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The Complete Roots Collection: Original Series (30th Anniversary Edition) [DVD] [2007] [Dual Disc Format]*

Maya Angelou , Ed Asner    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Maya Angelou, Ed Asner, Lloyd Bridges, Georg Brown, Brad Davis
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 9
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Oct 2007
  • Run Time: 1313 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000W70GY6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,308 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Celebrating 30 years since its TV debut, Roots: The Complete Collection brings together for the first time all the original episodes, sequels and extras of the award-winning series in one box set, comprising Roots: The Original Series 4-Disc Box Set, the 1979 sequel Roots: The Next Generation, and, for the first time on DVD, Roots: The Gift, a movie that focuses on the relationship between two of the slaves of the original series.

Based on Alex Haley's best-selling novel about his African ancestors, the acclaimed US TV mini-series Roots garnered widespread popularity in the 1970s and to this day remains one of the most watched programmes in history, with the ratings for the series finale still the third highest-rated US program of all time, (behind the final episode of MASH and the "Who Shot JR?" episode of Dallas).
Roots follows several generations in the lives of a slave family. The story begins with Kunta Kinte (played by LeVar Burton), a West African youth captured by slave traders and shipped to America in the 1700s. Torn from his homeland, stripped of his dignity, his rights and even his name, in torment and anguish he is brought to the slave markets of the new world. He tries, but fails, to escape before accepting he can never return to Africa. The film traces his life and those of his family, depicted up until the Civil War where Kunte Kinte's grandson gains emancipation. It captures generations of love, tears, pain, strife, sacrifice and happiness, reminding us of the resilience and resource of the human spirit even under crippling injustice. But Roots was more than just a quality drama, it had a wider impact on society. 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. It triggered a craze for genealogy and changed forever the way black people were depicted on TV.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Dolby Surround ), English ( Mono ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Box Set, Interactive Menu, Multi-DVD Set, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Roots (1977) 1750: The Gambia, West Africa. A new Mandinka warrior is born to Binta and Omoro called Kunta Kinte. His father turns the young baby's face to the heavens and whispers "Behold - the only thing greater than yourself". So begins the most critically and popularly acclaimed television drama of our time, telling the struggle against the suffering, slavery and discrimination endured by generations of black people, as seen through the eyes of Kunta Kinte and his descendants... Roots: The Next Generation (1979) This is the sequel to the highly successful television series Roots and continues the story of Alex Haley's family line from the Post American Civil War era to Alex Haley's geneological search to discover his roots. Roots: The Gift (1988) The characters of Kunta Kinte and Fiddler from Roots are back in this movie. In this movie the two of them accompany their owner to another plantation at Christmas time and they learn that the son of the owner helps slaves escape. And the two of them try to help him and also see this as an opportunity to escape themselves. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Emmy Awards, Golden Globes, ...Roots (Complete Miniseries Colleciton & The Gift) - 5-DVD Box Set ( Roots: Mini-Series / Roots: The Next Generation / Roots: The Gift )

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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Roots 17 Aug 2010
By David Rowland TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I watched the complete Roots story right through last weekend and found it gripping, powerful and a vivid portrayal of the journey of one family through history from the mid 1770s to the present day. It starts with Kunte Kinte, a young man of the Mandinka tribe living in Gambia being captured by slave traders, transported in appaling conditions in the hold of a slave ship to America and his descendants facing the horrors of race murder, exploitation, hostility, prejudice and discrimination. It tells of one of the greatest crimes one race of humanity has inflicted upon another to the discrimination faced by black people in the southern states of America. The story is unfinished as slavery still exists today in certain countries, many people in the third world are disadvantaged by globalisation that has been imposed by the west and works to their advantage, black people still face discrimination in America and elsewhere and do not enjoy equality of opportunity and their place in the sun.

The story finishes where it starts in Gambia as the author, Alex Haley, journeys to the scene of Kunter Kinte's capture and Haley is welcomed by the Mandinka tribe like a returning son.

Haley claims that all the events in his family's history actually happened and although some have questioned this claim it does not negate the essential truth told in Roots that despite all the odds stacked against them black people can overcome them and find success.

On a more mundane level I found the very small writing on the discs difficult to read and the double sided discs could be confusing at times when you forget which side you have watched when you take a break but this is a minor inconvenience and should not put anyone off watching such an oustanding and memorable drama.

