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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 24
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • Release Date: May 22 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0077T5SWC
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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. The program's impressive guest stars included such classic screen legends as Buster Keaton, Peter Lorre, and Boris Karloff, as well as up-and-coming cinematic stars Robert Redford, Martin Sheen, Burt Reynolds, and many more, making Route 66 as iconic as the highway itself.

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I was a little hesitant about buying the series because I had read some criticism about its picture and audio quality. I went ahead and bought it anyway and I'm very glad I did. I have viewed the first 10 episodes and I would say that the picture and audio quality is the same as it was when the series first aired, as a teenager watching it on my parents 21" Admiral black and white televion set. A great nostalgic look and feel to a great television series.
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I really hate most of the plots of these shows, but the picture quality is excellent and they just keep drawing me back in. Maybe it's the car? The era? I'm glad I bought them. Watching them for the third time around and there are enough that I manage to forget significant portions of the plots. You get to season 3 with Linc and you find some of the best episodes. WHAT A FIND GENTLEMAN WAS OUR YOUNG LIEUTENANT is arguably the best of the whole series and alone justifies the price. Flawed, but not by much. Things were starting to pick up plotwise, and you finish off wishing there'd been a fifth season. Forget the nonesense about picture quality. I've watched them all, every episode, and they're flawless. Black & White, of course, and the little screen so popular in 1959. Car changes every year too.
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Took me right back to junior high. The picture quality isn't HD, but it's pretty much the way it was back then. I found it worked well on the small screen of a laptop. The episodes have aged well, and remembering the cultural diversity across the country back then is an eyeopener. This set was worth buying.
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381 of 396 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4b7f9fc) out of 5 stars WARNING! These are the same poor-quality episodes from Infinity recycled! May 3 2012
By Todd M. Pence - Published on
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I really wish that I could give this release a glowing five-star review, extolling the virtues of this remarkable series. The fact of the matter is that Route 66's legacy has passed from the hands of one cheap, lazy, unethical company into the hands of another cheap, lazy, unethical company.

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. Ward regularly posted glowing updates of how he and his staff were working with loving care on the release, using "the best sources availible" from "multiple sources" and that "the footage looks good." A few posters to the forum directly addressed the issue of the poor quality of the Infinity releases, specifically the case of the episode "A Fury Slinging Flame" for which a poor-quality print edited for syndication was used. These posters made clear to Mr. Ward that this was a major point of contention with them, and that they did not want a syndicated print used in this new version. Ward assured the forum that "we are doing everything we can to make sure we have the complete episodes," and then vanished from the forum.

Several weeks later, the first editions of this set arrived in the hands of consumers. Eager hands popped discs into DVD players and were horrified to find the exact same shoddy Infinity episodes, including the chopped-up "Flame". The Shout Factory forums exploded with outrage. When the news broke on the Route 66 discussion boards, fans began cancelling their pre-orders left and right.

This re-release is particularly egregious when one considers that the episodes for the first three seasons are the same ones that fans who faithfully bought the Infinity sets already own. This means that Shout is now asking consumers to fork over 100 clams for a product that many of them already own three-quarters of, just to get a set of the fourth and final season's episodes. This after strongly giving the impression since acquiring ownership of the show that their box set was going to be a new and improved product.

It turns out that Brian Ward has an EXTENSIVE history of lying to Shout's consumers. concerning various TV show releases, telling them anything they want to hear before a set is released; upon which it is discovered that what he said just ain't so.

On the positive side, the packaging is simply gorgeous, with magnificent artwork and nifty individual color-coded case boxes for each of the four individual seasons. Unfortunately, the product within is uneven, making this just essentially just another bootleg in a pretty box.

Of course I must reiterate that this series, one of the greatest of the 1960s, is a five-star classic and my one-star rating for this fiasco should not be confused with that.
113 of 119 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4b34f9c) out of 5 stars Route 66 detoured... April 24 2012
By Ted S - Published on
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Having bought the complete series directly from Shout! Factory I've received the full season set and had a chance to sample the seasons.

