Saturday, October 24, 2009

Where Is America's Pride In Quality?

I would love to let you folks know what I think about the TV series Route 66 that aired between 1960 -1964 but reviewing all the episodes has been a chore. 

I believe in buying online expecting to trust who ever I buy from.   I consider myself to be an expert if at nothing else surfing and researching the web.   I am not the greatest writer or at marketing myself and suck at making money online but when spending what little is available I want trusted Quality.  I also love to buy American but seeing a great website does not mean that will happen because it looks American.

So why is so difficult to buy a box set of an American TV classic like Route 66?

I would love to be sponsored by a Quality American company that can make a decent Box set of DVD's of old TV shows.  At least when I send an email it should be answered by a human not a robot. 

When I was sent my missing and damaged episodes by the company mentioned in my previous post; all I could think of is some small village in the middle of nowhere who was bootleging this TV series Route 66 I bought from them.  They replace my damaged DVD case with 5 VCR cases.  Something really went wrong in communications here.

One of the episodes on a replaced DVD failed at the same exact spot on an episode that the misslableld DVD was at.  I was going to have a Chinese friend help me with the corispondence to help them deliver a Quality product but after serious thought about taking this action by reading between the lines on their web site.  I realize no body is checking the Quality of these DVDs.  They are sticking it on a machine and don't care about Quality only Quantity.  


Friday, October 9, 2009

I Need My Route 66 Fix After Watching Tod, Buzz & Linc

Let me tell you about a TV show that I have been watching lately from the 60's. It has a lot to do with the title of my first entry of this blog but unlike the TV show with the same name that ran from 1960 - 1964 it has little to do with with Route 66 / The Mother Road itself.

The show "Route 66" staring Martin Milner as Tod and George Maharis as Buzz and last 31 episodes with Glenn Corbett as Lincoln Case all of which were shot on location all over the US and toward the shows end a few episode where shot in Canada.

Most of my favorite episodes were filmed near the original Route 66 or at the least in a state where the Mother Road exist.  There were two episodes shot in Boston near here. One Boston episode I have not seen yet because because it was among the missing episodes 31 - 40 on DVD #4 which was not formated correctly.  This left me with 106 episodes. I bought my Route 66 TV series from  the "ClickDVDstore"As far as I know those missing episodes are on there way from China, on what appears to be a slow boat, as this is being written.   The shipping package that these DVD's came in was destroyed along with a disintegrated DVD case that they came in but the DVD's themselves were OK.  The quality of each episode varied from just OK to what appeared to be someone not paying attention while they were being recorded and left unedited. Too bad I have a limited knowledge about locating the VCR version of the show.  I could do my own dubbing with my DVD recorder. 

Anyone reading this please contact me if you know where I can find them.    

More than half of the 116 episodes were well written with great  story lines breaking out a box of tissues would be advised, while the rest were more or less mediocre at best.  When George Maharis was written out of the show the writers struggled to come up with  good story lines.  Some of the stories were way out there but nothing surprised me.

The last 31 episodes with Glenn Corbett as Lincoln Case had about the same story line quality ratio also half and half  as well as the Tape to DVD.   The very last two episodes really sucked lacking an emphasis being The End which left Tod with a ball & chain to Barbara Eden with Linc walking off to Texas.