Synopses & Reviews
The National Parks is the story of an idea as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence: that the most special places in the nation should be preserved for everyone. The series traces the birth of the national park idea in the mid-1800s and follows its evolution for nearly 150 years, chronicling the addition of new parks through the stories of the people who helped create them.
"A strong candidate for the most beautiful program ever to air on American television. It's the Burns effort that most closely rivals The Civil War, his masterpiece." Orlando Sentinel
"Absolutely riveting nature cinematography...think of it as Planet Earth featuring places you may actually go." GQ
"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." Denver Post
"A twelve-hour, six-part feast of spectacular cinematography, archival photographs, and old-fashioned storytelling." Conde Nast Traveler
Disc One - The Making of The National Parks (Includes Spanish Audio and Subtitles);
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, Includes Spanish Audio and Subtitles); and
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, Includes Spanish Audio and Subtitles).