Saturday, 4 February 1984

1x04 - Bite Of The Jackal (Bloopers)

Written By: Nicholas Corea
Directed By: Alan J. Levi 

For this episode i am going to challenge a long posed question of just "who downed dom's helicopter"

That opening scene planting the bomb always makes me laugh because when it cuts to the hand reaching into the tool box, to take out the bomb, you could clearly tell that was either Ernest or Ernests stunt double (wearing an airwolf flight suit) You can actually see the "airwolf arm patch" for a moment too.

That is not JMV, the body mass is way off during the whole leaning into the box shot.
(could have been jmv If this had been in season 3)

That Is Ernest Borgnine
 Also, by the looks of the Lighting perspective, this tool box moment appears to of been filmed indoors rather than outside, i mean that is jetcopters hanger floor right ?.

I have often wondered why they used this hanger because if Dom wasn't at the helicopter then one would assume Dom was in the hanger, same hanger the guy comes out of. Also this hanger he slips out of has the lights on inside?

Maybe he considered "i will hide in the hanger until they go home" now that's plausible, but to turn on the lights and leave them on, why did dom not have a gripe at anyone for leaving that door unlocked? or about the lights left on?. who the hell was in such a hurry last night to leave my lights on and the side door open?. Dom never asked because dom was inside all along as we later see.

What we know about the hanger, size, dimensions and the noise a metal door makes, i could never buy that scene as it was with the lights on, the colour of the hanger door (so for the patch to raise its wolfy head) made it's continuity much worse.

The scene had far more time spent on the "Lighting of it" rather than the "continuity of it" He could of and should of just been hiding around a corner. Over directing the drama (using the SA hanger) then showing them both inside was a bad move and sadly makes it more obvious on the remaster.

BUT!!!   The Lighting Is Great!
Clock & Lighting Has The Time As Proof To Being Inside at PM
This Further Proves It Is PM
As does this next shot

It's Night Time
One wonders if the takeoff was planned for day and the bomb should have been planted in the night and their chat should have been filmed in the morning of the next day...   ile stop slaying the writer & director now lol and will lay to rest just who really picked up that bomb.

Santini did it, he gave it to the guy?

Dom is wearing what looks to be a second, spare Airwolf flight suite "yet to be finished?" he's got a big scarf on to hide the top of it?, clock the Zip? and the Colour? It's colour really shines through in the remaster.You can probably rest assured more were made (season 1 style) because second units out with stunt doubles & what not would demand more than one for EB and one for JMV, let alone doubles right? The guy with the cigar is wearing a lighter grey too, and i also often wondered why he fully opened the nose and pinned it back rather than just reach in.

What Other Bloopers Do You Remember From This Episode ?
"besides the usual guns are out and in moments"

Airwolf Season 1 - Episode 4 - Bite Of The Jackal

Sunday, 22 January 1984

The Secure Line Scrambler Phone Case (prop)

It's first seen when Archangel is at the cabin waiting for hawke to return. It also initially has a thin wire on the handset.

It is used in a few episodes at random times, most memorable is probably at camp freedom.

Airwolf has a similar panel as one of its communication systems and lights up the same way.

I often wonder how many they had and what actually happened to them. Did they float back into the universal props department or did it / they belong to someone on the production.

I also wonder if it was re-used in another Tv series or Movie.

It sure looks heavy lol

Scene from the end of the Pilot (scene not featured in the movie cut)
Scene from the Pilot (scene also shown in the movie release) See the Wire?
And archangel leaves it in the cabin at the end of the Pilot

Scene from the end of the Pilot (scene not featured in the movie cut)
(from) Flight like a dove
Onboard Airwolf (from) Flight like a dove
Onboard Airwolf (from) Flight like a dove
Onboard Airwolf (from) Mad over miami
In the case (from) Mad over miami

To be updated with other shots....
Anyone have one or made one?

Airwolf Season 1 - Episode 1+2 - Shadow of the Hawke 1 & 2

Airwolf the Two Part pilot AKA
Shadow of the Hawke part 1 & 2

Premièred on the CBS Network on the
22nd of January 1984 right after the live super bowl game.

