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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful
on 17 August 2010
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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95 of 100 people found the following review helpful
on 16 November 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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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
on 20 November 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 1 September 2010
Great to be able to watch the whole story at once
cried to fill a river
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 29 January 2009
Fast turnaround, Item exactly as descibed and has brought my Mum hours of entertainment, Thank You...
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 6 May 2009
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 September 2010
I made the mistake of finishing Alex Haley's book Roots on an hour long journey to work on a bus. About halfway into my journey Alex was sitting with a tribal chief in Africa, the chief was reciting a thousand years of tribal history and I had totally forgotten that I was sitting on a bus full of people. So when Alex Haley heard his ancestor Kunte Kinte's name I totally disgraced myself by weeping noisily with no tissue to stem the flow. By the time I reached work I was a mess.

Thank goodness I could watch the series in the privacy of my own home and I bought the DVD's - which continues to have the same affect on me today! A wonderful book and the series that came as a result is a masterpiece of social history. Enjoy.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
If you are wondering whether it is worth spending your money and over 1300 minutes of your time on something made over 30 years ago and which has been awarded the dubious label 'a landmark in television', then fear not-for once the hype is justified. The reason Roots is so special lies in the fact that it has an utterly compelling story to tell and it manages to tell it without ever having any sections where the action flags or where you lose concentration. The acting has real conviction and the series achieves that rare alchemy of having real human interest meshed with actual events so that you have a personal view of history as it was lived and experienced by 7 generations of the Haley family. Along the way you will be introduced to many of the big issues of the African American heritage from the unspeakable wickedness of slavery to the equally evil system of discrimination known as 'Jim Crow' up to the tumultuous Civil Rights struggles of the 1960's. This is not however documentary history, but a families' struggle for survival and a better life and it makes for truly inspiring and moving viewing. I first saw Roots as a child of 11 and could remember some of its scenes over 30 years later-they angered me then as they anger me now. The worst mistake we could make watching this splendid series is to think the evils it portrays are ancient history. They are with us still-remember Nelson Mandela had 13 more years to serve when Roots was made. One of the supreme bargains of the DVD catalogue with good vision and sound for the period.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 22 May 2010
Excellent example of 1700-1800 historical treatment of African or Black Slavery.
Starting with the importation of Black slaves, and their poor treatment in travelling. Continuing through the sale, and conversion to slavery in the USA.
Following several generation, which through recital of history try to keep a memory alive of their origins.
This series documents the poor condition, working eviroment and torture that Black slaves undertook in past USA history.
The main series, finally end with 2 episodes covering the American Civil war, which leads to the end of slavery in the USA and those being sold, given freedom. Including the setting up of a township by the black slaves for themselves to live in once slavery was finally abolished.
During the series of episodes it covers the KluKluk CLan involvement in oppressing the slaves, their whippings.
Classic documentation of recent historical facts, by the author whom started this provisionally to trace his own ancestory, but collminated in a fantastic series of Episode which orgianlly aired on British TV some 30+ yrs ago.
To complete the set, it includes a further set of discs which cover the 2nd part of the history from 1800 to modern times, just as good as the original series, but personally less interesting as this period of time is more readily availble historically than the period 1700-1800.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 November 2011
These DVDs are an insight into the terrible slavery trade & subsequent lifestyle of the 'stolen' & their families. A real eye opener on mans' inhumanity to man! The 'follow-up' DVD of the younger generation really brought things up-to-date. A really excellent series, can't recommend it enough!
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