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Director: Marvin J. Chomsky     Starring: Edward Asner LeVar Burton
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Format: DVD
Sku: 204132516
UPC: 085391144854
UPC 14: 00085391144854
Rating: NR
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The Event That Made Television History.
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.

"An experience similar to watching the first men walk on the moon.  Father John Banahan, New World
"...excellent...Plenty of important history and impressive attention to detail enrich the story...  Kyle Smith, Film Nerd
"Extraordinary. More than a drama. We are witnessing an experience.  Sander Vanocur, Washington Post

Editor's 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.

Features

Video Features DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, No Longer Produced

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/22/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 573 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1977
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 114485
Video UPC UPC: 00085391144854
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 4

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Burl Ives
Video Cast Info Edward Asner
Video Cast Info George Hamilton
Video Cast Info LeVar Burton
Video Cast Info Lloyd Bridges
Video Cast Info Louis Gossett, Jr.
Video Cast Info Maya Angelou
Video Cast Info O.J. Simpson
Video Cast Info Olivia Cole
Video Cast Info Richard Roundtree
Video Cast Info Scatman Crothers
Video Cast Info Yvonne De Carlo
Video Cast Info Alex Haley - Based On Book By
Video Cast Info David L. Wolper - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Gerald Fried - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Jan Scott - Art Director
Video Cast Info Joseph M. Wilcots - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Joseph R. Jennings - Art Director
Video Cast Info Marvin J. Chomsky, et. al. - Director
Video Cast Info Peter Kirby, et. al. - Editor
Video Cast Info Quincy Jones - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Stan Margulies - Producer
Video Cast Info Stevan Larner - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info William Blinn, et. al. - Screenplay

Awards


Winner (1978)
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Roots, Best TV-Series - Drama

Winner (1977)
   Video Award Name Emmy, Louis Gossett, Jr., Outstanding Lead Actor for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series
   Video Award Name Emmy, Edward Asner, Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Series
   Video Award Name Emmy, Olivia Cole, Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama Series
   Video Award Name Emmy, David Greene, Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series
   Video Award Name Emmy, Ernest Kinoy, William Blinn, Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series
   Video Award Name Emmy, Larry Carow, et. al., Outstanding Achievement in Film Sound Editing for a Series
   Video Award Name Emmy, Quincy Jones, Gerald Fried, Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore)
   Video Award Name Emmy, Neil Travis, Outstanding Film Editing in a Drama Series
   Video Award Name Emmy, David L. Wolper, Stan Margulies, Outstanding Limited Series

Professional Reviews

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

FilmCritic.com 8 of 10
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. - Christopher Null

Reel.com 8 of 10
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. - James Plath

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