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Route 66: The Complete Series

4.4 out of 5 stars 118 customer reviews

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All 116 Episodes Collected In One Complete Series Set!

On a weekly basis, from 1960 to 1964, the CBS network treated American audiences to two things they loved the most: television drama and cars. Starring Martin Milner, George Maharis and later Glenn Corbett, this series presented the exciting adventures shared by a pair of good-natured friends as they drove their Corvette convertible across the country, traversing the often dangerous highway known as Route 66.

By the end of the show’s run of 116 episodes, this semi-anthology series boasted an award for writing and two Emmy nominations for acting. The program’s impressive guest star roster included such classic screen legends as Lon Chaney, Jr., Buster Keaton, Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff, as well as up-and-coming cinematic stars Robert Duvall, James Caan, Robert Redford, Martin Sheen, Lee Marvin, Burt Reynolds, Gene Hackman and many more, making Route 66 as iconic as the highway itself.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Martin Milner, George Maharis
  • Directors: David Lowell Rich
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 24
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2012
  • Run Time: 6000 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0077T5SWC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,455 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I really wish that I could give this release a glowing five-star review, extolling the virtues of this remarkable series. The fact of the matter is that Route 66's legacy has passed from the hands of one cheap, lazy, unethical company into the hands of another cheap, lazy, unethical company.

When it was announced several months ago that Shout Factory and that the entire series would be released in one big affordable box set, that news seemed promising. "YES! Shout Factory has acquired the rights to Route 66! Now it will finally get the treatment it deserves!" wrote one fan of the series on the Shout discussion forums. The implication we were given, and that SF seemed to encourage, was that Shout Factory was going to redo the series from the beginning, taking the time and care to transfer the highest quality prints available to produce the best possible release for the fans. This optimism turned out to be, to put it mildly, premature.

Now that the set is out, it is clear that absolutely NOTHING was done in terms of improving on the quality of Infinity's product, and that the first three seasons appears to be EXACTLY the same prints used in the original Infinity release of the show, which include the sub-bootleg quality of the early first season that company put out on the market. In regard to this earlier release, Infinity spokesman Kirk Hallum later admitted that the company issued a substandard product in an effort to meet a street date in depraved indifference to the desire and best interest of the show's fans.

So fans had every reason to expect an improvement with Shout's, acquisition of the series, and that was bolstered by regular posts to the forum by the set producer, a man named Brian Ward.
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Having bought the complete series directly from Shout! Factory I've received the full season set and had a chance to sample the seasons.

For those that were hoping for remastering and better quality for the 1st season you will be disappointed. I see little change in the season 1 episodes from the Roxbury set (all episodes are in the correct 1:33 format, however). For those hoping for a complete version of "A Fury Slinging Flame", sorry to say it's still the shortened syndication version, which is noted prior to the episode playing. The only upside is that a film copy was used as master rather than the really poor video dub version Roxbury used. The pilot episode, "Black November" actually looks a little worse, seems darker and muddier than the one on the Roxbury set. That may be because Roxbury brightened their version to offset the darkness of the master they used.

Regardless, if people were hoping for a better quality set than what had been released by Roxbury it didn't happen. So, buying this set to get the 4th season is going to likely be seen as a waste of money for those that have previously purchased the 3 seasons from Roxbury. I quit buying the Roxbury sets after season one because it was such a disaster. So, for me it wasn't as much of a disappoint as it could have been. But I'm not impressed especially in light of the fact that better copies of many of the 1st season episodes do exist.

I gave the set 2 stars simply for the fact that it's unlikely Route 66 will be done any better any time soon.
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Many of us have been waiting a long time for season 4 of the classic TV series ROUTE 66, which can be described as "two young men in a Corvette convertible traveling across the country in search of America and themselves." Stirling Silliphant's great scripts for the series set me on the road to being a writer (FIRST BLOOD, Rambo). As a teenager, I wrote Stirling a letter about how he inspired me. He encouraged me, and years later he and I worked together on the NBC miniseries of my novel THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE ROSE. The stories are an intriguing combination of action and ideas. LSD, mercy killing, the hunt for Nazi war criminals, miscegenation, right-wing hate groups, the VIetnam War (in 1963!): these and similar topics were almost never dramatized on other series. But ROUTE 66 loved controversy. In fact, for the hate group episode, TO WALK WITH A SERPENT, the sponsors pulled out, but CBS alliowed the show to run without breaks (and with a lot of previews for upcoming ROUTE 66 episodes). Another episode GOOD NIGHT, SWEET BLUES featured Black actors, except for the two stars. The great jazz singer Ethel Waters received an Emmy nomination (at a time when no series had a continuing Black actor). Each episode was filmed entirely on location across the country (no studio shots). Nelson Riddle composed an original score for almost every episode. Well known directors such as Arthur Hiller, Sam Peckinpah, and Robert Altman worked on the series. The who's who list of guest stars includes Robert Redford, Suzanne Pleshette, Anne Francis, Joan Crawford, Buster Keaton, Lee Marvin, Michael Rennie, Dorothy Malone, and Robert Duvall. I'm not as enthusiastic about the Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, and Lon Chaney Jr.Read more ›
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Write Shout Factory' s president and express your dissatisfaction
I'm with you on this, Todd. I think my disdain at Shout's sub-standard release is exceeded only by your own.

Some of what will go in MY letter to Shout! will read like this:

This was supposed to be the definitive, complete 4-season set. And yet, it includes bootleg-quality transfers of the... Read More
May 24, 2012 by Nick Simon |  See all 11 posts
Black and White, or Color?
The entire Route 66 series was filmed and broadcast in B&W. Some of the special features on the DVD are newer and in color, but every episode is black and white.
May 26, 2014 by Todd Allcock |  See all 2 posts
Subtitles or cc for Route 66
Does any know if this has CC or English sub-titles?
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