- Additional Details
- Format: Box Set, Color, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 5
- Run Time: 11 Hours 46 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: PBS Paramount
- DVD Release Date: September 28, 2004
The story of America's westward expansion involves more than the European settlers who braved the journey. Discover how this migration affected the indigenous people and the rest of the world. This program covers the expansion of the colonies through to the dawn of the 20th Century. The heroes and villains are real, but larger than life.
Ken Burns (Jazz, Baseball) brings the story of the American West to life as only he can. With diaries, photos, letters, and other archival materials, he recounts the major and lesser known stories. Hear about the events of Little Big Horn and Wounded Knee. Discover the impact that the Civil War had on the region. See the building of the transcontinental railroad. Meet bandits, religious pioneers, Native American leaders, and the simple people that took the chance to brave the land.
The set includes the complete series. Narration is provided by Peter Coyote (The Dark Knight), Matthew Broderick (The Producers), Ossie Davis (Do The Right Thing), and many others. These actors and others give voice to the many characters of the West, including Brigham Young, John Sutter, and Crazy Horse.