Roots

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Overview

This award-winning six-part historical epic was one of the first examples of the miniseries format and one of the highest-rated television programs in broadcasting history. Based on the best-selling novel by author Alex Haley, Roots chronicles the progress of Haley's own family across many generations, from the kidnapping of an African warrior by American slave traders to eventual post-Civil War freedom. Kunta Kinte LeVar Burton is a young tribesman of coastal Africa who has passed the rituals marking his ...
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Overview

This award-winning six-part historical epic was one of the first examples of the miniseries format and one of the highest-rated television programs in broadcasting history. Based on the best-selling novel by author Alex Haley, Roots chronicles the progress of Haley's own family across many generations, from the kidnapping of an African warrior by American slave traders to eventual post-Civil War freedom. Kunta Kinte LeVar Burton is a young tribesman of coastal Africa who has passed the rituals marking his transition into manhood. Searching for wood to build a drum, he is set upon by slavers who sell him in the United States after a nightmarish Atlantic crossing. Defiant, Kunta refuses to consider himself a slave, despite some sage advice from his mentor, the more mature Fiddler Louis Gossett Jr.. As the years pass, the aging Kunta John Amos is hobbled for his repeated escape attempts. Realizing he'll never return to Africa, Kunta settles down, becoming husband to Bell Madge Sinclair and father to Kizzy Leslie Uggams, a girl infused with her father's independent spirit. Sold and then raped by her new master, Kizzy has a son, Chicken George Ben Vereen, a happy go lucky cockfighting expert who uses his skills to buy his freedom. George paves the way for his children, the great-grandchildren of Kunta Kinte, who finally become free in the aftermath of the Civil War. Roots 1977 was followed by a sequel miniseries, Roots: The Next Generations 1979, and a made-for-television feature, Roots: The Gift 1988, as well as another telefilm based on the family history of the Haley clan, Queen 1993.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; All new 2007 documentary - Crossing Over: How Roots Captivated an Entire Nation; Roots: One Year Later - hosted by Louis Gossett Jr.; Cast/crew commentaries with video option
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2007
  • UPC: 085391144854
  • Original Release: 1977
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: 30th Anniversary Edition
  • Time: 9:33:00
  • Format: DVD

