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 Posted:   Nov 29, 2010 - 8:26 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

I've now gone through all episodes of the first four seasons and after getting through some S5 episodes I think I'm feeling the burnout syndrome a bit as the show by this point really starts to look more tired. I think the last season with a slew of two part episodes really tend to come off more like overly padded shows when you try to watch them all these years later (as opposed to how they seemed as a kid waiting a week for the rest of things). "Return of Death Probe" for instance is about as thin as you can get over two hours in terms of dissecting the villain's plot and is just a series of endless action set pieces punctuated by a few chats between Oscar and Steve on what to do next.

And yes, Zap, it does seem like every show back then did their version of "Christmas Carol" at some point ("Odd Couple" I can recall too), but SMDM's manages to come off nice. There's an amusing moment when Steve walks into a toy shop and if you look carefully at the shelves, there's the Six Million Dollar Man action figure!

 
 Posted:   Jan 4, 2011 - 11:29 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

For a limited time only, The Six Million Dollar Man: The Complete Season 1 is available on DVD. Season 1 contains all 13 episodes from the first year of the groundbreaking TV series. The 6-DVD set also includes all three pilot movies (in their uncut, original broadcast versions), plus over two hours of bonus features that includes a new interview with Executive Producer Harve Bennett. All episodes are remastered and restored for pristine quality. Not available in stores!
This past November, Time-Life released their direct-sale-exclusive gift set of The Six Million Dollar Man - The Complete Series, a 40-DVD package with every episode of the show's 5-year run, plus all 3 pre-series pilot telefilms and all 3 post-series telefilm team-ups with The Bionic Woman...not to mention every cross-over episode of The Bionic Woman that Colonel Steve Austin contributing to a Jaime Sommers storyline!

Speaking for myself, personally, I've been watching that set in order, and I'm coming to the end of the fifth and final season, and I'll next tackle the reunion specials and all the remaining bonus material. I have been a passionate "Bionic" fan since the first TV airings when I was a kid, and I cannot imagine there could have been a more perfect DVD release of The Six Million Dollar Man. The set is practically immaculate, and it's a shoe-in for DVD title of the year. Incredible work; well done all the way around!

But for fans who need (or simply prefer) to buy this show one season at a time, the folks at Time Life have now begun selling the 6-DVD set of The Six Million Dollar Man - Pilot TV Movies and The Complete Season 1 on its own, for a $39.99 price tag (and, for a limited time, free shipping). It's in stock now, and ready to ship just as soon as you place your order! No word yet about if or when other season sets of this series will be made available in a similar fashion. Plus - as the studio description quoted at top points out - the Season 1 set sold on it's own is "for a limited time only". Be sure to jump on it, Steve Austin-style!

http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Six-Million-Dollar-Man-Season-1/14873

 
 Posted:   Mar 22, 2011 - 7:10 PM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

Life keeps intervening, so I've been away from my SMDM set forever. But tonight I watched the next two in order: "Eyewitness to Murder" and "The Rescue of Athena One."

"Eyewitness" is a plodding procedural that I probably won't sit through again. Oliver Nelson gave it some decent music, though. I'm finding it ironic that after 37 years, second banana Richard Anderson and guest star Gary Lockwood still look good, even timeless, in their business suits, but the star looks like hell.

The glamorous and super-cool Steve Austin is the only one wearing dated fad fashions. Even when Steve puts on a traditional men's sport coat, it's loud and clangs on the eye. I'm glad this never happened to the other fella. Or barely happened, depending on some of Moore's suits in LALD/MWGG.

"The Rescue of Athena One" is charming and terrific. Farrah is a perfect doll as Kelly. I got swept up in the space mission. Neither Steve nor Kelly can do all the heroics alone, so she isn't relegated to girl-rescued status but gets to do her part saving the day. Only the space-mission special effects were lacking, and I put that down to charm.

The story was inspired by Apollo 13, and the zero fx budget even led to using a still photo of the A-13 service module as damaged in that real-life explosion. This episode would be a perfect candidate for the STAR TREK treatment, where they replace all the original fx with new CGI animation.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 23, 2011 - 1:13 AM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (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.


