Movies & TV > TV Shows > Drama > Best Sellers






Price: $21.99 ($59.98)

(as of 2013-01-06 10:46:26 PST)

You save $37.99 (63%)

Rating: 4.4 / 5.0 (273 votes)

Released: 2011-08-30

Buying Choices

23 new from $19.97
9 used from $24.94

(as of 2013-01-06 10:46:26 PST)















Roots (Seven-Disc 30th Anniversary Edition) by Warner Home Video

Roots (Seven-Disc 30th Anniversary Edition)

Movie Details

Studio
Warner Home Video
Rated
NR (Not Rated)
Binding
DVD


Check All Offers Add to Wish List Customer Reviews Trade-In List


Description

Based on Alex Haley's best-selling novel about his African ancestors, Roots followed several generations in the lives of a slave family. The saga began with Kunta Kinte (LeVar Burton), a West African youth captured by slave raiders and shipped to America in the 1700s. The family's saga is depicted up until the Civil War where Kunte Kinte's grandson gained emancipation. Roots made its greatest impression on the ratings and widespread popularity it garnered. On average, 130 million – almost half the country at the time – saw all or part of the series.

Actors

  • Levar Burton
  • Cicely Tyson
  • Edward Asner
  • Sandy Duncan
  • Ralph Waite

Format

  • Box set
  • Color
  • Full Screen
  • NTSC
  • Special Edition

Editorial Review

From the moment the young Kunta Kinte (LeVar Burton) is stolen from his life and ancestral home in 18th-century Africa and brought under inhumane conditions to be auctioned as a slave in America, a line is begun that leads from this most shameful chapter in U.S. history to the 20th-century author Alex Haley, a Kinte descendant. The late Haley's acclaimed book Roots was adapted into this six-volume television miniseries, which was a widely watched phenomenon in 1977. The programs cover several generations in the antebellum South and end with the story of “Chicken” George, a freed slave played by Ben Vereen whose family feels the agony of entrenched racism and learns to fight it. Between the lives of Kunta and George, we meet a number of memorable characters, black and white, and learn much about the emotional and physical torments of slavery, from beatings and rapes to the forced separation of spouses and families. Nothing like this had ever confronted so many mainstream Americans when the series was originally broadcast, and the extent to which the country was nudged a degree or two toward enlightenment was instantly obvious. Roots still has that ability to open one's eyes, and engage an audience in a sweeping, memorable drama at the same time. –Tom Keogh

More Details

Binding
DVD
Aspect Ratio
1.33:1
Disks
7
Picture Format
Academy Ratio

Similar Products

Roots: The Next Generations
Alex Haley's Queen
North & South: The Complete Collection
Mandingo
Up From Slavery

Comments






Become a fan of VideoCloseOut.Com – Your #1 Discount Video Source on Facebook for the inside scoop on the most popular movies.