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 Posted:   Jul 21, 2010 - 1:29 PM   
 By:   That Neil Guy   (Member)

Six Million Dollar Man and Bionic Woman are coming to region 1.

http://tinyurl.com/33vv3hq

 
 Posted:   Jul 21, 2010 - 1:34 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Then let the Oliver Nelson renaissance begin!

 
 Posted:   Jul 21, 2010 - 1:52 PM   
 By:   Sarge   (Member)

40 DVDs?!?

Well, it's better than having it released piecemeal, and they stop halfway (like Hill Street Blues). I'm willing to fork out the extra dough.

Well played, Neil - linking to the Harnell CDs. Those don't get enough love around here.

And let us all bow our heads in prayer that someone out there is also working on a release of the music...

 
 Posted:   Jul 21, 2010 - 4:50 PM   
 By:   Dan J. Schulte   (Member)

Then let the Oliver Nelson renaissance begin!

Amen! I'm fairly certain his music inspired a lot of those who grew up watching Steve Austin in action even if they were only fans of the show and not the music. Without Nelson's music, Steve Austin would be only a shadowy reflection of a man...who did not exist. Wait...I mean...

Not really irony, more like coincidence but I just put up A Man Called Austin 2 on the 11th (just a tribute to the man who composed the music I want more than any other music out there). I hope it all still exists intact somewhere.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKlN4oVZ9WY

I love the main theme but it's the repeated use of those incidental and thematic gems in there that really made the series what it was.

 
 Posted:   Jul 21, 2010 - 5:15 PM   
 By:   That Neil Guy   (Member)

Then let the Oliver Nelson renaissance begin!

Amen! I'm fairly certain his music inspired a lot of those who grew up watching Steve Austin in action even if they were only fans of the show and not the music. Without Nelson's music, Steve Austin would be only a shadowy reflection of a man...who did not exist. Wait...I mean...

Not really irony, more like coincidence but I just put up A Man Called Austin 2 on the 11th (just a tribute to the man who composed the music I want more than any other music out there). I hope it all still exists intact somewhere.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKlN4oVZ9WY

I love the main theme but it's the repeated use of those incidental and thematic gems in there that really made the series what it was.


I really enjoyed your two suites. Great stuff!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 21, 2010 - 5:28 PM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

Then let the Oliver Nelson renaissance begin!

Amen! I'm fairly certain his music inspired a lot of those who grew up watching Steve Austin in action even if they were only fans of the show and not the music. Without Nelson's music, Steve Austin would be only a shadowy reflection of a man...who did not exist. Wait...I mean...

Not really irony, more like coincidence but I just put up A Man Called Austin 2 on the 11th (just a tribute to the man who composed the music I want more than any other music out there). I hope it all still exists intact somewhere.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKlN4oVZ9WY

I love the main theme but it's the repeated use of those incidental and thematic gems in there that really made the series what it was.


ABSO-FRIGGIN-LUTELY!

Some of the most brilliant and exciting TV music ever!

 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2010 - 5:48 AM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)



FAIRFAX, VA - On November 23, 2010, Time Life - the home of such classic TV as GET SMART, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E and THE SMOTHERS BROTHERS - will debut a DVD collector's set of one of the most eagerly-anticipated, previously unreleased TV classics with THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN: THE COMPLETE SERIES. This definitive set from one of the iconic pop culture smashes of the '70s is now available for pre-order exclusively online at 6MDM.com, and will feature all five action-packed seasons never before available in the U.S. on any format, as well as a stunning collection of all-new extras certain to thrill fans both old and new.

The muscular set - the 4th most requested unreleased show at TVShowsonDVD.com - will be housed in ultra-collectible packaging sporting an audio chip and eye-popping 3-D lenticular artwork. Across 40 DVDs, the complete series will feature all 100 digitally-preserved hour-long episodes, all of which have been remastered from the original, uncut broadcast versions. The set also contains more than 17 hours of all-new bonus material, specially created just for this collection, highlighted by new in-depth interviews with Lee Majors (Col. Steve Austin) and Richard Anderson (Oscar Goldman), among others. Also included will be the three pilot movies "The Six Million Dollar Man", "Wine, Women and War", and "Solid Gold Kidnapping"; the three reunion movies "The Return of the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman", "Bionic Showdown" (with Sandra Bullock) and "Bionic Ever After?"; and the never-before-released cross-over episodes of The Bionic Woman, all of which have also been digitally restored from the original source material.* Additionally, for the true completist, the set also contains the alternative syndicated edits of the pilot and reunion telefilms, which, when added together, makes for more than 30 unbelievable hours of bonus programming.

