James Dean: The Fast Lane is a collectible piece for those James Dean fans who can't get enough. Some of the early footage is not of high quality and neither is the sound. The problems arise from quality of the original footage and I think for many some of this will be hard to watch because of the quality.
There are some very interesting points like the Pepsi commercial and the highway safety PSA with the rest worth some nostalgic viewing. The best item in this set is the Altman film and, to me, makes this DVD a reasonable purchase for the price. It is well done and gives insight into James Dean soon after his death and before all of the hype and history can be altered.
If you are a die-hard James Dean fan, then this will no doubt be a must have purchase. If you have an interest in Dean and want to learn more, then this will certainly give you more insight into the man and his short life in film. For all others, the 81 minute Altman film will the main reason for purchase.