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Ken Burns' "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" Documentary For PBS

11/25/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Ken Burns's new opus for public television, a six-night history of America's national parks, contains quite a bit of contemporary footage -- more than we're accustomed to from the maker of "The Civil War" and "Jazz." Along with the usual archival photographs and blurry home movies, there are frequent high-definition color views of the majestic scenery in parks like Yellowstone, Yosemite, Acadia and Denali.

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