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Roots Boxed Set

LeVar Burton , Olivia Cole    Unrated   VHS Tape
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
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From the moment the young Kunta Kinte (LeVar Burton) is stolen from his life and ancestral home in 18th-century Africa and brought under inhumane conditions to be auctioned as a slave in America, a line is begun that leads from this most shameful chapter in U.S. history to the 20th-century author Alex Haley, a Kinte descendant. The late Haley's acclaimed book Roots was adapted into this six-volume television miniseries, which was a widely watched phenomenon in 1977. The programs cover several generations in the antebellum South and end with the story of "Chicken" George, a freed slave played by Ben Vereen whose family feels the agony of entrenched racism and learns to fight it. Between the lives of Kunta and George, we meet a number of memorable characters, black and white, and learn much about the emotional and physical torments of slavery, from beatings and rapes to the forced separation of spouses and families. Nothing like this had ever confronted so many mainstream Americans when the series was originally broadcast, and the extent to which the country was nudged a degree or two toward enlightenment was instantly obvious. Roots still has that ability to open one's eyes, and engage an audience in a sweeping, memorable drama at the same time. --Tom Keogh

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5.0 out of 5 stars Roots Aug. 13 2005
By A Customer
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
We purchased this as we faintly remembered watching this when it originally aired almost 20 or so years ago. After watching it again, I highly recommed it to anyone. If nothing else, for the historical perspective and historical significance of this time in history. How soon we forget how far we have come, and sometimes, how far we have to go. I was surprised by the 3rd disk, and after watching it, glad it was included in the Box Set. This TV series is indeed a classic. And I will cherish it in my DVD libary for years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great educational series Feb. 10 2004
By Iota
Format:DVD
This is truly one of the great epic mini-series of all time. This series caused me to do research of my own. Everything told in this story happened at various places and times in the United States (both North and South) and some things even worse. One of the glaring things that was left out (that relates to modern times ) was the fact that many of the Africans were sold to Christian White European Slavers or their Black agents by conquering Arabic and Black Moslems (selling people who wouldn't convert to Islam) who were crusading through Africa (and still are). Why would the Whites want to risk getting hurt or killed when they had lots of people willing to gather this "Human" harvest for them? This program of Slavery continues today in Africa and Asia. While you can take my word or not this series should challenge people to find out the truth for themselves. Discover the true "Roots" of the modern world, not just America. Alex Haley did it, but be prepared...Alex didn't tell everything...he was being kind and politically correct. Ask yourself why Mr. Haley didn't become Moslem himself when he had many good friends (he was a very open minded man) who were Moslems. Could it be that he found the idea of converting to a religion that sold his ancestors into slavery unappealing. Buying this DVD and reading the book is a GREAT place to start, but don't stop at the PG version.
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By forrie
Format:DVD
200 years to unfold, 12 years of research to discover, 2 years to create, 8 nights to make television history.
Alex Haley's "ROOTS" a Pultizer Prize Winning Book adapated Srceen Play dominated TV and America in 1977. Winner of 9 Emmy Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, the Television Critics Circle Awards and the Golden Globe Award. This was a mini-series which Ameica watched and it change us forever.
Alex Haley spent 12 years retracing and recreating his family tree. "ROOTS" was the result of this research and it tells an incredible story of one mans family and American slavery.
This story is a must viewing!! A very enlightening story of slavery and America.
Warner Brothers did a great job transferring this classic series to DVD. This Standard Format 3 DVD set (double sided) gives us the complete 'ROOTS" experience (over 570 minutes)to view over and over. The extras include; Complete Commentary by Producer David L. Wolper and numerous series stars, Behind the Scenes documentary, Video High lights, The ROOTS Family Tree and a documentary Remembering ROOTS (with most of the stars in the series in reflection).
Summary; His name was Kunta Kinte. Kidnapped from Africa and enslaved in America in 1767. The journey began to keep his heritage and reclaim freedom. This process covered generations and through word of mouth survive until it reached a young boy growing up in Tennessee. His name was Alex Haley and he proclaimed Kunta Kinte's name to the world.
