Roots

Roots

DVD - 2001
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Based on the novel by Alex Haley, the saga begins with an African boy kidnapped from his homeland by slave traders and brought to America in captivity. As an adult, Kunta Kinte marries but gives up his last chance at escape when daughter Kizzy is born. She is later sold to another plantation and her son is sent to England to pay off a debt. The story spans 100 years of American history from the mid-18th to mid-19th century.
Publisher: Burbank, Calif. : Warner Home Video, [2001], c1977.
Edition: Standard version, 25th anniversary edition
ISBN: 9780790763958
0790763958
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (DVD) (573 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.

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evefacyson
Sep 18, 2016

I love myself some Maya Angelou! Reading her 2nd autobiography has made me love her more. I 've read other readers comments about this book and found that some readers had a hard time accepting that Dr. Angelou lived such a life. Even though I was very moved and disturbed by this book, I can truly appreciate Dr. Angelou's transparency. This book is a testament of her great wisdom in her later years. Without the struggles she faced in her youth the world at large would have been robbed of her enlightenments of life.

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GeordaRowley
Feb 26, 2014

Thhese are discs 5-7. The library does not own 1-4, so I didn't bother to watch it.

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matcat44
Jul 23, 2013

Loved it the first time around, but found the acting way too theatrical to want to watch again.

voisjoe1 Feb 28, 2013

Most people today, do not know that “Roots” was the all-time audience leader of a TV series and that it was a shock that a commercial broadcast network would make a serious series about African-Americans (previously, most African-Americans were on sit-coms, with many of them portrayed as stereotypical comic characters). The show shockingly was showed on 8 straight nights, with some of the shows being 2 hours in length. Remember that this was before most people had recording devices, so if you missed it, too bad. You would have to wait a year until they would show reruns. This was a great historical show from the capture of slaves until the day of emancipation. I am somewhat shocked that only one actor was nominated as best actor or actress.

voisjoe1 Feb 28, 2013

Most people today, do not know that “Roots” was the all-time audience leader of a TV series and that it was a shock that a commercial broadcast network would make a serious series about African-Americans (previously, most African-Americans were on sit-coms, with many of them portrayed as stereotypical comic characters). The show shockingly was showed on 8 straight nights, with some of the shows being 2 hours in length. Remember that this was before most people had recording devices, so if you missed it, too bad. You would have to wait a year until they would show reruns. This was a great historical show from the capture of slaves until the day of emancipation. I am somewhat shocked that only one actor was nominated as best actor or actress.

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toyaed
Feb 28, 2013

Can't believe I waited so long to watch this. Fascinating!

Lorna Mar 23, 2011

Wikipedia article with broadcast history: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roots_(TV_miniseries)

Lorna Mar 23, 2011

Wikipedia article with broadcast history: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roots_(TV_miniseries)

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