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.
110 of 124 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4f7f360) out of 5 stars One of the all-time great series Feb. 17 2012
By David Morrell - Published on
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Many of us have been waiting a long time for season 4 of the classic TV series ROUTE 66, which can be described as "two young men in a Corvette convertible traveling across the country in search of America and themselves." Stirling Silliphant's great scripts for the series set me on the road to being a writer (FIRST BLOOD, Rambo). As a teenager, I wrote Stirling a letter about how he inspired me. He encouraged me, and years later he and I worked together on the NBC miniseries of my novel THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE ROSE. The stories are an intriguing combination of action and ideas. LSD, mercy killing, the hunt for Nazi war criminals, miscegenation, right-wing hate groups, the VIetnam War (in 1963!): these and similar topics were almost never dramatized on other series. But ROUTE 66 loved controversy. In fact, for the hate group episode, TO WALK WITH A SERPENT, the sponsors pulled out, but CBS alliowed the show to run without breaks (and with a lot of previews for upcoming ROUTE 66 episodes). Another episode GOOD NIGHT, SWEET BLUES featured Black actors, except for the two stars. The great jazz singer Ethel Waters received an Emmy nomination (at a time when no series had a continuing Black actor). Each episode was filmed entirely on location across the country (no studio shots). Nelson Riddle composed an original score for almost every episode. Well known directors such as Arthur Hiller, Sam Peckinpah, and Robert Altman worked on the series. The who's who list of guest stars includes Robert Redford, Suzanne Pleshette, Anne Francis, Joan Crawford, Buster Keaton, Lee Marvin, Michael Rennie, Dorothy Malone, and Robert Duvall. I'm not as enthusiastic about the Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, and Lon Chaney Jr. comedy Halloween episode LIZARD'S LEG AND OWLET'S WING as another reviewer expressed, but it is definitely a conversation piece, and its feminist sub theme is typical of the topics that Stirling Silliphant found interesting. I was glad to have Infinity's earlier release of the first 3 seasons, even with the problems of season one (the first attempt to release those episodes cropped the 4:3 image into 1.79) Some of those transfers were dark, also. For later seasons, there wasn't a list of which episodes were on which discs. But the episodes themselves are such treasures (a Smiithsonian-like depiction of the American landscape from 1960-64) that I forgave those problems. Let's hope that the Shout Factory gets it right, and no matter what, finally having season 4 with TWO STRANGERS AND AN OLD ENEMY, THE STONE GUEST (Silliphant's favorite script for the series), and LIKE THIS IT MEANS FATHER, is cause for celebration.
87 of 100 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4a6a750) out of 5 stars "Welcome To "Route 66"" Feb. 11 2012
By Terrance Richard - Published on
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"Route 66" has gone down in television history as being one of the most critically-acclaimed and beloved series of the 1960's. The show featured two men who travelled the United States in a Corvette convertible enountering various people with their problems that the duo helped solve. Starring Martin Milner as Tod and superhunk George Maharis as Buz, the one-hour drama was similar in theme to "The Fugitive" with the series' leads taking a back seat to that week's guest-stars who carried the bulk of the story.

The show is also known for its beautiful cinematography (the show was filmed in at least 8 different states and two episodes were filmed in Canada), it's lush and memorable theme song and the fancy car the guys drove around in.

George Maharis unfortunately left the series in early 1963 due to health problems and was replaced by Glenn Corbett (a future soap opera actor in "The Doctors") as Linc.

The guest-stars was a who's who of Hollywood actors including Joan Crawford, Boris Karloff, Jack Lord, Susan Oliver, James Caan and even featured a young Burt Reynolds in a small supporting role.

A total of 116 episodes of "Route 66" were filmed in its short four season run and are included here in this deluxe box set edition that will feature bonuses which will soon be announced. There are 24 discs.

The following is a complete list of all episodes along with their original CBS airdates. The names in brackets are the guest-star(s) of that particular show:

Season 1:

