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Kuralt takes us with him to visit fascinating people. Hopefully CBS will release many more sets from this treasure trove. Imagine wearing out six travel vans cruising the roads of the US to bring us these encounters. If you enjoy true story telling, you'll love this.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
AS AMERICAN AS HONEST ABE & APPLE PIE & MORE FUN THAN A CIRCUSSept. 14 2009
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CHARLES KURALT and his ON THE ROAD "lifetime achievement" is, simply put, pure fun. The best way to describe "ON THE ROAD WITH CHARLES KURALT" is repeating the title. For those who remember watching the segments on CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite, this is nostalgia at its peak. For those too young or anyone who somehow missed all of the weekly segments over the 20 years, this is a slice of perhaps the best reporting ever broadcast on TV. It is nostalgic in segments from early days because of the dress of the Americans interviewed. Never, however, out of date. Kuralt, amazingly, shows some sign of aging from one to another story, but not what you'd expect over the 20 year span. He was as timeless as the stories he found along the by-ways of Americana. The common man's poet.
Kuralt and team wore out six motor homes over the years beginning in 1967, when CBS gave Kuralt a 3-month "trial" of his "On the Road" journalism idea. Only the reporter's death would end the famous and enjoyable good-news segment weekly awaited upon by millions of Americans. It helps one forget troubles and simply enjoy moments in America that are centered around ordinary people. Why was it not duplicated? It is so perfect, who would dare try mimicking Kuralt's award winning achievement?
It is funny at times because of the oddity that is being reported or the way Kuralt has of presenting it. It is often quite heart-warming, touching, and home-spun. It is, upon occasion, patriotic, not political--there is a huge difference and Kuralt knew it. Sometimes it shares a life-time achievement of an individual that made a difference only in his/her own neighborhood, never flashy stars. Athletic achievement is in the form of people, like the 104 year old man who out ran almost everybody in town, including Kuralt when he visited. Amazing at time. Historical at others. Surprising. Challenging. Intellectual once in a while and informative always. A reviewer could come up with a superlative for every segment of every episode. Let's just leave it as history has done and simply say this set is "On the Road with Charles Kuralt."
The numbers: 1 set, 3 DVDs, 18 21-min. episodes (all with subtitles), 76 different stories, 378 minutes. We planned on watching an episode a day but couldn't do it. Enjoyment kept us going at the pace of a DVD a day. Extras of updates on some segments, On the Road history, and Charles Kuralt bio.
The cover states "Set 1" so there is hope that Set 2 will one-day be produced. This DVD content was 20 years in the making thus the box statement of "Due to the age of these programs and the improved resolution that DVD provides, you may notice occasional flaws in the image and audio on this DVD presentation that were beyond our ability to correct from the original materials." It's hardly noticeable and not a problem, the program's too enjoyable.
As C.K. says: "We've heard about a story up the road here, but we kind of hope we never get there. With luck, we'll stumble upon something more interesting along the way. I can see the road is bending--wonder what's around the bend."
Mega details: Episode 1- Blenheim Ginger Ale, Golden Gate Bridge Workers, Bicycle Man 2 Super Shoe Salesman, Down-Home Remedies, 80-Year-Old Cook, Unique Mailbox Posts 3 American Citizen, Blowing Bubbles, Junk-Mail Heat, Simplify 4 Domino Theory, Old Advertisements, Building Wooden Boats, Roadside Shangri-la 5 Kentucky Croquet-Playing Field, "Black Diamond" Private Railcar, "Twidd", The Circus Bandleader 6 Whistle-Stop Ride, Toothpick Artist, National Weather Survey 7 All-Night Library, Life on the Bayou, Living in a Small Town 8 Lady Mayor, Bullfighter, Wind Symphony, Carousels, Shipbuilders of Maine 9 Interstate 80, Farming and Fishing in Kansas, Greek Sponge-Fisherman, Bishop of Spokane, Volkswagens 10 Piney Woods Thoreau, Coffee Cups, Wheat Harvest, Cadillac Ranch, Nebraska: Bountiful Desert 11 Abraham Lincoln's Hometown, Hummingbirds, Maple Sugar, Woman Driver, Mayor of Duncan 12 Dowser, One-Room Schoolhouse, Brick Maker, Cable Cars, Iowa 13 Mushrooms, Covered Bridges, Turkey Trot, Kite Man, Montana: Little Big Horn 14 104-Year-Old Man, Cymbals Factory, Sleighs, California: The Mission Trail 15 Chicken Man, Idaho, The River of No Return, Man Who Waves at Traffic 16 Pauli Murray, Delta Queen, Street Vendor, Colorado Prospectors 17 Stone Skipping, New Mexico: Atomic Bomb, Pothole Festival, Greenup H.S. Cheerleaders, Crop Artist 18 Bike Messenger, Lace Making, Cicadas, Capitals of the World, South Dakota: Cowboys of Deadwood
Emmy-winning joy from start to finish. For all ages and worthy of school and library shelves.
