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Route 66: Season 1

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One of the most brilliant dramas to emerge from the 60s, Route 66 was famous for its catchy Nelson Riddle theme song, intriguing characters, top-drawer writing and stellar guest star appearances. The original road trip drama, this classic television series was one of the most highly rated of the era, also establishing the Corvette as an American icon.

Now, this special collector s set including all 30 episodes of season one (1960-61) is digitally remastered and available on DVD for the first time since the original airing. Due to support from fans of the series all episodes are now in their original aspect ratio!

So with Martin Milner and George Maharis at the wheel and a new adventure around every corner, come along for the ride and get your kicks on Route 66!

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Product Details

  • Actors: Martin Milner, George Maharis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Infinity Entertainment Group
  • DVD Release Date: August 5, 2008
  • Run Time: 864 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001675ZI8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,556 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Route 66: Season 1" on IMDb

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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Tante Maren TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 6, 2008
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They finally made the correct scale picture for Route 66, Season One! The first Route 66 Season One dvd's- first half (Volume 1) and second half (Volume 2) sets, were made elongated, with the tops of the actors heads cut off! What a nightmare for viewing! The picture is not cleaned up as pristine as it could be, but what an improvement to be able to see the whole picture, with everyones head not cut off at the top of the screen!

If you are not certain which set you have bought, the first elongated, cropped dvd sets were sold separately, in halves for the first season (Season One, Volume 1 and Season One, Volume 2) . When you view this cropped picture, it looks like a letterbox style movie, only the actors heads are cut off at the top of the screen!

This corrected set has both Season One, Volumes 1 and 2 together in a sleeve (exact, same packaging). The picture is no longer letter box style, and the actors heads are not near the screen edge. Thank goodness, I hope this never happens again, as I've never seen a show with so many tops of the heads cut off! It's great to see everyone's entire head, as it should be!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mikey on May 25, 2008
Found this enlightening entry on (that some here may have missed):

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Route 66 - What's the Delay on Route 66 DVDs? It's GOOD News, Actually!
Complete 1st Season set still coming; 2nd Season isn't scrapped either!
by David Lambert (tvshowsondvd), 4/29/2008

Back in mid-March we reported that Infinity Entertainment and Roxbury Entertainment were planning on May 20th releases on DVD for both Route 66 - The Complete 1st Season AND Route 66 - Season 2, Volume 1. Late last week fans of the show started writing in to us, highly concerned that online pre-orders they had placed for one or both of these were being canceled. What's going on? We talked to Infinity, and we've got the scoop on what's happening...and it turns out that it's a good thing, actually.

Along the course of putting out the first DVD packages, Infinity (and Roxbury) recognized that there was some customer dissatisfaction with the half-season sets put out for the first season, and they want to resolve this. To begin with, they are scrapping the half-season set concept at this time. As a result, Season 2, Vol. 1 is completely canceled. Instead, though, we will get a Complete Season 2 DVD package! It's currently penciled in for an October release, but that's not finalized just yet.

In the meantime, the release of The Complete Season 1 DVD set IS still coming out. But it's being pushed back to release sometime in August, in order to give the studio more time to resolve customer complaints about how episodes were presented on disc in the two half-season sets for that show.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By G. M. Schoditsch on July 9, 2008
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'Route 66' is one of the finest television anthology series ever produced. With a somewhat dark and brooding tone, much like the 'Fugitive', the show jumps from town to city to state along the classic American corridor know as U.S highway route 66. Brilliant screen writing and direction provide poignant drama as Tod Stiles and Buzz Murdock rediscover early 1960's social views and changing perspectives from the seats of a Chevrolet Corvette.

Best news of all, it appears that the releasing studio has finally heard the pleas of America by halting the absurd practice of half season releases. Appropriately filmed in Black & White; as with "The Fugitive', this is quality programming for the entire family.

**UPDATE** 08.08.08

I've noticed that with the Volume 1 discs, the video and audio is a bit on the muddy side, probably due to the most affordable source material Infinity decided to spend on this venture. And as another reviewer stated , the elapsed time & chapters are missing on the Volume 2 discs but this happens on only select players.

BUT, Infinity IS listening to its customers; restoring the OAR and putting the entire 1st season out as a single set. And at a reasonable price too! At least Infinity/Roxbury is moving in the right direction. The Mob bosses at Paramount could take some lessons from them!

**UPDATE** 08.28.08

I just finished episode 30. WOW! What a show! Route 66 - The Complete Second Season continues this great anthology! I'm sure Infinity/Roxbury will shortly have the remaining 2 seasons on their way!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Ross on July 19, 2010
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I was a bit young to have watched this excellent drama series when it aired in 1960 ; but am glad it has been re-mastered and now available. Each episode follows Buzz and Tod to a new location, where they meet and become involved with local people. Difficult situations occur; but the pair are determined to help out, and somehow things are made better because of their efforts. That constant private struggle toward improvement was a natural part of their society.

The episodes were filmed on location, and it is facinaing to see what the country looked like at that time. Some things are the same, such as buildings or houses, that could likely be viewed just as they were today. So much though is different. The amount of economic activity is astounding, as is the freedom in which the people operate.

As they travel about, they easily take jobs at seeminly endless manufacturing facilities. No labor laws keep them from taking or ending their employment at will. They, and their employers, enjoy freedom of association. Those facilities efficiently directed the society's scarce capital into productive uses, causing prosperity, and a real hope of a better tomorrow for all honest people. They also produced most of the goods purchased by people around the world. Almost every product seen, in location after location, was made in America. Just being able to see these products, especially the fabulous American cars of that time, is reason enough to watch the series.

And the money, it was real. One episode involves gambling in a Reno casino, where we witness that silver dollars were often then used as chips! What a sad testiment to our times that those honest dollars have been replaced by tokens made of cheap plastic or base metal.
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