*Note from the producers: Despite best efforts, Time Life was unable to locate the original master for "Welcome Home, Jaime - Part 1," therefore, the syndicated version appears on these DVDs.


As the OSI did with astronaut Steve Austin, Time Life has the technology and capability to make the world's most singular Six Million Dollar Man completist's set better...stronger...faster. Enhancing the series long-awaited release are countless hours of bonus features, including intimate interviews with the cast and crew, including Lindsay Wagner (Jaime Sommers), executive producer Harve Bennett, and writer Kenneth Johnson. Also featured are a staggering seventeen original featurettes, on everything from "Real Bionics: How Science Fiction Is Becoming Science Fact" and "The Bionic Sound Effects", to "The Search for Bigfoot" and "The Six Million Dollar Man's Best Villains, Best Fights"; the two-part featurette "TV Goes Bionic: The Untold Story of The Six Million Dollar Man" (which goes behind the scenes to explore the series like never before), and several featurettes celebrating the series V.I.P. guest stars such as Lee's then-wife, Farrah Fawcett-Majors (who made four guest appearances), Andre the Giant, Kim Basinger, Sonny Bono, Lou Gossett, Erik Estrada, Stefanie Powers, John Saxon, Cathy Rigby, William Shatner, Suzanne Somers and many more. Additionally, there's audio commentary on six episodes by writer Kenneth Johnson and director Cliff Bole, and an interactive bonus entitled "Bionic Breakdown" that will allow fans the ability to click on Steve Austin's eye, arm or legs to learn more about each one of his bionic enhancements; from night-vision to cauterizing veins to running speeds that exceed 65 miles per hour, "Colonel Austin's" skills and abilities are catalogued here with episode clips as a visual reference.

Collection includes:
40 DVDs in a collectible packaging, featuring bionic sound effects and 3-D lenticular artwork
All 100 original, unedited episodes (1974-1978)
All three pilot tele-movies:"The Six Million Dollar Man", "Wine, Women and War", "Solid Gold Kidnapping", digitally remastered from original source materials
All three made-for-TV reunion movies: "The Return of the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman", "Bionic Showdown" and "Bionic Ever After?", digitally remastered from original source materials
17 Featurettes:
Real Bionics: How Science Fiction Is Becoming Science Fact
An Iconic Opening: The Six Million Dollar Man Show Open Never Disappointed
The Bionic Sound Effects
The Search For Bigfoot
The Six Million Dollar Fans: So Loyal, So Bionic!
The Six Million Dollar Man's Best Villains, Best Fights
TV Goes Bionic: The Untold Story Of The Six Million Dollar Man, Part I, II
Top Secret: The OSI, NASA and Bionics
The Pop Culture Effect
The Reunion Films: Life After The Series
Bionic Action...Figures!!!
The Stunts Of The Bionic Age: Pushing The Envelope
6 Audio Commentaries:
Writer Kenneth Johnson on:
"The Bionic Woman"
"The Bionic Woman, Part II"
"The Secret of Bigfoot"
"The Secret of Bigfoot, Part II"
Director Cliff Bole on:
"The Blue Flash"
"Vulture of the Andes"
Mini-Biographies of the actors and their characters: Getting to Know "Steve Austin", "Jaime Sommers", "Oscar Goldman", "Rudy Wells"
OSI Mission Debriefings featuring all-new extensive interviews with Lee Majors, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks, Executive Producer Harve Bennett and writer/producer Kenneth Johnson
Season 1-5 VIPs: A Celebration of The Six Million Dollar Man Guest Stars
Interactive Bonus Feature: "Bionic Breakdown"
Never-Before-Seen Blooper Reel

One of the pop culture smashes of the '70s, THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN starred Lee Majors as Colonel Steve Austin, a top NASA pilot critically injured when his experimental spaceplane crashed. Oscar Goldman (Anderson), head of the OSI used Austin as a test subject for an experimental procedure, rebuilding his body using cybernetic technology, making him the world's first bionic man. Now, Austin works for Goldman and the OSI, protecting the nation from myriad threats. Based on the novel Cyborg by Martin Caidin, THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN launched with several made-for-TV movies in 1973, which then spun off into a hit for ABC, running from January 1974 to March 1978. During its run, the program made Majors a pop culture icon, spawned three reunion shows, another series (The Bionic Woman, starring Lindsay Wagner) and thousands of licensed products, making THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN one of the defining TV shows of the "Me" decade.

