6 videodiscs (approximately 750 min.) : sound, color and black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
DVD, region 1, widescreen (16x9) presentation; Dolby digital 5.1 surround or 2.0 stereo.
Narrated by, Peter Coyote.
Originally broadcast as episodes of the television documentary on PBS in 2009.
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.
Disc one. The scripture of nature (1851-1890) -- Disc two. The last refuge (1890-1915) -- Disc three. The empire of grandeur (1915-1919) -- Disc four. Going home (1920-1933) -- Disc five. Great nature (1933-1945) -- Disc six. The morning of creation (1946-1980).
Special features: The making of 'The National Parks' ; Capturing the parks : a behind-the-scenes look ; Musical journeys through the national parks ; Outtakes : an interview with Nevada Barr & "The Boss" ; The National Parks : this is America mini-documentary ; Contemporary stories from America's national parks : series of five short films.
English or Spanish dialogue with optional English or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned; described video for the visually impaired.
National parks, this is America.
Capturing the parks.
Scripture of nature.
Empire of grandeur.
Morning of creation.
89444 PBS Home Video