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Actors: LeVar Burton, Olivia Cole, Ben Vereen, Louis Gossett Jr., Vic Morrow
Directors: David Greene, Gilbert Moses, John Erman, Marvin J. Chomsky
Genres: Drama, Television, African American Cinema, Military & War
NR     2002     9hr 33min



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Actors: LeVar Burton, Olivia Cole, Ben Vereen, Louis Gossett Jr., Vic Morrow
Directors: David Greene, Gilbert Moses, John Erman, Marvin J. Chomsky
Creators: David L. Wolper, Ernest Kinoy, M. Charles Cohen, William Blinn
Genres: Drama, Television, African American Cinema, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Drama, Drama, Miniseries, African American Cinema, Military & War
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Color - Miniseries,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 01/15/2002
Original Release Date: 01/23/1977
Theatrical Release Date: 01/23/1977
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 9hr 33min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaDVD Credits: 3
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Movie Reviews

Roots DVD is Cut
Eric S. Richard | Indianapolis, Indiana United States | 05/27/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Warner Bros. has never given us a true representation of this classic on vhs or dvd. Roots originally aired over eight nights. Four of the eight episodes were one hour in length. All opening scenes from these episodes have been cut on dvd. Also the opening and closing credits are not the same...the episodes having been combined. The opening titles originally ended on a dark blue background with the cover of the book rising up and the words "AN ABC NOVEL FOR TELEVISION-ALEX HALEY's ROOTS THE SAGA OF AN AMERICAN FAMILY" on-screen. Also, these are the exact same discs as the ones from 2002, with the exception of a bonus disc. The audio error at the start of Episode Three is still there. It hasn't even been fixed. Come on guys. This isn't just any television is an American treasure. We want to enjoy the show as closely to its original intent as possible, and to pass that original down through the generations. The Kinte family excelled at preserving their history. It's a shame that Warner Bros. can't follow their example."
Must-have TV show
C. Fernandez | Madrid, Spain | 04/06/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This show aired for the first time when I was 8. I have to say I didn't watch it -but heard a lot about it-, so when I heard it was coming out on DVD, I take a chance and ordered it.It's no wonder this show was the most watched in history. I have to say I'm not American, therefore the history itself isn't my history. Still, I felt totally touched by the series, and had to make an effort after each episode not to watch the next inmediately and go to bed. In my opinion, this is not a story for blacks, or Americans. This is a great story -whether you want to watch is as history or fiction, if makes you feel better somehow- that everyone will enjoy. Anyway, most likely you already know what roots it's about. If you don't, well, it's the story of seven generations of a black family, from the capture in Africa of a free black (Kunta Kinte) to become a slave, to the writer of the book (Alex Haley) himself. Actually note that the DVDs tell the story from Kunta Kinte until the generation where they become free, then explains in the final minutes happened to the rest. The story is told complete in Roots: The Next Generations, which isn't available on DVD yet.I will comment on the DVD now. The box comes with three double sided DVDs (which I don't like, because I think they are more prone to be damaged). Total running time is 573 minutes. Region is 1. The primary track (English) is closed captioned, and there are subtitles in English, Spanish and French. Note that the additional commentary is not subtitled, so if you are impaired you will miss it.
Sound is in mono both in the English and the Spanish tracks (dolby digital, though) and is very decent.
Video is 4:3, and it's quite clean. It's interlaced (if you care about this because you use your PC to watch DVDs).
As for the box itself, it's convinient and doesn't take a lot of shelf space, which I appreciate very much.
There are no booklets included."
200yrs,12yrs,2yrs,8nites= Greatest TV Mini-Series now on DVD
forrie | Nashua, NH United States | 08/02/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"200 years to unfold, 12 years of research to discover, 2 years to create, 8 nights to make television history.Alex Haley's "ROOTS" a Pultizer Prize Winning Book adapated Srceen Play dominated TV and America in 1977. Winner of 9 Emmy Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, the Television Critics Circle Awards and the Golden Globe Award. This was a mini-series which Ameica watched and it change us forever.Alex Haley spent 12 years retracing and recreating his family tree. "ROOTS" was the result of this research and it tells an incredible story of one mans family and American slavery.This story is a must viewing!! A very enlightening story of slavery and America.Warner Brothers did a great job transferring this classic series to DVD. This Standard Format 3 DVD set (double sided) gives us the complete 'ROOTS" experience (over 570 minutes)to view over and over. The extras include; Complete Commentary by Producer David L. Wolper and numerous series stars, Behind the Scenes documentary, Video High lights, The ROOTS Family Tree and a documentary Remembering ROOTS (with most of the stars in the series in reflection). Summary; His name was Kunta Kinte. Kidnapped from Africa and enslaved in America in 1767. The journey began to keep his heritage and reclaim freedom. This process covered generations and through word of mouth survive until it reached a young boy growing up in Tennessee. His name was Alex Haley and he proclaimed Kunta Kinte's name to the world.Don't miss this outstanding must see family experience. Enjoy."
Tear-jerking account of one race's rise to freedom
Tuvan Uner | Virginia,United States | 04/17/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is probably one of those miniseries that will stand the test of time. Roots stars Levar Burton as Kunta Kinte, a young African boy who is sold into slavery and the trials he and his family face during the 18th and 19th centuries. Lots of great acting shows us one of humanity's darkest chapters-the age of slavery. Wonderful African-American actors like Louis Gossett Jr.,Levar Burton, John Amos, etc. make up this ensemble cast.

I'm glad that this great set includes alot of bonus material and it should be be watched by anyone who wishes to understand the hardships that African-Americans faced back then and how far they have come as a race in today's world.

This is definately a five-star classic that anyone should consider owning.