48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
A three-DVD thinpack collection the wonderful, Emmy-winning series following Charles Kuralt down America's bywaysOct. 16 2009
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On the Road with Charles Kuralt is a three-DVD thinpack collection the wonderful, Emmy-winning series following Charles Kuralt down America's byways, in a quest for the oft-overlooked moments, aspects, and unique individuals. From horse traders to worm hunters, mailmen who carry a tune to sharecroppers who put their families through college, On the Road with Charles Kuralt reveals up close and personal portraits of salt-of-the-earth Americans with unique talents, aspirations, and dreams. A wonderful, family-friendly documentary collection, On the Road with Charles Kuralt is an excellent DVD gift set and also recommended for public library DVD shelves. 3 DVDs, 18 episodes, 378 min.,4:3 full screen, subtitled.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Searching for America?... here it is.Nov. 5 2009
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I am so glad someone is finally giving us chance to watch Mr Kuralt again, it is long overdue. We are awash in a dvd sea of F Troop, Sex In The City and their like and Heaven help us- we need Charles. A colleague of his once said "Charlie sees things most of us don't see". That is possibly the best way of summing up his enormous gifts. These are the stories most of us walk by everyday and barely notice but they say more about America, its history and its people than a million hours of contemporary reporting or roomful of history books. Charles Kuralt's way of telling the stories draws you in and seals the deal... NO ONE ever did this as well. I could bore you endlessly bragging on Kuralt but it wouldn't add anything, you just need to watch what he does. I hope this has been encouraging. Please get the set and encourage them to release more. One last note to the producers- There is a story Kuralt did on a Russian dentist that was in a Nazi prison camp with Americans and his own countrymen -please include this... PLEASE! It is a fantastic piece and it's just the sort of thing most journalists pass by as less significant.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great "episodes" but DVD organization could use an upgrade.Jan. 21 2010
Kersi Von Zerububbel
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It was great watching a bunch of Charles Kuralt's "On The Road" segments again. For those who are too young to remember, in the 1970s (and 1980s?) CBS news used to end one of their evening news shows with vignettes of America called "On The Road with Charles Kuralt". For many of us that was the best part of the news. We loved the stuff. The material is still very good and not dated by a long shot. Every segment will put a smile upon your face and make you feel good about America and it's basic strength and yes, goodness.
There is one issue I have with this set and that is how the "episodes" are organized. Since these were part of a half hour news program each segment is only about five to ten minutes long. However the DVD repeats the "goodbye" that used to end the segment. Consequently after every five to ten minutes one has to view the same goodbye over and over again. If one fast forwards to the next group then more often than not you miss the very first segment in that group. This may be nitpicking but having the goodbye portion just once after the last segment would have been great and would save folks the annoyance of having to watch the same thing over and over again. Also let the buyer be aware that the repeated goodbyes are included in the total run time of the DVDs.
But please don't let this quibble stop you from watching this series. It is just plain great because of its simplicity, honesty and the joy of watching America and Americans go about life.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
"Stops Down Memory Lane That Are Timeless."Nov. 29 2009
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I took the advice of another reviewer & bought this DVD set. Glad I did. Not only is this informative, but I like looking at the little things in the background of Mr. Kuralt's stops on his journey through America. The price of gas back then, the make of cars, the clothes, haircuts, etc. The spice of life that adds up to a real treat of culture that is fascinating, but sadly, no longer with us in many places. You'd be surprised how fast this set plays out because you don't want it to stop. For folks who like to travel or history buffs exploring our culture, this is a must. Also considering buying for future generations to show them "how it was once-upon-a-time-in-our-era". I hope more sets are coming. OUTSTANDING!