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The national parks

Burns, Ken

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, the series chronicles the steady addition of new parks through the stories of the people who helped create them and save them from destruction.

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a Florentine Films production ; a film by Ken Burns ; written by Dayton Duncan ; produced by Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns ; WETA.

Originally broadcast as episodes of the television documentary on PBS in 2009.

Special features: Disc 1: "The making of The national parks: America's best idea" behind-the-scenes tour; Disc 2. "Capturing the parks" Ken Burns, Dayton Duncan and crew on location; Disc 3: Musical journeys through the national parks; Disc 4: An interview with Nevada Barr; "The Boss"; Disc 5: "The national parks: this is America" mini-documentary; Disc 6: "Contemporary stories from America's national parks" series of five short films: San Antonio Missions: Keeping History Alive, Yosemite's Buffalo Soldiers, Mount Rushmore: Telling America's Stories, Manzanar: "Never Again", City Kids in National Parks.

Narrated by Peter Coyote.

Cinematography, Buddy Squires with Allen Moore, Lincoln Else, Ken Burns (Episode 1, 2, 3); supervising film editor, Paul Barnes ; episode editors, Paul Barnes (Episode 1, 4), Craig Mellish (Episode 2, 6), Erik Ewers (Episode 3, 5).

DVD, Region 1, NTSC, wide screen presentation, enhanced for 16x9 televisions; Dolby digital 5.1 surround, 2.0 stereo.

English or dubbed Spanish dialogue with optional English or Spanish subtitles; video description for the visually impaired; closed-captioned.

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