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On the Road: Americana Collection

 On the Road: Americana Collection


  Review by Suzanne 11/4/11

I had never seen this show, at least that I remembered, even though it was on TV for a long time. I know that my mother-in-law loved it. I can see why because it is all about interesting people around the country, and she loves people.

It is a very positive and interesting show, and anyone of ANY age would enjoy this. Charlie Kuralt road around and interviewed just "regular folks" in the country. I enjoyed watching it and even went to look up some of them to see what they are up to now.

I wish someone would do this same show now...I think it would be really enjoyable, and a nice change from our obsession with celebrities.

There are just a few features, including an interview with Kuralt's cameraman, and some behind-the-scenes features. There's also a biography of Kuralt.

Buy this DVD set for anyone for Christmas, and they will love it. I think that especially anyone over 60 would love it.

More Information:

Over 200 uplifting vignettes from the beloved Emmy®-winning series in a value-priced collection;
Includes a fascinating, 55-minute interview with Kuralt’s longtime cameraman


On DVD October 11, 2011

"Must-see viewing for two decades… endlessly watchable"—Los Angeles Times
"Eminently gift-worthy…TV they really, truly don’t make anymore"—NPR’s Fresh Air from WHYY
"It is hard to imagine a better traveling companion than Mr. Kuralt."—The New York Times
"An endless parade of feel-good vignettes"—Slate
"Watching it is a treat"—The New York Times
"Authentic, uplifting Americana"—TIME

Silver Spring, MD — The iconic series now in a value-priced collection, On the Road with Charles Kuralt: Americana Collection arrives on DVD from Acorn Media on October 11, 2011, with more than 200 classic segments. Award-winning journalist Charles Kuralt became a household name for his On the Road segments, first airing on the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite, and then for his stint as the first host of CBS News Sunday Morning. Beginning in 1967, Kuralt and his small CBS television crew traversed America’s byways by motor home in search of the unusual and overlooked stories of ordinary people from the nation’s back roads. The resulting segments provide a quirky and uplifting snapshot of everyday life worthy of celebration. This DVD 9-volume boxed set includes more than 200 segments and a 55 min. interview with longtime Kuralt and On the Road cameraman, Isadore (“Izzy”) Bleckman (, $79.99). Acorn Media previously released these episodes in On the Road, Sets 1-3 as DVD 3-vol. boxed sets ($39.99 each).

During the 20 years Kuralt wandered America’s back roads, beginning in 1967, he and his small crew logged more than a million miles and wore out six motor homes. For his heartfelt reporting on the lives of everyday people, Kuralt won an Emmy® and three Peabody Awards and became celebrated in his nearly four-decade career as a breath of fresh air in a world of endlessly gloomy news stories.

A tireless champion of the everyman, Kuralt found something interesting about everyone he met. Abandoning the interstate for country roads, he discovered hundreds of uniquely American characters, reporting on singing mailmen, horse traders, cowboys, traffic cops, and a Russian man who waited 43 years to thank the American soldiers who saved his life. Time capsules of a bygone era, these enlightening and inspiring stories are reminders of what makes America great. They remain deeply meaningful, poignant, and truthful today.

Originally compiled for broadcast by the Travel Channel, each episode in this set contains 3-5 On the Road segments. Kuralt’s On the Road pieces define authentic Americana, celebrating everyday, extraordinary, and unsung individuals.

BONUS FEATURES: 55 min. interview with Isadore Bleckman, Kuralt’s longtime cameraman; About On the Road, Road Updates, and a biography of Charles Kuralt.

Street: October 11, 2011
SRP: $79.99
DVD 9-Vol. Boxed Set: 50 episodes (3-5 segments per episode); approx. 17 ½ hours, plus bonus; SDH subtitles

Headquartered in suburban Washington, D.C., Acorn Media U.S. distributes distinctive home video releases to the North American market with a special focus on the best of British television. 2011 releases include Upstairs, Downstairs: 40th Anniversary Edition; U.S. debuts of must-see new series Garrow’s Law, Vera, Identity, and Single-Handed; more episodes from New Tricks, Doc Martin, Murphy’s Law, Agatha Christie’s Poirot and Marple, George Gently, Murdoch Mysteries; as well as the Blu-ray debut of Brideshead Revisited; and acclaimed documentaries from our Athena line. Acorn’s DVD sets are available from select retailers, catalog companies, and direct from Acorn Media at (888) 870-8047 or

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