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LOS ANGELES (AP) – PBS says it will air a newly restored version of Ken Burns’ “The Civil War” this fall, 25 years after the documentary’s debut.

The high-definition “Civil War” will air on five consecutive nights in Sptember, PBS said Thursday.

Viewers will be able to see more details in the film’s images, according to Daniel J. White, who handled the restoration. In a statement, filmmaker Burns called the new version “truly remarkable.”

“The Civil War” proved a blockbuster when it debuted in September 1990, drawing an audience of nearly 39 million. It remains the highest-rated PBS series broadcast to date, according to the TV network.

The announcement of the film’s rebroadcast coincides with the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s April 14, 1865, assassination, and the end of the Civil War.