Don't miss this outstanding must see family experience. Enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Historic broadcast July 16 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I just re-watched this historic production after 26 years, and was again amazed at the enduring power and quality of the story. I can remember not only watching in 1977 with my family, but then seeing it again days later in 8th grade social studies class. It was a major cultural event. It's a nostalgic kick to see so many of the familiar TV stars of the 70's (white and black) assembled for this important work, from Ralph Waite, Lorne Greene, and Robert ("Mike Brady") Reed to John Amos, Leslie Uggams, Ben Vereen, and George Stanford Brown - even a young Todd Bridges!
Aside from personal nostalgia, what impresses me upon a more mature viewing is the unflinching attention to all the sordid details of slavery, things I didn't really understand at the time: the horror of the Middle Passage, that cold pragmatic debate of "tight pack" versus "loose pack", the complicity of some Africans in the slave trade, the near-ubiquitous violation of black women by their owners (Hailey's first white ancestor appears as early as the 2nd generation), references to Abolitionists, the Nat Turner rebellion, the origins of the Klan as defeated southern whites sought to circumvent the new equality - it's all here. This is nothing less than a primer on the tragedy that was American slavery. It still educates as it entertains, just as it was intended to do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The spirit and the Spirituals Jan. 3 2003
Format:DVD
Two days ago, I finished watching "Roots" ( the re-edited DVD version) , a series I scarcely remembered from my adolescent years. I remembered I had liked it. That was just about it.
Well.....now I'm 40, a musician (choral conductor and educator) and a profound lover of Spirituals and Gospel music. So....let me tell you that "Roots" moved the very bottom of my heart. I cried every episode, deeply touched by the sadness of the story but also by the invincible courage that has led African Americans through a hard history in the U.S. From my knowledge of Spirituals I've always admired this courage, this strength of the spirit reflected throughout all the melodic and rhythmic richness, ( "Hush...hush... Somebody's calling my name") the spiritual and physical beauty of a race, the deep and sincere approach to Christianity!
I think and I do hope that, someday, those "in power" all around the world will open their eyes and finally come to understand that racism, and all forms of discrimination, belong to the darkest and the most ignorant side of the human heart!
Just one last question: Is it possible to buy the printed Screenplay?
Santiago Zuleta. (Bogotá, Colombia)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Conforme à mes attentes.
Published 3 days ago by Marie Bourque
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As good the second time around!
Published 1 month ago by Bob Penner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great
Published 1 month ago by Steven L. Everson
4.0 out of 5 stars Bonne série mais petits problêmes avec le film
L'histoire est bien sûr très bien faite. Par contre, durant le film, à quelques reprises, on entend tout à coup les commentaires avec en sourdine le film. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Colette Racette
5.0 out of 5 stars Roots
I love it when it came on TV I still lpve it now that i own it so thank you
Published 2 months ago by Shannon Fehr
5.0 out of 5 stars Roots
I was so happy to be able to get this wonderful series on DVD as my old VHS tapes had finally worn out. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sara J. Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars a great movie
I really enjoyed the movie when it first came out years ago. And now to see it again, it was great.
anyone that loves movies drama and such ,will like it.
Published 5 months ago by shirley fisher
2.0 out of 5 stars Having trouble running CD
I played the 1st and 2nd CD and had a lot of trouble with it stopping and trying to restart. I know my CD player is OK.
Published 7 months ago by William Laurin
1.0 out of 5 stars Skips
Discs skipped and froze! I was very disappointed in the quality of the actual discs. The series itself, of course, is heartbreaking and good, but this product left much to be... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Veronica Hafso
4.0 out of 5 stars A moving historical drama
Offers excellent insight into the dismal lives of those subjected to slavery. Brilliant acting by a very young LeVar Burton and other cast members.
Published 8 months ago by AnEducator
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