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Alex Haley's Queen (DVD)

"There are two sides to every story", or so the saying goes. For best-selling author Alex Haley, one side was Roots – the towering chronicle tracing seven generations of his mother's family. The other side comes to the screen in Alex Haley's Queen, the remarkable history of a paternal side of the author's family. David L. Wolper (Roots, The Thorn Birds) is the executive producer of this acclaimed adaption of the story Haley was working on when he died. Oscar® and Emmy® winner Halle Berry plays Queen, daughter of a slave and a plantation owner. During the turbulent decades of the antebellum South, the Civil War, Reconstruction and beyond, she searches for a home in the two cultures of her heritage – and at times is shunned by both. But rejection and hate are no match for her unconquerable will. Ann-Margret, Danny Glover, Martin Sheen and Ossie Davis also star in this poignant, uplifting final chapter of the Haley legacy.

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 15, 2008
  • Run Time: 283 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000XA5JWG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,133 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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92 of 94 people found the following review helpful By C. White on June 24, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I have loved Alex Haley's "Queen" since I was a little girl. It's so ironic this came out on DVD because I have been periodically checking to see if it had been released on DVD yet. I am so glad to see it!

To respond to some concerns about the DVD, they did not leave any parts of the movie out. When the first episode ends, be sure to go to the main menu and choose Episode two. That will show the parts of the film that people say are missing.

Also, coming from someone who has read the book more than once, no character in the film is random. They are all there for a purpose and their story is relevant to Queen's life in the book.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By HE WHO FUNKS BEHIND THE ROWS!! on January 14, 2008
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I remember back when this aired on CBS in the early '90's.
Halle Berry plays the late Alex Haley's paternal grandmother,
the ever strong, fiery and resilient Queen!!--This story is
a tour de force and has an excellent supporting cast.
This was Alex Haley's last work before he passed away a year
or two before this was first aired.
As I said, all of the cast shine in this and it makes a
great addition to your DVD collection and brilliantly caps
off the "ROOTS" saga!!
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Kiarri D. Andrews on February 8, 2008
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This film...oh, Lord this FILM!!!

I must say that I have not finished reading the original novel (it is quite long and difficult to complete given the fact the first few chapters date back to Ireland). But this movie version is absolutely INCREDIBLE. Halle Berry as Queen, in her first role as a truly credible and outstanding lead actress, was FLAWLESS. Every line, EVERY SINGLE LINE of dialogue was delivered effortlessly and with almost deadly precision. I first watched Queen when it debuted as a mini-series but I was quite young and did not fully grasp the concepts. But as an adult, this story totally enveloped me. And as Queen's life unfolded, I felt as though a part of me opened as well.

All the actors did an outstanding job, particularly Ann-Margaret, Tim Daly, and the ever-radiant Jasmine Guy as Queen's slave-born mother. It is a long movie and can become emotionally taxing, but if you can spare it, all 283 minutes are worth the time.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Beatrice Velazquez on May 30, 2008
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First of all, this movie is UNCUT. I have it taped from when it first aired on TV. So those of you who may have read the previous review that said it was missing parts was incorrect.

If you are thinking of getting this movie afte seeing it on TV then get it. It took forever and many petitions to get it on DVD. You will find Halle Berry's performance amazing of course. And the all star cast was incredible. Enjoy.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Munro on February 17, 2009
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I found this movie to be quite good, especially with Jasmine Guy as Easter and Halle Berry as Queen. Ann-Margret was excellent as always ... and major kudos to Danny Glover as Queen's husband, who would bear the last name Haley. It is Queen's son Simon who marries Bertha Palmer (the descendant of Kunta Kinte from Roots) ... and from that union we get Alex Haley.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Franklin Terrell Taylor on February 25, 2010
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The Roots Collection is not complete without Alex Haley's Queen. A true moving tale of the woes of a black mother trying to protect her family from the hardships of reconstruction in the SE GA area, Queen is one more chapter the the Saga of the Alex Haley family. GREAT MOVIE!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By LeBaron Judkins on December 24, 2009
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This is a wonderful movie (quality and all) that has a beautiful message attached not to spoil the movie but once you have seen this it will become very clear what life is all about. Given that this story is one that is very near and dear to me, I must say that this is a powerful movie and the information that is presented is one that will not be forgotten.
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33 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A. Reed on January 31, 2008
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I love the movie and own the VHS. The DVD version was cut short. Some great scenes missing from the DVD, I feel robbed. I purchased the DVD for my daughter's birthday. She emailed me from Iraq saying "Mom I hate the DVD version, half the movie was cut out". When I watched the movie I fell asleep and thought that was why I missed most of the movie. Please release a full version of the movie.....
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