New On DVD This Week: Six Million Dollar Man, Deadwood, The Tudors, Batman Beyond

by | November 23, 2010 at 1:50 PM | TV News

Time Life debuts a DVD a collector’s set of one of the most eagerly-anticipated, previously unreleased TV classics with ‘The Six Million Dollar Man: The Complete Collection.’ This iconic pop culture smash from the ’70s is now available exclusively online at 6MDM.com and features all five action-packed seasons never before available in the U.S. on any format, as well as a stunning collection of all-new extras certain to thrill fans both old and new. The muscular set will be housed in ultra-collectible packaging sporting an audio chip and eye-popping 3-D lenticular artwork. Across 40 DVDs, the complete series will feature all 100 digitally-preserved hour-long episodes – including three presented in their original 2-hour broadcast versions – all of which have been remastered from the original, uncut broadcast versions. The set also includes more than 17 hours of all-new bonus material specially created just for this collection, highlighted by new in-depth interviews with Lee Major (Col. Steve Austin) and Richard Anderson (Omar Goldman). This unforgettable series starred Majors as Colonel Steve Austin, a top NASA pilot critically injured when his experimental spaceplane crashed. Oscar Goldman, head of OSI, used Austin as a test subject for an experimental procedure, rebuilding his body using cybernetic technology, making him the world’s first bionic man. Now, Austin works for Goldman and the OSI, protecting the nation from myriad threats.

The Tudors

The costume drama ‘The Tudors‘ features England’s splendid Renaissance dynasty under King Henry VIII. Beginning in Season 1 when Henry VIII was growing desperate for an heir and growing distant from his first wife, the series moves quickly to the period when Anne Boelyn became his obsession. During this time Cardinal Wolsey rose to become the power behind his throne, ruling ruthlessly and nearly absolutely while Henry (played by Johnathon Rhyes Meyers) for the most part followed the Cardinal’s advice, maneuvering through a series of betrayals and plots against him. We then get to meet all of Henry’s wives over the unforgettable, four-season run of this Showtime series. Buy the complete series right here.

Deadwood

Forget Gunsmoke and Bonanza. The HBO series ‘Deadwood‘ as as close to the “real thing” as any Western fan was ever going to see on television — and in its pursuit of reality, the series was not afraid of smashing icons or skewering sacred cows. Could anything less be expected of executive producer David Milch? The series began its story in 1876, two weeks after Custer’s demise at the Little Big Horn, and in the midst of “gold fever” brought about by a major ore strike in the Black Hills of Dakota Territory. Into the wide-open and illegal settlement of Deadwood rode a terrifying variety of hard-bitten men and hard-living women. Traveling to Deadwood with old friend Charlie Utter (Dayton Callie) and devoted, foul-mouthed sidekick Calamity Jane (Robin Weigert), Wild Bill Hickok quickly met and befriended former lawman Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant), the archetypal man with a past who held out hope (but not much) that Deadwood would permit him a new start in life. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Batman Beyond

Batman Beyond: The Complete Series‘ centers on Terry McGinnis, an ordinary teenager … until his father is mysteriously murdered. Suspecting foul play at his father’s company, Wayne/Powers Corporation, Terry meets Bruce Wayne and learns of a secret identity hidden for decades. Now too old to don the cape and cowl as Batman, Wayne refuses to help – so Terry does what any brash young kid would do: steal the Bat-suit and take matters into his own hands! Vowing to avenge his father’s death, Terry dons the high-tech suit tricked out with jetpacks, a supersensitive microphone and even camouflage capabilities in search of his father’s assassin. The all-star production team was headed by executive producer Jean MacCurdy and producers Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett, Glen Murakami and Paul Dini. Writers on the series included Burnett and Dini, as well as Stan Berkowitz, Bob Goodman, Rich Fogel, Hilary Bader and John McCann. Buy the complete series right here.

7th Heaven

7th Heaven‘ has captured the essence of family and the hearts of television audiences with its witty, charming and heartwarming look at the Camdens – a minister, his wife and their seven children as they live, love and laugh together. The series tackles a range of issues, from teen sex to drugs and alcoholism, guns, racism, homelessness, in a realistic, compelling and entertaining way and has been praised for providing high-quality entertainment for all ages. Buy the final season DVD right here.

