Six Million Dollar Man Retcon HD Redux: Cyborg Begins, The

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Original Release Date:
1973
Original Running Time:
248
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Fanedit Running Time:
70
Time Cut:
178
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Brief Synopsis:
The origin of the world's first Bionic Man is revealed!

Using the season one premiere episode "Population: Zero" as a foundation, the viewer will learn our hero's bionic beginnings through flashbacks to previous tv movies and episodes, all the while retconning the roles of Oscar Goldman and Alan Oppenheimer's Dr. Wells in Steve's origin.
Intention:
Back in 2012, when I was still a newbie editor, I made a series of fan edits based on my all time favourite childhood television series THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN. In the end, I made seven entries in my rechristened CYBORG series. And while none of them were perfect, I am still generally happy with most of them. All except for one. The first one. CYBORG The Retro-Con Cut.

Being it was my first time ever working with Interlaced Television Material, I made a few mistakes in converting the episodes to MP4 format for editing. The Aspect Ratio is slightly incorrect and the file was not fully Progressive. Plus, there were some minor narrative and visual choices that I am now not entirely satisfied with.

So with this being the 50th Anniversary of TSMDM, and Shout Factory releasing the series on Blu Ray this past year, it seemed like the perfect time to go back and Rebuild this edit. Make it Faster. Stronger. Better than it was before.
Special Thanks:
The always supportive and positive Fran Garcia :)
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
--Cut Darrin McGavin as Oliver Sempler
--Cut Martin Balsam as Dr. Rudy Wells
--Inserted Alan Oppenheimer (Dr. Wells) and Richard Anderson (Goldman) into origin flashbacks
--Added Universal Studios title card
--Added two Bionic Eye shots
--Cut Don Porter reveal in pre-titles teaser
--Used second season SMDM opening credits
--Added iconic Bionic SFX throughout edit
--Created 4 flashbacks from episodes "The Deadly Replay", "Wine, Women & War" and the SMDM pilot tv movie
--Fixed out of sync trash can fire scene
--Added additional music by Oliver Nelson
--Cut Oscar scene about power needed for weapon
--Cut Power Plant scene
--Cut reference to Steve's high school steady, as we all know Jaime is his true love lol
--Trimmed most commercial breaks
--Added End Title Cards for Cast and Source Material
--Runtime 70 minutes, 4 minutes shorter than the original Retro-Con Cut.
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what can i say that hasn't already been said? Lee Majors as Colonel Steve Austin, along with his friend and sometimes boss Oscar Goldman at it again. I wish it was easy to go back to the days when this show first aired and watch the show all over again.....Wait, I can thanks to BionicBob and his redux of his previous fanedits. Watching this made me feel like a kid again instead of an old grumpy grandpa, which i am lol. Anybody who reads this please take 80 mins out of your day and watch this and feel like a kid again. Use your imagination to think back to a time before the advances in prosthetics that we currently have and imagine if we could take futuristic style technology and rebuild a man like Steve Austin and what someone like him could accomplish today.

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Wow is it 1973 and am I 12 years old watching a cool new TV show? No it's 50 years later but in my mind and feeling as I watched this edit, yes it was 1973 again. Watching this and seeing all the great character actors of the era. And when I saw Don porter I half expected Sally Field to enter with her surfboard. Or his nurse love interest who was on Ironside and in a quick flashback to see Laura Parker from Dark Shaods. As I watched I sat here saying to myself when is Steve gonna do this or that? And when he did a sly smile came across me. I also looked at this as an adult and saw all the cheese that entertained me as a child. And a Cyborg for only six million? Too cheap....lol. A fun edit to watch and on my personal popcorn scale this gets a 7 out if 5.

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Many a child of the 70s & 80s has fond memories of the Six Million Dollar Man and this edit really hit the spot for me. This clever bit of retconning by BionicBob manages to salvage most of what worked about the original TV movie and merge it with what the show later became. My only quibble is that Darren McGavin's wonderfully nasty Oliver Spencer couldn't be included in some way, but I understand that the intention of the edit was to replace him with the far warmer and cuddler Oscar Goldman. Absolutely recommend this edit to any fans of the old show. It was a pleasure to watch and brought back fond memories of my childhood.

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