Ken Burns Presents The West

Directed By: Stephen Ives

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Presented by Ken Burns and directed by Stephen Ives, this 12-hour film chronicles the epic saga of America's most vast and turbulent region, beginning before European settlement and continuing into the 20th century.

The West comes to life in this penetrating history that overturns old stereotypes, discovers new personalities, and explores the triumphs and tragedies that make The West the source of some of the most compelling stories in American History.


Studio PBS
SKU 201994621
UPC 841887051279
UPC 14 00841887051279
Format DVD
Release Date 11/21/2006
Editors Note
Note Historian-documentary director Ken Burns creates a careful and vivid portrait of westward expansion in this PBS nine-parter. Archival photos, old maps, and vintage music deepen the documentary's historical feel; actors' reading of first-person narrative fragments from old letters, newspapers, and other documents add intimacy to the experience.
Plot Summary
Summary "The West" is presented (and executive produced) by filmmaker Ken Burns, director of the acclaimed documentaries "The Civil War" and "Baseball." Here, director Stephen Ives examines the numerous ways in which the American psyche has been defined by "manifest destiny" and the trek westward. Using diaries, letters, archival footage and more, Ives provides a multi-layered history of this broad landscape. This epic covers the personalities, stereotypes, religious and racial issues associated with this part of the country, and the struggle of those who settled there. | Finally, spectacular footage of the mountains, plains, rivers, and canyons of the West makes this documentary both a visual, as well as an informative, treat for all.
Stephen Ives
Name Burns,Ken
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Cast & Crew
Allen Moore - Cinematographer
Amy Madigan - Voice Of
Blythe Danner - Voice Of
Buddy Squires - Cinematographer
Dayton Duncan - Writer
Gary Sinise - Voice Of
Geoffrey C. Ward - Writer
Jimmy Smits - Voice Of
John Lithgow - Voice Of
Ken Burns - Executive Producer
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio - Voice Of
Matthew Broderick - Voice Of
Matthias Gohl - Original Music By
Michael Kantor - Producer
Peter Coyote - Narrated By
Richard Hankin, et. al. - Editor
Stephen Ives - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1996
Catalog ID 600
UPC 00841887051279
Number of Discs 5
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Product Attributes
Actor Burns,Ken
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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