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National Parks - America's Best Idea - B&N Exclusive Edition

The National Parks - America's Best Idea - B&N Exclusive Edition

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The critically acclaimed, award winning producer-director Ken Burns introduces a breathtaking, compelling view of the American landscape with his latest release, The National Parks America’s Best Idea. Shot in HD, this six disc, six-part documentary series features 12 hours of stunning cinematography, biographies of compelling characters, and a narrative


The critically acclaimed, award winning producer-director Ken Burns introduces a breathtaking, compelling view of the American landscape with his latest release, The National Parks America’s Best Idea. Shot in HD, this six disc, six-part documentary series features 12 hours of stunning cinematography, biographies of compelling characters, and a narrative featuring the voice of Peter Coyote that traces the birth of the national park idea in the mid-1800s and follows its evolution for nearly 150 years. National Parks features first-person voices read by some of America’s greatest actors, including: Tom Hanks, Andy Garcia, John Lithgow, Kevin Conway, George Takei, Adam Arkin, Josh Lucas, Eli Wallach and more.This sumptuously filmed documentary series from Ken Burns explores the origins of America's national parks, from their genesis in the mid-1800s to the present. It features archival photographs, personal memories, more than 40 interviews, and gorgeous cinematography of such locales as Acadia, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Yellowstone. ~ Jeff Gemmill

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The Barnes & Noble Exclusive edition of The National Parks includes the soundtrack CD (available separately, with a suggested retail price of $18.99) and a “Passport to Your National Parks.” This spiral-bound booklet lists the National Parks, with maps color-coded for specific regions in the country, pre-visit information, illustrations and photographs. It also includes a free map and guide to the national parks. Entries have space for a unique ink “Cancellation Stamp,” which officials at each park will administer upon presentation, forming a record of your exploration. The disc-based bonus material breakdown follows:
Disc 1: Episode One - “The Scripture of Nature” (1851-1890), plus "The Making of The National Parks" (in Blu-ray High Definition)
Disc 2: Episode Two - “The Last Refuge” (1890-1915), plus "Capturing the Parks - A Behind-the-Scenes Look" (in Blu-ray High Definition)
Disc 3: Episode Three - “The Empire of Grandeur” (1915-1919), plus "Musical Journeys Through the National Parks" (in Blu-ray High Definition)
Disc 4: Episode Four - “Going Home” (1920-1933), plus "An Interview with Nevada Barr & The Boss - Outtakes" (in Blu-ray High Definition)
Disc 5: Episode Five - “Great Nature” (1933-1945), plus "The National Parks - This is America" (in Blu-ray High Definition)
Disc 6: Episode Six - “The Morning of Creation” (1946-1980), plus "Contemporary Stories from America’s National Parks" (in Blu-ray High Definition)


