Excerpt: Oddly enough I had never seen this movie from start to finish. So when I picked this up for $13. bucks, I popped it in and was entertained from start to finish. Roy Schieder has always been reliable in the roles he takes on and a pleasent surprise was some comic relief from Daniel Stern. Plus one of my other favorite actor's is Warren Oats. Sony flies in an excellent looking transfer considering a 27 year old picture. The Thunder also rumbles with a solid truHD track.
Excerpt: I had never heard of this movie and it came up as a suggestion in Netflix. I read the synopsis and decided to give it a go. The movie is your standard eighties fare. The music, the special effects, the acting, and plot all ooze the eighties. The theme is a government helicopter has been developed and the people in charge of the project need to create a need for it. Roy Scheider's character discovers this and conspiracy ensues. That's just the basic gist of it.
Excerpt: I'm rather amazed at such a good transfer for a somewhat forgotten film. Easily a worthy upgrade from DVD. I always liked this film and always thought Roy Scheider was an underrated actor. In any case, pick this one up if you enjoyed this movie as it's a keeper.
Excerpt: Sony has given Blue Thunder probably the best transfer in HD you would be able to get from the film master that was used. I can't complain about any image issues. Any issues with the image quality are derived from the way the film was shot and unless you want them to do reshoots it will never look any better. The audio is just as good. No complaints on the audio track.
Excerpt: If you're reading this you are probably already a fan of the movie. There are great performances by Roy Scheider, Warren Oats and Daniel Stern. Also good story and aerial action directed by John Badham. A few things date it, but overall it withstands the test of time. So the question is whether or not to upgrade from DVD to Blu-ray. I say yes. The 1080p picture is outstanding and makes this movie better than ever.
Summary: Not bad at all. BLUE THUNDER is a pretty rousing entertainment. Roy Scheider is a cop assigned to man a new fangled, high tech surveillance copter only to find out more than he should and soon nasty Malcolm McDowell is on tail. It's empty-headed action with a lot of great aerial work. Scheider is his typically steel jawed self and McDowell is great fun.
Summary: 'BLUE THUNDER' Is a cracking leave your brain behind entertainment that never let's up! 'Roy Scheider' Plays Frank Murphy,A former Vietnam Veteran,who is a helicopter pilot,for the Los Angeles police department,who becomes handpicked to pilot the eponymous 'blue thunder' which is a state of the art chopper designed for supreme law enforcement, Unfortunately for Murphy the test pilot behind this superb flying machine is Malcolm Mc Dowell,who also was on duty in Nam with...
Summary: One of the things that really caught my attention about this film was the brief blurb at the beginning which stated something to the effect of "All of the surveillance equipment depicted in this film exists and is in use in the United States." Knowing what I do of technology, I am not surprised that those capabilities existed back then.
Summary: Clearly, Blue Thunder's introduction shows the state of the art in computer technology at the time. Looked like a Wang computer at work. I saw this movie for the first time at a drive-in. Those were the days!! .. before DVD's and when VHS recorders were manually tuned. Guess you might say that this was the end of an era and the beginning of video. My girl and her two boys will remember this movie as long as they live.
Summary: John Badham is a curious director and I think he gets it right in this one. After all Roy Scheider never stunk it up in his illustrious career and he hits all the right notes in this one as Frank Murphy the Vietnam Vet trying to escape the memories of his war experience. When Malcolm McDowell shows up (and honestly, who plays an a--hole better than McDowell in his heyday?) to become Murphy's nemesis.