Six Million Dollar Man & The Bionic Woman in HD in 2018

I just can't wait... 3 Stars

Elephant Films have announced on their Facebook page a Blu-ray HD release for The Six Million Dolar Man and The Bionic Woman series by the end of 2018! Elephant Films is a DVD and Blu-ray company in France that releases vintage movies and TV series from Universal. The two series will have French and English original audio. Knowing the company, subtitles will not be forced on the picture. They also claim to have clean masters for this release. I just can’t wait…

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  1. MBrousseau

    Elephant Films have announced on their Facebook page a Blu-ray HD release for The Six Million Dolar Man and The Bionic Woman series by the end of 2018! Elephant Films is a DVD and Blu-ray company in France that releases vintage movies and TV series from Universal. The two series will have French and English original audio. Knowing the company, subtitles will not be forced on the picture. They also claim to have clean masters for this release. I just can't wait…

    do you have a link? cause i didn't find any announcement on the Facebook page

    JohnHopper

    The current North American edition has second-rate prints and it shows drastically.
    So it's good news.

    there are dvd's not bluray here in NA

  2. MBrousseau

    https://www.facebook.com/ElephantFilms/
    Scroll down 20 publications. You'll find the news with a Six Million Dollar Man opening title video link to YouTube. They say they are working on the french subtitles for each episode. They say they believe to release The Bionic Woman at the same time period, which is december 2018.

    i must be blind as a bat, im seeing nothing, what day is the post made

  3. You probably don't read french, William, but in the comments section, a spokesman from Elephant says that the HD masters have nothing in common with the actual DVD release. They probably used 35 mm negatives. And my other concern is about the original audio soundtrack. Remember how season 2 DVD box set sounded like? The audio was muffled. Especially the dialog soundtrack, while the environment and music soundtracks were crystal clear, on many episodes. They blew it!

  4. MBrousseau

    You probably don't read french, William, but in the comments section, a spokesman from Elephant says that the HD masters have nothing in common with the actual DVD release. They probably used 35 mm negatives. And my other concern is about the original audio soundtrack. Remember how season 2 DVD box set sounded like? The audio was muffled. Especially the dialog soundtrack, while the environment and music soundtracks were crystal clear, on many episodes. They blew it!

    Ah, thanks for the information, I can't say French is my strong suit!

    And yes, the audio is also a concern to me. The old DVDs certainly had their strengths (they were far and away better than the old tapes I had), including the awesome extras and packaging, but it would be great to have some high picture and audio quality, even if one has to import it from abroad.

  5. one other potential for concern would be which prints they use for the "crossover" episodes. At least on the DVD releases, there were people involved (including on this very forum) consulting on the release to try to make sure, for example, that "Kill Oscar, part 2" was correctly assigned as a $6m Man episode rather than Bionic Woman. I just hope they have people familiar enough with the series acting at least in a consulting capacity to try to keep those kinds of mistakes from creeping in (and fixing some other mistakes that made it into the finished releases, such as some of the opening sequences on the first season set of Bionic Woman.

  6. I remember a German company last year released a "Blu-ray" version of Bionic Woman that was not HD but SD recorded onto Blu-ray discs. So I'm always leery of these reports.

    “Coming to Blu-ray" means little. HOW the HD is achieved is the real news. Scanning the negative is supreme – and highly unlikely considering the cost. The other ways, like scanning the original film prints or doing an up-res from the digitals, et al. But companies aren't keen on revealing their process – especially if it's not one of the higher forms.

    Reading Elephant Films long comments section reveals them being coy about their HD sources. I'm skeptical.

    The US DVDs (such as they are) were painstakingly arranged to reflect both series' original format, sequencing, and relationship to each other. I'm doubtful such consideration will be given again.

    More info is definitely needed.

    Paul K. Bisson
    BIONICFANS.NET
    CYBORGS: A Bionic Podcast

  7. This will be interesting to watch. Note there is that Mark Wahlberg film (Six Billion Dollar Man) reportedly coming out sometime late in 2018 as well, so perhaps this Blu-Ray release is supposed to serve as spin off merchandise to support that project.

    Of course I have ZERO faith in a revamped movie or series, because the Bionic Woman reboot quickly illustrated they don't understand what made those shows work – charm and chemistry. Mark Wahlberg is NO Lee Majors. That will never work. But I digress.

    Hopefully a blu ray release will be properly done and worthy of a second purchase for me. Hopefully, this time, the price will be exceptionally smaller too. I have the Time Life box set and wouldn't trade it for anything. But a blu-ray version today has to service me on an entirely different level and reflect current prices for the series as it sells now. The novelty of it not being available is over.

    Of course one last point worth mentioning. Lets be careful what we ask for. The Six Million Dollar Man was never a series intended for high definition, so the production gaffs will be glaring here. Perhaps we'll even see Big Foot's zipper in his fur? With the current box set, my childhood memories are preserved. Not sure what a blu ray picture will do to that. My fingers are crossed.

