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A worthwhile purchase! 24. April 2008
Von Dan H. "Seventies Guy" - Veröffentlicht auf
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I don't usually write a lot of reviews but I wanted to give some balance to the negative comments regarding this book. I just received it and spent most of the night reading it. I thought it was a blast. Kudos to Herbie J Pilato for taking the time and energy to put this together. Let's face it...when people my age (39) and over leave this earth, there isn't going to be anyone around who cares enough about these great shows to release a book like this. It's fine to say that the photos aren't the best and that one can find better pictures on the Internet. But I'm old school and I like to have an ACTUAL concrete book in my hands that I can enjoy at my leisure. I'm sure I'm not the only person who feels this way.

Sure there might be some factual errors. In fact, Pilato's book on "Bewitched" had some misstatements as well but that didn't stop people from finding it a useful resource. (For example, he stated that Billy Mumy made his first appearance on that show when he had starred in several "Twilight Zone" episodes well before "Bewitched" even hit the airwaves.)

The one criticism I really don't understand is the fact that "Bionic Book" doesn't include anything on the new show. I couldn't care less. I guarantee you that this updated version will NOT be fondly remembered or talked about in 30 years. Mark my words.

Also - the comment about the size is strange because most of these guides are about the same size. I have yet to see a coffee table-style book for these things.

Is this the definitive work on "The Six Million Dollar Man" and "The Bionic Woman"? Who knows? Perhaps Ben from California will have the resources some day to write his own book. I'll certainly buy that one too. For now...if you're a fan of these terrific shows, you really can't go wrong with something like this. Episode guides and input from Lee Majors, Lindsay Wagner and Richard Anderson....what's not to like?

Often when I order books on my favorite shows, I feel once again like a seven-year old in third grade (circa 1976) excitedly waiting for a package to arrive in my classroom from Scholastic. "Bionic Book" gives me that feeling and it's a lot of fun. A little expensive, but as any Amazon buyer knows...the price fluctuates so you might want to wait until it goes down to a more reasonable amount.
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Bionic Book Reconstructed and Reviewed 17. März 2009
Von Doug Primavera - Veröffentlicht auf
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WOW! This book is great. When it arrived, I was so excited. After opening the box, I was surprised because the book appeared smaller than I had anticipated, approximately 8.5 x 6. It was not spiral-wired bound, with lots of glossy color photos and neat title/character write-ups. However, upon reading the book, the pages flew by as did the hours. The book is almost 400 pages long--alot of information provided here! There are b/w photos, some I had never seen. I especially liked the front and back covers, the color photos are well chosen. There are behind-the-scenes extras provided, some of which I had not heard before. Each series and the reunion movies are high-lighted at the back, listing writer, producer, stars, etc. Each episode is numbered and dated as aired.

What I liked most was the respect for each person as presented, especially those who are no longer with us. Many, many of the great stars/guest stars are now departed, and most are given dates and some the reasons why *(Ex. Dennis Patrick who played Carlton Harris, died 10/13/02 in his home from smoke inhallation. He was 84.)* And believe me, I never realized just how many stars were guests, especially on the SMDM! Far too many to list here. From sport stars (Frank Gifford) to actresses such as Suzanne Somers to Kathleen Beller to the Van Pattens and even Joan Van Ark! The was Lloyd Bochner, Chuck Conners, and John Houseman! Stephanie Powers, Sandy Duncan, and Andy Griffith! I counted over 100 well-known people and I am not done yet!

Do yourself a favor and get this book! It is now my favorite and a good resource if EVER these shows make it to DVD! And, just for the record: I DO NOT LOAN MINE OUT!!
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A great book. I wish it was longer. 27. März 2009
Von Josh Vegas - Veröffentlicht auf
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Lots of information here about the making of two truly iconic shows from the 1970s. Six Million Dollar Man and Bionic Woman. I learned a great deal from reading this book. Such as, Cyborg author Martin Caidin wanted actor Monte Markham to be cast as Steve Austin. This would've been a bad move, as Monte Markham was such a melodramatic and over the top actor, he would've killed the role with acting theatrics. Critics slammed Lee Majors acting at the time, but he really did do a good job in the role. Particularly in the early episodes, he made Steve Austin a soft spoken country boy, such qualities somehow granting him the psychological fortitude to deal with being bionic. Definitely the right way to go acting wise. It was also the wrong way to go in trying to make Steve Austin a James Bond clone complete with a tuxedo in "Wine, Women, & War", the second movie commissioned by ABC-TV.

