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Route 66 - Season 1, Vol. 2

Overview

Route 66, which aired 1960-64, is 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, establishing the Corvette as an American icon. Now the remaining episodes of 1960-61's Season 1 -- digitally remastered for the highest quality picture and audio possible -- arrive on DVD in Route 66: Season 1, Volume Two. Yale graduate Tod Stiles ...
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Overview

Route 66, which aired 1960-64, is 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, establishing the Corvette as an American icon. Now the remaining episodes of 1960-61's Season 1 -- digitally remastered for the highest quality picture and audio possible -- arrive on DVD in Route 66: Season 1, Volume Two. Yale graduate Tod Stiles (Martin Milner) is an intellectual who has led a privileged and sheltered life. Buzz Murdock (George Maharis) is a tough young man, raised in New York City's Hell's Kitchen, struggling his entire life just to survive.When his wealthy father dies, Tod finds himself unexpectedly penniless with just one possession, a powder-blue Chevrolet Corvette. On a quest to find adventure -- and themselves -- Tod and Buzz hit the open road in the ultimate American journey. In search of excitement, the duo traverses the famed Route 66, which stretches from Chicago, Ill., to Santa Monica, Calif. Encountering people from all walks of life -- ranch hands, bodyguards, shrimp boat crewman, prospectors and beautiful women -- the show featured a renowned list of guest stars, including Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Walter Matthau, Martin Sheen, James Caan, Burt Reynolds, Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, Lon Chaney Jr., Ron Howard, Lee Marvin, Suzanne Pleshette, Ed Asner, Julie Newmar, Cloris Leachman and Leslie Nielsen.
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Special Features

Classic original TV commercials; Filmographies of stars and special guests
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/5/2008
  • UPC: 617742203196
  • Rating:

  • Source: Roxbury Ent
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Time: 13:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 60,181

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Martin Milner
George Maharis
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Route 66: Season 1, Vol. 2
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   Episodes
      Fly Away Home: Part 1
      Fly Away Home: Part 2
      Sleep on Four Pillows
      An Absence of Tears
      Fly Away Home: Part 1 Cast Bios
         Film Clip
      Fly Away Home: Part 2 Cast Bios
         Film Clip
      Sleep on Four Pillows Cast Bios
         Film Clip
      An Absence of Tears Cast Bios
         Film Clip
Disc #2 -- Route 66: Season 1, Vol. 2
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   Episodes
      Like a Motherless Child
      An Effigy in Snow
      Eleven, the Hard Way
      Most Vanquished, Most Victorious
      Like a Motherless Child Cast Bios
         Film Clip
      An Effigy in Snow Cast Bios
         Film Clip
      Eleven, the Hard Way Cast Bios
         Film Clip
      Most Vanquished, Most Victorious Cast Bios
         Film Clip
Disc #3 -- Route 66: Season 1, Vol. 2
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   Episodes
      Don't Count Stars
      The Newborn
      A Skill for Hunting
      Trap at Cordova
      Don't Count Stars Cast Bios
         Film Clip
      The Newborn Cast Bios
         Film Clip
      A Skill for Hunting Cast Bios
         Film Clip
      Trap at Cordova Cast Bios
         Film Clip
Disc #4 -- Route 66: Season 1, Vol. 2
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   Episodes
      The Opponent
      Welcome to Amity
      Incident on a Bridge
      The Opponent Cast Bios
         Film Clip
      Welcome to Amity Cast Bios
         Film Clip
      Incident on a Bridge Cast Bios
         Film Clip
   Original TV Commercials
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    “Route 66” is one of the most brilliant television dramas ever made, shot entirely on location all over the U.S., as the weekly episodes follow two young men in a Corvette roadster, looking for what life has to offer. It is especially fascinating to watch the shows today and see the way this country looked back in the early ‘60s, as these guys travel back roads and highways through small towns, big cities, desert ranches, seaports, and America’s heartland. Never studio bound, the fictional dramas are filmed in real streets, parks, diners, motels, bars, barns, and boarding houses. There has been nothing else like it before or since... That is why, sadly, this “Volume 2” set from Roxbury/Infinity is such a disappointment. Someone in charge of the film transfers made the terrible decision to crop the bottom and top of the picture, trying to create a fake “widescreen” effect. The result is to lose some 25% of the original photography, needlessly throwing away some of the ‘60s Americana scenery that has always been a vital part of this show. Even close-ups shots of people suffer on these DVDs, which chop off necks and the tops of heads, giving the photography an awkward look.... “Volume 1” of this series retained the full 4:3 aspect ratio, but was transferred from poorer quality prints. Even so, the slightly darker, softer images of “Volume 1” are highly preferable to the butchering that has taken place with “Volume 2.” Infinity Entertainment has attempted to rationalize their action by saying they were “optimizing” the picture with a High Definition transfer. Unfortunately, Infinity fails to comprehend that the term "High Definition" refers to the resolution of the transfer and has nothing to do with the shape of the image. If an owner of a wide "16x9" television wants to fill the screen with a vintage TV show, they can simply hit the “zoom” button on their remote! So there is absolutely no excuse for this "or any" DVD producer to butcher the original photographic compositions like this when transferring the film to video... So, buyer beware! I do NOT recommend “Volume 2” of this series as it stands now. If Roxbury/Infinity remaster this volume with its full image, as originally photographed and shown on TV back in the ‘60s, then I will retract my negative review. Let’s hope that Volume 3 fares better.

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