  8. Classic44

    This will be interesting to watch. Note there is that Mark Wahlberg film (Six Billion Dollar Man) reportedly coming out sometime late in 2018 as well, so perhaps this Blu-Ray release is supposed to serve as spin off merchandise to support that project.

    Of course I have ZERO faith in a revamped movie or series, because the Bionic Woman reboot quickly illustrated they don't understand what made those shows work – charm and chemistry. Mark Wahlberg is NO Lee Majors. That will never work. But I digress.

    Hopefully a blu ray release will be properly done and worthy of a second purchase for me. Hopefully, this time, the price will be exceptionally smaller too. I have the Time Life box set and wouldn't trade it for anything. But a blu-ray version today has to service me on an entirely different level and reflect current prices for the series as it sells now. The novelty of it not being available is over.

    Of course one last point worth mentioning. Lets be careful what we ask for. The Six Million Dollar Man was never a series intended for high definition, so the production gaffs will be glaring here. Perhaps we'll even see Big Foot's zipper in his fur? With the current box set, my childhood memories are preserved. Not sure what a blu ray picture will do to that. My fingers are crossed.

    I don't have The Six Million Dollar Man (it's on the want list), but I can tell you even on SD DVD, you see things on The Beverly Hillbillies that would've been hidden well back in the day on a regular broadcast. Sometimes the sharper definition isn't worth the trade off.

  9. Classic44

    This will be interesting to watch. Note there is that Mark Wahlberg film (Six Billion Dollar Man) reportedly coming out sometime late in 2018 as well, so perhaps this Blu-Ray release is supposed to serve as spin off merchandise to support that project.

    Of course I have ZERO faith in a revamped movie or series, because the Bionic Woman reboot quickly illustrated they don't understand what made those shows work – charm and chemistry. Mark Wahlberg is NO Lee Majors. That will never work. But I digress.

    Hopefully a blu ray release will be properly done and worthy of a second purchase for me. Hopefully, this time, the price will be exceptionally smaller too. I have the Time Life box set and wouldn't trade it for anything. But a blu-ray version today has to service me on an entirely different level and reflect current prices for the series as it sells now. The novelty of it not being available is over.

    Of course one last point worth mentioning. Lets be careful what we ask for. The Six Million Dollar Man was never a series intended for high definition, so the production gaffs will be glaring here. Perhaps we'll even see Big Foot's zipper in his fur? With the current box set, my childhood memories are preserved. Not sure what a blu ray picture will do to that. My fingers are crossed.

    I'm curious but not really expecting much from this remake either but at least they gave up the awful idea of doing it as a comedy starring Jim Carrey. It was on the drawing board for a few years and I think finally died about 7- 8 years ago.

  10. Classic44

    …what made those shows work – charm and chemistry. Mark Wahlberg is NO Lee Majors. That will never work.

    Lee Majors is charming and has chemistry?

    I was hooked on that show when it came out (I was 9 or so). Rewatching it recently, I was struck with how stiff and uncharming Majors was. Such was a male role model back then, I suppose.

    So, as much as I'm not fond of Wahlberg, he might not be a bad match for the role. Other actors always who tend to be stuck in the same emotional gear: Sam Worthington, Vin Diesel, or Christian Bale?

    Sorry. I know this has nothing to do with the Blu-ray. I am looking forward to its release in any form.

  11. MarkerB

    Lee Majors is charming and has chemistry?

    I was hooked on that show when it came out (I was 9 or so). Rewatching it recently, I was struck with how stiff and uncharming Majors was. Such was a male role model back then, I suppose.

    So, as much as I'm not fond of Wahlberg, he might not be a bad match for the role. Other actors always who tend to be stuck in the same emotional gear: Sam Worthington, Vin Diesel, or Christian Bale?

    Sorry. I know this has nothing to do with the Blu-ray. I am looking forward to its release in any form.

    To each his own, but I find it rather odd you'd join just to make that statement. He's still one of the finest actors I've saw on a TV show, and he certainly ups anything Hollywood has to offer today.

  12. Ron1973

    To each his own, but I find it rather odd you'd join just to make that statement. He's still one of the finest actors I've saw on a TV show, and he certainly ups anything Hollywood has to offer today.

    Of course, you're right. Everyone has their perspective.

    I probably understated what a rabid fan I was at the time. That's why I jumped in, and my contribution was rather pointless. I'm sorry.

  13. MarkerB

    Of course, you're right. Everyone has their perspective.

    I probably understated what a rabid fan I was at the time. That's why I jumped in, and my contribution was rather pointless. I'm sorry.

    Don’t be scared off by that.
    Welcome to HTF.

    You’re certainly entitled to your own opinion

  14. I have to say I also found Lee to be a rather stiff actor. OTOH, he’s one of the most successful TV actors in history, with lead roles in three successful series in three consecutive decades. So what do I know?

  15. MarkerB

    Of course, you're right. Everyone has their perspective.