The Six Million Dollar Man is a copyright and trademark of Universal Studios and used under license.


THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN: THE COMPLETE SERIES
Release Date: November 23, 2010
List Price: $239.95


http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Six-Million-Dollar-Man-The-Complete-Series/14407

 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2010 - 6:03 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

My earliest childhood memories come back with this show--I have images of that latex arm "skin" you could peel back on the old Steve Austin figure. I even had the Maskatron and Bigfoot figures...Don't know if I want to wade through five seasons of this but it sure is tempting.

I may have to grow my own Steve Austin 'stache in anticipation of this most sacred occasion.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2010 - 9:22 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

Is the original pilot the one also known as CYBORG? The one with the Gil Mellé score?

Anyway, looks like we're getting the original, rarely-heard Mellé score for "The Solid Gold Kidnapping" AND the Oliver Nelson rescore/ retrack for that feature-lenghter.

That's an awful lot of Lee Majors for a bit of good music ratio though! I may wait for the Intrada CD.

 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2010 - 9:25 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

40 DVDs?!?

Well, it's better than having it released piecemeal, and they stop halfway (like Hill Street Blues). I'm willing to fork out the extra dough.


Don't fret...this will be one of those "online exclusives" that will be released on a season-by-season basis in stores within six months, much like those complete series boxed sets for Get Smart and The Real Ghostbusters.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2010 - 10:51 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

40 DVDs?!?

Well, it's better than having it released piecemeal, and they stop halfway (like Hill Street Blues). I'm willing to fork out the extra dough.


Don't fret...this will be one of those "online exclusives" that will be released on a season-by-season basis in stores within six months, much like those complete series boxed sets for Get Smart and The Real Ghostbusters.


Only Region 1, or is it Region 2 as well?

 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2010 - 11:47 AM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

Region 1 for the moment. I'm guessing it will be a similar sitaution for this set as it was for The Man From UNCLE.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2010 - 11:11 PM   
 By:   quiller007   (Member)



Don't fret...this will be one of those "online exclusives" that will be released on a season-by-season basis in stores within six months, much like those complete series boxed sets for Get Smart and The Real Ghostbusters.


Not. Time-Life has an exclusive license on SMDM for two years,
after which time Universal can then start packaging and distributing
their own season-by-season sets, and those will NOT contain all of the
extras. You guys will just have to fork over 240 buckaroos if you want it,
and forgo purchasing soundtracks for a while. HA! big grin

Den

 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2010 - 3:06 AM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

This will be by far the most expensive single thing of music or video I've ever bought, but I think I'm going to buy it.

 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2010 - 5:34 AM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

But then there's the big question: the press release contained a note from the producers which informs fans that, "Despite best efforts, Time Life was unable to locate the original master for 'Welcome Home, Jaime - Part 1,' therefore, the syndicated version appears on these DVDs." Does this mean that the episode will appear with the "altered" opening credits of The Bionic Woman, rather than the as-originally-broadcast opening credits of The Six Million Dollar Man? Yes, it will have titles and credits in the style of The Bionic Woman. Matt Hankinson comments that this is the major change to the episode; it otherwise is the "full 50-minute version". Matt also comments that "for a show with 100 episodes and 6 movies, having just one episode not being 100% in its original form is not all that bad." We have to agree with that! Since Time-Life's restored version of the episode is the one provided back to Universal for inclusion as a bonus on their own DVD release of The Bionic Woman - Season 1, we're confident in saying that this is the same version of "Welcome Home Jaime, Part 1" that you'll see on that set as well.

