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Compare the old Airwolf DVDs to new HD Airwolf Bluray S1-3 release

Below are a series of screenshot comparisons showing the differences between the older Airwolf DVD prints from Universal-Playback used for years, and the brand new 2014, restored, High-Definition HD versions that Universal created for the new, UK (Region B) Airwolf Bluray boxsets from Fabulous Films in the UK. These have subsequently been used as the picture basis for the other Region B release in 2015 by Koch Media in Germany.

Restored from the original Airwolf 35mm negatives at Universal Studios, these wonderful new prints of the 1980s 'Airwolf' TV series reveal a brand new level of detail, colour and clarity never before seen or shown with the show on any format, whether broadcast, tape or disc. It's like watching the show again for the first time and the picture looks absolutely wonderful on any modern LED television.

Note that Universal have kept the picture in it's original 4:3 format (i.e. the way it was originally filmed in 1984-1986!) so that all the picture detail has remained and not cut off just to be artificially "Arc'd" out to 16:9. The majority of the show's fans prefer to leave it the way the original producers intended back in the day.

There is very slightly cropping at the edges of the negative compared to the original "overscan" on the off-air prints and the 4:3 DVD, which you can see in most of the photos below. This was to maintain a clear edge.

The only downside to the release was that two small scenes from Season 1 episode "BITE OF THE JACKAL" were cut unfortunately whether done to ignorance of the operator or that part of the episode's print wasn't available.

Apart from that, it is just fabulous!



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PILOT (aka “SHADOW OF THE HAWKE” Parts 1 & 2) - Season 1

AIRWOLF S1 Pilot Airwolf DVD to HD Bluray Comparison
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"Red Star Control. Airwolf. You have a go."

Detail so good now you can actually read what Gary Epper had on his old RGB monitor screen.

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AIRWOLF S1 Pilot Airwolf DVD to HD Bluray Comparison
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"To demonstrate Airwolf’s tactical capabilities, it will penetrate a typical Soviet defence zone; the type used around their ICBM sites, their military command posts, communication installations."

"This isn’t a simulation, Senator. Those guns out there are loaded."

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AIRWOLF S1 Pilot Airwolf DVD to HD Bluray Comparison
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"I didn't know you serenaded Eagles."

"I'm trying to get her to trust me. Make her understand I won't hurt her if she gets close".

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AIRWOLF S1 Pilot Airwolf DVD to HD Bluray Comparison
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"That's just what I'm looking for. Some place to get lost."

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AIRWOLF S1 Pilot Airwolf DVD to HD Bluray Comparison
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All the detail of the final "EAGLE’S SERENADE" on the dock at the end of the 'Pilot' episode, the detail on the cello, and obviously in Jan-Michael Vincent's emotional performance is much clearer now.

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AIRWOLF S1 Pilot Airwolf DVD to HD Bluray Comparison
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"If Airwolf can kick butt like you say it can, you've developed yourself a tactical weapon. That's not the Firm's mission!"

"No sir, it's not, but when the project started 20 years ago after the Bay of Pigs, the Firm's priorities were a little different and as the years went by..."

"And the project grew! Now you got Topsy what are you gonna do with her? You can only keep the lid on testing and development for so long; and if the Firm puts Airwolf in the field, it'll leak to Congress in a week; and they won't take kindly to the Firm developing secret, tactical weapons."

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Daddy's Gone A Hunt’n — Airwolf Season 1 — Episode 2

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"What are you staring at?"

"Remember an Army Captain in ’Nam name of Stringfellow Hawke?

"Yeah. Flew Hueys. He pulled me out of Indian territory once.

"That's a good reason to remember."

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Bite of the Jackal — Airwolf Season 1 — Episode 3

AIRWOLF S1 Bite of the Jackal Airwolf DVD to HD Bluray Comparison
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"It's a miracle!"

"Dumb luck if you ask me."

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The American Dream — Airwolf Season 2 — Episode 13

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This is an episode that especially gains from the restoration with the most fantastic yellows and greens, mixed with much deeper blacks.

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Prisoner of Yesterday — Airwolf Season 2 — Episode 16

AIRWOLF S2 Prisoner of Yesterday Airwolf DVD to HD Bluray Comparison
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"Then I guess those dry flies are gonna stay dry for a while."

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AIRWOLF S2 Prisoner of Yesterday Airwolf DVD to HD Bluray Comparison
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"What about your most famous patient, Doctor?"

"I wish the President a speedy recovery."

"But you won't admit to supplying him with the stuff."

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Little Wolf — Airwolf Season 3 — Episode 16

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"Well I know I shouldn't, but I feel sorry for her."

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Discovery — Airwolf Season 3 — Episode 14

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The final shot of the episode with The Lady over the ocean is all about the subtlety of the shadows and the detail of the ocean. So much detail on show

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Little Wolf — Airwolf Season 3 — Episode 16

AIRWOLF S3 Little Wolf Airwolf DVD to HD Bluray Comparison
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"Is this little Greg? May I? Heah, look at him, he’s smiling at me."

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