Roots-30th Anniversary

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Holds Up after 30 years!

on 1/8/2009

Watching this with my 12 year old daughter. I was worried that it wouldn't seem as good as I remembered, but to the contrary we are both enjoying it very much and it's sparking some good conversations in our house. Highly recommended! Read More

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on 1/12/2009

Read this book years ago when first came out. Movie was a good one and the price here was a real bargain. Actually gave it as a gift. The individual said they really enjoyed it. Thought provoking. Read More

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Based on Alex Haley's best-selling novel about his African ancestors, Roots followed several generations in the lives of a slave family. The saga began with Kunta Kinte (LeVar Burton), a West African youth captured by slave raiders and shipped to America in the 1700s. The family's saga is depicted up until the Civil War where Kunte Kinte's grandson gained emancipation. Roots made its greatest impression on the ratings and widespread popularity it garnered. On average, 130 million - almost half the country at the time - saw all or part of the series.


Studio Warner
SKU 204132516
UPC 085391144854
UPC 14 00085391144854
Format DVD
Release Date 5/22/2007
Rating NR
Sales Rank 977
Black Heritage
Black History Month
Period Piece
Race Relations
Social Issues
Tear Jerker
Editors Note
Note A six volume collection of the television production that won nine Emmies and over 135 other awards. The unedited complete mini-series based on Alex Haley's best selling novel that follows a black man's search for his heritage.
Entertainment Weekly "[The actors] portrayed agony with subtle strength....ROOTS endures as a reminder of challenges thrown down, and of how many more remain." -- Grade: B 05/25/2007 68
Marvin J. Chomsky
Edward Asner
LeVar Burton
Cast & Crew
Alex Haley - Based On Book By
Burl Ives - Actor
David L. Wolper - Executive Producer
Edward Asner - Actor
George Hamilton - Actor
Gerald Fried - Original Music By
Jan Scott - Art Director
Joseph M. Wilcots - Cinematographer
Joseph R. Jennings - Art Director
LeVar Burton - Actor
Lloyd Bridges - Actor
Louis Gossett, Jr. - Actor
Marvin J. Chomsky, et. al. - Director
Maya Angelou - Actor
O.J. Simpson - Actor
Olivia Cole - Actor
Peter Kirby, et. al. - Editor
Quincy Jones - Original Music By
Richard Roundtree - Actor
Scatman Crothers - Actor
Stan Margulies - Producer
Stevan Larner - Cinematographer
William Blinn, et. al. - Screenplay
Yvonne De Carlo - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1977
Catalog ID 114485
UPC 00085391144854
Number of Discs 4
Running Time 573 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Winner (1978) Golden Globe, Roots, Best TV-Series - Drama
Winner (1977) Emmy, Louis Gossett, Jr., Outstanding Lead Actor for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series,Emmy, Edward Asner, Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Series,Emmy, Olivia Cole, Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama Series,Emmy, David Greene, Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series,Emmy, Ernest Kinoy, William Blinn, Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series,Emmy, Larry Carow, et. al., Outstanding Achievement in Film Sound Editing for a Series,Emmy, Quincy Jones, Gerald Fried, Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore),Emmy, Neil Travis, Outstanding Film Editing in a Drama Series,Emmy, David L. Wolper, Stan Margulies, Outstanding Limited Series
Review When you think of epic mini-series, what comes to mind? Rich Man, Poor Man? Shogun? More likely than not, it's Roots, the based-on-a-true story tale that spooled over 12 hours and six nights...The entire adventure, which gives us glimpses at (by my count) six generations of characters, spans some 100 years. The unfortunate downside is that some of those 100 years are less thrilling than others. Roots starts to bog down on disc three (of its new six-disc DVD collection), when young Kunta (LeVar Burton) is replaced by old Kunta (John Amos). Amos isn't nearly the actor that Burton is, and combined with an hour of "Kunta hangs at home," the series really starts to flag...By and large, the production is thrilling and full of emotion -- and genuinely informative (albeit, like all 1970s miniseries, considerably overwrought) about the history of slavery in America.
Reviewer Christopher Null
ReviewRating 8
Review Roots was the first mini-series to be aired on consecutive nights rather than a single episode per week, and at a time when there were few black actors in serious prime-time offerings, it featured a virtual Who's Who of African-American actors...Hard as it is to imagine, few Americans thought much about their ancestors prior to Roots, and the show sparked a national interest in genealogy that continues to this day...Louis Gossett Jr. really shines as slave-mentor Fiddler; as does Madge Sinclair as Bell, Kunte Kinte's wife; Ben Vereen as Kunta Kinte's grandson, Chicken George; and Olivia Cole as Mathilda, the slave who marries George. For contemporary viewers, part of the fun of watching the series is recognizing all the familiar faces in unfamiliar roles.
Reviewer James Plath
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
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Father John Banahan, New World An experience similar to watching the first men walk on the moon.
Kyle Smith, Film Nerd ...excellent...Plenty of important history and impressive attention to detail enrich the story...
Sander Vanocur, Washington Post Extraordinary. More than a drama. We are witnessing an experience.

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