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Ken Burns: The National Parks: America's Best Idea DVD & Blu-ray

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The National Parks tells the human history of five of the nation's most important and most heavily visited National Parks (Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Acadia, and Great Smoky Mountains) and the unforgettable Americans who made them possible.
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The National Parks tells the human history of five of the nation's most important and most heavily visited National Parks (Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Acadia, and Great Smoky Mountains) and the unforgettable Americans who made them possible.

2010 Emmy Award Winner for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series directed and produced by Ken Burns.

Special Features:

Disc One - The Making of The National Parks

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);

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).

Producer: Ken Burns, Dayton Duncan
Executive Producer: Ken Burns
Production Company: Florentine Films
Production Year: 2009
Copyright Year: 2009
Rating: TV-PG
Director: Ken Burns
Narrator: Peter Coyote
Writers: Dayton Duncan
Number of Discs: 6
Length: 720 minutes
Subtitled: Y
Subtitle Languages: English (SDH);Spanish (SDH)
Language Track: English;Spanish
DVI: Y
Audio Format: 5.1 Surround
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen

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MARTHA
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5.0 star rating
12/10/23
Ken Burns is the Best!
Review by MARTHA on 12/10/23 review stating Ken Burns is the Best!
Ken Burns is the Best! Spectacular!
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GILLIAN
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08/16/23
We love this!
Review by GILLIAN on 08/16/23 review stating We love this!
We love this!
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Albert
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5.0 star rating
02/21/23
Outstanding production. The photography is
Review by Albert on 02/21/23 review stating Outstanding production. The photography is
Outstanding production. The photography is excellent, really giving one a clear picture of the natural beauty of the earth. The information is so helpful in getting a real perspective as to how these parks were developed and preserved.
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SUE
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01/13/23
PBS brightens up lives
Review by SUE on 01/13/23 review stating PBS brightens up lives
Ken Burns videos share the beauty of our world for all to enjoy.
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Betsey
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5.0 star rating
12/09/22
Spectacular
Review by Betsey on 12/09/22 review stating Spectacular
I bought this for myself after watching on TV. It is so good that I want to watch again!
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Daniel
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12/04/22
The scenery is even more spectacular on Blu-Ray
Review by Daniel on 12/04/22 review stating The scenery is even more spectacular on Blu-Ray
As a former (and still occasional) filmmaker, I greatly appreciate the years of hard work that Ken Burns and his team put into the production of this film. But now that I own it on Blu-Ray, the scenery is all the more beautiful to watch. Its definitely worth the extra to purchase it on Blu-Ray.
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Ricahrd
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05/31/22
Always top quality
Review by Ricahrd on 05/31/22 review stating Always top quality
Hey, it's Ken Burns!! Great as can be aured!
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LOUIS
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05/23/22
Beautifully and professionally done. A
Review by LOUIS on 05/23/22 review stating Beautifully and professionally done. A
Beautifully and professionally done. A real keepsake. LDR
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Jeanne
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05/16/22
Our favorite
Review by Jeanne on 05/16/22 review stating Our favorite
We love to listen to this on road trips. It's very relaxing. Great way to de-stre and be inspired!
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MARY
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05/03/22
Quite an eye-opener!
Review by MARY on 05/03/22 review stating Quite an eye-opener!
This Ken Burns The National Parks: Americas Best Idea is totally different than what I expected. I had no idea what was involved to make these parks possible. Quite emotional material.....
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RUTHANNE
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04/07/22
The movie was great! We
Review by RUTHANNE on 04/07/22 review stating The movie was great! We
The movie was great! We just do not have a box to store it in. The plastic was broken when we opened the box.
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Joseph
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04/04/22
Wonderful
Review by Joseph on 04/04/22 review stating Wonderful
Wonderful
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Grandma35
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5.0 star rating
03/25/22
Absolutely fantastic beauty of U.S.Parks
Review by Grandma35 on 03/25/22 review stating Absolutely fantastic beauty of U.S.Parks
The history is wonderful and this enables me to see places of beauty and wonder that I would never be able to actually visit in person. The photography is absolutely superb!! Would recommend to anyone to buy.
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Beverly
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02/08/22
Love watching the DVDs on
Review by Beverly on 02/08/22 review stating Love watching the DVDs on
Love watching the DVDs on the national parks! Really enjoy the history of how they came about and the people that were involved. Very well put together.
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ANNE
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01/23/22
Was a gift for my
Review by ANNE on 01/23/22 review stating Was a gift for my
Was a gift for my son. Most like he will show clips of it in his visual classroom. It has been difficult teaching middle school social social studies during the pandemic. He has all of Ken Burns videos
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Valerie
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01/11/22
Loved it
Review by Valerie on 01/11/22 review stating Loved it
Loved it
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ANN
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01/09/22
Video was great.
Review by ANN on 01/09/22 review stating Video was great.
Video was great.
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DARLENE
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5.0 star rating
01/05/22
This was purchased as a
Review by DARLENE on 01/05/22 review stating This was purchased as a
This was purchased as a gift. My husband and I had seen this series on TV and have also visited all the national parks except for two in Alaska and one in our own state of Minnesota. It is excellent as are all of Ken Burns projects. The person who received the DVD was very pleased.
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Elizabeth
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12/28/21
Excellent!
Review by Elizabeth on 12/28/21 review stating Excellent!
Excellent!
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Gregory A.
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5.0 star rating
12/21/21
Excellent
Review by Gregory A. on 12/21/21 review stating Excellent
Excellent

"…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


Highlighted Customer Reviews


History, politics, biology, geology...
Review by Krenee M. review stating History, politics, biology, geology...
These videos show the political miracles at the root of what we all take for granted-- our national park system. In many ways, our national parks help create the sense of a we... collective ownership of pristine parcels of earth that no one owns individually. The interweaving of history, politics, landscapes and wildlife are captivating for all ages.
A Must Have DVD for Your Collection
Review by Np H. review stating A Must Have DVD for Your Collection
Spectacular!! My wife and I have watched it twice and were awed by its information, history and photography each time. You wont fully appreciate the National Parks until you know the story behind them. You cant help but become a fan and supporter of the National Parks after viewing this excellent DVD. Truly an outstanding piece of work.
ken burns: the national parks
Review by Milu review stating ken burns: the national parks
Great work What a pity to not have copies for PAL - EuroPe or to Japan

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