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Route 66: Season 2

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Now you can own all 32 episodes of season two of this treasured television classic, digitally remastered for the highest quality picture and audio possible in the original, full frame 4.3 aspect ratio.

Famous for its catchy Nelson Riddle theme song, intriguing characters, top-drawer writing and stellar guest star appearances, Route 66 was one of the most highly rated shows of the era, establishing the Corvette as an American icon.

Filmed in locations from coast to coast, the adventures continue for Tod Stiles (Martin Milner), an intellectual who has led a privileged and sheltered life, and Buz Murdock (George Maharis), a tough young man, raised in Hell's Kitchen, struggling his entire life just to survive.

The duo encounter folks good and bad even chance encounters with love in shipyards, chicken farms, cattle ranches, rodeos, hospitals, courtrooms, hotels, amusement parks, wrestling rings, religious retreats and wild animal parks.

Guest starring in the sophomore season is a renowned list of stars, including Robert Redford, Douglas Fairbanks, Robert Duvall, Suzanne Pleshette, Lon Chaney Jr., John Astin, James Caan, Lee Marvin, Martin Sheen, Ed Asner, DeForest Kelley, Marion Ross, Peter Graves, Jack Warden, Tuesday Weld and Julie Newmar, among others. One special episode features several of Maharis relatives.

Buckle up for a complete season of one of television’s very best dramatic series. You may be tempted to want to pull an all-nighter and drive straight through all 32 episodes, but it’s best to take frequent rest stops to fully enjoy this trip into the heart of America. Well-heeled Tod Stiles (Martin Milner) and Hell's Kitchen-bred Buz Murdoch (George Maharis) are back on the road, still "looking and moving" to find "a place where we really fit." Until then, as Buz proclaims, "It’s not the getting there that counts, it’s the going." And these cats go. Speedways and turnpikes? They’re nowhere. In Route 66, what usually happens is that Tod and Buz happen upon someone in crisis, like a Jewish boy who loses faith after his father is murdered, a terminally ill woman, and a mysterious woman who steps off a bus wearing a creepy mask. Most of the time, Tod and Buz are in this together, but sometimes, there is tension when only one insists on getting involved. "Can’t you leave one tornado for the weather bureau?" an annoyed Tod asks Buz in "Love is a Skinny Kid," one of the season’s best episodes. Route 66 was one of the best written shows on television (series creator and future Oscar-winner Sterling Silliphant wrote many of the second season scripts). The hipster dialogue keeps the Beat, but it's the compassionate stories that really drive the series. Tod and Buz are audience surrogates who experience America's diverse communities, from New England shipbuilders to a Midwestern Polish family. Route 66 is on the side of authentic craftsmanship, cultural traditions, and mom and pop restaurants where you can get "soup, salad, entrée, fruit cocktail, two vegetables, the whole truth and nothing but the truth" for $1.19. This season gets extra mileage from its premium guest stars, including Ethel Waters in her Emmy-nominated performance as a dying blues singer in "Good Night, Sweet Blues," Robert Redford as a Polish mill worker's college educated son whose homecoming is marred by tragedy in "First Class Mouliak," Robert Duvall as a heroin addict in "Birdcage on My Foot," Lee Marvin as a French chanteuse's violently possessive manager in "Mon Petit Chou," and an unrecognizable Martin Sheen as a psychotic gang member in "And the Cat Jumped Over the Moon" (with James Caan as a former gang member trying to go straight). That's Burt Reynolds in a bit part as a small Texas town hood in "Skinny Kid." Here's hoping they roll out Season Three soon. I can't wait to get on the road again. --Donald Liebenson

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  • Actors: Martin Milner, George Maharis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Roxbury Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 4, 2008
  • Run Time: 1740 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,361 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Route 66: Season 2" on IMDb

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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Breyel on September 17, 2008
The five-star rating is for the series itself, thanks in large part to the exceptionally realistic storylines from Stirling Silliphant and guest scriptwriters. The on-screen chemistry between Martin Milner as Tod Stiles and George Maharis as Buz Murdock is superb as they criss-cross America working odd jobs in search of themselves and helping others find their purpose in life. Great show from television's golden age. Highly recommended.

The episodes featured in the second season (1961-1962) include:

"A Month of Sundays" -- Buz falls for starlet Arlene Sims (Anne Francis), unaware that she has a terminal illness.

"Blue Murder" -- Tod and Buz attempt to recapture a wild horse which has apparently killed its new owner.

