America’s Treasures (Blu-ray) (2017)
Not Rated Mill Creek | 5h 15min

Review By: Matt Malouf | January 2nd, 2018

Plot: What’s it about?

While I did travel a lot with my father when I was younger, I really don’t get to as much at this point in my life. I admit I would like to, but that thing called life happens. Nevertheless, this 12-part Documentary Series is at least a good and informative program on our nation’s monuments. 25 of them are highlighted here with emphasis on both Man-Made to God-Given. It’ll likely interest history enthusiasts more than anyone else, but casual viewers will probably find at least one segment interesting.

Across the 2 discs included in this set, you’ll get 12 segments each lasting around 25 minutes or so. I’ll admit that I jumped into one on national parks first. I found the part on Mount Rushmore very entertaining. The narration tells us all we need to know, transitioning from one topic to the next very smoothly. I particularly liked the one about the Statue of Liberty, which gave us a thorough look and left no stone unturned. Most of what you’ll find here is rather self-explanatory as far as content goes, but it’ll be up to each individual viewer to determine which one to watch first.

You’ll find 12 segments with titles as follows: Fossil Worlds, Ancient Cemeteries, The Anasazi Homeland, The Fur Trade, Subtropical Florida, The Great Indian Wars, Symbols of Liberty, and Road to Equality, The Incredible Pacific Coast, Canyon Country, The Southern Rockies, and Monuments That Became Great Parks.Whichever your poison, there’s bound to be at least something here for most casual viewers.

Video: How’s it look?

We get a stunning 1.78:1 transfer that presents each segment beautifully. There are segments here showcasing various States across the globe. There’s some stock footage as well as historic images, but they’re all presented with sharp detail. It’s been a while since I’ve been to a museum, but this isn’t unlike what you’ll see there. This transfer presents this Documentary wonderfully.

Audio: How’s it sound?

We find a solid DTS 2.0 track that works as well as it should. The narration comes across strong and clear with no issues detected. There’s a nice balance to the track and it keeps us with it as it goes from one topic to the next.

Supplements: What are the extras?

Nothing here, but that’s to be expected for a program of this sort.

The Bottom Line

Picking up this set really depends on one’s interest in this particular topic. I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did, but it provided enough entertainment value to keep me with it. I hope to at least see one of these featured here at some point in my life. Recommended for fans of this sort of program.

Disc Features
  • (1.85:1) Aspect Ratio
  • Video Codec: AVC
  • Audio: DTS HD Master
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Audio Commentary
  • Deleted Scene(s)
  • Featurette
  • Documentary
  • Digital Copy
  • 2 Disc Set
America’s Treasures (Blu-ray)