An adaptation of Alex Haley's "Roots", in which Haley traces his African American family's history from the mid-18th century to the Reconstruction era.
Burbank, CA - Warner Home Video
30th anniversary ed
[In English or dubbed Spanish; with optional English, French or Spanish subtitles, Closed-captioned]
Awards & Distinctions:
Golden Globes (USA), 1978: Best TV-Series - Drama
Emmy Awards, 1977: Outstanding Achievement in Film Sound Editing for a Series ; Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore) ; Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series ; Outstanding Film Editing in a Drama Series ; Outstanding Lead Actor for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series ; Outstanding Limited Series ; Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Series ; Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama Series ; Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series
Directors of photography, Stevan Larner, Joseph M. Wilcots ; film editors, James T. Heckert, Peter Kirby, Neil Travis ; music by Gerald Fried, Quincy Jones.
John Amos, Maya Angelou, Edward Asner, Lloyd Bridges, Georg Stanford Brown, LeVar Burton, Macdonald Carey, Olivia Cole, Gary Collins, Chuck Connors, Scatman Crothers, Ji-Tu Cumbuka, Brad Davis, Sandy Duncan, Lynda Day George, Louis Gossett Jr., Lorne Greene, Moses Gunn, George Hamilton, Hilly Hicks, Burl Ives, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Carolyn Jones, Doug McClure, Ian McShane, Lynne Moody, Vic Morrow, Thalmus Rasulala, Robert Reed, Harry Rhodes, Richard Roundtree, Raymond St. Jacques, John Schuck, Paul Shenar, O.J. Simpson, Madge Sinclair, Beverly Todd, Cicely Tyson, Leslie Uggams, Ben Vereen, Ralph Waite, William Watson, Ren Woods.
DVD, region 1; Dolby digital mono
Based on the novel: Roots / by Alex Haley
Originally produced as a television miniseries in 1977
Special features (discs 1 & 2): optional audio commentary for each episode by Wolper & various cast members; video highlights from the audio commentary recording sessions
Special features (disc 3): optional audio commentary for each episode by Wolper & various cast members; video highlights from the audio commentary recording sessions; "Roots" family tree; "Remembering 'Roots'" featurette (c2002, 19 min.)
Special features (disc 4): "The phenomenon of 'Roots'" (aka: "'Roots' : one year later") television documentary (c1978, 48 min.) ; "Crossing over : how 'Roots' captivated an entire nation" featurette (c2007, 20 min.)
"Presented in a format preserving the aspect ratio of its original television exhibition"--Container
Disc 1: episodes 1 & 2 ; Disc 2: episodes 3 &4 ; Disc 3: episodes 5 & 6 ; Disc 4: Crossing over : how Roots captivated an entire nation -- Roots : on year later
Statement of Responsibility:
developed for television by William Blinn ; executive producer, David L. Wolper ; producer, Stan Margulies ; written for television by William Blinn, M. Charles Cohen, Ernest Kinoy, James Lee ; directed by Marvin J. Chomsky, John Erman, David Greene, Gilbert Moses ; a David L. Wolper production
4 videodiscs (573 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.