Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Blue Thunder - Supplement

While we try to cover as much as we can in our episodes, there's always more to see, hear, and read about a movie that can enhance your viewing experience. If you enjoyed our episode on Blue Thunder, here's a few extra bits you might find interesting...

Here's the original trailer:

If you're interested in reading Dan O'Bannon and Don Jakoby's original darker version of Blue Thunder, the screenplay is available for reading at Blue Thunder Online at the link below:

Here's a documentary on the making of the film:

As we mentioned, composer Arthur Rubinstein's original, quiet orchestra theme for the end credits was replaced with a more synthesized action theme in the final film. Here's Rubinstein's original end titles music:

The film led to a spin-off TV series that ran briefly on ABC starring James Farentino and Dana Carvey. Here's the pilot episode:

Check out this trailer for the TV series Amerika, where the Blue Thunder stunt vehicles are visible repainted to portray Russian attack choppers:

This video from the Super Awesome Geek Show gives us a look at the Blue Thunder toy vehicle and action figure that caused such a ruckus for Tim's childhood Christmas:

Here's a clip from the video game adaptation for the Action Max system, a console that uses full-motion video in its gameplay:

Here's some of the gameplay from Thunder Blade, an arcade game clearly inspired by the film:

Here are a few shots of the remains of the Blue Thunder cockpit mock-up that used to be on display at the backlot tour of Disney Hollywood Studios:

Thanks for listening!

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