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Format: DVD
Sku: 201994621
UPC: 841887051279
UPC 14: 00841887051279
Category Keywords: Achievers  Cowboys  Documentary  Educational  History  Indians  Outlaws
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A Film by Stephen Ives.
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.

Editor's 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.

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: PBS
Video Release Date Release Date: 12/27/2012
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1996
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 600
Video UPC UPC: 00841887051279
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 5

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Allen Moore - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Amy Madigan - Voice Of
Video Cast Info Blythe Danner - Voice Of
Video Cast Info Buddy Squires - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Dayton Duncan - Writer
Video Cast Info Gary Sinise - Voice Of
Video Cast Info Geoffrey C. Ward - Writer
Video Cast Info Jimmy Smits - Voice Of
Video Cast Info John Lithgow - Voice Of
Video Cast Info Ken Burns - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio - Voice Of
Video Cast Info Matthew Broderick - Voice Of
Video Cast Info Matthias Gohl - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Michael Kantor - Producer
Video Cast Info Peter Coyote - Narrated By
Video Cast Info Richard Hankin, et. al. - Editor
Video Cast Info Stephen Ives - Director
Plot 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.

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Burns,Ken
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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