Route 66 DVD Release Bonus Features Update

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the iconic television series is getting a DVD release from Shout! Factory on May 22nd. You can pre-order this wonderful series either through Shout! Factory or if you prefer Amazon. I was already pretty excited for this release, but I am even more excited because Shout! Factory has released an update on the bonus features for the set. It will include:

  • Rare 1990 William S. Paley Television Festival panel — Q&A style feature focusing on Route 66 with the following participants:
    Marion Dougherty (casting director), Arthur Hiller (director), Elliot Silverstein (director), George Maharis (“Buz Murdock”), Herbert B. Leonard (writer/producer)
  • Vintage commercials
  • SPECIAL “VALUE ADD” DVD – Great Cars: Corvette
    Returning from World War II, many soldiers told stories of the loves they’d left behind. or some, it was a mechanical sweetheart — the European sports car. So, the nation was primed for the debut of the 1953 Corvette, a fiberglass two-seater that was the first mass-produced American sports car. The first car was more show than go, but over the years Corvette has evolved from a cute-looking roadster to the menacing Sting Ray, and now to one of the world’s sleekest, sexiest and fastest high-tech sports cars.

This is classic entertainment and well worth the money, so make sure to get onboard this release and pre-order your copy today.

Shout! Factory to Distribute the Iconic TV Show Route 66

Great news from Shout! Factory for all of you retro TV fans…

Los Angeles, CA –Shout! Factory, a leading multi-platform entertainment company, announced that it has acquired the renowned television classic ROUTE 66 from Roxbury Entertainment. In this landmark deal, Shout! Factory now owns extensive proprietary rights to this beloved television series, including all 116 original episodes, its archived materials, worldwide home entertainment and digital rights, and North American broadcast rights. This announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s founding partners Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos.

“ROUTE 66 is one of our favorite TV series from the 1960s and is an American classic,” stated Shout! Factory’s founding partners. “As we are aggressively expanding our purchasing libraries of premiere television and films, this deal exemplifies the type of strategic acquisitions we plan to actively pursue.”

Shout! Factory plans a multi-tiered rollout of ROUTE 66 on all packaged media, digital distribution via electronic-sell-through (EST), video-on-demand (VOD), subscription video-on-demand (SVOD), and North American broadcast, cable and syndication.

While film and TV production company Roxbury Entertainment and producer Kirk Hallam have retained the trademarks and television remake and film rights to ROUTE 66, Roxbury Entertainment and Hallam, in collaboration with Shout! Factory, are currently in development of a TV series remake.

Created by Academy Award®-winning writer Stirling Silliphant, ROUTE 66 stars Martin Milner and George Maharis. The series aired on CBS from 1960-1964 and garnered extraordinary reception from viewers and critics alike. Throughout its four season run, the series featured an impressive 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, among other notables.

Brimming with intriguing characters, smart writing and featuring its timeless Nelson Riddle theme song, ROUTE 66 has endured ever since as a symbol of the original road trip drama and further established Corvette as the iconic American sports car.

Retroist Adam-12 Podcast

Retroist Adam-12 Podcast

Welcome to the Retroist Adam-12 Podcast. On today’s show we talk all about the groundbreaking police series, Adam-12. In my opinion it is one of the best shows of the 1970s. We talk about the characters on the show, the talent behind the show, its amazing music and the show’s legacy. I am a big fan of this little show and I hope I can convince you to check it out or re-check it out at least.

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Hurricane (1974)

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I am a big Martin Milner fan, so I naturally try and see everything he has ever starred in. One movie I have been trying to get my hands on was the 1974 telefilm, Hurricane. I finally found a decent copy on a compilation disc called, Classic Disaster Movies (Virus / Hurricane / Deadly Harvest). I watched all three and they are all worth your time, but I will talk about Hurricane today. This post is rife with spoilers, so if you plan on seeing this. Stop here, get a copy and tell me what you think in the comments.

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OK, so a Category 5 Hurricane is about to hit the gulf coast of the United States and a bunch of people from other 1960s and 1970s TV shows have been assembled to partake of its fury. So you got Adam-12’s Martin Milner as this heroic pilot flying through hurricanes trying to get readings. He then sends the info back to these weather nerds lead by the Grandpa from the Waltons. Their is some subplot about the lady weather nerd not wanting to be there, but its get buried under an avalanche of weather stock footage.

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Milner’s data tells the weather nerds that they have to order an evacuation. While some people decide to flee, others decide to have a party. This party is led by Frank Sutton who was on Gomer Pyle and who died shortly after this film was made. He does a good job in the movie of playing a drunk jerk. And the direction is done well enough that you can tell he and his party are doomed.

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While out flying around in the eye of the hurricane, Milner and his crew spot Larry Hagman and the mother from Arrested Development stranded on a boat. Thus begins a rescue subplot that will culminate in the heroic death of Milner and crew AND the appearance of a submarine to rescue the boat. Oh wait…Spoiler!

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The movie moves along at a decent pace. 30% of the film is stock footage and even though the footage is faded it is still pretty nice. Eventually the storm hits all of the main characters and the people at the party take a big hit. Frank Sutton’s character’s wife dies and he weeps appropriately. Martin Milner and his plane crew die in what we are lead to believe is an explosion and the people on the boat are rescued by a submarine.

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It seems the Navy was really liberal with their submarine use in the 1970s. In this movie and Virus they have submarines that do not look like stock footage. For some reason that bugs me. Shouldn’t they have more important things to do? Well, besides the subs, I really enjoyed Hurricane despite its shortcomings. It is an amazing time capsule of 1970s TV and captures the look and feel of the “made-for-tv” movies of that era. The closest thing to this experience we have today is the SyFy original movie. The biggest difference being SyFy relies on horrible CGI while the 1970s telefilm relied on stock footage.

This disjointed overview might seem chaotic, but I tried to capture the feel of this movie in a blog post. Short, confusing and full of stock images and non sequiturs. Apples!! I love it.

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1978 CBS Late Movie Promo for “Hurricane”

I really miss the made for TV movies of the 1970s, and to a lesser extent, the 1980s. Get back on this networks! Just take some stars from some popular TV shows that just went off the air, add in some washed up movie stars, throw in a cheesy plot and kaboom! How come only SyFy seems to understand this nowadays?

Hurricane was a pretty decent if I remember right (cannot find it nowadays). It has all of the elements I named above, plus Martin Milner from Adam-12.