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|Roots - The Complete Collection |
Roots / Roots - The Next Generations
Actor: LeVar Burton
Genres: Drama, Television, Military & War
The series that captivated a nation and made television history is brought to you in a complete box set that includes everything about Alex Haley's incredible family saga. The Complete Collection includes Roots which begin... more »
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Bob D. from RENTON, WA
Reviewed on 11/27/2009...
This is a terrific series that I have always loved. The characters are very crisp and the story moves right along. It's very easy to like the characters and I think once you do that, you're hooked. I would recommended to everyone, especially children.
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Two Great Mini-Series, One Awful DVD Product
R. Whitney | 10/16/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
""Roots - The Complete Collection" (10 disc DVD set) contains the mini-series "Roots" from 1977 ("30th Anniversary Edition" version on three 2-sided discs), the mini-series "Roots: The Next Generations" from 1979 (on four discs, three of which are 2-sided), the television movie "Roots: The Gift" (on a single-sided disc), and "Roots: The Legacy", a collection of old and new archival material/documentaries spread across two single-sided discs. The content is excellent, and there are plenty of other reviews on this site which go into depth regarding the material.
However, my one star rating for this "item" is based primarily on two things. First, this item constitutes a shameful forced double-dip manipulation on the part of the DVD producer with respect to customers who previously purchased either the "Roots" 25th Anniversary DVD set released January 2002, or the "Roots" 30th Anniversary DVD set released May 2007 (five months before this "Complete Collection"), and who now must in effect repurchase "Roots" for roughly $40 in order to purchase "Roots: The Gift" on DVD, which is in release only as part of this set, which doesn't include any DVD extras, and which easily could have been released as a stand-alone item for $10-$15. Second, the packaging is horrendous. Instead of packaging this set in a manner which would make shelf storage convenient and which would protect the discs from damage (think of the typical DVD "collection" box set - e.g. "The Matrix Collection", or any TV series season set), the collection comes in a huge "cigar box"-style case, with the DVDs wedged into tight "slots" in one of three long, flat cardboard folders in the box, much as if the DVDs were coins in a coin collection folder. Getting the DVDs in and out of these slots without scuffing them is difficult at best. Further, the set I received had four discs dislodged prior to opening, and these dislodged discs were scratched on both sides as badly as old rental store discs, while almost all of the other discs which were not dislodged from their slots had lesser degrees of scratch damage on one or both sides. Disc 1, Side 2 froze at the 41:30 mark, likely due to scratch damage.
The bottom line is, unless you absolutely must own "Roots: The Gift", this collection should be avoided like the plague. It is largely a waste of money and space. Purchase "Roots" and "Roots: The Next Generations" separately instead. Most of the archival material from "Roots: The Legacy" is included on the 30th Anniversary Edition of "Roots".
J. Myers | Austin, TX | 11/13/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Like the other reviews, I found the packaging on this set to be horrible. I bought mine at [...], and the first one I bought had 3 cds that were very badly scratched. The second one seems to have a few scratches that don't look *too* bad - I'm hoping they're playable.
Double sided dvds - great way to cheap out on manufacturing guys! Next time though, don't put them in cardboard sleeves, that when closed, cause the (double sided, remember) dvds to rub up against one another. Even if the disks manage to stay in place (HA!) they'll rub against each other and scratch that way.
Looking closely at the disks themselves, they don't look very well made to begin with. The "silver" at the edges of the disks is very ragged, and the edges of the disks themselves aren't smooth.
I've polished them up, and got them in protective sleeves now - here's hoping they actually play!"
G. Haley | 10/29/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great story. I have watched it many times. It is great. I was glad to get all of these disks at one time. I was elated to get Roots and Roots 2 at the same time. We can't forget about what happened during those perilous times in our history. (And no, I am not related to the author nor have any connection with him. But if he ever wanted to give me his autograph, I would never turn it down.).
Like other reviews, my score is not because of the story. I am not giving it a very high review because of the packaging. I couldn't believe when I opened the box, there were 7 DVDs just rubbing against each other and the DVDs almost looked used because of it. I could deal with about anything but that. The only, so called, protection to the discs, is the cardboard sleeves that don't hold the discs during transport.
The other problem I had is that I couldn't get the captions to stay off on the original series. That was quite annoying."