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





Plot:
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



UK RENTAL VHT 1119 COVER - THOUGH A STANDARD BOX SIZE
These Do Pop Up On eBay Fairly Often
These Do Pop Up On eBay Fairly Often
UK RENTAL VHR 1119 COVER - THOUGH A STANDARD BOX SIZE

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)?