What truly stunned me about this book (and it is a bad thing), is that no mention is made of composer Oliver Nelson, who wrote some of the most brilliant music cues (as well as the theme music) for the Six Million Dollar Man. His theme music, as well as his specific music cues for the episodes "E.S.P. Spy"(Steve Austin being attacked on the beach), "Last of the Fourth of Julys" (Steve Austin vaulting over an electrified fence), "Population Zero" (throwing the fence post at the bad guys van) and "Look Alike" (the attack in the warehouse, the boxing ring match between Steve and Ben Breezy, and the final boxing ring brawl)showcases what a brilliant composer the late, great Oliver Nelson was. The man was a musical genius!! His music is some of the most brilliant ever composed for a television series. Musically, he found a strong identity for the series especially in the early episodes, with his dominant use of drums.

There also should have been more attention paid to the special effects guys who rigged the insert shot gags for the Six Million Dollar Man. "Midas Touch" (Austin ripping a safe out of a concrete bunker), how did he jump so high without wobbling to the left or right?, "Outrage in Balinderry" (ripping hinges off of a door and crushing them while doing so), "Survival of the Fittest" (loosening lug nuts on a car wheel in order to change it), and "Little Orphan Airplane" (Using the same method to replace a plane engine.) We do learn in this book that Lee Majors used a trampoline to jump high in "One of Our Running Backs in Missing" while playing football.

This is really a good book, but it just isn't long enough to pay homage to the late Oliver Nelson and the special effects guys who worked on the Six Million Dollar Man. The music and special effects for the Six Million Dollar Man not only hold up to this very day, but they are also a standard everyone working in television today should try and live up to.
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Author did his research 24. September 2012
Von J. Smith - Veröffentlicht auf
It took me awhile to get ahold of a copy of "The Bionic Book Reconstructed," but it was worth the wait. Reading this text made time go like a breeze, and it reminded me of when tv was fun, not like it is now where everything is so serious and all the heroes are flawed and have some inherent "darkness."

I've also heard that this book received some negative criticism, but I don't know why; it's not dry and the anecdotes and stories are presented in a fast moving fashion and grabs the readers attention.

One can only wonder how many years it took Mr. Pilato to gather all these stories. From the major stars (Lee Majors, Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, etc) to the composers, special effects artists, stunt photography, the author gathers little treasures from them all.

My personal favorite doledrop of information is the quick mention of the 1972-1973 ABC Fall Saturday Preview Special, which was hosted by Lee Majors with a small gathering of school children anxiously awaiting the new Fall Saturday Cartoon Lineup. Now, that would have made a great extra on the recent Time-Life DVD set!!!

I also enjoyed the page which mentioned all the SMDM and BW satires and parodies on film and tv. So glad that the recent Duck Dodgers and Son of the Beach were included. The only thing that I can think was missing would have been a page or two of the Mad and Cracked parodies of the series, so the reader can gain a taste of the humor.

You can tell Mr. Pilato has a real affection for the fictional couple, even including a closing picture of Lee and Lindsay, in character, holding each other's hands on the final page of the book.

Again, the work is phenomenal. The captions and photos were well-chosen, and that even extends to some of the TV Guide Covers chosen, even the programs' competition and ratings are briefly mentioned.

Hopefully, this new attention to the SMDM series might lead to new Six Million Dollar Man's soundtracks (Some of my Holy Grails). I would also love to see of Mr. Pilato's other work (his Sciography specials, etc) come out in stores. I look forward to his other Saturday Morning Work, such as his upcoming Star Trek Animated book.


5 von 6 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Useful 27. April 2008
Von J. Knowles - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
I have found this book to be useful for many reasons but the main one for getting it is the guides for all the episodes. I have the DVDs from the UK but they don't have descriptions for the shows. These guides have been reliable and helpful. They've also been educational since I never knew some of the behind-the-scenes stuff that went on in the making of the two series.
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