Ken Burns: The National Parks: America's Best Idea - Blu-ray - AV Item

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THE NATIONAL PARKS is the story of an idea as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence: that the most special places in the nation should be preserved for everyone. The series traces the birth of the national park idea in the mid-1800s and follows its evolution for nearly 150 years, chronicling the addition of new parks through the stories of the people who helped create them.

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Features:

  • Length: 720 minutes
  • Color: Yes
  • Stereo: Yes
  • Subtitles: Yes
  • Number of Programs: 1
  • Production Year: 2009
  • Country of Origin: United States

AV Benefits:

Why the AV version? Because it provides additional usage options for PBS videos. AV versions come with limited performance rights so they can be shown in classrooms, at PTA meetings, during after school programs, and transmitted on a closed-circuit system within a building or on a single campus. They also can be enjoyed in admission-free public screenings, which also makes them ideal for use by library patrons and businesses involved in community clubs and organizations.
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Professional Reviews:

“…a strong candidate for the most beautiful program ever to air on American television.” - Orlando Sentinel

“Absolutely riveting nature cinematography…think of it as Planet Earth featuring places you may actually go…” - Mark Kirby, GQ MAGAZINE

“….A twelve-hour, six-part feast of spectacular cinematography, archival photographs, and old-fashioned storytelling….” - Sue Halpern, CONDE NAST TRAVELER,

“It's a lavish production...” - Jonathan Storm, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

“Better make those park reservations now. The country’s most famous documentarian is hoping to do for the national parks what he did for its battlefields after the airing of his landmark PBS series “The Civil War”” - Martin Miller, LOS ANGELES TIMES

“Majestic…” - Lisa de Moraes, WASHINGTON POST

“A brilliantly told tale…” - CAMPING LIFE MAGAZINE

“The National Parks, America’s Best Idea” - which is scheduled to be shown over six nights on PBS in the fall – is stunning and restorative, like the parks themselves.” Timothy Egan, NEW YORK TIMES

“Burns hears America singing. He is a veritable Fourth of July parade humming in tribute to the philosophy of Thoreau, the idealism of Thomas Jefferson and the eye of Ansel Adams. The baby-faced filmmaker is a big brass band noodling the theme of democracy.” - Joanne Ostrow, DENVER POST

Product Description

Features:

  • Length: 720 minutes
  • Color: Yes
  • Stereo: Yes
  • Subtitles: Yes
  • Number of Programs: 1
  • Production Year: 2009
  • Country of Origin: United States

Description

  • Directed and produced by Ken Burns
  • Special Features:

    Disc One - The Making of The National Parks (Includes Spanish Audio and Subtitles);

    Disc Two - Capturing the Parks (A behind-the-scenes look at filming of The National Parks: America's Best Idea);

    Disc Three - Musical Journeys through the National Parks (National Parks Timeline, Peace at Last/ Across the Ocean, Horizons, Green Groves of Erin, The Shores of Ogygia, Teddy Bears' Picnic);

    Disc Four - Outtakes (An Interview with Nevada Barr, author and former National Park Service ranger; and The Boss, the story of Frank Pinkley and Casa Grande. Narrated by Ken Burns);

    Disc Five - The National Parks: This Is America (Mini Documentary, Includes Spanish Audio and Subtitles); and

    Disc Six - Contemporary Stories from America's National Parks (San Antonio Missions: Keeping History Alive, Yosemite's Buffalo Soldiers, Mount Rushmore: Telling America's Stories, Manzanar: "Never Again," City Kids in National Parks, Includes Spanish Audio and Subtitles).

  • Described Video for the Visually Impaired
  • Spanish Stereo track
  • Widescreen 16x9 Anamorphic