Ken Burns recently gave us all a reason to watch public television again with his marvelous new series, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. A combination of 150 years of fascinating history and spectacular nature photography, it bridged the past to the present. And for once, many of the subjects were still around, even if they were the likes of geysers and mountains. What’s that? You didn’t have time to see it all when it aired? No worries, the Ken Burns documentary machine’s here to help with a six-disc set that’s just begging to be given as a holiday present.
Oddly, it’s not being offered in Blu-Ray. It is presented in a widescreen format enchanced for 16×9 televisions, so it should look dazzling, and has 5.1 surround sound as well. Here’s where to buy it on Amazon.
ALSO OUT THIS WEEK: Anvil! The Story of Anvil: The true story of the greatest Canadian heavy metal band you’ve never heard of; Year One: Jack Black and Michael Cera remind us that Dumb and Dumber did this concept better; Imagine That: Eddie Murphy’s movie was an epic box office dud, but if you live in Denver, you might want to watch for the many scenes shot here.
UP AND COMING: Releaselists.com says to look for a Target-exclusive Blu-ray releases of Goonies and Gone With the Wind on Dec. 8.