The media property that got me into SCI-FI was not Star Trek, nor was it Star Wars. No, my gateway to SF was none other than the Six Million Dollar Man. To this day when I hear series producer Harve Bennett’s narrative from the opening sequence – “Steve Austin, Astronaut… a man barely alive…” – I get chills of excitement!
I am a sucker for this show. Love it. Only problem is that there has never been a legitimate way to own the series. It has never been released legally in the States on VHS or DVD. Oh sure you can get Region 2 discs or plenty of Chinese pirate DVDs. You can even pick up the Spanish language version, El Hombre Nuclear (I guess they didn’t want to do the Peso conversion), but there’s not been an American release.
Until this November.
The complete series, digitally remastered even, will be available on November 23rd. It’ll be tricked out with 17 original featurettes, 6 audio commentaries, plus interviews with series stars Lee Majors and Richard Anderson (aka Oscar Goldman). Seven year-old me is doing cartwheels.
I squealed when I read the press release last night. The Wife has been mocking me on Facebook since.
The fact that I’m voicing the “bionic” sound FX as I move through the house at Bionic slo-mo doesn’t help either. But screw her. This shit’s awesome.
November 23rd, eh? I know what I’ll be doing over the Thanksgiving holiday.
Steve Austin, astronaut. A man barely alive. Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world’s first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster.
On another note, I’m escorting The Wife to her work thing tonight. I asked her, “Which superhero shirt should I wear? I’d wear Superman, but maybe they won’t get the irony. More of a Captain America crowd? Or are they more urban… Black Bastard perhaps?”