his father’s best friend Dominic Santini (Borgnine) in an attempt to recover the Airwolf. A deadly mission which takes them to the Middle East, where they come face to face with the enemy in a dirty battle to repossess the deadliest aerial weapon ever made.
If you don’t know who or what Airwolf is by now, where have you been? One of the true 80s television classics, the show was the brain »
Fabulous Films have announced the UK DVD and Blu Ray release of Airwolf: The Movie on February 21st 28th 2011 and, for the first time since the early days of VHS, this release features the 18 certificated unedited high action original pilot movie.
Airwolf: The Movie is a futuristic high action adventure about an awesome billion dollar helicopter equipped with twin-turbine drum rotor system capable of propelling it 300 knots, plus 14 firepower options. When the helicopter is purloined by Libyan mercenaries Michael Archangel (Alex Cord), project director of the CIA, enlists the help of Vietnam veteran Stringfellow Hawke (Jan –Michael Vincent) and his father’s best friend Dominic Santini (Ernest Borgnine) in an attempt to cover the Airwolf. A deadly mission which takes them to the Middle East, where they come face to face with the enemy in a dirty battle to repossess the deadliest ariel weapon ever made!
Airwolf: The Movie, »
6 items from 2011
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