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The National Parks - America's Best Idea 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 85 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I watched the National Parks series on PBS this past week. The photography of the scenery in the parks is superb. The show explains how we got the parks: the personalities, the issues, the effects of Congress and a few Presidents. The presentation is "fantabulous". Whether or not you saw the series on PBS, this DVD would be a great treat for yourself and even your friends and family. All week I have been humming the background music. I hope the CD does not have words, but just the background music for the show. I saw the book at the store. It contains the script from the show and is a great companion to the DVD. The only thing I did not like about the book was the small number of pictures of the scenery. I hope at some future date Ken Burns will publish a book with the fabulous photographs of the national parks with labels. The photography on the PBS show is some of the best I have seen of the parks. The photography on the DVD should be fantastic.
thedancewithin More than 1 year ago
I have purchased the B&N Exclusive Editions of this for Christmas gifts, so while I cannot open them to confirm, after reading the DVD boxes, I have concluded that these are NOT in widescreen format. I also purchased the DVD WITHOUT the cd and booklet, and found that IS widescreen. It also seems the B&N Exclusive Edition for Blu-ray for this DVD is NOT widescreen. The other Blu-ray DVD,(without the cd and booklet), IS widescreen.
MukhMan More than 1 year ago
The history of our national parks is almost as incredible as the parks themselves. Each park has its own story. Each park owes its existence to a special group of people who dedicated their energy, their wealth, and their health (in some cases) to the cause of preserving some of the most beautiful places on Earth for future generations. We also learn much about the forces that got in the way: forces beholden to special interests such as the US Congress (surprise), which refused public funding for the parks until the FDR era; forces such as James Henry Cameron and his prospector cronies; and even the National Forest Service, an unlikely nemesis to John Muir and the preservationists. I can go on and on and on. In any case, this is one series that must be seen by every American patriot, lover of history, and lover of the natural beauty - flora & fauna and land forms - of the United States.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just purchased B&N Exclusive Edition and it is filmed in WIDE SCREEN!!!! From the back of the box: "This film is presented in "widescreen" format. The black bars on the top and bottom of the screen are normal. Enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions," I watched the last disc and didn't see any bars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My husband gave me this set for my birthday, blue ray with the book. I watched the first disk three times before I could start disk two. This is the single most amazing documentary I have ever had the pleasure of viewing, it is a MUST MUST MUST for anyone even remotely interested in the history of, or our parks - period. I think anyone homeschooling kids should invest in this series and tie it in with their history and geography lessons. POWERFUL POWERFUL piece!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
excellent in every way!
gmakm More than 1 year ago
This collection about America's National Parks is fabulous! The history, the stories shared and spectacular photos will make you want to see each and every National Park during every season. Ken Burns has outdone himself again. It makes us proud of our America and thankful to all those that have and will persevere to ensure that these natural resources are preserved for us and the generations to come.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ken Burns is at his BEST! My husband and I love everything Burns does, and this "National Parks - America's Best Idea" is no exception. The visuals are breathtaking, the soundtrack gorgeous, and the wealth of information deeply satisfying. And to put a long-held question to rest, though the outer packaging mentions nothing, the BARNES & NOBLE EXCLUSIVE EDITION IS PRESENTED IN WIDESCREEN FORMAT! Enjoy; this is historic storytelling at its finest.
LastRanger More than 1 year ago
This series must rank as one of PBS's most ambitious projects. To take the National Parks and cover, in depth, their history and grandeur is no light matter but Ken Burns was up to the challenge. Each episode is filled with shots of incredible beauty and historic significance. People like John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt, to name two of many, had history making influence on not only the parks but on the nation as well. At firstI thought the set was too pricey but, after I finally bit the bullet, I was glad I bought it. Keep in mind the set has 6 disks with one episode per disk pluss extensive specials that total up to over 2 hr per disk. Each eipsode is movie length. Anyone who says "TV is a vast wasteland" should watch this series. LastRanger
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this as gift, now I am going give this to my family for Christmas!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Since my husband & I have visited many of our Nation's National Parks, we were interested in watching this series when it appeared on the PBS stations on TV. We were not disappointed! So, we purchased the series as there is much to absorb, more than in one watching! It has absolutely beautiful photography, wonderful accounts of the histories of the parks, and much interesting information about the history of our country as well. We both have read biographies of many of the historical figures featured in the film, so we were interested to learn more about them. There were many more important characters in the forming of the National Parks who we had never known of their role in this venture, even though we had heard of them. All in all, this is a very beautiful, emotional, informative, and interesting film to watch! After watching the films, we are ready continue our ventures across the US in an attempt to visit more of the 50+ National Parks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw The War, Jazz, and America all done by Ken Burns and each time I was completely blown away.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this very interesting and amazing to hear about the history of our wonderful parks. The stamina of many of those who not only found these places of beauty but made it possible to save it for many years to come..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The inspiring story of our National Parks should remind each of us that we can make a difference individually and as a group. We each have a voice to participate in the future direction of our world and we should use it. National Parks truly was one of America's best ideas.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This should be seen on the big screen, Imax, etc. No matter how big your TVs might be, the beauty of it all is hard to comprehend. Hope to visit some of these parks and will add to by "bucket list."
kayntn More than 1 year ago
An excellent history of our National Parks. It will make you want to visit them all. But more than that, protect them all. We should be grateful these lands were preserved.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This set of DVDs is amazing. It has so many beautiful images and the history of the parks was really neat to hear. They are very captivating. We are already planning our trip to our next National Park this summer! This documentary inspired us to go to as many as possible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another outstanding production by Ken Burns--that alone should tell you how wonderful this is, but the visuals are beyond belief. He can find the most amazing hidden gems in public places like our National Park system that will make everyone want to visit every single park for their individual and unique beauty.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The set is very interesting but expensive.
MartyWA More than 1 year ago
A good book to read if you are interested in the development of the National Park attitudes and management policies for their wilderness areas. Interesting discussion of the thoughts on just what a 'wilderness area' is and what the differences are between a wilderness area and a non-wilderness area. Are all un-developed natural areas wilderness? How much development turns a wilderness area into something else? This book works well as a companion to the US Forest Service history titled 'The Greatest Good'.
GrammyJAB More than 1 year ago
I watched the entire PBS series of Ken Burn's history of our national parks when it was televised in 2009. The scenery, history, music were all brought together in another of Ken Burn's superb presentations. It made me want to immediately plan a trip to at least one of our parks this summer. We gave this as a gift to friends who had just toured several of the parks and were spell bound by their beauty. I would regard this video as a library keepsake for US history lovers or travel buffs and would love to own it myself!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
National Parks - America's Best Idea is another fine production from Ken Burns, et al. Not only are there numerous beautiful photos taken in our national parks but also the narrative easily leads the viewer through the turmoil among the various social factions associated with the development of the park system. Additionally, the film does a good job in portraying many individuals that played key roles in developing and opposing national parks. If you are not much into reading about history, then sit back and enjoy.
SteveCS More than 1 year ago
Give a historic view of the National Parks with fantastic views of the parks as well. It is almost like being there. Gives you a great opportunity to decide which park you want to visit and what to see when you are there.