Picks and Pans Review: The Grand Canyon National Park

updated 03/14/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/14/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

Perhaps you'd rather buckle up in your Barcalounger and indulge in a 180-degree visual sweep of Arizona's geological masterpiece. This 60-minute video without narration follows an elliptical course beginning with a slow flight across the Havasu Canyon and proceeds over such rocky landmarks as Mount Sinyala, Wotan's Throne and Bright Angel Canyon. (Producer-director Norman Beerger and his helicopter crew were allowed to fly below the canyon's rim before restrictions were imposed.) Shot on videotape and set to such portentous compositions as Wagner's Tannhauser Overture, this survey of amber mesas, purple bluffs and terraced walls comes with an in-flight guide that maps out the journey and profiles the canyon's layers of limestone, sandstone and shale. Type A city slickers may find it ponderous; rock fanciers should be enchanted. (Norman Beerger Productions; $29.95, 702-876-2328 or write: 3217 South Arville Street, Las Vegas, Nev. 89102-7612)

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