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(working tittle 'Cyborg')

 

Directed by Dick Moder, Cliff Bole, Phil Bondelli, Jerry London etc.
USA 1974 - 78

 

The Six Million Dollar Man is an American science fiction and action television series about a former astronaut, Colonel Steve Austin, portrayed by American actor Lee Majors. Austin has superhuman strength due to bionic implants and is employed as a secret agent by a fictional U.S. government office titled OSI. The series was based on the Martin Caidin novel Cyborg, which was the working title of the series during pre-production.

Following three television pilot movies, which all aired in 1973, The Six Million Dollar Man television series aired on the ABC network as a regular episodic series for five seasons from 1974 to 1978. Steve Austin became a pop culture icon of the 1970s.

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Grievously injured in the crash of an experimental aircraft, Colonel Steve Austin’s shattered body is covertly rebuilt via the miracle of modern science known as bionics. Equipped with atomic-powered limbs that make him “better, stronger, faster” than the average mortal, Austin (Lee Majors) can now run at speeds exceeding 60 miles per hour, overturn cars with ease, and spot an encroaching enemy from over a mile away. Under the watchful eye of OSI director Oscar Goldman (Richard Anderson), Steve repays his debt to the taxpayers by taking on perilous missions of a highly classified nature. It chronicles Steve Austin’s amazing metamorphosis from “a man barely alive” to cyborg to patriotic superspy.

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Theatrical Release: January 18th, 1974

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Distribution Turbine - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime Average episode: 49:09.376        
Video

1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,589,215,504 bytes

Avg. Episode: 5,711,567,872 bytes

Video Bitrate: 9.35 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1672 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1672 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)

DUB: DTS-HD Master Audio German 1659 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1659 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)

Subtitles German (for episodes not movies), None
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Turbine

 

1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,589,215,504 bytes

Avg. Episode: 5,711,567,872 bytes

Video Bitrate: 9.35 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Disc 5

About the Sound Effects "Real Bionics" (11:08)
Celebration of the Guest Stars with producer Harve Bennett (15:08)

Disc 12
Return of the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1:38:16 - SD)
The Bionic Showdown (1:35:56 - SD)
Bionic Ever After (1:26:50 - SD)

Booklet with episode guide (German text)


Blu-ray Release Date:
November 30th, 2018
Custom Blu-ray Case (see below)

Chapters 12

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Turbine, out of Germany, bring the 70's sci-fi TV series The Six Million Dollar Man to a 12 Blu-ray disc package that includes all five seasons (99 episodes). Turbine also include the made-for-TV movie entitled The Six Million Dollar Man from 1973 starring Majors as Colonel Steve Austin, Martin Balsam, Darren McGavin and Barbara Anderson as the 'love-interest' nurse. It was re-edited for the later series and re-titled "The Moon and the Desert, Parts I and II". Both of which are included. As are the 1 1/4 hour TV movies The Six Million Dollar Man: The Solid Gold Kidnapping and The Six Million Dollar Man: Wine, Women and War ,part of ABC's Movie of the Week series, both the segregated two separate 49-minute re-edited broadcast shows included as options on the first (of 12 dual-layered) Blu-rays. The movies have text and titles in the German language and optional German DUBs (but no subtitles - they are included with the individual episodes.) Also include on Blu-ray 12 are the three reunion movies ( transferred in 720 X 480 SD); The Return of the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1987), Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1989) which featured Sandra Bullock in an early role as a new bionic woman; and Bionic Ever After?

While these Blu-rays are in 1080P the bitrate are low (up to ten 49-minite episodes on each BD disc), the image - which was shot in 35mm - looks very pleasing in HD with a high level of detail and plenty of depth. There are some occasional anomalies but they were few and far between and I was impressed with the original 1.33:1 visuals - towering over SD with each Blu-ray disc containing about 4.5 hours of entertainment content. 

These are presented in 2.0 16-bit DTS-HD Master Audio track in original English or a similarly encoded German DUB. Effects are 'of the time' with plenty of slow-motion, or sped-up film, that look relatively cheesy by today's standards. While the series music is credited to Oliver Nelson, J.J. Johnson, Richard Clements Bobby Bryant, Luchi De Jesus and Benny Golson - it was actually Dusty Springfield (1967's Casino Royale, Fat City), backed by Ron "Escalade" Piscina, who sang the theme song used in the opening and closing credits for the Wine, Women & War and The Solid Gold Kidnapping TV movies. The song was also used in the promotion of the series, but when the weekly series began the song was replaced by the instrumental theme by Oliver Nelson later with a voiceover narration by Oscar Goldman (Richard Anderson) stating the evolution behind the bionic man. There are optional German subtitles for the series episoides on these Region FREE
Blu-rays.

For extras, as well as the aforementioned movie version, there are About the Sound Effects "Real Bionics" running over 11-minutes about the memorable sound effects from Steve Austin's low motion Cyborg effects as well as a 1/4 hour Celebration of the Guest Stars with producer Harve Bennett discussing the Season Two VIPs involved. There is also a booklet episode guide (German text.)

NOTE: One facet that I wasn't keen about - the package is two thick four-disc digipack cases that are holding 6 discs (2 overlapping on one spindle) inside a box with the booklet between the large cases. I found it promoted floaters (loose discs) and was not the most ideal method of packaging.

This memorable series, and made-for-TV movies, were stacked with guest stars including Farrah Fawcett (Mrs. Lee Majors), Martin Balsam, Britt Ekland, Lloyd Bochner, Stefanie Powers, Martha Scott, Gary Lockwood, Noah Beery Jr., John Saxon, Jenny Agutter, Dick Van Patten, Ted Cassidy, André the Giant, Martine Beswick, Robert Loggia, Mike Farrell, Farley Granger, William Shatner, Sonny Bono, Chuck Connors, Larry Csonka, Louis Gossett Jr., Donna Mills, Pernell Roberts, William Schallert, George Foreman, Elke Sommer, Suzanne Somers, Dick Butkus, Erik Estrada, Tab Hunter, Carl Weathers, Joan Van Ark, Yvonne Craig and many others, Who can forget the 'Bigfoot' episodes? The
Blu-ray package is quite a handful with all the pilot, TV movies and extras included and a mass of vintage 70's TV entertainment on each disc. I loved stepping back into my childhood when I first watched this... "Steve Austin, astronaut. A man barely alive. Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world's first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better...stronger...faster." This is a keeper. Absolutely recommended!

Gary Tooze

 

 


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