Sometimes… Miracles DO Happen!
One of two that happened to me this year (The other was running into A Long-Lost Love at The Grocery Store after NEARLY A DECADE a la Steve & Jaime in RM1!) after YEARS of waiting was Universal Studios (Produced + Released via Time Life!) DVD Home Video Release of a Six Million Dollar Man Complete Series Mega-Set which was released EXCLUSIVELY to Region 1 after years of us Region 1 people basically getting everything (due to rights fights) later, worse, and incomplete as compared to “The European / Asian Versions!” which almost always featured better transfers, extended cuts, and often featured more bonus materials!
This MASTERPIECE RELEASE includes:
> A lovely keepsake box which has a “lenticular” cover which shows Steve manfully running in Slo-Mo as seen in the opening credits when you tilt the box up and down and which also replays Richard Anderson’s infamous “Gentleman, we can rebuild him, we have the technology…” line (over-and-over again) whenever you open the box (it gets REALLY annoying) and there (fortunately) is a lil’ slider-switch four-inches down on the audio unit within the box’s back wall which allows you to turn this cute-yet-annoying feature off. All 5 Seasons are included in their own individual 5-7 disc DVD color-coded volumes — which may be how the individual seasons will be released in 12 months when they may/may not be released and, if released, with an unknown amount of the Bonus Materials that were part of this set. There is also a Bonus DVD Volume, in this release, comprised entirely of Bonus Material DVDs including The Reunion Movies, the Extended 2-Parter/Syndication Versions of all 3 of the Pilot Movies, and many interviews/documentaries with Lee Majors, Lindsay Wagner, Martin Brooks, Richard Anderson, Kenneth Johnson, and many others who were involved with the production or whom have been very active in it’s continued off-the-air fan-life. The disc-trees within the cases are this sets ONLY major weak-spot as they can easily break; they should have used the type of disc holders that CBS used for the Dynasty DVD Releases — and some people are also reporting that some zooming/cropping may have been applied to the transfers of some of the episodes which I can’t ascertain. I do think there was some of this used on The Return of The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman as their faces look bigger in certain key dramatic scenes which actually does suss-out the acting a bit more. The re-mastering of the episodes was very well done and they actually look better in this release then they probably ever did during their initial broadcast/re-broadcast(s) and/or or previous Home Video Releases.
This release really is A Love Letter to The Fans (Thank you Universal, you rock, and you gave me by best birthday present EVER!) of these two series and also to fans of 70′s pop-culture in general as these two shows were the two final hold-outs to not be released on DVD. Bionic Woman Season 1 is also now available and Season 2 and Season 3 are reportedly on the way as well. What’s very gratifying, aside from us finally getting the goods, is that EVERYONE involved seems to now at last understand what a MASSIVE IMPACT that these two very special shows REALLY had, just how big they REALLY got, and that they are only now getting their well-deserved alcolades (and their stars their just residuals) for a television and film-maklng odyssey that has lasted over 30 years and a fandom which has lasted over 40.
My own personal take has always been that the secret to the initial and enduring following and popularity of these shows is that they were internally/externally powered by:
1) Something about a Super-Powered Man & Woman (Heroic Male / Female Archetypes in love with being with one another and working together as Jaime wasn’t just “Steve’s Girl” she was also his equally-matched counter-force/counter-point!) deeply appealed to the cultural and collective unconscious of those growing-up in the rousing mid-to-late 70′s when The Women’s Movement Achieved Critical Mass and the joint and the cross-over episodes showcasing what a powerful man and woman (and archetypal male and female energies) could look like when harnessed and in action together as equals that were perfectly balanced.
2) The highly compelling (And Very Odyssey-esque!) 30 Year Love Story between Jaime and Steve — one that proved to be so popular/powerful that Universal later then had to pay-through-the-nose to resurrect Jaime in the face of fan grief/outrage over them (moronically) killing her off — and also by exceptional characters who faced-down death, returned stronger, and in the process became better, stronger, faster… like all of us do in this life… occasionally in Slo-Mo and frequently with Bionic Sound Effects! Our greatest tragedies and greatest losses often become our greatest…
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I grew up watching The Six Million Dollar Man and had given up on ever seeing it on DVD then last year Time-Life released the enire series in one awesome set. The series looks great, the sound is pretty good and the special features are great. I ordered mine through Time-Life after I found an online coupon for 10% off (plus $12 back from ebates, bringing the price to just over $200). The set is well worth the price Time-Life is asking and they did a great job with every aspect of bringing one the best shows from the 70′s to DVD but there is no need to pay this much. I don’t know why this seller is asking $500 for something that can be purchased for less than half that from the people that produced the set.
Took a chance and bought a used copy (1/2 retail from Time Life website); I couldn’t be more pleased. Box and DVDs arrived in perfect condition. As soon as I opened it, I had a big smile. This series was long awaited but the release is top notch. Every Bionic Man tv appearance is here and the box has the iconic red jumpsuit hologram + a chip giving Oscar Goldman’s voiceover. This was one of my favorite shows and watching season 1 takes me back to a happy place.Since there’s 80+ hrs to consume, I’ll be viewing for awhile.
If you are a fan, order this set and you’ll love it.