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Disc #1, Side A -- Roots
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   Scene Selections
      Introduction
      Credits
      A Very Strong Son
      Kunta Kinte
      Partnerships
      Much to Learn
      The Christian Thing
      Manhood Training
      Doing Their Job
      Types of Courage
      Fanta and Kadi Touray
      Hunters and Their Catches
      Bargain on the Beach
      Celebrating the New Men
      Binta's Goodbye
      Nyo Bato's Suggestion
      Captured
      A Matter of Philosophy
      Fellow Captives
      Outside Her Embrace
      The Ship's Hold
      Taken on Deck
      Exercise
      Removing the Dead
      The Captain's Companion
      One Village
      End Credits
   Commentary
      On
      Off
   Commentary Video Highlights
      Edward Asner
      LeVar Burton
      Cicely Tyson
      David L. Wolper
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Español
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
Disc #1, Side B -- Roots
   Play
   Scene Selections
      Credits
      Slater's Tricks
      Maiden No Longer
      Revolt
      Not Interested
      Business Is Business
      "We Will Beat Them"
      Fanta is Sold
      Kunta is Sold
      A New Name
      Taking Care of Property
      Fiddler Talks Tough
      The Reynolds Farm
      In Charge
      Two Visitors
      "Do Not Forget Me"
      A Doctor's Perspective
      No Place to Run
      Doing His Best
      Reynolds' Guest
      Ames' Companion
      Broken Chain
      Tasting Snow - and Capture
      The Sting of Failure
      "My Name is Toby"
      Another Day
      End Credits
   Commentary
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   Commentary Video Highlights
      Edward Asner
      LeVar Burton
      David L. Wolper
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Español
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
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Disc #2, Side A -- Roots
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   Scene Selections
      Credits
      Toby Be Good
      Family Debt
      Escape Plan
      Hidden Cargo
      Search for a Slave
      "I Never Seen You"
      Nothing Left
      She'll Stay
      Caught and Punished
      Can't Run No More
      Fightin' Man
      Genelva Visits
      New Job
      A Horse is a Horse
      Liason in the Woods
      Foolish Talk
      Gifts of Love
      No Longer Apart
      Wedding Day Blues
      Sound of the Drum
      Bell's Secret
      A Gain and a Loss
      To the Night Sky
      Freedom Call
      Kizzy's Story
      End Credits
   Commentary
      On
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   Commentary Video Highlights
      John Amos
      Beverly Todd
      David L. Wolper
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Español
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
Disc #2, Side B -- Roots
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   Scene Selections
      Credits
      Covenants
      The Fuss Over Missy Anne
      Dearest Friends
      Confidence
      Cruel Joke
      Tom Moore
      The Fate of Slaves
      Missy Anne's Plan
      Terror of the Whip
      Sold
      What's Deserved
      The Moore Plantation
      Chasing Chicken
      Ladies Men
      Kizzy and Sam
      "I Lose Everybody"
      Standing Up For Kizzy
      Another Visit
      Daughter's Promise
      Trouble After Dark
      "You Could Have Cared!"
      Cock of the Walk
      New Hope
      End Credits
   Commentary
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   Commentary Video Highlights
      John Amos
      Sandy Duncan
      Leslie Uggams
      David L. Wolper
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Español
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
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Disc #3, Side A -- Roots
   Play
   Scene Selections
      Credits
      Freedom's Price
      No Cracker
      Who is This Nat Turner?
      Fine Friendship
      Cost Estimating
      The Squire's Proposition
      Father and Son
      Striking a Bargain
      "At Least You Free"
      Bound for England
      Never Forget
      No Recollection
      Family Reunion
      The Brents
      Married to a Free Man
      Never Give Up
      The Story Continues
      Thief in the Night
      Ol' George
      Overseer Training
      Bad News From the Front
      Sad News at Home
      Jemmy Reappears
      To the Death
      Evan's Promise
      End Credtis
   Commentary
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   Commentary Video Highlights
      Sandy Duncan
      Lynne Moody
      Georg Stanford Brown
      Leslie Uggams
      David L. Wolper
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Español
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
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Disc #3, Side B -- Roots
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   Scene Selections
      Credits; War Over
      Freedom Celebration
      Changing Ways
      Staying Put
      Pluses and Minuses
      Not for Nothing
      Night Riders
      Where the Shoe Fits
      New Owner
      Tom Takes a Stand
      Scared but Proud
      Seeing the Sheriff
      Indebted
      Officer of the Law
      Whiplash
      Not Black and White
      One Night for Ourselves
      Military Operation
      Justin's Suspicious
      Suprise Visit
      Surprised Visitors
      The Other Side of the Lash
      Moving Out
      New Home, Old Story
      Free at Last
      Alex Haley Coda
      End Credits
   Commentary
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   Commentary Video Highlights
      Lynne Moody
      Georg Stanford Brown
      David L. Wolper
   Roots Family Tree
      Continue
   Remembering Roots
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Español
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
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Disc #4 -- Roots
   Roots: One Year Later
   Crossing Over: How Roots Captivated an Entire Nation
   Web Info
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    must see for all races

    Moving, invigorating, real, testimonial, triumphant story of the journey of one mans heritage and how his african ancestors became african americans. Anyone on a quest for knowledge of african american history, this is the movie.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SOOO GOOD

    The best ever story, it was soo good i couldnt believe it! we watched in class n i thought it was just gonna be another boring video but this one captivated me and my friends. My god it was da bomb!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    A definite must see for all generations. I am going to share th

    A definite must see for all generations. I am going to share this with my grandchildren as they have never seen it. I was 17 years old when I saw it on TV and it changed my life and how I look at the world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Amazing Epic Journey!!!!!!!!!