    I probably understated what a rabid fan I was at the time. That's why I jumped in, and my contribution was rather pointless. I'm sorry.

    Nah, you're fine! I probably came off a bit grouchy, so let me apologize. Welcome to HTF and enjoy!

  16. RobertR

    I have to agree that I find Lee Majors to be a rather stiff actor, not really very convincing.

    He wasn’t the strongest actor but he had charisma and good looks and could stand and deliver his lines with conviction.

    However, he was good at conveying Steve’s discomfort about his bionics. In the first two seasons, when Steve was kind of struggling with being a “freak,” Lee Majors really sold that.

    But then he got bored and the show became about the gimmicks.

    Lee Majors was like Gil Gerard, Guy Williams and, bless him, David Haselhoff. A perfect action hero leading man who could be romantic and funny when required.

    The heavy lifting, acting wise, was done by others.

  17. ScottRE

    The heavy lifting, acting wise, was done by others.

    Yes, we were blessed with the relative sensitivity of Lindsay Wagner. What a brave casting job. Even as a kid, I knew she wasn't the usual fluff.

    I also liked what Richard Anderson brought to the series. Oh… and he passed away last year.

  18. RobertR

    I have to agree that I find Lee Majors to be a rather stiff actor, not really very convincing.

    He is kinda stiff. It worked in his favor when he played the (occasionally brooding) bastard son with a checkered past in "The Big Valley." The 6 Million Dollar Man was more gimmick-oriented and not much was required of him, acting-wise, if you ask me. He did come across as charming and fun-loving to a small degree in "The Fall Guy."

  19. MarkerB

    Yes, we were blessed with the relative sensitivity of Lindsay Wagner. What a brave casting job. Even as a kid, I knew she wasn't the usual fluff.

    I also liked what Richard Anderson brought to the series. Oh… and he passed away last year.

    I still kick myself for not getting Richard Anderson's autograph at the "Bionic Reunion" at a comic con a few years ago. I met Lee Majors, Lindsay Wagner got nice glossies with their autographs, but I passed on paying for an auto with Anderson

  20. Randy Korstick

    I'm curious but not really expecting much from this remake either but at least they gave up the awful idea of doing it as a comedy starring Jim Carrey. It was on the drawing board for a few years and I think finally died about 7- 8 years ago.

    Thank God for that idea being killed off. I found the comic remake of Starsky & Hutch a complete travesty and totally sullied the memories of the original TV series. Don’t need my memories Of 6qM$ Man being tarnished as well.

    I’ve held off purchasing 6Mil$ complete set hoping for a future well done Blu. Hoping that’s the route they go for this.

    And I can deal with the HD “reveals” that a HD release might entail.

  21. Kyrsten Brad

    Thank God for that idea being killed off. I found the comic remake of Starsky & Hutch a complete travesty and totally sullied the memories of the original TV series. Don’t need my memories Of 6qM$ Man being tarnished as well.

    Add the Green Hornet to that list as well.

  22. I have the Time Life set but I'd probably snatch this up if it looked as good as the Rockford Files blu rays. That was a significant improvement over the DVDs.

    I really wish a soundtrack would be released!!

  23. Wvtvguy

    I have the Time Life set but I'd probably snatch this up if it looked as good as the Rockford Files blu rays. That was a significant improvement over the DVDs.

    I didn't realize until now that the Rockford Blus had far better picture quality than the DVDs; had I so realized, I would have tried to get the Blus for my father.

  24. Wvtvguy

    I have the Time Life set but I'd probably snatch this up if it looked as good as the Rockford Files blu rays. That was a significant improvement over the DVDs.

    I really wish a soundtrack would be released!!

    Six Million Dollar Man soundtrack, including the music to the Bionic Woman two parter and the The Secret of Bigfoot, is my last big Holy Grail. James

  25. JamesSmith

    Six Million Dollar Man soundtrack, including the music to the Bionic Woman two parter and the The Secret of Bigfoot, is my last big Holy Grail. James

    Mine too! I can't think of another tv soundtrack I'd want as much. I just wonder if the music still exists.

  26. The music for the first three seasons of The Six Million Dollar Man, after the three TV films, was composed by Oliver Nelson. Much of the iconic music for the show comes from him. He died of a heart attack in 1975. The theme for The Bionic Woman was composed by Jerry Fielding. The majority of the episode scores were done by Joe Harnell. He also composed the music for The Incredible Hulk. The "Lonely Man Theme" played by piano when David Banner would walk along the road at the end of each show is his. Some of his music has been officially released on CD.
    https://www.discogs.com/artist/768454-Joe-Harnell

  27. Wvtvguy

    Mine too! I can't think of another tv soundtrack I'd want as much.

    I can think of one: The Amazing Spider-Man (particularly the Stu Phillips score, none of which is known to survive, apart from his theme tune. No idea if the recordings still exist for the pilot film or season two).

    Since $6M Man was Universal, I would think it would be an ideal project for intrada.

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