Route 66: Season 3 Volume 1
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With further thought, Season 3 was a transitional season with the mid-season departure of primary performer George Maharis due to illness. With Maharis out and Glenn Corbett in AND being 31 episodes long, a 2-Vol. set is semi-acceptable; just barely:)!
Either way, we do praise Roxbury/Infinity Entertainment for continuing marketing of this fine classic anthology.
Here's a scoop on what to expect.
This 16 episode set is housed in a plastic clam-shell; two discs staggered per side. The discs themselves are pictures of the cover art with a large 1, 2, 3 and 4. The audio quality is extra crisp while the picture quality is superb, retaining the original Aspect Ratio of 1.33:1. The DVD intro splash menu is really clever with a PLAY ALL or EPISODES options. And I stand corrected as Original Episode Commercials are listed under the EXTRAS option on Disc 4.
The only cons are that there are no listings of the episodes in the clam-shell or cover box; only on the EPISODES option. Also the cast and bios feature from S.1 & S.2 are missing.Read more ›
ANOTHER NOTE: The Episode "Only By Cunning Glimpses" on Disc 3 has been taken from a syndicated master, and not the original film negative like all of the other episodes so far. The video quality is pretty good, but the audio is a little bit muddy. At the end, this episode does not contain the "Screen-Gems" logo followed by the "CBS Television Network" spiral like the other episodes do. It is replaced with a COLOR "Columbia Pictures Television" logo instead.
UPDATE #3: The Full Season Release is out everywhere now and the production issues have been rectified. You don't gain anything from buying Volume One on it's own, I would spend the few extra dollars and buy the Complete Season Set for Season 3. There is nothing special about the Complete Season either - no book, no episode listing, just 8 discs in a case, but the content ON THEM is WORTH EVERY PENNY! Just one more season left and the entire series is released.
Journey To Nineveh. A frolicsome story with Buster Keaton as a snakebitten man named Jonah. Buz works to break Jonah's apparent lifelong jinx. One of the lighthearted 66 episodes not meant to be played seriously. Milner & Maharis clearly enjoy working with the physical comedy legend that was Keaton.
Man Out Of Time, with Luther Adler playing an aged gangster who fears payback from old enemies.
Voice At The End Of The Line casts Sorrel Booke as a wimpish man who loves a switchboard operator he's never seen. Booke's performance is moving and offers a ray of hope to any man who has fallen for a woman considered "out of his league". The storyline serves as a forerunner for the chatrooms and online dating services so prevalent on today's global information expressway. Well done.
Lizard's Leg & Owlet's Wing. Near Chicago, Buz & Tod get jobs at O'Hare Hotel, host to a convention featuring Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, & Lon Chaney. These titans of terror want to know if their horror costumes will work on the hotel staff and its patrons. Thanks to the hokiness of this script, they do. Crafting an episode honoring the legacy of Karloff, Lorre, & Chaney is a kind gesture. A more kind gesture would've been to create a program which did not strain the show's credibility nor strained to attain laughs. One of the low points of the season and the series, IMO.
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One of the great old classic black and white dramas from the 1960'sPublished 5 months ago by wendy totos
My review is not about Route 66 itself, which was one of the most innovative and high quality dramatic shows ever. It's about the defective DVD's in this box set. Read morePublished 10 months ago by AndrewS
I bought this set from Amazon some time ago. Fresh out of the box I put disc 1 into my player. Message came on "disc is dirty. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jeannette Newman
I bought this because I remember that I used to watch this show with my dad as a young boy.Published 24 months ago by hotchops57
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One of the best shows ever on television. Still holds up as relevant today. You won't mind spending the time to watch it.Published on January 8, 2014 by Dante Santone