A few days ago I received a copy of the US version of Street Hawk: The Complete Series courtesy of Shout Factory and Fabulous Films. I have taken some time to view all of the extras, plus bits and pieces of all of the episodes on the DVD’s. In this review I am not going to go into any detail about the plot of any of the episodes as this has already been covered elsewhere on the website. What I am going to review is the quality of the DVD’s, the packaging, and the extras included with the DVD’s.
The first thing I want to mention about the DVD’s is the quality of the video and audio. Both the video and audio quality of the episodes is very good. Even watching it on my 61” HDTV, the episodes were very sharp and clean. There is a little graininess to the video, but considering that the show is 20+ years old, it is to be expected. I don’t think it would be possible to get better quality video than what is on the DVD’s.
The episodes appear to be complete. Nothing has been cut or edited from the original episodes. I know some people were concerned about the playback speed of the DVD’s not being correct, but after watching many of the episodes I can verify that the playback speed of the DVD’s is correct.
Each DVD has a menu that allows you watch all of the episodes at once or select individual episodes. Each individual episode is then divided into chapters which appear to be placed where the commercial breaks were. The menus are easy to navigate and are well made with high quality animations.
The DVD case is good quality and fits all 4 discs in a standard size DVD case. The artwork on the box and disc labels are nicely done. The case comes packaged in a cardboard sleeve.
Street Hawk – The making of a legend
This documentary was very well done and enjoyable to watch. There is some very interesting and insightful information about the filming and making of the show including some good behind the scenes information. I won’t go into too much detail about the documentary, because you should watch it yourself, but they all seemed to enjoy reminiscing about the show in the interviews. They all were fond of the series and all of them seemed to enjoy making the show. One other thing I will mention is that Rex, Joe, and Jeanie all seem to be open to the idea of a remake of the series. The interviews alone make this DVD set a must have for anyone who is a fan of the show.
Included on the last disc is a gallery of Street Hawk images. Most of the images I had seen before, but there were also quite a few I had not seen (including an excellent close up of the helmet, and a behind the scenes photo). There is also an image gallery of collectibles which contains some photos of a toy bike that I had never seen before.
Unbroadcasted (a.k.a. Canadian) Pilot
The unbroadcasted Pilot episode is included on the Extras disc. The audio and video are of VHS quality but still very good. This version of the pilot differs from the broadcast pilot in that it uses the blue particle beam, contains the scenes removed from the US pilot and used special effects for the jump scenes. At the bottom of the screen the text “Prop. MCA #3965” is displayed during the entire episode.
* Current and 1982 Cast Biographies
* Series Synopsis
* Original Press Release Brochure
8 PAGE COLLECTORS BOOKLET
This is probably the least impressive part of the DVD set. The 8 page “Collectors Booklet” is pretty much just a small booklet with a synopsis of each episode in it, plus a picture of the blueprint of the bike. It’s not bad, but it’s not great either.