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Roots

(DVD - 2007)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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Follows several generations in the lives of a slave family. The saga begins with Kunta Kinte, a West African youth captured by slave raiders and shipped to America in the 1700s. The family is depicted up until the Civil War, when Kunte Kinte's grandson gains his emancipation.
Title: Roots
[videorecording]
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2007], c1977
Edition: 30th anniversary ed
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (645 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: David L. Wolper Productions ; Warner Bros. Television ; produced by Stan Margulies ; written by William Blinn, M. Charles Cohen, Ernest Kinoy, James Lee ; directed by Marvin J. Chomsky, John Erman, David Greene, Gilbert Moses
Notes: Based on the novel by Alex Haley
DVD release of the original ABC television broadcast, January, 1977
Special features: include audio commentary from key cast members including LeVar Burton, Cicely Tyson, and Ed Asner ; "Roots: one year later" documentary ; "Remembering Roots" 2002 documentary; "Crossing over: how Roots captivated an entire nation" 2007 documentary
Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Summary: Follows several generations in the lives of a slave family. The saga begins with Kunta Kinte, a West African youth captured by slave raiders and shipped to America in the 1700s. The family is depicted up until the Civil War, when Kunte Kinte's grandson gains his emancipation.
Awards & Distinctions: Golden Globes (USA), 1978: Best TV-Series - Drama
Emmy Awards, 1977: Outstanding Achievement in Film Sound Editing for a Series ; Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore) ; Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series ; Outstanding Film Editing in a Drama Series ; Outstanding Lead Actor for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series ; Outstanding Limited Series ; Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Series ; Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama Series ; Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series
ISBN: 1419850210
9781419850219
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama ROOTS
Credits: Cinematography, Stevan Larner, Joseph M. Wilcots ; editors, James T. Heckert, Peter Kirby, Neil Travis ; original music, Gerald Fried, Quincy Jones ; costume designer, Jack Martell.
Performers: Maya Angelou, LeVar Burton, Edward Asner, O.J. Simpson, Ralph Waite, Louis Gossett Jr., Robert Reed, Lorne Green, Lynda Day George, Vic Morrow, John Amos, Sandy Duncan, Leslie Uggams, George Hamilton, Richard Roundtree, Ben Vereen, Lloyd Bridges, Georg Stanford Brown, Cicely Tyson.
System Details: DVD ; region 1 ; double-sided ; full screen (1.33:1) presentation ; Dolby Digital mono
Other Language: Closed-captioned; English or Spanish audio
Subject Headings: Haley, Alex Kinte family Haley family African American families Drama Slavery United States Drama Slaveholders Southern States Drama African Americans History To 1863 Drama Southern States History Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 Drama Southern States History Revolution, 1775-1783 Drama Confederate States of America History Drama
Genre/Form: Television mini-series
Historical television programs
Biographical television programs
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: African American families
Slavery
Slaveholders
African Americans
Publisher No: 114485 Warner Home Video
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This miniseries was a huge hit in 1977. Based on Alex Haley’s best selling novel, it tells the story of Kunta Kinte from his enslavement in Africa in the mid-18th century to his descendents’ eventual freedom in the midst of the Civil War. It spawned two sequels; Roots: The Next Generations and Al... Read More »


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Feb 28, 2013
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Most people today, do not know that “Roots” was the all-time audience leader of a TV series and that it was a shock that a commercial broadcast network would make a serious series about African-Americans (previously, most African-Americans were on sit-coms, with many of them portrayed as stereotypical comic characters). The show shockingly was showed on 8 straight nights, with some of the shows being 2 hours in length. Remember that this was before most people had recording devices, so if you missed it, too bad. You would have to wait a year until they would show reruns. This was a great historical show from the capture of slaves until the day of emancipation. I am somewhat shocked that only one actor was nominated as best actor or actress.

Feb 28, 2013
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Most people today, do not know that “Roots” was the all-time audience leader of a TV series and that it was a shock that a commercial broadcast network would make a serious series about African-Americans (previously, most African-Americans were on sit-coms, with many of them portrayed as stereotypical comic characters). The show shockingly was showed on 8 straight nights, with some of the shows being 2 hours in length. Remember that this was before most people had recording devices, so if you missed it, too bad. You would have to wait a year until they would show reruns. This was a great historical show from the capture of slaves until the day of emancipation. I am somewhat shocked that only one actor was nominated as best actor or actress.

Feb 28, 2013
  • toyaed rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Can't believe I waited so long to watch this. Fascinating!

Aug 10, 2012
  • akirakato rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This movie made me think about slavery and war. Slavery had been existing since propably before the pre-history and it has been famously abolished by Abraham Lincoln. But the balck and the white had been segregated in the States until well into 1950s. Today, however, slavery and segregation has completely and publicly disappeared at last.
Come to think of war, it has been on and off since the pre-history and we still see one or two wars or arms conflicts somewhere on the earth.
Slavery has been ablished, but war has not.
Why is that?
Probably because people who made money by slave-trade have switched from slave-trading into arms dealers or arms-makers, who have in the background teamed up with governments to ignite wars so that they remain wealthy. A good example is the collaboration between the US Government (or the American Establishment) and the giant firms such as Boeing, McDonnell Douglas and Halliburton. Some people call it the "military-industrial complex."

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