1. "Black November", Oct.7, 1960
2. "A Lance of Straw", Oct. 14, 1960
3. "The Swan Bed", Oct. 21, 1960
4. "The Man on the Monkey Board", Oct. 28, 1960 (Lew Ayres)
5. "The Strenthening Angels", Nov. 4, 1960 (Suzanne Pleashette)
6. "Ten Drops of Water", Nov. 11, 1960
7. "Three Sides", Nov. 18, 1960 (E.G. Marshall)
8. "Legacy for Lucia", Nov. 25, 1960
9. "Layout at Glen Canyon", Dec. 2, 1960
10. "The Berrylium Eater", Dec. 9, 1960
11. "A Fury Slinging Flame", Dec. 30, 1960 (Leslie Nielsen)
12. "Sheba", Jan. 6, 1961
13. "The Qucik and the Dead", Jan. 13, 1961
14. "Play It Glassando", Jan. 20, 1961 (Jack Lord and Anne Francis)
15. "The Clover Throne", Jan. 27, 1961 (Jack Warden)
16. "Fly Away Home-Part 1", Feb. 10, 1961
17. "Fly Away Home-Part 2", Feb. 17, 1961 (Dorothy Malone)
18. "Sleep on Four Pillows", Feb. 24, 1961
19. "An Absence of Tears", March 3, 1961 (Rin Tin Tin)
20. "Like A Motherless Child", March 17, 1961
21. "Effigy in Snow", March 24, 1961
22. "Eleven, the Hard Way", April 7, 1961 (Walter Matthau)
23. "Most Vanquished, Most Victorious", April 14, 1961
24. "Don't Count Stars", April 28, 1961
25. "The Newborn", May 25, 1961
26. "A Skill For Hunting", May 12, 1961
27. "Trap at Cordova", May 26, 1961
28. "The Opponent", June 2, 1961 (Darren McGavin)
29. "Welcome to Amity", June 9, 1961 (Susan Oliver)
30. "Incident on a Bridge", June 16, 1961

Season 2:

1. "A Month of Sundays", Sept. 22, 1961 (Anne Francis)
2. "Blue Murder", Sept. 29, 1961
3. "Good Night, Sweet Blues", Oct. 6, 1961
4. "Birdcage on My Foot", Oct. 13, 1961 (Robert Duvall)
5. "First Class Mouliak", Oct. 20, 1961 (Robert Redford)
6. "Once to Every Man", Oct. 27, 1961 (Janice Rule)
7. "The Mud Nest", Nov. 10, 1961 (Ed Asner)
8. "A Bridge Across Five Days", Nov. 17, 1961
9. "Mon Petit Chou", Nov. 24, 1961 (Lee Marvin)
10. "Some of the People, Some of the Time", Dec. 1, 1961 (Keenan Wynn)
11. "The Thin White Line", Dec. 8, 1961
12. "And the Cat Jumped Over the Moon", Dec. 15, 1961 (Martin Sheen)
13. "Burning For Burning", Dec. 29, 1961
14. "To Walk With the Serpent", Jan.5, 1962
15. "A Long Piece of Mischief", Jan. 19, 1962
16. "1800 Days to Justice", Jan. 26, 1962
17. "A City of Wheels", Feb. 2, 1962
18. "How Much A Pound Is Albatross?", Feb. 9, 1962 (Julie Newmar)
19. "Aren't You Surprised To See Me?", Feb. 16, 1962 (David Wayne)
20. "You Never Had It So Good", Feb. 23, 1962
21. "Shoulder the Sky, My Lad", March 2, 1962
22. "Blues For the Left Foot", March 9, 1962
23. "Go Red the River", March 16, 1962
24. "Even Stones Have Eyes", March 30, 1962
25. "Love is a Skinny Kid", April 6, 1962 (Tuesday Weld)
26. "Kiss the Maiden, All Forlorn" April 13, 1962 (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.)
27. "Two on the House", April 20, 1962
28. "There I Am, There I Always Am", May 4, 1962
29. "Between Hello and Goodbye", May 11, 1962
30. "A Feat of Strength", May 18, 1962 (Jack Warden)
31. "Hell is Empty, All the Devils Are Here", May, 25, 1962 (Peter Graves)
32. "From An Enchantress Fleeing", June 1, 1962

Season 3:

