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The National Parks: America's Best Idea (mini-series) - Blu-ray & DVD for Ken Burns' Upcoming PBS Show ***UPDATED: ARTWORK***

6-disc sets, in each format, coming out shortly after the 6-episode production's broadcast

Posted by David Lambert
    The National Parks: America's Best Idea is a six-episode series directed by Ken Burns and written and co-produced by Dayton Duncan. Filmed over the course of more than six years at some of nature's most spectacular locales - from Acadia to Yosemite, Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon, the Everglades of Florida to the Gates of the Arctic in Alaska - The National Parks: America's Best Idea is nonetheless a story of people.

    People from every conceivable background: rich and poor; famous and unknown; soldiers and scientists; natives and newcomers; idealists, artists and entrepreneurs; people who were willing to devote themselves to saving some precious portion of the land they loved, and in doing so reminded their fellow citizens of the full meaning of democracy. It is a story full of struggle and conflict, high ideals and crass opportunism, stirring adventure and enduring inspiration - set against the most breathtaking backdrops imaginable.
Coming to PBS on September 27th, Ken Burns (The Civil War, Baseball, Jazz, The War) and Dayton Duncan (Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, Mark Twain) bring the 6-part (two hours per episode) mini-series The National Parks: America's Best Idea. Primarily narrated by Peter Coyote, it also features the voices of Tom Hanks, John Lithgow, Adam Arken, George Takei, Andy Garcia, Carolyn McCormick, Eli Wallach, Sam Waterston, Kevin Conway, Josh Lucas, Campbell Scott and Philip Bosco. A lengthy preview is available at the official PBS website.

And PBS, along with distributor Paramount Home Video, is already planning to release Ken Burns' The National Parks: America's Best Idea on both DVD and high definition Blu-ray Disc (clearly the best way to view a program filled with such gorgeous scenery!). Both versions will be available day and date on October 6th, quickly following the show's television broadcast debut. Each format comes on 6 discs running 750 minutes, plus bonus material:
  • Featurette: The National Parks: This is America
  • Featurette: The Making of The National Parks
  • Featurette: Contemporary Stories from America's National Parks
  • Featurette: Capturing The Parks
  • Featurette: Musical Journeys Through The National Parks
  • Outtakes
Video will be presented in widescreen (anamorphic on the DVD and 1080p high definition on the Blu-ray Disc). Audio will be available in 5.1 Surround and 2.0 Stereo, with subtitles in English and Spanish. Both versions are available to pre-order at Amazon, offering discounts from the list prices of $99.99 for the DVD and $129.99 for the Blu-ray Disc. Here's a look at the DVD package art; stay tuned for the Blu-ray box: UPDATE: We now have a better look at the DVD package art, replacing the lower-res picture we had shown earlier. Paramount has also provided the Blu-ray packaging pics, in two views: one from the left, and one from the right side. It shows that the typical plastic Blu snap-case slides into an outer slipcover:

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