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If you’re looking for a very special gift for a very special person, look no further: this new and fanatically complete collection of everything Six Million Dollar Man will impress even the most hardhearted geek on your list. The package simply looks impressive: The 40-dvd set includes all three pilot films, which aired on ABC in 1973; all five seasons of the show, which aired between 1974 and 1978, including associated crossover episodes from the Bionic Woman series; all three reunion movies from the 1980s and 90s; commentary tracks on some episodes by writer Kenneth Johnson; and more than 17 hours of bonus features. Oh yeah, and when you open the big box holding it all, you get the “We can rebuild him. We have the technology” spiel that opened each episode (it’s on a little chip inside the door). It’s all deeply cool. And that’s before you get to the actual content. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
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It’s always sad when an older show goes to become a pop-culture touchstone for countless shows that followed (like the spin-off The Bionic Woman or even children’s cartoon Inspector Gadget), yet doesn’t have the quality to endure the aging process and stand up to future scrutiny. The Six Million Dollar Man has the iconic “We can rebuild him line” and that signature sound accompaniment for when leaping an incredible distance, but the storylines never really fleshed out to be too deep or intricately plotted. Expectations for action/spy adventure serials had to meet a lower bar. In defense of the series, it easily exceeds the expectations for a series of its time, but in comparison to some of the better »
- Lex Walker
V (2009) The Complete First Season Blu-Ray Warner Bros. Home Entertainment2009-2010/Not Rated/520 minsList Price: $49.99 – Now AvailableV is so 1983, isn't it? I actually have fond memories of Kenneth Johnson's sci-fi miniseries which aired in two installments between '83 and '84. It was almost as if someone had taken the old Twilight Zone episode To Serve Man (based on a short story by Damon Knight) and adapted it into a television epic. For an eight-year-old kid, the series was both scary and hokey at the same time. Scary every time a Visitor's true nature was revealed and hokey after I realized how poor the visual f/x make-up was. Didn't really matter because back in the eighties, there weren't too many exciting shows on TV with such large production values especially in the sci-fi genre. Plus, who could beat the sexiness of Jane Badler as Diana, Commander of the Visitors? »
Tr Knight at the opening of A Life in the Theater last night in NYC
Congrats to Alan Cumming, who will receive the Chicago International Film Festival’s OUTrageous Award on October 18. Singer Gavin Rossdale has revealed that he had a relationship back in the 80's with UK drag singer Marilyn. I'd question his taste, but he's also as big a Feberbear fan as I am, so obviously his taste is impeccable. We've all seen scores of the "It Gets Better" videos, but below is one of the most powerful I've come across. It's Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns opening up about his own struggles with bullying, and his message of hope for gay kids.
On the flip side, below you can see a parody video showing how "It Gets Worse" ... for the bully. (Warning - strong language)
The finalists for the 2010 National Book Awards have been announced, and it includes Just Kids, »
Coming on October 19
Back in May, we mentioned that the first season of "The Bionic Woman" would be coming to DVD in October. Now we have more details:
Fans can finally experience one of television's most memorable television series when "The Bionic Woman" Season One debuts on DVD on October 19, 2010 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Relive the excitement of this groundbreaking television series starring Primetime Emmy® Award winner Lindsay Wagner as Jaime Sommers, a woman leading the ultimate double-life. Never-before-released on DVD in North America, this four-disc set includes every episode from the show's premiere season plus five crossover episodes from "The Six Million Dollar Man," and a Bionic Beginnings featurette, which tracks evolution of television's first Bionic Woman and includes an all-new, exclusive interview with Lindsay Wagner.
"The Bionic Woman's" 1976 premiere introduced delighted television viewers to a thrilling new kind of action hero -- the blonde, brainy and beautiful Jaime Sommers. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (SuperHeroHype)
Less than five years after his introduction in comics, Steel made it to the feature film pantheon of super-heroes. At one point, Warner Bros. was intending to produce a film adaptation of the best-selling Death of Superman storyline and it was decided that a Steel spinoff movie made sense. When it became clear that major Superman buff Shaquille O'Neal was serious about an acting career and that the Death movie was not going to happen, Warners decided to go for a modestly budgeted film anyway.
The $16 million project was handed to science fiction television veteran Kenneth Johnson whose only previous feature experience was directing Short Circuit 2. They were betting that he would bring the same magic here as he did with the Incredible Hulk. He wrote and directed a film that was lambasted upon its August opening, earning a meager $1,686,429.
Now, as a part of the Warner Archive series, »
- Robert Greenberger
6 items from 2010
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