Will TV on DVD wonders ever cease? For the first time ever, all five seasons of The Six Million Dollar Man are coming to DVD in one package, a massive 40-disc set scheduled for a November 2010 release from Time Life, who have put out complete runs of Get Smart and The Man From U.N.C.L.E.. Reportedly the Seventies sci-fi series has never fully been released on any home video format ever, and it is the fourth most requested unreleased show at TVShowsonDVD.com.
In addition to the complete series run, The Six Million Dollar Man: The Complete Series box will also include the three pilot movies (The Six Million Dollar Man, Wine, Women and War, Solid Gold Kidnapping), the three made-for-TV reunion movies (The Return of the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman, Bionic Showdown and Bionic Ever After?), the never-before-released cross-over episodes with The Bionic Woman and over fifteen additional hours of new bonus features including all-new cast and crew interviews, including star Lee Majors and Richard Anderson.
“As the show that introduced me to TV audiences the world over, I have a fond place in my heart for The Six Million Dollar Man,” says Majors. “And over the past several years, the one question I get asked most is ‘when will it be available on DVD?’ So, I’m truly excited to be involved in bringing the series to a new generation of fans.”
A major hit in the Seventies that was inspired by the novel Cyborg by Martin Caidin, the sci-fi series focused on Colonel Steve Austin, an astronaut whose life is saved after a deadly crash by rebuilding his body with “cybernetic technology” that turned him into the world’s first bionic man. Of course, the payback is that he ends up working for the government agency called OSI (Office of Scientific Intelligence) in the name of national security. His boss is Oscar Goldman (Anderson), and they work together to protect America from various threats. Beyond all the marketing crossovers, the show spawned a female version (The Bionic Woman with Lindsay Wagner), which had a short-lived revival on NBC in 2007. Many children of the Seventies fondly remember this sci-fi series, and even if you’re too young to even know anything about either series, their famous bionic sounds have been used in various sendups since.
“We couldn’t be more excited to have the opportunity to deliver such a long-awaited classic to DVD for the first time,” says Jeff Peisch, head of Time Life’s video division. “We have a long history of reverential treatment towards the packaging of cult classic TV, and we now have the technology and capability to build a better DVD set. Better…stronger…faster. Actually, we’re pulling out all the stops for The Six Million Dollar Man, making sure that it’s both a completist’s dream set and the perfect DVD homage to an unreleased classic.”