DVD_ConeyIslandBurns[DVD: PBS Home Video – 1991 – 60 mins]. An “Electric Eden” – “Fabulous beyond conceiving” – “Ineffably beautiful” – “Sodom by the sea.” To the millions who poured into the mesmerizing seaside amusement empire as the twentieth century dawned, Coney Island was all this and more. The birthplace of the hot dog and the roller coaster – and the most dazzling laboratory of mass culture the world has ever seen – Coney Island and its three extraordinary amusement parks: Steeplechase, Luna Park and Dreamland, delighted visitors. This absorbing documentary film by Ric Burns chronicles the greatest amusement empire the world has ever seen, from its emergence in the mid 1800s through to its demise after World War II. ANDY SHINE SAYS: This is the Coney Island story told and captured on film like never before. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.