[United States] : PBS Home Video ; Hollywood, Calif. : Distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, c2009.
6 videodiscs (750 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
DVD; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround or 2.0 stereo.
Includes English and dubbed Spanish language soundtracks, with optional subtitles in English or Spanish.
Closed-captioned; Described video for the visually impaired.
Narrator: Peter Coyote.
Writer, Dayton Duncan ; producers, Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns.
Originally broadcast on PBS as a documentary television mini-series in 2009.
Traces the birth of the national park idea in the mid-1800s and follows its evolution for nearly 150 years. Using archival photographs, first-person accounts of historical characters, personal memories and analysis from more than 40 interviews, and what Burns believes is the most stunning cinematography in Florentine Films' history, the series chronicles the steady addition of new parks through the stories of the people who helped create them and save them from destruction.
Episode one. The scripture of nature (1851-1890) -- Episode two. The last refuge (1890-1915) -- Episode three. The empire of grandeur (1915-1919) -- Episode four. Going home (1920-1933) -- Episode five. Great nature (1933-1945) -- Episode six. The morning of creation (1946-1980).
Special features: Making of ; capturing the parks: a behind-the-scenes look ; musical journeys through the parks ; outtakes: an interview with Nevada Barr & "The Boss" ; mini-documentary: The National Parks: This is America ; contemporary stories from America's national parks: series of five short films.
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