Six Million Dollar Man Complete Series Coming to DVD

The Six Million Dollar Man, the classic sci-fi TV series starring Lee Majors as Colonel Steve Austin (a character also featured in novels, comics and subject of an in-development feature film), is coming to DVD as a complete series box set from Time Life in November.

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By EdGross - 9/17/2010
Based on Martin Caidin's novel, Cyborg, The Six Million Dollar Man looks at how Austin, an astronaut, nearly dies in the crash landing of an experimental aircraft. His life is saved when his arm, legs and one of his eyes are replaced with bionic parts, turning him into a living machine used by the government for various missions.



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 – including three presented in their original 2-hour broadcast versions -- 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 TV movies (“The Six Million Dollar Man”, “Wine, Women and War”, “Solid Gold Kidnapping”), the three reunion TV movies (“The Return of the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman”, “Bionic Showdown” (featuring 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.[i] Additionally, for the true completist, the set also contains the alternative syndicated edits of the pilot and reunion TV movies, which, when added together, makes for more than 30 unbelievable hours of bonus programming.

As 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 visual reference.

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 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: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION

Release Date: November 23, 2010

Pre-Order Begins: September 14, 2010

List Price: $239.95


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EdGross - 9/17/2010, 5:29 AM
Poor Lee Majors, nuthin'. I interviewed him yesterday and he's doing great. It was terrific speaking to him and I'll be posting the interview soon.
Hawksblueyes - 9/17/2010, 5:48 AM
I have to admit, I never liked the Six Million Dollor Man, even as a child. When nothing else was on TV.

I did like Majors in just about everything else he was in.

Good stuff Ed.
Scotty0570 - 9/17/2010, 6:09 AM
I loved this show as a kid growing up in the 70's. I had the Bionic Man doll, the Bionic Woman doll and the Oscar Goldman doll (Steve Austin's boss at OSI) with an exploding briefcase. He fought Bigfoot (classic), weird human looking robots that had "peel off" faces and a runaway space probe (just some of the crazy episodes that stand out in my mind)...

Can't wait to check out the series again. Thanks for the article...
ManhuntersBastardChild - 9/17/2010, 6:09 AM
This was just before my time as a kid, but I remember it because my brother and sisters who were late seventies kids and caught the reruns back in Nigeria would tell me all about how awesome this show was. While my budget does not allow me to shell out $200+ for dvds, I can say for sure that I would love to watch the series!
comicb00kguy - 9/17/2010, 6:14 AM
I'm looking forward to reading or hearing this interview! The Six Million Dollar Man was one of my favorite shows as a kid, and I've waited a long time to see it finally come out on DVD. Time-Life has truly done a first-rate job with this show too. They've assembled a really impressive collection of bonus features. All I need to do now is find a way to afford it.
AlexDeLarge87 - 9/17/2010, 6:54 AM
Awesome news! Wonder who would play Austin in the new feature film!
loganoneil - 9/17/2010, 7:00 AM
It's about @#$!-ing time!!! I've been a fan of this series since I was a kid (who growing up as a kid in that era DIDN'T run around in slow-motion on the playground making that bionic 'Di-na-na-na-nah' sound?)! All I've found over the years were low-res ghetto-quality copies at cons. Now I can own a clean, licensed copy - THANK YOU! I wonder what kind of easter egg goodies this is going to come with - has anyone heard?

And for the record (for those who are wondering), this is a LEGITIMATE post - the Six Million Dollar Man was indeed made into a comic book (I should know, I've still got the set from when I was a kid... along with all the action figures and playsets!) I wonder where my Mask-a-tron is.... (LMAO!)

GREAT find Ed!
loganoneil - 9/17/2010, 7:06 AM
AlexDeLarge666 - There was a rumor a couple of years back that someone was planning a feature-lenght film based on this property. The name I heard being thrown around to play the part of Steve Austin was Chris Rock (god forbid!), meaning it was going to be a comedic take on the classic (kinda' like the 'Starsky & Hutch' fiasco starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson). I HOPE it was scrapped for something better!
paulyd3 - 9/17/2010, 7:30 AM
Best TV show ever !! Best opening sequence and theme song brothers get to running bitches . Six million dollar man was the shit in the day. Him and evil Kenevil were the heroes of the 70's . You were not cool unless you had the those action figures.

Steve Austin was the best dressed man on TV bitches and owned all your asses
AlexDeLarge87 - 9/17/2010, 8:56 AM
loganoneil@ Whaaat?!... Chris Rock?!! GOD HELP US!! That would suck... BIG TIME!!:(

They should make a serious movie about it or no movie at all!
loganoneil - 9/17/2010, 9:33 AM
AlexDeLarge666 - AGREED! Too bad about 'The Bionic Woman' series, that would have been a perfect springboard (even though they'd be doing it in reverse order) for a 'Six Million Dollar Man' update. That show had potential to assume the mantle - it's a shame that the plotline got so bogged down.
SHAZAM171 - 9/17/2010, 10:00 AM
HELL YEAH!!!!!!!! "SHANANANANANANA SHANANANANANANA" LOL
wavehunter - 9/17/2010, 2:07 PM
Yes!!! Finally! Loved this show when I was a kid in 1st grade. Still have the action figure with the engine block.
AlexDeLarge87 - 9/17/2010, 2:42 PM
loganoneil@ Too bad yeah!
JYCowboy - 9/17/2010, 7:23 PM
Best news I have read here yet. I loved this show as my all time before Star Wars came out. Oh, I am soooo buying this.
CaptainPresley - 9/17/2010, 9:01 PM
Finally!!! I'm so glad they are releasing one of my favorite childhood shows. Did someone say poor Lee Majors? Lee had three highly successful TV series (The Big Valley, 6M$M, The Fall Guy). I'd say he's done pretty well in the business.
Bandrews1 - 9/18/2010, 8:03 AM
Cool.

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