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Thoreau's Walden: A Video Portrait

Experience Walden Pond through the words of Henry David Thoreau. As seen on PBS, this award winning visual ode to 19th-century philosophical writer Henry David Thoreau's beloved Walden Pond combines magnificent nature photography with highlights from Thoreau's timeless writings on the beauty and serenity of this New England retreat. Thoreau's Walden allows the viewer to walk in the solitude of Thoreau's footsteps and witness the idyllic wilderness of the famed Massachusetts pond as it might have appeared over 150 years ago.

Hear the words of Thoreau and see the beautiful nature scenes and cabin of historic Walden Pond, Concord, Massachusetts. Great video teaching tool for Thoreau’s writings, Walden Woods, and the book Walden.

Explore topics like transcendentalism, life in the woods, civil disobedience, American literature, philosophy, and environmentalism. Or just take this virtual field trip to the famous pond and enjoy the nature photography!

New and updated release, December, 2012!

"Step to a different drummer" -- Henry David Thoreau

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"***** (5 stars) Thoreau's Walden combines breathtaking nature photography with key passages from Walden...a must for any classroom studying Thoreau." -- Video Rating Guide

"A joy to watch." -- Video Librarian

"This wonderful video captures the magnificence of Walden Pond and is a treat for those who appreciate literature." -- American Library Association's Booklist

"Thoreau's Walden is a visual poem saluting New England's natural beauty...the film captures the soul of Thoreau's words." -- School Library Journal

"Thoreau's Walden offers a privileged look at a significant moment in the history of American thought...Highly recommended." -- Library Journal

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Product Details

  • Directors: David Marlin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Photovision
  • DVD Release Date: December 15, 2012
  • Run Time: 27 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HA43LU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,886 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By D. Speroni on March 18, 2007
Great DVD for anyone that wants to see Walden Pond and learn about Thoreau. Excerpts from the book "Walden" are illustrated with outstanding nature photography of the famous retreat in Massachusetts. The DVD is like a field trip to Walden Pond! As a long time Thoreau fan and teacher, received as gift. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys nature. Also, excellent tool for teaching Thoreau in the classroom.
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Great for Thoreau fans and as nature video. DVD shows beautiful scenes from Walden Pond in Concord, MA and illustrates key passages from the book "Walden". Provides an excellent overview of Thoreau's famous retreat.
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I ordered this DVD in anticipation of teaching an adult education class on Thoreau's Walden. Having lived for many years in the Boston area before moving to the Pacific Northwest, I am familiar with the pond itself but realized that my students might not be. I will admit that the many spectacular nature films available today spoiled me a bit for a full appreciation of some of the images in this DVD, but it does give a very good idea of what the pond looks like in each season, and it avoids showing the bathhouse and swimming beach that were not there when Thoreau was there. The soundtrack consists of the natural sounds from the film, matched with excerpts from Walden, beautifully read by Robert J. Lurtsema, who was a colorful fixture of public radio in Boston when I lived there, now sadly departed.
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The scenes from Walden Pond are spectacular. There are seasonal views that go with selected sections of the book and the pictures create a peaceful guide to the area. Unfortunately, the person reading the text is too monotone and sounds bored. It started to drone on and on for me. I would recommend viewing in segments of 5-10 minutes at a time if you buy this DVD. It is better than many things I've bought on the subject, but still not what I'm looking for...
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Not what I was expecting, I thought someone was going to portray Thoureau in his quest for solitude. I got it to teach Transcendentalism, but the narrator voice puts you to sleep after 10 minutes.This video is just narrated, by someone and it shows images of the pond. Not worth $25.00, I heard that the Ballad of Thoureau was better at $19.00. This film didn't have the explanation or the intended understanding of what is "Transcendentalism" it put my students to sleep.
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