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.
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 )