Nighthawks (1981) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Bruce Malmuth
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Rutger Hauer, Billy Dee Williams
Rated: R/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Shout! Select
When Europe’s most feared terrorist (Hauer – The Hitcher) explosively announces his presence in Manhattan, two elite undercover cops (Stallone and Billy Dee Williams) are assigned to stop him before he strikes again. But the ruthless terrorist has other plans for the city – and the detectives.
Seeing as how I am one of the world’s biggest Sylvester Stallone and Rutger Hauer fans you’ll find out there, I was VERY excited to get to take look at Nighthawks. This police story features a beared Sly playing the role of Deke on the trail of a terrorist, Wulfgar, played by Hauer. Adding the cool factor is his partner is played by none other than Billy Dee Williams. The movie really never takes the time to breathe as we see all the cards fall into place. We see what the cops do, we see what the terrorist does, and then we see what brings them into one another’s crosshairs. That scene comes complete with a great chase scene that starts off at a disco of all places. This might be a 1981 film but it still has a big 70’s flavor. We even have a bit of a running gag of Stallone’s character dressing up in costume in order to take out the bad guys. This might not be Rocky or Rambo, but I dig this and I think all Stallone fans will easily feel the same way. Is it cheesy and a bit silly? It sure is! But it is also VERY entertaining and that goes a very long way with me.
Our hero Deke has a bit of a sudden rivalry with our bad guy but a few factors I won’t spoil goes into heating the beef up between these two. While this is an action movie that I’m sure was intended to be a bit more seriously taken than most will take it, you can’t help but have a laugh at some scenes. Especially one particularly fun scene where a very ticked off Sly starts shouting some M.F’ers with a very street influenced accent in the middle of one area. Things like this are what makes Nighthawks as entertaining as it turns out to be. Don’t try to take it seriously and just enjoy the ride and you should be more than content with what you get. Also, calling a spade a spade this is a film you got to give kudos to for bringing up the terrorist issue long before it became a common thing. Besides all that the disc comes with a very nice but semi-dated looking transfer. It is an old movie and some stuff won’t sparkle, but you still shouldn’t be seeing anything you aren’t happy with. And it comes with some cool interviews that make for a good watch after you watch the movie. It just sucks that we don’t get any extras with Stallone.
– NEW Lights, Camera, Action! – An Audio Interview With Producer Herb Nanas
– NEW Nighthawks: The First Draft – An Interview With Writer Paul Sylbert
– NEW We Gotta Shoot This! – An Interview With Director Of Photography James A. Contner
– NEW A Sign Of The Times – An Interview With Actress Lindsay Wagner
– NEW Not The Other Girls – An Interview With Actress Catherine Mary Stewart
– NEW It Was Hell – An Interview With Technical Adviser Randy Jurgensen
– Theatrical Trailer
– Radio Spots
– Still Gallery
– Product Information
Quality of Transfer: 88%