Classic 80’s series Street Hawk comes to DVD this month boasting some all-new features including ‘making of’ documentary featuring series stars Rex Smith, Joe Regalbuto and Jeannie Wilson and an unaired version of the pilot episode.
As is to be expected with archive TV, picture quality is variable but overall the episodes look good and sound quality is more than acceptable.
Despite the high-octane nature of the eponymous motorcycle, the pace of the episodes is slightly slow compared with many modern shows but across the 12 episodes there’s a good selection of plots and, crucial for all action shows, some decent stunts.
Even 25 years later some of the stunt sequences are breathtaking and, as Regalbuto reminds us in the ‘making of’, all carried out for real in a time before cheating with CGI became standard practice.
Like other technology-based 80’s action TV, Street Hawk is extremely ambitious in the use of computers and, though much looks primitive and improbable today, it’s staggering to think that the show hails from a time when the internet was as fanciful a concept as a hyperthrust-enabled motorcycle.
Often overlooked in lists of great 80’s action series, Street Hawk is a worthy and entertaining addition to all DVD collections.
Street Hawk arrives in stores on March 22nd 2010 and can be pre-ordered from the seenit.co.uk store.