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
The english import didn't work in my North American DVD player, or on my computer.Published 1 month ago by I Ching Music
One of the new DVDs, from this set, were skipping & stopping, couldn't see any scratches on it though.
Overall, the roots series, was great to find and watch again 😀
Excellent series! It's astounding how human beings can view other human beings as being inferior and sadly it still exists and we all too often turn a blind eye to it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Wayne S.
The set came in six discs. The sixth disc had some sort of glue or dried residue on the back that prevented the final disc from playing.Published 3 months ago by greg
je l'ai acheter pour mon mari il a beaucoup aimer recommande ce dvd et le service a été parfait
et est arriver avant la date prévu Merci