Nearly two years after Visual Entertainment Inc. (VEI) announced plans to release The Immortal (ABC, 1970-1971) on DVD, a release date has finally been revealed. All 15 episodes plus the pilot telefilm for the series will be available on November 8th.
VEI released this teaser video (consisting of the opening credits) earlier this month:
The Immortal stars Christopher George as Ben Richards, a man who discovers he’s immune to all disease and the effects of aging. He can still suffer physical injuries, however. The source of his near immortality is his blood. A billionaire named Arthur Maitland (played by David Brian) is eager for regular access to Ben’s blood because it can keep him young and healthy. Maitland hires a man named Fletcher (played by Don Knight) to chase after Ben.
Much like The Fugitive before it and The Incredible Hulk after it, episodes of The Immortal saw Ben on the run, trying to outwit Fletcher. Ben also hopes to locate his long lost brother, Jason, who may have the same “immortal” blood coursing through his veins. ABC cancelled the series before Ben could find Jason.
CBS aired repeats during the summer of 1971. The series later aired on Sci Fi Channel in the mid-1990s.
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