In the first season, the main title was sung by Dusty Springfield. Is that included?

 
 Posted:   Mar 23, 2011 - 5:05 AM   
 By:   Scott M (Oldsmith)   (Member)

In the first season, the main title was sung by Dusty Springfield. Is that included?

That song was only used for the two Glen Larson produced films: Wine Women and War and The Sold Gold Kidnapping. And yes, they are included.

 
 Posted:   Apr 14, 2011 - 2:08 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

The new Antenna TV channel has been airing the Time-Life commercial for TSMDM S1 set. Nice to see this old warhorse getting some ad time.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 14, 2011 - 3:51 PM   
 By:   quiller007   (Member)

"The Rescue of Athena One" would be a perfect candidate for the STAR TREK treatment, where they replace all the original fx with new CGI animation.

Wrong! If they do that I'll never watch it. I can't stand it when studios
feel they have to "update" old shows or movies by replacing the special
effects with modern cgi crap. One of the reasons some of us fans like these
shows is because of the old-style effects. It's one of the aspects of yesteryear's
filmmaking styles that I love, and one of the things that makes them classics
in the first place. There's already enough current films and tv shows with
computer generated effects. Leave the 60's, 70's and 80's stuff alone!
It's bad enough that they even do remakes of this stuff. Now you're
suggesting that they actually change the footage of a classic show?

What Paramount did to STAR TREK was sacrilege, imo.

Den

 
 Posted:   Jun 10, 2011 - 8:03 PM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

Today I watched "Dr Wells is Missing" and "The Last of the Fourth of Julys."

Lee did a lot of his own stunts in "Missing," even some that looked dangerous, but there are one or two stunts where you can see it's not him. When he leaves the al fresco restaurant by leaping over a railing, the stuntman's face is front and center. I hope that guy got the DVD set and showed his grandchildren.

During the fight in the snow, when Steve knocks the French savate expert down and the guy goes sliding across the yard, you can see the tow wire pulling him along.

For the establishing shot of an Austrian village, I think they used a matte painting on glass that was lit from behind, so the windows glowed brightly. The same technique was used for Starbase 11 in "Court-Martial." It works pretty well because you'd never expect a "dead" still frame to glow like that.

Regarding "Fourth of Julys," I have the GAF Viewmaster Reels for SMDM, and for some reason all these years I thought the female guest star was Barbara Luna (Marlena in ST "Mirror, Mirror"). But she was actually Arlene Martel (T'Pring, who dumped Spock). Well into the episode, I was still trying to shoehorn Arlene Martel's SMDM character into my memory of what Barbara Luna looked like.

Early in the episode when Oscar is briefing Steve with a little slide show, a photo of a water treatment facility comes up as the enemy's facility. And if you look closely, Steve is already in that slide-- a place his character hasn't been to yet-- starting his bionic run on the left side of the frame. That was a neat little blooper or in-joke.

The thing with the stuntmen and the tiny image of Steve in the projected slide where he doesn't belong is, I'm watching on a huge TV by 1974 standards, and although the DVD player is outputting standard def, I think the resolution might be higher on an LCD set than what we had on the old 70's tubes.

 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2014 - 10:48 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I've just started season two but have yet to review S1, so my reviews will be all over the place.

Just watched "Pilot Error" from season two and as mentioned somewhere, Nelson uses his "Greenhouse Jungle" cue as a fitting and most satisfying end to the episode. Steve hugging the gorgeous Denby as he realizes she was his air traffic "savior" during the perilous flight. I like how the camera is at a distance and in doing so allows the actors to "sell" the emotion of the scene. I dare say that Nelson's re-use of his Columbo cue is more effective and appropriate in this SMDM episode than in Columbo.

 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2014 - 1:18 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

"The Pal-Mir Escort" is a decent episode but they missed out in having slab of flesh Denny Miller be a bionic or otherwise superhuman nemesis for Austin to fight. I guess the more "fantastic" elements of the SMDM would come starting with S3. The non-foreign terrorists would fit in well with today's "Only Blonde Hair and Blue Eyes Can Be Villains" Hollywood mentality, but I suppose it goes back to the '70s.

