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Roots Boxed Set

LeVar Burton , Olivia Cole    Unrated   VHS Tape
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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
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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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By Jenny J.J.I. TOP 500 REVIEWER
I just had seen Roots saga on DVD. For me it's the first time I've seen it since 1977. I watched it within a day and came away from it moved and intrigued. Roots is a true classic and one of my favorite books. The miniseries is the best program I have ever seen. Kunta was my favorite character in the book as well.

Even though the young Kunta Kinte is only in the first two episodes, LeVar Burton is what made the show for me. Levar Burton is a revelation and it surprises me that he isn't doing more movies. He reminded me of those silent film stars who show with their eyes. The rest of the actors performed their characters just as well, and it gave me an impression of them playing their characters with the whole of their hearts. In this story Kunta is a good, brave young man who loves his village, his family and Allah. He is only 17 and has just completed manhood training and dreams of having a family of his own; the young warrior is out gathering food for his family when he hears a twig snap and turns to see a white man rushing him. Haley gets inside Kunta's mind and you feel his horror. Kunta fights bravely, he fights like a wild animal, but is overpowered and taken captive and then brutally abducted and put on a slave ship. Haley's book was so much more graphic; it showed scenes the TV show couldn't. To really grasp Kunta's nightmare, you need to read the book. The story eventually follows 200 yrs. of the descendants of this family who's strong will and striving finally brings them to Justice and Freedom.

I think that different directors were assigned to different movies in the series... which could be the reason why movie began to grow weak after Kunta Kinte leaves the storyline. I thought the beginning was rather powerful...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Drama Series! April 24 2007
I watched this television series many years ago and I can still remember how sad and upset I was after viewing each episodes, but again, nothing funny can come out of slavery and injustices.

I recommend this DVD box set to anyone who wants to see an incredible piece of work of past history. Great performance by the whole cast in recreating this historic moment that all civilized people want to forget, but will want to watch to remember how far we have evolved in regards to racism.

Do yourself a favor, and buy this series for you and the whole family/friends. The price might be a little high, but absolutely worth every dollars. I know it will definitely be part of my DVD collection!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great educational series Feb. 10 2004
By Iota
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
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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very good movies... very sad but, I guess that is what whites did years ago...
Published 16 days ago by Heather Wagner
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Published 25 days ago by Marie Bourque
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As good the second time around!
Published 2 months ago by Bob Penner
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Published 2 months 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 6 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 8 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 9 months ago by Veronica Hafso
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