The National Parks

America's Best Idea, A Film

DVD - 2009
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The National Parks
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.

Published: [United States] : PBS Home Video ; Distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, 2009.
ISBN: 9781415749517
Branch Call Number: DVD 333.783 NAT
Characteristics: 6 videodiscs (12.5 hrs.) :,sd., col. and b&w ;,4 3/4 in.


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Feb 10, 2015
  • marcusveytia_1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The National Parks America's Best Idea is a five-part DVD series. It tells the intriguing story of the development, history, social/political culture at the times, influential people and events that lead to our great national park system. A dominant theme in the series is that the national parks are an exercise of our democratic rights - the greatest geologic and historic beauty of this nation should be preserved for all Americans.

Oct 24, 2014
  • garycornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"The National Parks, America's Best Idea" is a wonderful documentary by Ken Burns Florentine Films. He is quoted in the KCLS web site Description that he "Believes it to be the most stunning cinematography " his filming company has ever captured on film. The National Parks System started in the mid 1800's and it follows the growth of the parks until today. I know many Presidents made a point to protect and maintain our most scenic areas. The entire story is here on film by the master of documentary film markers Ken Burns.
P.S.I don't know how this got a one star rating. In my opinion and that of one other KCLS patron should be five stars. I hope you will see the film and leave your comments on the KCLS web site. Thanks!

Nov 12, 2013
  • theflowoflife rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of the most moving documentary series I've seen. I was moved by the footage, history of our nation and the commentary of those interviewed. It's worth every moment of the six disc series.

Feb 02, 2012

Saw this on PBS and it was phenomenal! Beautiful shots!

Dec 07, 2010
  • Keogh rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An outstanding documentary


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