The Search For Santa Paws

When Santa and his new best friend, Paws, discover that the boys and girls of the world have lost the spirit of the season, they take a trip to New York City in ‘The Search For Santa Paws.’ But after Santa loses his memory, it’s up to Paws, a faithful orphan named Quinn, her new friend Will and a wonderful group of magical talking dogs to save St. Nick and show the world what Christmas is really all about. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Space Precinct

Welcome to Demeter City. It has all the “qualities” of a modern city: population crowding, traffic problems, a soaring crime rate. It is also half way across the galaxy. On November 23 Image Entertainment presents sci-fi legend Gerry Anderson’s ‘Space Precinct: The Complete Series‘ — the chronicles of two cops battling the cosmic criminals that menace their new world. Gerry Anderson, a holder of the M.B.E. (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for his services to Animation, displays his unique talents here, with the use of complex make-up techniques, special effects and puppetry. Alien offenders never looked so real! This 5-DVD set presents all 24 episodes of the series and can be bought right here.

Ancient Aliens

Is it possible that intelligent life forms visited Earth thousands of years ago, bringing technology that drastically affected the course of history and man’s own development? Find out in the first season of the hit History series ‘Ancient Aliens.’ Presented in the 1968 bestselling book Chariots of the Gods, by Erich von Daniken, the theory of “ancient aliens” rocked people’s beliefs in mankind’s progress. Ancient cave drawings of strange creatures, remains of landing strips in Peru, and Indian texts that describe the “flying machines of the gods” were just a few of the odd archaeological artifacts cited by von Daniken as proof that ancient astronauts were well known to our ancestors. Produced with the exclusive cooperation of von Daniken himself, ‘Ancient Aliens’ Season 1 launches all-new expeditions to seek out and evaluate this evidence, with a concentration on discoveries of the last 30 years, including unusual DNA findings on man’s evolution and newly decoded artifacts from Egypt to Syria to South America. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

Strictly Ballroom

The most captivating, hilarious and exaggerated romantic comedy about the fantastical world of ballroom dancing and the fixated characters that live within it, ‘Strictly Ballroom,’ makes its highly-anticipated debut as an all-new Special Edition DVD. Co-written/directed by award-winning Baz Luhrmann (best known for The Red Curtain Trilogy, which includes his films Strictly Ballroom, William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge), ‘Strictly Ballroom’ is a wildly off-beat comedy about a male dancer (Paul Mercurio) who refuses to follow the accepted rules of ballroom dancing and creates his own style of choreography, which infuriates the ballroom dancing establishment. Before he’s scheduled to compete in the Pan-Pacific ballroom championships, he’s forced to take up a new partner (Tara Morice), a beginner who initially seems without promise. Buy the special edition DVD right here.

Luther

Idris Elba (‘The Wire’) is John ‘Luther,’ an intellectually brilliant but emotionally impulsive detective tormented by the darker side of humanity. As he tracks down serial killers and sociopaths, the stakes grow ever higher and more personal for Detective John Luther. How long can he walk the edge before he plunges into darkness? Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

Human Weapon

In the ultimate search for a ‘Human Weapon,’ mixed martial artist Jason Chambers and former football pro Bill Duff put their bodies on the line as they train in the most lethal forms of combat in ‘Human Weapon: The Complete Season 1 Blu-ray’, an action-packed series that pairs history and culture with down and dirty combat available now for the first time in stunning high definition. With crisp CGI blow-by-blow simulations and fascinating factual details, History follows Jason and Bill across the globe to learn the history, style, and methodology behind 16 unique forms of combat. On their quest to master everything from karate to Muay Thai and Eskrima Stickfighting, Jason and Bill explore ancient relics, unusual villages, breathtaking landscapes, and hidden pasts in order to truly understand the complex development of each individual form. They study with legendary masters and face intense challenges before putting their newfound skills to the test in a final bout with a master in the discipline. Buy the Season 1 Blu-ray right here.