Route 66: Marathon Tour Chicago to LA
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Take a trip across the country and back in time and re-discover the America of years gone by on the historic Route 66. Called the Main Street of America, it linked east and west for nearly 60 memorable years and became part of our national folklore in the process. More than 2400 miles of roadside diners, small towns, tepee-shaped motels and frozen custard stands helped thread the fabric of America. Many journeymen and dreamers traveled its storied path west in fulfillment of their hopes for glory and prosperity. Now, discover Route 66 like never before in this 5 disc collection of all the nostalgia and kitsch that made it a piece of Americana. See the road, hear the stories and take the journey along the Mother Road from its starting point in Chicago until it hits the ocean in L.A. The road may no longer be in service, but its legend lives on in every mile of trail that still exists. ROUTE 66: THE MARATHON TOUR covers the journey in six hours of lively, fun-filled stories and anecdotes that will make you want to take the trip again and again! Immortalized in American pop culture through song and story, Route 66 inspired John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath and Bobby Troup’s jazzy tribute to the country by-way. With tons of bonus features including rare photos and a profile of the Corvette, another American classic, ROUTE 66: THE MARATHON TOUR is one ride you’ll never forget. So fasten your seatbelt, hold on tight and, like the song says: “Get your kicks on Route 66!”
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I own, and have watched every other available Route 66 DVD and must say I was greatly disappointed with this set. The production is completely void of feeling, unlike other compilations. The interviews are much too long and the dialogue quickly loses audience attention. The quality of the audio during interviews is extremely poor in comparison to post-production studio editing. What's worse is, we really didn't find an "intimate feel" to this program, unlike all other Route 66 related films.
Running Route 66 in a 45-foot deluxe conversion bus may be great for the production crew, but it greatly loses the true grit and feel for what Route 66 is all about -- the people, places and "things" that makes The Mother Road what it is today. And this film greatly lacks, in immense detail, the road itself. One would think a film nearing 6 hours in length on 5 DVD's would depict much of the actual route and road, but it does not, instead, leaping from one area to another sometimes traversing hundreds of miles between "interviews". Far too many "iconic attractions" and "route characters" either chose not to participate in this film, or simply weren't considered! And really, other than Angel and Juan Delgadillo, the interviews were far too lengthy and ran off into personal details unrelated to Route 66 history. Even Michael Wallis, for all his flair and "66 flamboyancy" seemed subdued and less-enthusiastic than in other interviews.
Aside from the lengths of the interviews, the lack of route detail and many missed iconic figures, there is hardly an audio score that keeps you "in the mood". Oh yes, they have their attention-getting prelude to each section, but that's where it ends. There's no fluid flow to this set. Nothing that keeps your attention and nothing that gives you any feeling you are right there on the road with them. In essence, in my opinion, this is a boring documentary devoid of any feeling that could have fit on a single DVD. And probably should have!!
I implore anyone who has never seen a Route 66 film to avoid this set and instead purchase ANY of the other available Route 66 DVD's. Because if I had purchased this compilation before my first drive across Route 66 in 2007, chances are I would have changed my mind and canceled my trip. Thankfully, this DVD wasn't available when I began planning my route years ago.
The set also includes bonus items such as a set of post cards and a cool map of the route. Great for collectors of the "mother road."