"Good Night, Sweet Blues" -- A dying jazz singer (Ethel Waters) enlists Tod and Buz to search out and reunite her old combo.

"Birdcage on My Foot" -- Tod and Buz try to help a heroin junkie (Robert Duvall) kick the habit.

"First Class Mouliak" -- When a young woman is found dead, the chief suspect (Robert Redford) is the son of Tod and Buz's employer.

"Once to Every Man" -- Tod seems ready to finally settle down and tie the knot with the daughter of a shipyard owner (Janice Rule).

"The Mud Nest" -- After discovering a family that resembles him in a small Maryland town, Buz goes to Baltimore to search for the woman who may be his mother.

"A Bridge Across Five Days" -- The boys try to help a woman recently released from a mental hospital adjust to life in the outside world.

"Mon Petit Chou" -- Tod becomes enamored of a lounge singer, but finds an obstacle in her intensely jealous manager (Lee Marvin).
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Robert Huggins VINE VOICE on November 13, 2008
If you've previously purchased the split season 1 DVD releases of "Route 66" from Infinity Entertainment, you know that Route 66 - Season 1, Vol. 1 episodes were of variable visual quality and one episode, "A Fury Slinging Flame," was severely edited. Route 66: Season 1, Vol. 2 offered improved, more consistent visual quality across all of the episodes but compromised the visuals with a phony widescreen presentation which cropped a portion of the top and bottom of the frame. After numerous complaints here at Amazon and elsewhere, Infinity re-released Route 66 - The Complete First Season in its entirety, restoring the full-screen format to those episodes contained in volume 2. Which brings us to this full season 2 release . . . . . Infinity has finally delivered a set that most fans of the series will be happy to own. No, the visuals don't have that eye-popping, razor-sharp "CBS/Paramount sheen" found on vintage television releases like "The Fugitive" or "The Untouchables," but they're quite good, in the correct full-screen aspect ratio and, unlike some CBS/Paramount releases, the original music is all here . . . . . no modern synthesized replacement music on this release, thank you very much! Can anyone imagine watching "Route 66" without Nelson Riddle's memorable theme and orchestrations?Read more ›
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By John A. Jodell on August 18, 2008
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This extremely well-written series was at its rip-roaring finest in season 2. As always, we get a unique and nostalgic authentic glimpse at specific American locales in the early 1960s, back when the country was prosperous, the economy was growing in bounds, and gas was CHEAP! Episodes 1, "A Month of Sundays", in which Buz falls head over heels for a dying young actress in Montana; 3, "Good Night, Sweet Blues", in which Tod and Buz are dispatched across the country to round up a sick elderly jazz singer's old band members for one last memorable performance; and 24, "Even Stones Have Eyes", in which Buz is accidentally blinded on a construction site and must attend a school for the blind in Texas where he falls in love with an actual blind girl, are some of the finest moments in the entire history of television. This is a MUST-HAVE DVD set you will never regret buying and will always treasure!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By William Timothy Lukeman TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 11, 2009
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What a bittersweet pleasure to have "Route 66" available at last -- a pleasure because of the show's extraordinary quality, and bittersweet because you just won't see a show like this on TV today. It's very much a product of its time, capturing a unique period in American history, just between the Beats & what became the 60s ... a time when literate, often deeply personal writing could be found on a weekly TV show.

And what a show! Something of an existentialist anthology, it gave us Tod & Buz, two friends with opposite personalities, united by their need to explore, experience, and learn. In fact, the show was originally going to be called "The Searchers," but the classic John Wayne film of the same name had been released just a couple of years before, necessitating the change to "Route 66." And while the show seldom travels down that actual road, it doesn't matter, because it's the spirit of the road, its essence, that they follow.

The series was in top form during this second season, with all the elements firmly in place: strong leads in Martin Milner & George Maharis; evocative location shooting that brought the full scope of America into clear view; a guest cast of nearly every up-&-coming major American actor; and writer Stirling Sillipant's intelligent, poetic scripts.

I want to focus on the writing. It's been said that real people don't talk like that, with so much philosophy & literary allusion. And that's probably true, especially today -- although it wasn't entirely unknown in the early 1960s. Some younger viewers accustomed to what modern entertainment calls "realism" may have trouble adjusting to this richer, slightly artificial style, more like that of a playwright than an "average" person.

Well, it's an adjustment worth making.
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