ACCLAIMED FILMMAKER KEN BURNS'S RIVETING DOCUMENTARY MARK TWAIN AVAILABLE FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO AND PBS HOME VIDEO JANUARY 8 Special DVD Edition Offers Viewers Interview Outtakes, a "Making of"Interview with Ken Burns and Two Short Documentaries BURBANK, CA (October 4, 2001) -- He was considered, in his time, to be the funniest man on Earth. On January 8, 2002, Warner Home Video (WHV) and PBS Home Video offer the definitive story of this compelling genius, Mark Twain, as seen through the eyes of filmmaker Ken Burns. The fifth film in Burns's popular American Lives series and featuring interviews with Hal Holbrook, Arthur Miller and leading Twain scholars, Mark Twain will be broadcast on PBS as a two-part program on January 14 and 15, 2002 and is expected to draw 14 million viewers nationwide. Timed to hit stores one week prior to the PBS airing, Mark Twain will be priced at $24.98 SRP for a double-cassette VHS and at $29.98 SRP for a single-disc DVD. A popular humorist, philosopher and social satirist, Mark Twain was the well-known nom-de-plume of writer Samuel Clemens, the nation's first literary celebrity. One of the most quoted men of his time, he was born in 1835, the year Haley's Comet passed over, and vowed that he would not die until he saw the famous comet. He died in 1910 -- the day after the comet's return. Tracing Twain's rise from his humble birth in Missouri to his prosperous life in Connecticut as the nation's best-selling author, Mark Twain reveals a compelling portrait of the father of American literature. The DVD-18 edition of Mark Twain contains interview outtakes, twelve great Twain quotes and photographs, a "Making of" interview with Ken Burns and the short documentaries Ken Burns: Making History and A Conversation with Ken Burns. Exciting tie-ins and cross promotions, including the companion book Mark Twain (to be released in November 2001, by Knopf), the soundtrack CD (to be released in October 2001, by Sony) and the Connecticut Tourism Vacation Guide (in connection with the Mark Twain House, beginning February 2002), will lend great support to this title. SYNOPSIS: Nearly three years in the making and drawing from 63 hours of material, thousands of archival photographs and nearly 20 interviews with top writers and Twain scholars, Mark Twain is the story of an extraordinary life - one full of rollicking adventure, stupendous success and crushing defeat, hilarious comedy and unbearable tragedy. Told primarily through the words of Twain himself and narrated by Keith David (the voice of Jazz), viewers of all ages will be personally introduced to this compelling yet contradictory genius, who said with some justification, "I am not an American, I am the American."