Anne Revere made for a good Golda Meir-type prime minister and I like when shows cast "old time" actors for parts such as these. She and Lee majors had pretty good chemistry but I wish they would have strenuously argued since she kept wanting to stop and see the countryside!

The "Bionic Heart" angle seemed unnecessarily tacked on since this episode was more "grown up." It also was more of a way of putting Steve in danger by involving him with the PM's procedure. Nifty brownish leisure suit expertly worn by Austin when he visits Revere in the hospital at episode's end.

 
 Posted:   Aug 3, 2014 - 11:45 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

"The Seven Million Dollar Man" is one of the series' most memorable episodes, falling just short of the first season's "Day of the Robot" in terms of its childhood effect on young Jim Phelps.

In "T7MDM", Monte Markham sneers his lines out of the side of his mouth as his "Barney Miller" character spirals out of control. Markham makes each successive scene he's in more and more obnoxious and dangerous. Pop culture has latched on to his infamous post-ass kicking line, "It's wild, Steve--it's wild!"

Oliver Nelson composed a suitable theme for Miller with buzzing electronics(?) signifying, to me at least, his malfunctioning self. Lee Majors gives an energetic performance as he finally shows some anger with Miller's behavior and I was impressed with his rapport with Markham. Of course Majors and Richard Anderson are excellent together. I like how Oscar calls Steve "pal."

Anyone cringe but at the same time marvel at Steve's peach leisure suit with the 'X' loops on the slacks? There's also some kind of splotchy pattern on the jacket, adding to his "Hip in '74" attire. Oscar Goldman goes the Mannix route in a tasteful sports jacket and slacks. Heck, even Markham dresses in a classic way.

Kolchak Trivia: The female extra with the frosted hair at the bar scene where Miller slams that security guy can also be seen in the office speech by Tony Vincenzo in "The Spanish Moss Murders", also from the 1974-75 television season and with an ABC/Universal connection.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 3, 2014 - 12:49 PM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)



Oliver Nelson composed a suitable theme for Miller with buzzing electronics(?) signifying,



It's an electric guitar filtered with an acid fuzz pedal, typical of the psyche rock bands.

 
 Posted:   Aug 3, 2014 - 5:16 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Oliver Nelson composed a suitable theme for Miller with buzzing electronics(?)

It's an electric guitar filtered with an acid fuzz pedal, typical of the psyche rock bands.


Thanks, Rudy. wink

S2 has been enjoyable and while S3 & 4 are going for under twelve dollars on Amazon, I have resisted the urge to get them because of several reasons: the death of composer Oliver Nelson, the introduction of the dreary Jamie Summers (despite her fine Fielding theme and Harnell underscore), and above of all, the ratcheting up of that dreaded "cheese" factor. 1975 is usually my cut-off year for (most) TV shows and SMDM will fall into that, as well. However, "never say never", but at this point I can't see myself taking the plunge for those future seasons.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2014 - 3:38 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

Oliver Nelson composed a suitable theme for Miller with buzzing electronics(?)

It's an electric guitar filtered with an acid fuzz pedal, typical of the psyche rock bands.


Thanks, Rudy. wink

S2 has been enjoyable and while S3 & 4 are going for under twelve dollars on Amazon, I have resisted the urge to get them because of several reasons: the death of composer Oliver Nelson, the introduction of the dreary Jamie Summers (despite her fine Fielding theme and Harnell underscore), and above of all, the ratcheting up of that dreaded "cheese" factor. 1975 is usually my cut-off year for (most) TV shows and SMDM will fall into that, as well. However, "never say never", but at this point I can't see myself taking the plunge for those future seasons.



S2 of THE SIX MILL is its zenith. S3 shows the first signs of a 'sure' decay.
The disease was introduced at the very end of S2 with Jamie Summers.
¶ Priority code: Snow White.

 
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