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Route 66: Return to the Road with Martin Milner (1998)

Michael Wallis, Bobby Troup Martin Milner , John Paget  |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Wallis, Bobby Troup Martin Milner
  • Directors: John Paget
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • DVD Release Date: January 24, 2002
  • Run Time: 156 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005YY9M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,881 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Description

It's you and Martin Milner heading down The Mother Road in a 1960 Corvette, as he ventures out to see how America has changed since he criss-crossed the country while starring in the CBS television series "Route 66" in the early 1960's.

Return to the Road profiles the people of the road like never before ... you'll meet the countless unique characters that make Route 66 what it is. Along with Martin Milner, you'll discover that their history, in their own words, is the story of roadside America itself. Over three hours of entertainment on a DVD that is packed with special features not seen in the original VHS release.

Review

"... a unique and vivid portrait of America's main street. Digs deep into the grass roots of The Mother Road" -- MOTORTREND

1998 Gold Medal Winner -- U.S. International Film Festival

1998 Platinum & Best-In-Show -- Aurora Film Festival

An exciting journey to see time and time again. This film owes much to the excellent direction of John Paget. -- RPM Magazine

BRILLIANT! A wonderful renaissance perfectly capturing the spirit of Route 66." -- Michael Wallis, Author of

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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the trip all right September 1, 2003
Format:DVD
No mistake, this DVD is about Route 66 the "Mother Road" and really not at all about the great TV show. But, if you want a wonderfully produced, nostalgic and thoughtful trip down US Route 66 from Chicago to LA this is the ticket. Much more history and witness interviews and reminiscences than I thought would be captured. Its a pretty long video.. 2.5 hours! But, if actually travelling (vicarously?) the road in a C1 Corvette with a fun and entertaining movie star is what you want, I say again, this is right on the spot.'
The music is mostly newly recorded versions and variations of the TV's show great "Theme from Route 66" and with Martin Milner and a 'Vette identical to that from the show, you might consider this a new, feature length installment of the show. In a nutshell, this episode is primarily about the road and the car and a long magnificent drive through our country... instead of those things mostly being in the background on the TV show. And, if you are at all considering to do a nostalgic Route 66 trip this DVD is a must have resource for planning the sights and people you might want to visit along the way.
I loved the TV series too and I have a few of the episodes on VHS. But, even more, I love the actual road and the 3 trips I've made on it from Chicago to LA. Yes, get your kicks.
My DVD worked flawlessly start to finish. I bought it new from Amazon in Aug '03.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Colourful May 21, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was certainly looking forward to this dvd and having watched it my opinion is that whilst it is certainly interesting and one gets to "meet" some wonderful, colourful people on the journey that are locked in a time warp I was disappointed that one did not get to see more of the scenery instead of just jumping from one town or village to the next without seeing very little of what lies between. The scenary that was shown was very spectacular and I personally would have liked to have been shown more. But, do not be put off as the dvd on the whole is well worth every penny.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Route 66: Return to the Road with Martin Milner January 9, 2007
Format:DVD
A classic ride on the Mother Road - Route 66. Great scenery and interesting Americana roadside attractions. Get off the Interstate and see the USA in a classic Corvette !
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating people! January 17, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This video catches the heart of the people along the road. It's full of their hopes, dreams and determination. It's also very nostalgic. I especially liked the stripper museum. Now that gal has guts and is funny too! While this video made me sad to see the passing of a way of life, it also really captures the spirit of that way of life. It was fun to see Martin Milner recapture part of his younger carefree "Rt 66" image. His narration is excellent.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time to cruise Route 66 March 20, 2007
Format:DVD
This was a good video. Martin Milner, now much older and heavier like the rest of us from 60's, does a good job recreating the old highway. He visits the places that were around then, as well as some newer ones. Thought about doing the cruise before, but now, after seeing the video, I know I'm doing the cruise.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
This two hour tour of Route 66 is a worthwhile addition to your collection. A bit more pricey than some on the market, it's definately worth the money.
Plenty of interviews of present-day folks along the road that make you want to walk right out to your car and head there.
It's almost time for me to buy another, I've just about worn my copy out!@
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These People Should be a Protected National Treasure November 8, 2000
By raisyn
Format:VHS Tape
The people we encounter along our video journey should be declared a national historic treasure. You will see common folks from all walks of life who's address is still along the Mother Road. I really enjoyed the segment on the Wigwam Motel and the Stripper Museum. It is bittersweet to think that they are the last of the breed. I was also pleased to see that slim, trim Martin Milner's waistline has enlarged a little more that mine...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Same road, different dimensions November 12, 2011
Format:DVD
I bought a copy of this DVD after taking a bus tour of Route 66, and it's certainly a terrific introduction to all of the wonderfully diverse people and places you might encounter along the route. The only slightly jarring note is the presenter, Martin Milner. Not that he's a bad presenter by any means. He's likeable, engaging and articulate. No, the thing that strikes a false note is that when it comes to all the interviews with the great characters who live along the Mother Road - where's Milner? He doesn't interview any of the residents, or even appear in the same frame with them. It's like he and they are in two parallel dimensions - he seems to be aware of the interviewees, but whenever they appear on camera he disappears into his own dimension, only to reappear when it's time to drive to the next location.

Now it's fairly obvious why the producers made the programme this way. They only had Milner for a limited time, so they had to shoot all of his pieces to camera separately from the interviewees. The result looks very jarring to somebody like me who's grown used to the Michael Palin school of travelogue, which are built around the premise that the presenter IS the interviewer. It's not a fatal issue by any means, but it does sadly prevent my giving this otherwise excellent documentary the full five stars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great rest-of-the-story addition to any fan of Route 66.
Published 2 months ago by AKFLYER47
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really enjoyed it!!!
Published 3 months ago by Carol
5.0 out of 5 stars Route 66 Return to the Road with Martin Milner
Excellent DVD, brought back memories when I drove Route 66 back in 1970 cross country trip to California with the family in my 1966 Ford Fairlane 500 with black interior with no... Read more
Published 6 months ago by ROBERT J. FREGEAU
5.0 out of 5 stars Rt# 66 Return to the road with Marty Milner
People who loved the Route 66 shows will enjoy the nostalgia of old Rt# 66...but we love Marty Milner so we also enjoyed his take on it. The story was enjoyable.
Published 8 months ago by Diana Mangum
3.0 out of 5 stars DVD did bring back some good HWY 66 memories
Overall I enjoyed this movie. I wish quality had been better and for them to have shown more of the western landscape. But like I mentioned I really did enjoy DVD.
Published 14 months ago by D. Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Trip
Being in Australia watched the TV series as a child i decided to see Route 66 myself viewing before going showed what to expect
and some things not to miss, it really was... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Peter M Clapham
5.0 out of 5 stars Great trip down a piece of Americana
I purchased the complete series of Route 66 after seeing Martin Milner in Adam-12. I like the series Route 66 and enjoy watching a period of time that only I heard and read about. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Kenneth L. Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars what a trip
I really enjoyed this disc,This disc will show you what was and what is as far as the road is concerned. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Linda S. Bushnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done, Marty!
This is well worth a look see. I really enjoyed it! A great trip on the Mother Road. MOST OF THE ATTRACTIONS ARE STILL THERE.
Published 17 months ago by Alan N. Basile
4.0 out of 5 stars Great ride down the Mother Road
Saw the gas station my Granddad owned and I worked at as my first job in the sixth grade. Lived along Route 66 most of my life. Great memories.
Published 19 months ago by Justin Liles
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