What efforts did Time-Life make to try to get "Welcome Home Jaime, Part 1" in it's original form? After Universal (who they licensed the show from) was unable to provide the original version among the source material for the rest of the show they otherwise furnished, Time-Life checked in with the Library of Congress, with the Paley Institute and even the UCLA archives...none of these had a copy of it in the original form. Time-Life prevailed upon Universal to look further for it, and checked in with their fan consultants as well. Matt Hankinson describes that "Universal contacted all of their international licensees, distributors, syndicators, video divisions, etc. to verify which version they had, with the hopes of finding the original Six Million Dollar Man version. Alas, it was not to be found anywhere.". Joe Burns also points out that another fan who was brought into the project, Jim Sherrard, collected some ¾" U-matic tapes of the original broadcasts (which, reportedly, Lindsay Wagner's mother recorded!), but "Welcome Home, Jaime" was not among them. The consultants even tried to look into whether any of the overseas DVD releases (such as perhaps the one in France) might have had the correct original-network-version of that installment, but unfortunately they were unable to get anywhere using that route. It's too bad that all of these attempts didn't get anywhere, but I think we can all agree that this does represent "best efforts" from Time-Life! But in the meantime, Time-Life and their fan consultants went to extensive efforts to bring you the original versions of every other episode, crossover episode and all six telefilms. You can thank them, for example, for getting a fully restored "Wine, Women and War" version that has never been presented that way on home video, anywhere, until this release.

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Six-Million-Dollar-Man-The-Complete-Series/14412


 
 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2010 - 11:20 AM   
 By:   quiller007   (Member)

Not. Time-Life has an exclusive license on SMDM for two years,
after which time Universal can then start packaging and distributing
their own season-by-season sets, and those will NOT contain all of the
extras. You guys will just have to fork over 240 buckaroos if you want it,
and forgo purchasing soundtracks for a while. HA! big grin

Den



Correction: Time-Life has a ONE YEAR exclusive on SMDM. Not TWO,
like I previously stated. My mistake. Anyway, you guys still have
to skip purchasing film score cds for one year in order to buy this set. wink

Den

 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2010 - 6:11 PM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

What efforts did Time-Life make to try to get "Welcome Home Jaime, Part 1" in it's original form? After Universal (who they licensed the show from) was unable to provide the original version among the source material for the rest of the show they otherwise furnished, Time-Life checked in with the Library of Congress, with the Paley Institute and even the UCLA archives...none of these had a copy of it in the original form. Time-Life prevailed upon Universal to look further for it, and checked in with their fan consultants as well. Matt Hankinson describes that "Universal contacted all of their international licensees, distributors, syndicators, video divisions, etc. to verify which version they had, with the hopes of finding the original Six Million Dollar Man version. Alas, it was not to be found anywhere.". Joe Burns also points out that another fan who was brought into the project, Jim Sherrard, collected some ¾" U-matic tapes of the original broadcasts (which, reportedly, Lindsay Wagner's mother recorded!), but "Welcome Home, Jaime" was not among them. The consultants even tried to look into whether any of the overseas DVD releases (such as perhaps the one in France) might have had the correct original-network-version of that installment, but unfortunately they were unable to get anywhere using that route. It's too bad that all of these attempts didn't get anywhere, but I think we can all agree that this does represent "best efforts" from Time-Life! But in the meantime, Time-Life and their fan consultants went to extensive efforts to bring you the original versions of every other episode, crossover episode and all six telefilms. You can thank them, for example, for getting a fully restored "Wine, Women and War" version that has never been presented that way on home video, anywhere, until this release.


That's a LOT of care and effort on the part of a DVD maker. The idea that this thing has been created like a labor of love, for the purists, is getting me a little more excited about it.

 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2010 - 6:48 PM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

And I thought the BBC had problems with their archives. LOL

 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2010 - 7:51 PM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

Since "Welcome Home, Jaime" was intended to be part of THE BIONIC WOMAN syndication package, the studio might have used the original master elements to create the syndie version, destroying the first-run version. It was a time when nobody envisioned the kind of home video productions we have today.

The 35mm master negative of STAR TREK "The Cage" was cut up to create "The Menagerie." In those days it was seen as a reasonable move to save time and money.

 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2010 - 2:48 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

This is sounding very good, although I have series 1 & 2 on DVD already and I prefer The Bionic Woman. I wonder what the shipping will be to the UK.

 
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