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CYBORG: THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN
tagline: "THE RETRO-CON CUT"
Basic details: My absolute favorite hero of my childhood was THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN. For me, it was a comic book come to life before my very young eyes. Each week I would watch Colonel Steve Austin do battle with spys, evil masterminds, robots, aliens and even a bionic sasquatch! It is in my mind, one of the greatest adventure televisions shows of all time. It would be years later that I would finally watch the original trilogy of tv movies that inspired the regular series. To my surprise, there were many discrepancies and outright contradictions between the movies and the series proper. The main ones being no Oscar Goldman, different actor playing Dr. Rudy Wells, Steve as a civilian test pilot and how Steve was written (as a bionic James Bond) in the second and third movies.
My intent is to try and reconcile some of these elements from the tv movies with the established continuity of the television series. Using the season one premiere episode "Population: Zero" as my foundation, I have created a series of flashback scenes which retro-con Steve's bionic origin.
original film names: THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN
Episodes/tv movies used:
--Wine, Women & War
--The Deadly Replay
--The Seven Million Dollar Man
--The Bionic Woman parts 1 & 2
new film name : CYBORG: THE RETRO-CON CUT
film studio name :Universal Studios
edit crew name : Bionic Bob
persons involved: Me
Date Original Film Was Released : Cyborg and Population Zero 1973
Date Edit Was Released : February 2012
Original Runtime : 44 minutes
New Runtime :1 hour 16 minutes
Cut/Add Time: cut about 3 minutes
added about 37 minutes
Intention: Retro-con Steve Austin's bionic origin so it fits better with the television continuity.
Used iMac 10.5, Mac the Ripper, MPEG Streamclip, Final Cut Express, GarageBand, and iDVD
Cuts removed/added/extended (add list of what was changed):
--New Opening Titles
--added 4 flashbacks using footage from the tv movies and episodes
--reorder a couple of scenes
--cut Oliver Sempler
--cut Martin Balsam as Rudy Wells
--removed references to Steve as a civilian pilot
--added bionic sound effects
--added additional music by original series composer Oliver Nelson