The American Musclecar series relives that incredible time when Detroit produced the most outrageous cars ever to hit the street. From the car that started it all, the 1964 Pontiac GTO, experience the glory days of power a... more »nd speed through the stories of those who lived and breathed it then. This 2-disc set features twelve half-hour episodes devoted to each extraordinary muscle car from that magical era. Disc 1 1964 Pontiac GTO 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge 1953-62 Chevrolet Corvette 1967-69 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396 1964 Ford Fairlaine Thunderbolt Ford Mustang Shelby GT-350 Disc 2 Buick Gran Sport 1969-71 Hurst Oldsmobile 442 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 and SS 454 1961-64 Chevrolet Impala 409 Plymouth Hemi ?Cuda and Dodge Hemi Challenger 1968 Chevrolet Nova SS 396« less
Genres:Television, Sports, Documentary Sub-Genres:Television, Documentary, Documentary Studio:MPI HOME VIDEO Format:DVD - Color DVD Release Date: 03/28/2006 Original Release Date: 01/01/2006 Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2006 Release Year: 2006 Run Time: 5hr 0min Screens: Color Number of Discs: 2 SwapaDVD Credits: 2 Total Copies: 0 Members Wishing: 2 Edition: Box set MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated) Languages:English
"This could be the dream-come-true DVD set for any muscle car lover. It was obviously conceived as a video book on the meanest, most desirable muscle cars of the sixties. There are a lot of them in the Season 1, and, as I can see, there will be plenty of them in the Season 2. Both discs are literally packed with interesting facts and figures. Some of them are well known and some of them are not, at least, for me. There are fantastic stories from owners of the cars and such musclecar gurus as Jim Wangers, Paul Zazarine, and others in abundance. What is more important, the set is pretty well compiled. The text is smooth and well written. In fact, it could be good enough for chapters of the exciting book! And the video is even more impressive. The discs are full of stunning footage of beautiful cars, priceless vintage video, and so on, and so on. In other words, if you are looking for real muscle cars in real action, you won't be disappointed, too. The quality of the video is top-notch. Personally I especially liked the footage of the cars from the Floyd Garrett's Musclecar Museum. It is awesome! The sound is just excellent, and the price is more than reasonable. Could you imagine something like this when you were attending the college back then, in the sixties? As for me, I'm anxious to buy the Season 2, and the Season 3, if it is only available for sale. Please!!!"
Different, but good none-the-less.
Norman Repacholi | Melbourne, Australia | 12/15/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"American Muscle Car (AMC) is very different to other automotive shows being aired at the moment, and depending on how you feel about certain things, you'll either like AMC or not. I'd never seen AMC in Australia as we don't have the Speed Channel here. It's not a `how-to' show at all, more of a documentary style series, with each episode dedicated to a particular car. One of the other reviewer's description of the series as a video book is an excellent way of thinking of the series.
I'll start with the things I consider to be negatives. The sound recording and visuals are not to the same standard as the other productions available on DVD, and because most of the hosting is a voice over, the show isn't as engaging as Overhaulin' for example. But, you may not like a host in your face, so this could be an advantage for you. There are also slim pickings as far as special features are concerned.
The good bits? Well, the episodes are compact; around 22-25 minutes, which is good because you don't have to set aside a whole hour like you would with the other shows. The content of each episode is edited and produced well - it all ties together, and I've found even people that are not all that interested in cars/motor sport in general will sit down and watch an episode because of the good combination of archival footage, interviews and informative voice over.
All that said, it's a worthwhile purchase if you're looking for some detail on specific muscle cars and not a `build-up' style program. I haven't seen the subsequent seasons of AMC, so I'm not sure if things have improved yet, but I hope so, as some good quality digital audio of muscle car engines would certainly lift my rating a star. If you're the sort of person that doesn't get hung up on audio quality, and have an interest in the muscle car era, then this would probably be a five star production. "
Awesome Musclecar DVD
NexusOne | Pennsylvania | 07/05/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A friend of mine told me about this show. Thought I would try the DVD, rather than tv, and avoid the commercials. I purchased this set as they included the Camaro's and Chevelle's (my two personal favorite musclecars). I had no expectations when purchasing this DVD set, and for the amount of time given for each episode, found it very informative. This only covers the basics (does not include any parts numbers, merely some options and power ratings). Also, is does not cover the Z/28 Camaron (although I wasn't looking for this specifically). But it does show a little on the COPO Camaro. If you're already a musclecar fan, and know features inside and out, it might be a little disappointing. For me, I've never seen the cars from the Musclecar era on the dragstrip, and it was interesting to watch those video clips."
The American MuscleCar: Season One
Mr. G. Dennett | Manchester UK | 05/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My only complaint is it does'nt last long enough. Hurry up with Series 2 will you??"
Dean Turner | Melbourne, Vic. Australia | 03/19/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Like other reviewer, I had not heard of this series because it wasn't shown in Australia, but I'm glad I bought this (and series 2 and 3, which I am yet to watch). If you love American muscle cars then this is a must, with excellent historical information and footage, good new video on restored and original cars, and good (but not great) sound quality. I thought I knew a lot about Muscle Cars but this gave me a whole stack of new information to increase my appreciation of this great era in automotive history. I don't mind the narration interspersed with interviews with owners and experts, however there is just a little too much of re-showing the same footage a couple of times in each episode. I recommend this series strongly to anyone with an interest in cars."