The Six Million Dollar Man, The Complete Series, Coming from Time Life

by on September 19, 2010

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The Six Million Dollar Man TV Series

The Six Million Dollar Man, for its day, 1974, was a fairly entertaining TV series and from what I can tell, has only been available as a region 2 DVD release. Region 2 is a non USA Format.  If you think it may not be all that popular, consider the fact that it’s the “4th most requested unreleased show at!

The show ran for five seasons (3 TV movies and 4 years of series) and put Lee Majors on the map for many a television watcher.  To this day, like William Shatner‘s association with James T. Kirk, Lee Majors is more or less known for his role of Col. Steve Austin.  Though he did have a long running series after his bionic days in the 1981 series, The Fall Guy and his latest TV role was that of the of the original Christopher Chance in The Human Target, I do believe he’s going to be Steve Austin for quite a long time in many fans’ minds.

The Six Million Dollar Man series was popular enough in its hay-day and multiple spin-offs and later, extensions to the franchise came into being.  The first up was 1976’s The Bionic Woman with Lindsay Wagner.  Other bionic spawns came along in the hopes of reigniting the bionic fans, but they never seemed to have the legs:

  • The Return of the Six-Million-Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1987 TV movie)
  • Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1989 TV movie)
  • Bionic Ever After? (1994 TV movie)
  • The Six Million Dollar Man (2012) – wha???*

Over on IMDb, there’s a very short entry for a 2012 TV series from Dimension Films that has Martin Caidin (Original bionic franchise writer) & Trevor Sands writing.  There’s no more detail on the project so I’m not sure if it’s even getting off the ground past the scripting stage.  We’ll see.

If you have a yearning for the classic show, Time Life is finally releasing the series in the U.S. and they’re not pulling any punches!

It is a 40-disc set that has All 100 hour-long episodes and 15 hours of bonuses that include

  • The three TV pilot movies,
  • The three reunion movies,
  • The Bionic Woman crossover episodes.

If you’re still a fan, this IS the end-all of any bionic collection of the TV series!

The entire collection by Time Life is going for just under $240 and is available for pre-Order if you’re interested at Time Life’s 6 Million Dollar Man page.

Below, is the entire press release from Time Life:

Six Million Dollar Man DVD set

“Steve Austin.  Astronaut.   A man barely alive.  We can rebuild him.

We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world’s first bionic man.  Better than he was before.




Outfitted in a Muscular Completist’s Set Sporting Sound Effects and Limited Edition Lenticular Graphics, the Spectacular 40-Disc Collection Will Feature

All 100 Hour-Long Episodes and More Than 15 Hours of Bonuses Including

the Three TV Pilot Movies,the Three Reunion Movies, the Bionic Woman Crossover Episodes and Much More

FAIRFAX, VA – July 23, 2010 – This Fall, Time Life – the home of such classic TV as GET SMART, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E and THE SMOTHERS BROTHERS– will give TV DVD aficionados, cult classic completists and genre fans six million reasons to get excited about one of the most eagerly anticipated and buzzed about home entertainment releases in years with THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN: THE COMPLETE SERIES.  The set, which will initially be available exclusively online at a specially branded site, will be released in November 2010 and feature all five action-packed seasons of the futuristic, fan-favorite adventure series never before available in the U.S. on any format!

Although the collection will not be bionically-enhanced, the singular set — the 4th most requested unreleased show at — is certain to thrill fans both old and new.  Across the 40-disc configuration, housed in a box sporting an audio chip and eye-popping lenticular images, Time Life proudly presents the series in its entirety with all 100 digitally-preserved and re-mastered hour-long episodes.  Also included will be 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 more than eight additional hours of never-before-seen bonus programming, with all-new cast and crew interviews, featurettes and docs featuring, among others, Lee Majors and Richard Anderson (Oscar Goldman) and much more.

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 (Richard Anderson), head of the 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 a myriad of 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.

“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 Lee 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.”

“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.”

The Six Million Dollar Man is a copyright and trademark of Universal Studios and used under license.


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