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Also available: Roots: The Complete Collection\ i>, which contains this box set of the original series, plus Roots: The Next Generation\ i> and, for the first time on DVD, Roots: The Gift, which focuses on the lives of two slaves from the original series. Note: The discs are double sided and only have one episode per side expect for disc 3 which has two episodes on side A and documentary on side B and the 4th disc has the 2007 documentary.
Roots is told in the same, accessible televisual language as The Waltons or Bonanza, yet it is never bland or evasive. It leaves no doubt as to the torment and abuse suffered by blacks, and although the series' conclusion is fictionally satisfying, for many of the black characters their only hope lies in generations yet unborn.
It is sturdy enough drama but its greatest, most revolutionary effects were social. It persuaded American audiences to regard their history from a black perspective, and to see how--against odds far more desperate than those the pilgrims faced--Africans laid claim to their status as free African-Americans. Roots was massively popular, triggering a craze for genealogy and paving the way for series like 1979's Holocaust, which similarly raised the public's awareness of the slaughter of the Jews under Hitler. Most importantly, Roots changed forever the way black people were depicted on American TV.
On the DVD: Roots is presented in 1:33:1 format and is visually extremely well-preserved. Extra features include a "Roots Family Tree", a copious, informative audio commentary featuring members of cast and crew, and a documentary, "Remembering Roots". Although this consists only of interviews, these convey the extraordinary emotional grip this project had on those who took part in it.--David Stubbs --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Brought back memories of watching original on t.v! It was brilliant! Thanks.Published 20 days ago by MIKEY B
Not for me this one but I understand it was a well received programme. My wife loved it.Published 1 month ago by Martin Nicholls