Route 66: The Complete Series
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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 shows run of 116 episodes, this semi-anthology series boasted an award for writing and two Emmy nominations for acting. The programs 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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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.Read more ›
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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Bought this for a friend for Christmas. They loved it! it has great video quality for a show from the 60's.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I bought these knowing how good the show was. Disappointed in these prints. Watchable, but that's all. Route 66 deserves betterPublished 1 month ago by Arthur r Buecher
Great to have the whole series PLUS lots of extras. Hours of enjoyment and memories to come.Published 2 months ago by LeighJones
Super Old show . One of the first filmed on location. Great seeing actors that made it big when they were young.Published 2 months ago by D.J. Lynch
Excellent series! I had never seen Route 66 before until I saw it on hulu. I watched only one episode and I became hooked. I ended up purchasing the entire series on dvd. Read morePublished 3 months ago by M. Taylor
All the shows in all their glory in one boxed set. What's not to love?Published 3 months ago by Paul
I bought this series because I kept reading that the writer-producer of the series (Stirling Silliphant) was exceptional...and he was. Read morePublished 5 months ago by RANDEL