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Editorial Reviews

'Authentic, uplifting Americana' —Time
'Endlessly watchable' —Los Angeles Times
'TV they really, truly don’t make any more' —NPR’s Fresh Air

The beloved Emmy®-winning series that began on the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite

For 20 years beginning in 1967, Charles Kuralt wandered America’s byways in search of the unusual and the overlooked. He and his small crew logged more than a million miles and wore out six motor homes. For his homespun vignettes of everyday life, Kuralt won an Emmy® and three Peabody Awards and became a household name.

A tireless champion of the everyman, Kuralt found something interesting about everyone he met. Abandoning the interstate for country roads, he discovered hundreds of uniquely American characters, reporting on singing mailmen, horse traders, cowboys, traffic cops, and a Russian man who waited 43 years to thank the American soldiers who saved his life.

Enlightening and inspiring, Kuralt’s vignettes are souvenirs from a simpler time, and a reminder of what makes America extraordinary. Time capsules of a bygone era, these gentle stories remain deeply meaningful, poignant, and truthful today.

Special Features

Exclusive interview with Isadore Bleckman, Kuralt’s longtime cameraman (55 min.); About On the Road; Road Updates; and a biography of Charles Kuralt. SDH subtitles.

Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 9
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: October 11, 2011
  • Run Time: 1050 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,437 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tognetti TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 29, 2011
As far as I am concerned he had the best job in America. From 1967 to 1988 CBS News correspondent Charles Kuralt and his cameraman Isadore Bleckman criss-crossed the highways and byways of America in a motor home in search of fascinating people, captivating places and unique events. Sometimes they would get a tip from a viewer but more often than not they would just stumble upon a story themselves as they scoured the back roads eager to discover for themselves "what's around the bend". When the series concluded in 1989 CBS News released a three tape VHS collection called "On The Road with Charles Kuralt". My wife purchased it for me for my birthday. I always said it was one of the best things I owned. Now in 2011 Acorn Media has assembled an amazing 9 disc set entitled "On The Road with Charles Kuralt: The Americana Collection" featuring more than 200 segments that were featured on the CBS Evening News. This collection features just about all of the segments from my old VHS collection and a heck of a lot more. What a find!

As you might expect "On The Road with Charles Kuralt: The Americana Collection" features a bevy of unforgettable people. You will meet the 104 year old man in San Francisco who had been jogging every day since he was 9 years old. Kuralt attempts an interview while running alongside of him but in a mere matter of moments the elderly gentlemen leaves Charles in the dust. "Humiliated by a 104 year old man" is the way Charles described it. Simply hilarious! Then there is the incredible story that was filed from North Platte, NE about how the people of North Platte and the surrounding towns offered a hot meal and a piece of pie to the troops heading out on the troop trains during World War II.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By fuzz on October 4, 2011
Charles Kuralt claimed he did not have the look of a TV anchorman but that there was an advantage to being "fat and bald" when you were on the road. A pig farmer from Illinois might be nervous before a television camera but one look at Kuralt would assure him that he could relax and be himself. Charles Kuralt was not only fat and bald, he was humble as well. Kuralt had a tremendous gift for noticing things most of us don't notice. He understood what those 'unnoticed stories' implied about America and it's people. He also had an unrivaled talent as a writer and then he could convey what he wrote to an audience with genuineness and warmth. Frankly, I can't think of an anchorman that has ever matched his abilities.

This DVD set brings together three previous sets into one and my only regret is that there are, as far as I know, no extras included. I hate having to buy a new set to get a bit of bonus material but I wish there was more in this case.

Kuralt's final and most important gift is that after we have watched him, we learn to be more like him. We are more careful observers, more appreciative of America and it's people and more apt to slow down and notice everyday greatness. Thanks Charles.

(PS- If the producers of this set ever want to release more material from Kuralt's long and varied career you will sell a set or two to me).
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on August 26, 2011
CHARLES KURALT and his ON THE ROAD "lifetime achievement" is, simply put, pure fun. The best way to describe "ON THE ROAD WITH CHARLES KURALT" is repeating the title. For those who remember watching the segments on CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite, this is nostalgia at its peak. For those too young or anyone who somehow missed all of the weekly segments over the 20 years, this is a slice of perhaps the best reporting ever broadcast on TV. It is nostalgic in segments from early days because of the dress of the Americans interviewed. The 20 year span is as timeless as the stories he found along the by-ways of Americana. The common man's poet.

Kuralt and team wore out six motor homes over the years beginning in 1967, when CBS gave Kuralt a 3-month "trial" of his "On the Road" journalism idea. Only the reporter's death would end the famous and enjoyable good-news segment weekly awaited upon by millions of Americans. It helps one forget troubles and simply enjoy moments in America that are centered on ordinary people

It is funny at times because of the oddity that is being reported or the way Kuralt has of presenting it. It is often quite heart-warming, touching, and home-spun. It is, upon occasion, patriotic, not political--there is a huge difference and Kuralt knew it. Sometimes it shares a life-time achievement of an individual that made a difference only in his/her own neighborhood, never flashy stars. Athletic achievement is in the form of people, like the 104 year old man who out ran almost everybody in town, including Kuralt when he visited. Amazing at time. Historical at others. Surprising. Challenging. Intellectual once in a while and informative always. A reviewer could come up with a superlative for every segment of every episode. Let's just leave it as history has done and simply say this set is "On the Road with Charles Kuralt."

9 DVDs, 50 episodes, 219 segments total.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Peter Smallhill on December 26, 2012
I saw Charles Kuralt's brilliant reports when they first came out on CBS news. At that time, I thought they were backroad curiosities. They made me more interested in small town life.

Only now, I understand that if you put those many little stories together, you have a complete mosaic of what is America.
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