    I first heard about Roots from my reading book last year. I read an excerpt out of it, and thought it was VERY,VERY GOOD! There was a picture to go with it, and recognized it as the guy from "Reading Rainbow""LeVar Burton". I asked my mom about it, and she said Roots was made into a TV series in 1977. Then, I started nagging my mom about getting Roots for my birthday. As soon as I got it, Iwatched the first episode. I finished it in FOUR DAYS. It made my Mom and Dad cry in some parts, but this is a TV series everyone should see!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the most important film series of our time.

    This series was shocking to me as a child, I have carried IT with me into adulthood. For years I searched everywhere for it and was only able to check it out of the Library on video. Now I own it, and it has the same affect on me now as it did then. It is a groundbreaking achievement in filmmaking. A brutally honest and powerfully uplifting journey through our history's saddest time. May it never happen again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2005

    A TRUE AMERICAN CLASSIC! MUST SEE!

    Every American needs to watch this movie. White, Black, Red, Brown! It is a true story about our past. What we must never return to! An African-American heritage story. Unique, Unforgettable, and hauntly enjoyable!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Completely Loved it

    I liked it because I just thought that could be us someday and I just don't think that should happen again. I liked a special part with a broom. I hated the whipping parts because I think we should nnot judge each other by our race.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ROOTS IS JUST WONDERFULL

    I LIKED ROOTS VERY MUCH.I THINK IT IS WODERFULL

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    no words

    There are simply no words that I can form to express the impact 'Roots' has left me with. I ask you this one simple thing- if you haven't seen it, see it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Italian dubbing, when?

    I want to know if and when you can dub this DVD film in italian language.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2003

    A shocking must see that you would never guess was true

    I'm only 11 and I've enjoyed what I've seen of this extremely great movie (first tape)! ! I cannot wait to see the rest according to the reviews above. Take my advice Drama, and histoy seekers you've got to get this movie. ROOTS is a shocking story of a young african boy, Kunta Kinte, who has proved his maturity and became a MAN. One day persueing a wood for a drum for his baby brother, Kunta is caught by slave sellers/traders. After a nightmare of a very unpleasent ride to America in chains, Kunta Kinte is sold to Mr. Reynolds and is trained by the more mature slave, Fiddler, for six months (until Mr.Reynold's Birthday). Even though Kunta has been trained he stiil refuses to accept his slave name (Toby) and slavery all together.Unfortunatley he is punished.(And that's just the first tape!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    fantastic

    watched the dvd's some 25 years after seeing the original series on tv, it is still as gripping and true to life in those days,I can't wait for the sequel to be released. martin mc manus scotland u.k.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2001

    A MUST SEE FOR EVERYONE .

    ROOTS IS THE BEST MINI SERIES I'VE EVER WATCHED. THIS MOVIE IS SOMETHING THE WHOLE FAMILY SHOULD WATCH, VERY CLASSIC, ORIGINAL AND NOTHING ELSE I'VE WATCHED COMPARE TO ROOTS. VERY INFORMATIVE LOOK BACK ON AMERICA'S HISTORY.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2000

    Excellent

    This series is a must see for anyone, be they black, white or purple! It is a moving drama about the triumph of the human spirit. It may be unsutiable for young children, but would be a benefit to young adults to see. Slavery is often swept aside as happening ''so long ago.'' This movie reminds us that it was real, it was horrible, and humanity still has the capability of treating each other this way unless we look at the truth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2000

    WONDERFUL SERIES ABOUT A BAD PART OF HISTORY

    This is a very good miniseries and is worth the time and effort to see.There are parts of this that are ''hard to take'',but that's the way it was back then and everyone who worked on this project had the sense to do it right.When Alex Haley would talk on stage everyone would listen,see this series and find out why, and where things happened and who was involved.The era of slaves was an unfortunate part of history,and this series is an amazing example of why it shouldn't have happened.This is a MUST HAVE FOR ALL HISTORY COLLECTORS.

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