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Bionic Woman: Volume One

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Join one of TV's most stunning breakout heroines as the action-packed series Bionic Woman leaps into DVD! From executive producer David Eick (Battlestar Galactica) comes this gripping re-imagining of the universally beloved character. Jamie Sommers is a hard-working woman struggling to take care of her younger sister. But after a serious, life-threatening accident, Jamie is saved by a top-secret procedure that makes her much more than just an ordinary woman…it makes her superhumanly bionic. Starring hot newcomer Michelle Ryan, as well as Miguel Ferrer (Crossing Jordan), Molly Price (Third Watch), Will Yun Lee (Witchblade), Lucy Kate Hale (How I Met Your Mother), and guest stars Isaiah Washington (Grey's Anatomy) and Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica), it's a non-stop thrill ride unlike anything you've seen before!

An action series featuring a strong, yet vulnerable heroine, this 2007 remake of the 1976-1978 The Bionic Woman series is a completely different show than its predecessor--a fact that is just as apt to earn it condemnation from diehard fans of the original series as it is commendation from contemporary audiences. What's impressive about this new series is the impeccable casting of virtual newcomer Michelle Ryan as the totally believable everywoman-turned-superhuman following a devastating car accident and the prevalence of special effects which, though not quite on par with the quality of current full-length films, are far superior to those typically seen on a weekly network series. What's not so great about this new series is the lack of continuity of peripheral plot points from episode to episode and its often awkward juxtaposition of the family drama playing out between Jamie and her sister Becca (Lucy Hale) and Jamie's action-packed work life. The eight episodes that comprise this full season begin with Jamie's horrific accident and her reconstruction with bionics and then move on to explore her difficulty adjusting to super-strength. Jamie's sense of moral and monetary obligation to the Berkut Group for saving her life, along with some significant pressure from Berkut's Jonas (Miguel Ferrer), convinces her to join the company's crusade against world criminals and quickly plunges her into missions ranging from apprehending arms dealers to stopping deadly biological attacks and thwarting assassination plots. All the while, Jamie struggles to provide a stable home and relatively normal existence for her younger sister. When the first bionic woman appears, the psychologically unstable Sarah Corvus played by Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff, she threatens Jamie's physical and mental well-being and brings into question the potential life expectancy of bionic technology and Jamie herself. The pilot commentary by executive producer David Eike details the contentious, tension-filled atmosphere that accompanied every aspect of the show's production as well as some of his personal regrets regarding the quality of the special effects used in the series. Other bonus features include a brief look at the making of the car crash with visual effects supervisor Gary Hutzel; an interview with Melissa Stubbs about Michelle Ryan's training and the stunt work in the show; profile interviews with Ryan, Sackhoff, Ferrer, and executive producer David Eike; and a look at the reality of bionics in modern day medicine. Bionic Woman is an action series rich with drama and psychological undercurrents that will captivate those able to put aside preconceived notions about the Bionic Woman series. --Tami Horiuchi

Special Features

Disc 1:
  • Pilot Commentary with Executive Producer David Eick

  • Disc 2:
  • The Making of the Car Crash
  • The Stunts
  • Profiles
  • Real Life Bionics

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Michelle Ryan
    • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
    • Subtitles: English, Spanish
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
    • Number of discs: 2
    • Rated:
      Not Rated
    • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2008
    • Run Time: 338 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (311 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B0012IXBNC
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,827 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Bionic Woman: Volume One" on IMDb

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    By J. Pastrana on February 17, 2008
    Format: DVD
    So much promise and enthusiasm greeted this show - from network suits to fans - yet they somehow managed to find all the right ways to destroy it before the pilot even aired. As of this, reports have it that the show isn't going to get the previously announced re-launch or even continue on its misguided path. Cancelled as a result of a protracted writers strike and perhaps, well, shame. It started with David Eick, all arrogance and nerve, proclaiming how he never bothered to watch the original and brushing off speculative comparisons to Alias and Buffy with the argument that this was about a "reluctant heroine". Uh, anybody with even a nodding acquaintance to those creatively brilliant shows would know they were both about reluctant heroines. Unfortunately, for all concerned, there was a lot at stake for this network owned show. As big budget poured into promoting and marketing it, everyone behind the scenes got into the act of tinkering with - all things considered - a daring attempt at re-imagining the concept. So much so that ultimately the result was par for network shows - sound and fury signifying nothing. The pilot was life imitating art, rebuilt from disparate parts like its title character. And it was a mess. With hardly a coherent point or direction, the show bolted before it could learn to walk with big ratings that reflected the goodwill that came standard with the franchise name. But viewers turned away as week after week the show was exposed as a boring, joyless, suspenseless wreck. Particular mistakes were glaring - the Sarah Corvus character was overused from the start. Had they used her wisely and sparingly, her appearances would've engendered a higher sense of threat and apprehension.Read more ›
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    So I wandered through Borders on my lunch and saw that a DVD collection of BIONIC WOMAN was available. I got it. I got it because I love the promo art for the show; I got it because the show was ugly, complicated, and didn't cut corners by making Jamie instantly great at everything. No, instead they showed a young woman who went through something AWFUL and, with her second chance at life, inherited obligations well beyond her capability to instantly digest. That they had the first bionic woman go so terribly wrong was a GREAT addition and made us wonder what Jamie's future would be. Then there was the "wonderful" staff at The Burkett Group; they were exactly what I would expect a group of professional assassins/cleaners for hire to be when faced with an innocent like Jamie.

    Unfortunately, shortly after the show got started, they dropped the unique approach that initiated the series for something way more traditional and formulaic. There was major behind the scenes drama (I'm told) and several creative changes. And then it died with the Writer's Strike.

    So I will never know how Sarah Corvis (the coolest villain I've seen in a while) and Jamie's relationship would have played out; or how Jay of Burkett would balance his work obligations and his romance with Corvis; would Jamie's shelf-life and bionic interface problem be solved; would her sister ever find out and on and on and on.

    This show is unfairly maligned because it didn't follow the old show's mold. So unfortunately something that could have become something wonderful was prematurely killed. Great design on this show and I will miss it and the characters.
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    I was absolutely flabbergasted at the amount of criticism that this show faced in what is likely to be its very short life. Even several TV critics whose work I usually respect and agree with -- for instance, Matt Roush -- saw a completely different show than I did. I would be the first to acknowledge that the show had some serious problems, but until the very end I was more impressed by the show's potential than its supposed vices. If NBC gives up on it, which is what is widely rumored to be its fate, I will deeply regret it. This was far from my favorite show on TV this fall, but I watched every episode with considerable interest, with an acute awareness of its potential, and a desire for the creative forces behind the show to get their collective act together. But even at its worse, it was infinitely better than the original BIONIC WOMAN, which was, it must be admitted, just a god-awful show. Moreover, I quit watching several other shows in the fall such as JOURNEYMAN and REAPER, but continued to enjoy THE BIONIC WOMAN. At the time of the WGA strike I had really come to enjoy my Wednesday night double bill of PUSHING DAISIES (the best show on TV, in my opinion, after BATTLESTAR GALACTICA) and THE BIONIC WOMAN. I even chose to watch THE BIONIC WOMAN live and DVR GOSSIP GIRL, another Wednesday night show that I enjoyed.

    All looked good at first. The pilot was quite good and had many good things in it. In particular, the pilot -- as well as the first few episodes -- was enlivened by an absolutely brilliant performance by Katee Sackhoff as "the first bionic woman," Sarah Corvus. She was so extraordinary that she may have hurt the show as a whole.
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