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Route 66: Marathon Tour - Chicago to L.A. (Tin Packaging)


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Product Details

  • Actors: None
  • Directors: None
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Madacy (Music Distributor)
  • DVD Release Date: January 11, 2011
  • Run Time: 375 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CCZR86
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,629 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Photo Slide Show
  • The Corvette, The True Sports Car
  • Collector's Edition Route 66 Map
  • 6 Postcards Illustrated by Jerry McClanahan

  • Editorial Reviews

    Take a trip across the country and back in time and re-discover the America of years gone by on the historic Route 66. Called the Main Street of America, it linked east and west for nearly 60 memorable years and became part of our national folklore in the process. More than 2400 miles of roadside diners, small towns, tepee-shaped motels and frozen custard stands helped thread the fabric of America. Many journeymen and dreamers traveled its storied path west in fulfillment of their hopes for glory and prosperity. Now, discover Route 66 like never before in this 5 disc collection of all the nostalgia and kitsch that made it a piece of Americana. See the road, hear the stories and take the journey along the Mother Road from its starting point in Chicago until it hits the ocean in L.A. The road may no longer be in service, but its legend lives on in every mile of trail that still exists. ROUTE 66: THE MARATHON TOUR covers the journey in six hours of lively, fun-filled stories and anecdotes that will make you want to take the trip again and again! Immortalized in American pop culture through song and story, Route 66 inspired John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath and Bobby Troup’s jazzy tribute to the country by-way. With tons of bonus features including rare photos and a profile of the Corvette, another American classic, ROUTE 66: THE MARATHON TOUR is one ride you’ll never forget. So fasten your seatbelt, hold on tight and, like the song says: “Get your kicks on Route 66!”

    Customer Reviews

    We are thrilled with our DVD set.
    RV nut
    The interviews are much too long and the dialogue quickly loses audience attention.
    OnThePike
    I don't where to start on what is wrong with this.
    Barry Armitage

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By OnThePike on January 24, 2011
    Format: DVD Verified Purchase
    I had read the (mostly positive) reviews for this compilation and purchased this set based on those opinions. After watching the first 30 minutes or so, I found myself falling asleep at my desk. I turned and looked behind me and saw my wife had already fallen asleep on the couch. This from two people who consider ourselves avid Route 66 enthusiasts and who eagerly consume anything "Mother Road". In a nutshell, this production is extremely boring.

    I own, and have watched every other available Route 66 DVD and must say I was greatly disappointed with this set. The production is completely void of feeling, unlike other compilations. The interviews are much too long and the dialogue quickly loses audience attention. The quality of the audio during interviews is extremely poor in comparison to post-production studio editing. What's worse is, we really didn't find an "intimate feel" to this program, unlike all other Route 66 related films.

    Running Route 66 in a 45-foot deluxe conversion bus may be great for the production crew, but it greatly loses the true grit and feel for what Route 66 is all about -- the people, places and "things" that makes The Mother Road what it is today. And this film greatly lacks, in immense detail, the road itself. One would think a film nearing 6 hours in length on 5 DVD's would depict much of the actual route and road, but it does not, instead, leaping from one area to another sometimes traversing hundreds of miles between "interviews". Far too many "iconic attractions" and "route characters" either chose not to participate in this film, or simply weren't considered! And really, other than Angel and Juan Delgadillo, the interviews were far too lengthy and ran off into personal details unrelated to Route 66 history.
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    27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Barry Armitage on January 24, 2009
    Format: DVD
    I don't where to start on what is wrong with this. It is nothing but interviews -- many with a vested interest (restaurants, etc.) in gaining publicity. There are virtually no landscape shots or anything that tries to convey the excitement of traveling on this historic road. There is very little historical perspective (no old photos or movie footage incorporated). The tour itself is in an RV, which is a slap in the face of the history of this road. Read some of the highly rated books on Route 66 or drive it, but when it comes to this DVD set, take the bypass and avoid it altogether.
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    33 of 41 people found the following review helpful By B. Greene on February 15, 2006
    Format: DVD
    This series of discs does a great job of actually telling the complete story of Route 66, not just the fluff that other videos show. The interviews are interesting and if you are planning a trip, this is a must see before you go.

    The set also includes bonus items such as a set of post cards and a cool map of the route. Great for collectors of the "mother road."
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    24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Texas Surfer on February 16, 2006
    Format: DVD
    Not just a slice of goodness, this DVD collection is the whole pie! Enjoy with the World's Greatest Fried Chicken, a Ted Drewes Custard, blueberry/banana pie and the best scenery Americana can provide. All the Route 66 staples appear in this collection. Nostalgia is alive and well and on Route 66 The Marathon Tour.
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    19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By D. Cloud on November 22, 2007
    Format: DVD Verified Purchase
    After reviewing the opinions of those who had this DVD set, I ordered The Marathon Tour-Route 66 and thoroughly enjoyed it. There is so much history in the interviews with people that are no longer living and those that are. What a treasure to have this DVD set. Granted it's not an entire DVD on driving the Mother Road, but there are many out there that provide that. To show the history of the Mother Road on DVD by those that helped make it the icon that it is, is overwhelming. I found the personal stories intriguing and an insight into how the 8 states that made up the Mother Road came about. I found out things I had not been able to read in books or other DVD's that I have on Route 66. There is enough of the Mother Road shown in this set of 5 DVD's that just whets your appetite to want to see and hear more. I highly recommend this set of DVD's to all roadies out there....enjoy the ride!
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    14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A. Culley on April 9, 2007
    Format: DVD
    I am like the reviewer below, there is too much interviewing(and they go on and on and on)and not enough showing of the old route and the sights along the way. I can't believe they wasted a great opportunity to show Route 66 in Hi-Def. This was truly a disappointment!
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    16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Alpine Al on August 30, 2006
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    This is a very professional, nice looking DVD. The only problem I have is there is too much time spent intereviewing folks along the way. In fact, I'd guess 75 to 85% of the time, we are seeing old timers talking about the good old days, instead of seeing Route 66, which is why I bought the DVD.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel on May 9, 2013
    Format: DVD
    This box set is also available in a combo set called "Route 66 and America's National Parks" containing "Route 66 Marathon Tour Chicago to L.A." and "America the Beautiful." So you save when you buy the two together. For the fans, there are lots of other DVDs on Route 66 and National Parks, so compare before purchasing.
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