That super bowl game also hosted the most controversial Apple advert ever shown on Tv.

Jan Michael Vincent
Ernest Borgnine
David Hemmings
Alex Cord
Deborah Pratt

Airwolf is a modern day action adventure about an awesome billion dollar futuristic helicopter equipped with a twin-turbine driven rotor system capable of propelling it to 300 knots, plus 14 firepower options. When the helicopter is stolen by it's main designer, Michael Archangel (Alex Cord), project director of the F.I.R.M, enlists the help of Vietnam veteran Stringfellow Hawke (Jan-Michael Vincent) With hawke's lack of trust in the agency he chooses to get help with the mission from his father's best friend Dominic Santini (Ernest Borgnine)  They both travel to the Middle East in an attempt to repossess the deadliest aerial weapon ever made.. Airwolf.

Title Screen
Pilot Opening Scene
Airwolf at Redstar Control
You can also get an R18 Movie release that lacks some scenes yet features others. The movie also has some variances in the music score.

Misc Artwork:

Unofficial Album Featuring Mixes of End Credits & Season Introductions

Friday, 20 January 1984

Airwolf The Movie (1984) UK VHS Rental 1984

Back of Box:
Airwolf The Movie is a futuristic high action adventure about an awesome billion dollar helicopter equipped with a twin-turbine drum rotor system capable of propelling it to 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 recover the Airwolf.
A deadly mission takes them to the Middle East, where they come face to face with the enemy in a dirty battle to re-possess the deadliest aerial weapon ever made.

Special Features:
Trailers for other movies coming out in cinemas
and on rental and out to buy on video previews.


 The Movie Version of the Airwolf two part Pilot was released in competition with the Blue Thunder movie release & was never "originally" sold to the public as a Retail item. The only way to watch the movie version was to rent it. It was released later for Retail purchase with a UPC code and different packaging many many years later.

While the much longer two part Pilot aired on television after the 9pm kids in bed deadline (the watershed) on the Friday night, while the series then began the next afternoon. No one really thought about trying to get the movie until the series ended & people realized it wasn't getting a re-run. Also back when it first aired not many people had a VHS machine, let alone a 2nd hand Betamax, that kind of hardware was expensive back then. So not many people even managed to tape the shows off the TV until they were re-aired in 1996 on iTv and HTv Wales.

The movie is rated 18+ and contains swearing, it also featured a few extra scenes padding out the action and yet it was also cut in places removing the pilot ending at the cabin, so when Airwolf fly's over the water at after hunting Moffet, it ends right there. The TV pilot edition shows hawke back at the cabin with a visit from archangel leaving him with a case for the series to begin, the TV pilot also shows them checking out the lair, these scenes aren't on the movie release.

The Redstar start up sequence also features a different music score in the Movie Cut as does the red castle scene when Angela is dancing at the red castle. The movie is shorter than the pilot though it does feature a chad training camp scene that moffet takes out. The chad camp scene is made up of clips from "and they are us" and also "mad over miami", but the movie release can be watched as a stand alone film that ends where it ends.
Airwolf  "The Movie " version is now also available on DVD  .

They also re-cut some scenes and changed bits around as seen in this image here

Movie (left)                          Tv Pilot (right)
Only The Movie Cut Shows What He Is Seeing

Other Details:

VHS Release Date: 1984
Aspect Ratio: 4.3 Full Screen 1.33:1
Running Time: 84 Mins Approx
Region Frame Rate: UK PAL
UPC: None Supplied (rental tape)
Serial: VHS PAL VHT 1119
Also Released Under
Serial: VHS PAL VHR 1119

These Do Pop Up On eBay Fairly Often
These Do Pop Up On eBay Fairly Often

Here is the original VHS Movie Trailer for the '18 cert' Airwolf Movie.

Still Image from the Original Trailer
Still Image from the Remastered Trailer
Binocular Perspective Never Included In the Pilot Release
 People may post comments below with any additional information....

Review by TheWraith517
Blog post date set to 20th January 1984 
(does anyone know the exact date the Rental tape came out)?