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Wild River: The Colorado DVD
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Follow the Colorado River from its headwaters in Rocky Mountain National Park through Utah's Westwater Canyon, the national parks of Canyonlands, Arches, Capitol Reef, and Zion, the fragile beauty and rapids of Grand Canyon, and into Mexico. Set to classical music by some of the world's greatest composers and narrated by Joseph Campanella.
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A Wonderful Survey of a Very Scenic Rive

By Gordon in Utah

from Salt Lake City, UT

Verified Reviewer

Comments about PBS Wild River: The Colorado DVD:

As soon as I saw this program on PBS I knew I had to have the DVD. This may be partly because it features two of my favorite aesthetic experiences: the red-rock scenery of the Colorado Plateau and classical music. But the fact that the Colorado River runs through four national parks and there are several other parks and monuments close by along tributaries testifies to the beauty that thousands of find in this part of the West.

"Wild River" does a good job of capturing the wide range of scenes and moods along the river. It combines aerial shots of giant landscapes, grand vistas of the canyons, closeups of small flowers and animals, and scenes shot while negotiating wild rapids in Cataract Canyon and the Grand Canyon. The photographers and audio editors captured the excitement and danger of shooting the rapids along with the quiet, solitary moments in remote areas of the desert.

The film follows the course of the river from its origins in the Colorado Rockies to its (often dry) exit through Baja to the Gulf of California. Of course, it is not possible to include all aspects of a 1400-mile river in an hour-long production, but "Wild River" gives a beautiful and well-chosen sampling.

The music behind the narration is generally well chosen and ranges from Purcell to Debussy. My only complaint is that there is not included in the program itself or the associated web site a
list of the selections.

I expect to view this program regularly for some time to come.

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