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PBS Holiday Gift Guide


This holiday season, PBS Distribution has two wonderful gift ideas for fans of Ken Burns and lovers of British period drama. Available just in time for the holidays on DVD and/or Blu-ray are: “Muhammad Ali: A Film by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns & David McMahon” and “MASTERPIECEAll Creatures Great and Small.” Information about each of the programs is listed below.

Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali,” the newest project from the master documentarian, Ken Burns, follows the life of one of the most consequential men of the 20th century. The film was directed by Ken Burns and co-directed and written by Sarah Burns and David McMahon. The docuseries highlights all the reasons why the world fell in love with Muhammad Ali and paints an in-depth portrait of the global icon.
The series delves into the heavyweight boxing champion who captivated billions with his combination of speed, agility, and power in the ring, and his charm, wit, and outspokenness outside of it. Born Cassius Clay, Jr., Ali rose from boxing-amateur to Olympic gold medalist and heavyweight champion, just as he had promised he would at the age of twelve. He wrote his own rules in the ring and in his life infuriating his critics, baffling his opponents, and riveting millions of fans. He spoke his mind and stood on principle, staying true to his Islamic faith, and refusing induction into the U.S. Army, even when it cost him his livelihood. Banished for his beliefs, he returned to boxing an underdog, reclaimed his title twice, and became one of the most famous men on Earth.
Muhammad Ali” has a run time of approximately 480 minutes on 4 discs. The DVD SRP is $69.99, and the Blu-ray SRP is $79.99. The DVD and Blu-ray versions are available now.

MASTERPIECE: All Creatures Great and Small
All Creatures Great and Small” follows the exciting adventures of a veterinarian in the 1930s in Yorkshire, England. Based on the beloved autobiographical books by James Herriot, the series has quickly become a fan favorite, and will be back for a second season. 

In 1937, when James Herriot was fresh out of Glasgow Veterinary College, he followed his dream to become a vet in the magnificent Yorkshire Dales, one of England’s most beloved and beautiful landscapes. He soon discovers that treating the animals is as much about treating their owners, and the Dales’ farmers are a tough crowd to please. At Skeldale House, James gets to know his newly formed dysfunctional family. The chaotic and erratic boss Siegfried Farnon, his wayward brother Tristan, and the shrewd Mrs. Hall, who is endlessly steering the ship. When local beauty Helen Alderson attracts James’s attention, he finds another, more enduring reason to stay in the Dales. Best
MASTERPIECE: All Creatures Great and Small” has a run time of approximately 400 minutes on 2 discs. The DVD SRP is $49.99 and the Blu-ray SRP is $59.99. The DVD and Blu-ray versions are available now.