Wasen't it the most expensive movie ever made up until that time? I've read or heard that somewhere but with my hearing & or seeing, maybe it's just my imagination.
Quite likely it was the most expensive TV show up until that time (1984?,) but even then i'm not sure that seems right. German (or even European TV,) perhaps but their must have been US shows that eclipsed it?
I watched the full mini-series from start to finish one night a couple of weeks ago - I would love a HD version, though!