1. "One Tiger to a Hill", Sept. 21, 1962 (David Janssen)
2. "Journey to Ninevah", Sept. 28, 1962 (Buster Keaton)
3. "Man Out of Time", Oct. 5, 1962
4. "Ever Ride the Waves in Oklahoma?", Oct. 12, 1962
5. "Voice at the End of the Line", Oct. 19, 1962
6. "Lizard's Leg and Owelet's Wing", Oct. 26, 1962 "Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr. and Petter Lorre)
7. "Across Walnuts and Wine", Nov. 2, 1962
8. "Welcome to the Wedding", Nov. 9, 1962 (Rod Steiger)
9. "Every Father's Daughter", Nov. 16, 1962
10. "Poor Little Kangaroo Rat", Nov. 23, 1962 (Leslie Nielsen)
11. "Hey Moth, Come Eat the Flame", Nov. 30, 1962
12. "Only By Cunning Glimpses", Dec. 7, 1962
13. "Where Is Chick Lorimer? Where Has She Gone?", Dec. 14, 1962 (Vera Miles)
14. "Give the Old Cat a Tender Mouse", Dec. 21, 1962 (Julie Newmar)
15. "A Bunch of Lonely Pagliaccis", Jan. 4, 1963
16. "You Can't Pick Cotton in Tahiti", Jan. 11, 1963
17. "A Gift for a Warrior", Jan. 18, 1963
18. "Supppose I Said I Was the Queen of Spain?", Feb. 8, 1963 (Lois Nettleton)
19. "Somehow It Gets To Be Tomorrow", Feb. 15, 1963
20. "Shall Forfeit His Dog and Ten Shillings to the King", Feb. 22, 1963
21. "In the Closing of a Trunk", March 8, 1963
22. "The Cage Around Maria", March 15, 1963
23. "Fifty Miles From Home", March 22, 1963 (Glenn Corbett's first appearance)
24. "Narcissus on an Old Red Fire Engine", March 29, 1963
25. "The Cruelest Sea of All", April 5, 1963 (Diane Baker)
26. "Pecae, Pity, Pardon", April 12, 1963
27. "What A Shining Young Man Was Our Gallant Lieutenant", April 26, 1963 (Dick York)
29. "But What Do You Do In March?", May 3, 1963
30. "Who Will Cheer My Bonnie Bride?", May 10, 1963
31. "Shadows of an Afternoon", May 17, 1963
32. "Soda Pop and Paper Flags", May 31, 1963

Season 4:

1. "Two Strangers and an Old Enemy", Sept. 27, 1963 (Jack Warden)
2. "Same Picture, Different Frame", Oct. 4, 1963 (features Oscar winner Joan Crawford)
3. "Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are", Oct. 11, 1963
4. "Where Are The Sounds of Celli Brahams?", Oct. 18, 1963
5. "Build Your Houses To Their Backs to the Sea", Oct. 25, 1963 (William Shatner)
6. "And Make Thunder His Tribute", Nov. 1, 1963
7. "The Stone Guest", Nov. 8, 1963
8. "I Wouldn't Start From Here", Nov. 15, 1963
9. "I'm Here To Kill A King", was suppose to air Nov. 29, 1963, but was cancelled by CBS due to President Kennedy's assassination. It never aired on CBS and was televised in syndication. (Martin Milner)
10. "A Cage in Search of a Bird", Nov. 29, 1963 (Stephanie Powers)
11. "A Long Way From St. Louie", Dec. 6, 1963 (Lynda Day and Jessica Walter)
12. "Come Home, Greta Inger Gruenshaffen", Dec. 13, 1963
13. "93 Percent in Smiling", Dec. 20, 1963
14. "Child of a Night", Jan. 3, 1964
15. "Is It True There Are Poxies at the Bottom of Landfair Lake?", Jan. 10, 1964
16. "Like This It Means Father-Like This Bitter-Like This Tiger", Jan. 17, 1964
17. "Keep the Monster, Make Him Sleep", Jan. 24, 1964. Originally was suppose to be teleivised on Nov. 23, 1963, but was pre-empted due to President Kennedy's death.
18. "Cries of Persons Close to One", Jan. 31, 1964
19. "Who in His Right Minds Needs a Nice Girl?", Feb. 7, 1964
20. "This Is Going to Hurt Me More Than It Hurts You", Feb. 14, 1964 (Soupy Sales)
21. "Follow the White Dove With the Broken Wing", Feb. 21, 1964
22. "Where There's A Will, There'a A Way-Part 1", March 6, 1964 (Barbara Eden)
23. "Where There's A Will, There's A Way-Part 2, March, 13, 1964
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HASH(0xa4b99ca8) out of 5 stars Less Than Honest Dec 13 2012
By Larry - Published on
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Route 66 is a great series. My only complaint is that Shout Factory did very little actual work on this set. All four seasons had already been put on digital masters by Infinity which had released the first 3 seasons. SF merely bought these digital copies and made dvds from them. SF did not run one inch of actual film thru a projector. They just printed more dvd copies from the Infinity masters which had wild variations in picture quality.

I wouldn't complain if SF had at least made some effort to put out a better product. It seems to me they could have at least found a better film copy of the first episode, Black November, and transferred it to digital. That alone would have made their dvd set better than Infinity's.

Shout Factory should not be rewarded for repackaging the Infinity dvds.


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