David Rowland
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best TV Drama EVER ! 20 Nov 2007
I have just got this & I have to say I am absolutely delighted this has finally been released. Everyone knows the original series which is basically groundbreaking drama. The big deal for me though is the release of the TV Special - Roots The Gift, & the Next Generation series. These are wonderful sequels to the original show & brings the story right up to the present day. This really is wonderful, compelling, heart rending, powerful TV drama at its very best. I am delighted to recommend this DVD set.
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86 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking TV - an absolute must see 16 Nov 2007
I felt compelled to write a review after my mother offered me this DVD boxset. What an incredible piece of work! 30 years on and it has stood the test of time.

The story is so moving, the acting powerful. Maya Angelou just took my breath away! I am now reading all her books.

I had never seen this show before and am so glad I have now. They just don't make TV this powerful anymore.

I do feel I need to say something about Mr Norbert D Machado's review: it is a shame that the packaging has any importance to you. Surely the show is what you should be reviewing. As for Amazon customer services, I too have had to contact them in the past. But I had a great experience, they were understanding and very efficient.

This is a great present for anyone who like powerful drama. I'm certain you will be receiving major brownie points if you offer this :)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT BOX SET WITH A HIDDEN SURPRISE! 17 Sep 2010

"ROOTS 30th ANNIVERSARY BOX SET": I find it hard to believe that 30 years has passed since is saw the tv series & due to me staying with my Step-Mum at the time, i was never allowed to miss an episode & i dare not speak while it was on or she would roar at me like a lion saying 'be quiet' (well, that was me told) I was pleased & surprised to see it on "Amazon" & cheaper than anywhere else, this is what i call "a must have item". I was in my late teens/early 20's when i first saw it. Roots made me aware of slavery & how people were bought & sold which really shocked me, i know it started over one or two centuries but it opened my eyes as to what went on, they never mentioned much about it at School. All i can remember is the terrible sale of Africans in to the life of slavery. and through the magic of tv i saw the entire miniseries, i am now 56yrs old & live alone. Explanation: I am disabled, housebound & have to take medication daily which in turn causes short term memory loss(no! i ain't looking for sympathy, far from it) i wanted you to know i am disabled because it makes sense when i say, 'i know that i am going to enjoy watching the "Roots 30th Anniversary box set' what with my bad memory & 30yrs on i've probally forgotten a lot about Roots & i'm really looking forward to watching it again & there's more! Included in the box set is Roots - The next Generation(new to dvd) the 12 hour miniseries continues the saga from the post-Civil war era to Alex Haley's ancestral discovery, & for the icing on the cake you get "Roots: The Gift (new to dvd) 'The Heartwarming Holiday Movie' & here i was just expecting to get "The Roots 30th Anniversary Box Set" but boy was i wrong!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE COMPLETE ROOTS COLLECTION 6 May 2009
By C. Day
I bought this collection as I had always been a big fan of the Roots series and I was not disappointed. The only thing I did not like was the fact that the discs are double sided and I always seem to get them mixed up. This apart, it's a great value product
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars The complete Roots Collection
The first roots collection i ordered had a disc missing. You kindly sent me a new roots collection but once again the last chapter is missing so i dont know the end of the story. Read more
Published 3 days ago by joyce godden
5.0 out of 5 stars Roots by Alex Haley
I bought this for my brother-in-law because he had not seen the series.
I did many years ago but not before I read a condensation of Alex Haley's book in The Reader's... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Steven Goh
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
bought this for my oldest grandson as he had been discussing the subject of slavery at school, he told me that they were excellent and he learnt a lot about slavery, i had watched... Read more
Published 12 days ago by MS JUNE PAGET
5.0 out of 5 stars When will this be released on Bluray
When is this title going to be released on Blu-ray please
with hopefully the right opening titles for (Roots-the next generation)
& with lots of special features. Read more
Published 13 days ago by John Mccafferty
5.0 out of 5 stars dad xmas present
i got this for my dad at christmas, he was over the moon. it took him right back to when him and mum used to watch it on the telly. Read more
Published 21 days ago by sandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the past
If you are a fan of the movie 12 years a slave, you will love this show. Made in the 1970's, it follows the sad reality of African Americans sold into slavery.
Published 26 days ago by Seanie11
4.0 out of 5 stars roots
just what i wanted it took me a while to work out you turn the cd round to see part b lol
Published 1 month ago by donna torbitt
4.0 out of 5 stars The Complete Roots Collection: Original Series (30th Anniversary...
Once we had sorted out the discs (which are a bit confusing and difficult to read) we put a piece of paper in the box to remind us of the order! Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Baker
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I remember
Having watched the original TV series decades ago I was looking forward to a nice glass of wine while watching it again. However to me the series now looks ham acted and slow. Read more
Published 1 month ago by TVR-Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant mini-series
Had forgotten how good this series is. A true story that depicts the life of one man and his descendants throughout their time in slavery and into the American Civil war and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Colin G. Mclean
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