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Americas National Treasures [Blu-ray]

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Editorial Reviews

America s National Treasures Blu-Ray

AN ASTONISHING JOURNEY IN STUNNING HIGH DEFINITION! ...... A Breathtaking view of America s Gorgeous Landscape!

...this handsomely- produced set is a treat for armchair travelers, students, and history buffs. Highly recommended. - Video Librarian

In 1906 Teddy Roosevelt created the nation s first national monument destination. The purpose was to preserve all of America s significant pieces of history. Since then, all National Monuments have been designated by Presidents as their personal memorials which they sought to protect above all others. America s National Treasures tells the story of America s past and present glory. This 12 volume set takes a journey through the Ecology, Geology and beauty of the Great Plains, the Geologic West and the Historic South in a spectacular 7 hour adventure never to be forgotten.

Volume 1: Geologic Wonders of the Northern Plains
Volume 2: Sioux Indian Wars
Volume 3: Manifest Destiny
Volume 4: The Southern Plains
Volume 5: Prehistoric Native Americans
Volume 6: Southern Spanish Colonies
Volume 7: Slavery and the Plantation System
Volume 8: Civil War and the Confederacy
Volume 9: Fossil Treasures of the Pacific Northwest
Volume 10: The Pacific Northwest's Ring of Fire
Volume 11: The Historic Pacific Northwest
Volume 12: The Great Biodiversity of the Pacific Northwest

  • Presented in stunning High Definition video and Dolby Digital audio
  • Hosted by Bo Svenson and Jordan Murphy
  • Over 7 hours of incredible footage

BD Rom Extras:

  • Teacher's Guide
  • Blackline Master Quizzes
  • Directions to Monuments
  • Plains National Monuments by Date founded
  • Plains National Monuments by State
  • Plains National Monuments by President with biographies and pictures
  • Printable Screen savers from each of the monuments in the series

    Historical Documents
  • Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act
  • National Historic Preservation Act of 1966
  • National Antiquities Act 1906
  • Homestead Act 1862
  • Archaeological Resources Protection Act


Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • Actors: Bo Svenson, Jordan Murphy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 14, 2010
  • Run Time: 426 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003XMKU4S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,223 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: Blu-ray
For only $5 at Target, I must say this Blu-ray packed in a lot of beautiful landscapes for the money. The older shots (not as sharp in definition as the newer ones) were narrated by actor Bo Svenson with the later ones by Jordan Murphy. Each location was sited on the map at the intoduction, which is helpful for travelers. I especially like to watch the desolation of the vast Great Plains where the wild buffalos used to roam and feel the solitude the deserts provide as respite for the harried life of urban dwellers. More coverage of the western Black Hills and the Badlands would have been welcomed. But of course this would only make the whole video overly long to watch considering its already lenghty 7 hours of runtime as is. Like the Grand Canyon, these other magnificent desert National Parks would just make another great Blu-ray videos by themselves.
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We bought this from Borders (sorry Amazon!) for a mere $5. I figured $5 is worth the risk that this set would turn out dull and boring. Au contraire! This DVD set is spectacular! Our family has been riveted to each episode, which highlights social history, ecology, and geographic past of the region. I can't believe this cost me only a few Washingtons, because this set is a pure treasure for American history/geography enthusiasts. I only wish they had more volumes, because I'd buy them all. Can't recommend enough...
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There are so many really wonderful documentaries out that and this one is not going to be getting a lot of great reviews I am sure. It is not bad but could have been much better. I enjoyed it and did learn a bit from it but I think it suffered by not having enough production value even though having some great subject matter. It was worth the money as it was not expensive so I am not disappointed.
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These doco's are produced on the cheap. Most of the content is interviews with a Parks Officer at each site. There is a lot of programming packed into the two Blue Rays so the quality of picture is extremely poor in full hd, and the color is somehow washed out. Some of the shots are quite amateurish with the non stabilised camera held while the guy walked. I worked my way through most of it and learned a little here and there. I gave it away to a charity shop.
Each segment starts with a virtual tour which is not a virtual tour. Then there is a set format for the next two bits. I found it boring as all hell, the narrator has a sonorous voice that is really artificial. Want to shoot yourself? Watch this first.
There was a well researched programme on the history of American national parks on our local television some time ago, that was great, this isn't it. Don't believe the positive reviews.
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These were an inexpensive way for me to try out my new Blu-ray player which I know would be playing my existing DVDs most of the time.

They don't have quite the "polish" of a National Geographic special, but I think that works to their advantage. I didn't feel quite so emotionally led by the nose through all the great scenery. The info about the geological origins and subsequent history of these landmarks is presented in a no-nonsense fashion by people who are not Hollywood actors trying to show off. I think I bought several discs in this series and was surprised by how many hours it takes to go through them all. You definitely can't watch them all in one sitting (I tried).
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Well organized and interesting movie. I actually bought it to watch with my teenage son, and he seems fairly interested, no complaining (it's no The Fast and the Furious). I particularly like it because I'm finding out about national monuments that I didn't know existed. The series is great at giving the right amount of information about each sight - it never drags on.
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I was rather disappointed...it wasn't quite what I expected. And for being Blue-Ray, the color wasn't as outstanding as my other Blue-Rays (it looked the same as any other DVD), and there were no subtitles.
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Great way to "visit" some of the USA's treasured national monuments or to prepare for actually visiting them. Excellent HD video photography and nice use of background surround sound music. The narrative was informative, but kind of dry.
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