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While nothing can rival the power of the original Roots' unflinching look at the slave trade and slave life in the early years of this country, the sequel is still full of rich African American history, from Reconstruction, to Jim Crow, to the civil rights movement and the early rumblings of black power. Fonda and de Havilland are respectable in their period-piece roles, but the real power of this sequel is in the more immediate concerns of Haley and his own experience of prejudice while building a stellar reputation as a writer and journalist in the '60s and '70s. One of the most unsettling scenes takes place then, when Haley interviews the head of the American Nazi Party, played with chilling diffidence by Brando. (Brando won an Emmy for this performance.) Haley is also challenged by his fractious interview with Malcolm X (a gripping Al Freeman Jr.). Jones launches his acting career playing Haley with nuance and heart, but with a humanizing set of his own demons.
The four-disc set includes all seven episodes plus a compelling documentary, Roots: The Next Generations--The Legacy Continues, with interviews with Jones, costar and episode director Georg Stanford Brown and a still starry-eyed David L. Wolper, who understands the cultural impact of the two miniseries he helped bring to the screen. --A.T. Hurley
Now I can watch this series any time I want without having to worry about the "tape" going bad or jamming. Read morePublished 11 days ago by T. White Sr.
Good quality DVD with the best footage of this saga. Recommend this to anyone.Published 1 month ago by Nancy L McPherson
This series is just perfect! It really exceeded my expectations in terms of content and quality.Published 1 month ago by Jason Quartey
Great series.. do not remember seeing before; haven't yet finished watching.. about six plus hours of entertainment.. thanksPublished 1 month ago by jerry jeff