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John Badham's action film Blue Thunder comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. Subtitles are accessible in both of those languages as well. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer. This is a solid release from Columbia/TriStar.
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John Badham's action film Blue Thunder comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. Subtitles are accessible in both of those languages as well. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer. This is a solid release from Columbia/TriStar.
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Special Features

Theatrical trailer; Scene selections
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
This 1983 production gets an A for its rousing action and an F for its farfetched plot and shallow characters. The film is really a rip-off of Steven Spielberg's 1975 classic, Jaws (whether witting or unwitting), with Roy Scheider again portraying a likeable Irish-American policeman. In the opening scenes, an innocent female dies in an attack, just as in Jaws, and Scheider discovers the perpetrator: a cabal of government conspirators operating in the undercurrents of Los Angeles after dark. But after the mayor brands him a troublemaking meddler (as in Jaws), Scheider -- this time in the role of helicopter cop Frank Murphy in lieu of Amity Island police chief Martin Brody -- decides to take on the conspirators himself with the help of a callow sidekick (also as in Jaws). Instead of a shark-tracking boat, Scheider uses a menacing helicopter (Blue Thunder) -- the conspirators' own weapon, which he commandeers -- in an attempt to vanquish the villains. The action sequences are impressive. After helicopters duel in skyscraper canyons, planes, trains, and automobiles get in on the action. Buildings collapse, a restaurant explodes, and a duct-taped captive kickboxes his way to freedom. Meanwhile, a car carrying a secret audio disk races toward a TV studio with incriminating evidence. But, alas, the dialogue and character development are as moving as a slow lane.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/1998
  • UPC: 043396013896
  • Original Release: 1983
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Time: 1:48:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Roy Scheider Frank Murphy
Malcolm McDowell Cochrane
Warren Oates Braddock
Candy Clark Kate
Daniel Stern Lymangood
Paul Roebling Icelan
David Sheiner Fletcher
Joe Santos Montoya
Ed Bernard Sgt. Short
Jason Bernard Mayor
Mario Machado Himself
James Murtaugh Alf Hewitt
Pat McNamara Matusek
Jack Murdock Kress
Clifford A. Pellow Allen
Paul Lambert Holmes
Phil Feldman Colonel Coe
John Garber Tough Mechanic
Anthony James Grundeltus
Reid Cruickshanks Chief of Police
Ray Sharkey Air Controller
John Gladstein Fighter Pilot
Karl Wickman Helicopter Pilot
James W. Gavin Helicopter Pilot
Tom Friedkin Helicopter Pilot
James Read Policeman at Bridge
Mickey Gilbert Policeman
Bill Lake Policeman
Patti Clifton Hooker
Ernest Harada John
Frances E. Nealy Mayor's Aide
Jerry Ziesmer Pilot
John Ashby Thief
Tony Brubaker Thief
Norman Alexander Gibbs Man in Beanie
Bill M. Ryusaki Vietcong Soldier
Tom Rosales Thug
Larry Randles Thug
Mike McGaughy Observer
Lucinda Crosby Bel-Air Woman
Technical Credits
John Badham Director
Edward M. Abroms Editor
Peter Albiez Special Effects
John A. Alonzo Cinematographer
Cate Bangs Art Director
Gordon Carroll Producer
Gregg Champion Associate Producer
Tim Cooney Sound/Sound Designer
Dianne Crittenden Casting
Marianna Elliott Costumes/Costume Designer
Phil Feldman Executive Producer
Andrew Fogelson Executive Producer
Charles Gaspar Special Effects
Chuck Gaspar Special Effects Supervisor
Philip Harrison Production Designer
Don Jakoby Screenwriter
Jeff Jarvis Special Effects
Terry J. Leonard Stunts
Sydney Z. Litwack Art Director, Production Designer
Mickey Michaels Set Decoration/Design
Frank Morriss Editor
Dan O'Bannon Screenwriter
Dean Riesner Screenwriter
Artur Rubinstein Score Composer
Jerry Ziesmer Asst. Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Side 1: Blue Thunder: FULLSCREEN
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [3:49]
2. Seeing what's to see [1:17]
3. Two-eleven [2:31]
4. Abandoned vehicle? [1:35]
5. Punctuality [2:39]
6. Rape-in-progress [2:13]
7. Public complaints [5:00]
8. Kate [4:40]
9. The top story [5:31]
10. Blue Thunder [5:39]
11. Col. Cochrane [3:47]
12. Following the leader [3:52]
13. "You theatening me?" [2:09]
14. Thor [3:14]
15. How she works [3:02]
16. Test flight [7:19]
17. Checking Cochrane out [2:39]
18. Federal Building [6:08]
19. Breaking Lymangood [2:39]
20. Hit & run [4:00]
21. Message from Richard [1:32]
22. Stealing Blue Thunder [2:50]
23. The drive-in [3:04]
24. Aerial attack [7:49]
25. At Channel 8 [1:19]
26. "Engage and destroy" [2:54]
27. Arco Towers [8:43]
28. Immelman turn [7:01]
Side #2 -- Side 2: Blue Thunder: WIDESCREEN
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [3:49]
2. Seeing what's to see [1:17]
3. Two-eleven [2:31]
4. Abandoned vehicle? [1:35]
5. Punctuality [2:39]
6. Rape-in-progress [2:13]
7. Public complaints [5:00]
8. Kate [4:40]
9. The top story [5:31]
10. Blue Thunder [5:39]
11. Col. Cochrane [3:47]
12. Following the leader [3:52]
13. "You threatening me?" [2:09]
14. Thor [3:14]
15. How she works [3:02]
16. Test flight [7:19]
17. Checking Cochrane out [2:39]
18. Federal Building [6:08]
19. Breaking Lymangood [2:39]
20. Hit & run [4:00]
21. Message from Richard [1:32]
22. Stealing Blue Thunder [2:50]
23. The drive-in [3:04]
24. Aerial attack [7:49]
25. At Channel 8 [1:19]
26. "Engage and destroy." [2:54]
27. Arco Towers [8:43]
28. Immelman turn [7:01]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Side 1: Blue Thunder: FULLSCREEN
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   Languages
   Subtitles
   Theatrical Trailer
Side #2 -- Side 2: Blue Thunder: WIDESCREEN
   Play Movie
   Languages
   Subtitles
   Theatrical Trailer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    JAFO

    This is a good flick and I would say see it. It's about the LAPD airship unit and how they cruise over LAPd and keep us safe while we sleep. Sadly the bad cops want to be greedy and it is up to the good cops to spoil their plot to own all the choppers in Socal. Great air battles and shots over LA.

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