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Excellent National Park Compilation!
D. Define | Maryland | 01/07/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is an excellent National Park DVD set. I own most (if not all) of the National Park collections already, and this is by far my most favorite. It has the best video quality and is in widescreen viewing format (it says on the box that it is filmed in high-definition). I have only a couple complaints about the set: (1) the first is that more time should of been spent on the parks themselves, and not on other topics such as the lodges, inns, maintenance issues, etc, (2) there can be a repetitive element to the collection, in that certain portions of one DVD are also featured on another DVD, and (3) I don't believe there were any parks east of the Rockies featured in this collection, which is ashame. Beside these minor flaws, I believe this collection is a must-own for National Park buffs like myself. There are 2 to 4 features per disc, with each feature running approximately 50 minutes. I have listed the contents and a description of each disc below.
DISC 1: (1) Yosemite: America's Treasure, (2) Wild National Parks, (3) National Parks: Extreme Maintenance.
Yosemite - Venture into the heart of Yosemite and marvel at a legendary landscape of soaring granite peaks, tower sequoias and thundering waterfalls that are among the world's tallest. Next, answer the call of Wild National Parks, from bear watching in Alaska to discovering a hidden world of over 1,000 species of bees in Arizona. Then, meet the dedicated workers who preserve the National Parks for future generations in Extreme Maintenance.
DISC 2: (1) Yellowstone: America's First National Park, (2) Inside Grand Teton National Park.
Yellowstone - Yellowstone ignites the imagination! Llama trekking, wolf watching and geyser gazing are just a few of the out-of-the-ordinary activities that await you. Inside Grand Teton National Park, saddle up for a working dude ranch, feel the rush of whitewater rafting and witness a staggering array of wildlife in America's Eden.
DISC 3: (1) Inside Grand Canyon National Park, (2) Zion & Bryce National Parks, (3) National Parks Of The Southwest.
Grand Canyon and The Great Southwest - Experience the supreme spectacle of one of the world's natural wonders, the Grand Canyon. Journey rim-to-rim through extreme backcountry and hidden side canyons, along wild rivers and into ancient pools. In Zion and Bryce National Parks, embark on a breath-stealing two-mile ascent to Angel's Landing, take a day hike through the watery Narrows and test your mettle climbing sheer cliff walls. National Parks of the Great Southwest reveals vast lands of astonishing beauty in Canyonlands, Arches, Saguaro and Death Valley.
DISC 4: (1) Mount Rushmore & The Black Hills, (2) Great Train Rides, (3) Lodges & Inns.
National Park Icons - Mount Rushmore & the Black Hills presents a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the monumental Mount Rushmore. From the elegant American Orient Express to the restored glory of the Grand Canyon Railway, it is all aboard for Great Train Rides through America's National Parks. Do not forget to make your reservation for Lodges and Inns to kick back in luxurious getaways and rustic retreats, including Yellowstone's Old Faithful Inn and Yosemite's Ahwahnee.
DISC 5: (1) The Best Of The National Parks, (2) Hawaii's National Parks, (3) Denali National Parks, (4) Secrets Of The Southwest.
The Best of the National Parks - Discover a universe of the spectacular and seek out the best place to delve deep into the earth, scale a mountain or tie the knot in The Best of the National Parks. Witness molten lava bubbling from the earth, catch a spectacular sunrise above the clouds or take a dip into pools of paradise in Hawaii's National Parks. Then, get a touch of the tundra in rugged and beautiful Alaska's Denali National Park, where you will experience the untamed wilderness with wildlife roaming free, and take to the air over a river of ice. Secrets of the Southwest uncovers the land made famous by Georgia O'Keeffe and takes you to where many of Hollywood's classic Westerns were filmed.
DISC 6: (1) Glacier National Park, (2) Canadian Rockies: Banff & Jasper, (3) British Columbia: Vancouver & Beyond.
The Rockies and Beyond - In Glacier National Park, reach up to the clouds along America's most scenic mountain pass, raft a river wild and take an unforgettable trek along the Highline Trail. Canadian Rockies: Banff & Jasper's explores a region renowned for its panoramic beauty, ice-fields, glaciers, high mountain passes and Black Diamond downhill runs. British Columbia: Vancouver & Beyond cruises the Pacific Northwest where rugged coastlines and ancient forests give way to world-class cities."
Great Views and Great Value
Cheryl Rowland | Stevenage, Herts, United Kingdom | 11/30/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this as I love the national parks and the price was very reasonable for 15 hours of footage. The picture is clear and the narration is informative. I would recommend this to anyone."
Nature at its finest
Jack Richey | Olney, Ill. | 02/14/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I lovr nature/travel films and this collection from the travel channel is definitely one of the best. Only the ICONIC PLANET EARTH is better at showing the scenic beauty of the United States best ideat, the National Parks. and this collection also shows some of Canada's beauty. My only question is Why Nothing from Colorado?"