Bottom line: Tons of fun. Christmas has come early with this binge-watchable box set.
Cast: Lee Majors, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks, Lindsay Wagner, Alan Oppenheimer, Farrah Fawcett.
Run time: 5395 minutes.
“We can rebuild him. We have the technology. We can make him better than he was. Better … stronger… faster…”
If these words send a thrill of anticipation running down your spine, then you’re in for a treat. Hell, even if The Six Million Dollar Man means nothing to you, Fabulous Films’ latest box set is eminently binge-watchable.
After crashing during an experimental aircraft test, astronaut Steve Austin (Lee Majors) is barely alive and clinging to life. The government decide use funding for a secret bionics project to create the next generation of covert operative—an agent with bionic limbs that give him superhuman strength, along with a bionic eye that allows him to see details over a mile away. When Colonel Austin wakes up, he now has to processes the implications of this second chance at life, while juggling the missions that his new skills make possible.
Based on the book Cyborg by Martin Caidin The Six Million Dollar Man was prime family viewing, with storylines that blended sci-fi, with action, spy drama, aliens, Bigfoot, and even the odd tear-jerker.
The result, almost 50 years after its initial run, is still tons of fun—a little ludicrous and dated on places, sure, but quality all the same.
Like all period shows, it’s fun to lay ‘spot the famous face’ and you won’t be disappointed. Guests on the show including Andre the Giant and Ted Cassidy (Lurch) Kim Basinger, George Takei, William Shatner, Stefanie Mills, and Jenny Agutter. Sandra Bullock had an early major screen role in Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman, one of three made-for-television movies included in the extras. The movie sees Bullock becoming bionic and assisting the Bionic Woman and Six Million Dollar Man to catch a bionic spy. Bullock’s character was written along to possibly develop for a spin-off series —although nothing panned out. Bryan Cranston also guest starred in the first of the television movies (The Return Of The Six Million Dollar Man And The Bionic Woman) which he talks about in the extras.
The Complete Collection box set includes 100 uncut episodes across 5 seasons, all digitally re-mastered and restored in high-definition, with an incredible 1479 minutes of extras. And these extras really are a wow—both extensive and well curated.
The Six Million Dollar Man: The Complete Series has Christmas viewing sorted.
- All three pilot movies in their original feature-length versions and their longer syndicated 2 part versions.
- All three reunion movies: The Return of the Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman, Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman and Bionic Ever After?
- Featurette : The Reunion Movies: Life after the Series.
- Real Bionics.
- An Iconic Opening.
- Season 1 VIPS: A Celebration of The Six Million Dollar Man Guest Stars.
- Bionic Breakdown.
- OSI Mission Debriefing: Executive Producer Harvey Bennett.
- Featurette: The Bionic Sound Effects.
- Season 2 VIPS: A Celebration of the Six Million Dollar Man Guest Stars.
- Audio Commentaries from writer / producer Kenneth Johnson on “The Bionic Woman”, “The Bionic Woman Part II”, “The Secret of Bigfoot”, “The Secret of Bigfoot Part II”.
- Audio Commentaries from director Cliff Bole on “The Blue Flash” and “The Vulture of the Andes”
- Season 3 VIPS: A Celebration of The Six Million Dollar Man Guest Stars.
- The Search for Bigfoot.
- Season 4 VIPS: A Celebration of The Six Million Dollar Man Guest Stars.
- The Six Million Dollar Fans.
- OSI Mission Debriefing: Richard Anderson (Oscar Goldman).
- Season 5 VIPS: A Celebration of The Six Million Dollar Man Guest Stars.
- OSI Mission Debriefing: Martin E. Brooks ( Dr. Rudy Wells).
- The Six Million Dollar Man’s Best Villains and Best Fights.
- OSI Mission Debriefing: Writer and Producer Kenneth Johnson.
- OSI Mission Debriefing: Lee Majors.
- Featurette: TV Goes Bionic: The Origins of the Six Million Dollar Man.
- Featurette: The Bionic Age of TV: The Success of the Six Million Dollar Man.
- Top Secret OSI, NASA and Bionics.
- The Pop Culture Effect.
- Bionic Action Figures.
- The Stunts of The Bionic Age.
- Meet The Cast.
- Getting to Know Lee Majors & Steve Austin.
- Getting to Know Lindsay Wagner & Jamie Sommers.
- Getting to Know Richard Anderson & Oscar Goldman.
- Getting to Know Dr. Rudy Wells.
- Episode Guide Booklets.
- Audio Commentary With Author Herbie J. Pilato on “The Six Million Dollar Man” Feature Length Pilot, “Population Zero”, “Day Of The Robot”, “The Seven Million Dollar Man”, “The Return Of Bigfoot: Part 1”, “The Return Of Bigfoot: Part 2” and “A Bionic Christmas Carol”.
- Bryan Cranston Gives It To Us Straight – The Actor Talks About His Time On The Return Of The Six Million Dollar Man And The Bionic Woman.
- Bionic Ever After? (1994) – Featuring A NEW 2K scan of the interpositive.
- Audio commentary by James Sherrard on “The Winning Smile”.
- Bionic Galleries for all 5 seasons, all 3 Pilot episodes and all 3 Reunion Movies.
- Reunion Movie Promos.
- The Six Million Dollar Man Scripts (BD-ROM) for: “Deathprobe Part I”, “Deathprobe Part II”, “Bigfoot V”, “Walk a Crooked Wing” and “Rollback”.
- All New Photo Galleries including: Photos from the Kenneth Johnson Collection, Photos from the Kenneth Johnson Collection-The Hollywood Museum, Kenneth Johnson Recording Commentary Tracks Gallery and Photos from Bionicon.
- Bionic Testing Center Brochure from Universal Studios Park.