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Roots - The Next Generations [VHS] (1979)

Dorian Harewood , Debbi Morgan  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Dorian Harewood, Debbi Morgan, Paul Koslo, Stan Shaw, Marc Singer
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 7
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: December 12, 1994
  • Run Time: 840 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302571243
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #408,495 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Could there be a worthy follow-up to the most-watched miniseries ever? "We felt the other did so well," Alex Haley said, "that we should just let it hang there." But Haley began carrying around a tape recorder, dictating more of his family's tales as they came to his memory. Those remembrances filled a 1,000-page transcript: raw material for Roots: The Next Generations.

Winner of the Emmy for Best Limited Series, this landmark continuation of a landmark event - with 53 stars and 235 speaking parts - "is in many respects a superior achievement," Newsweek said in comparing this to Roots. Twenty-five years later, it has lost none of its dramatic and emotional power to make us confront history and examine ourselves. One man's family remains everyone's!

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165 of 170 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ROOTS...An Exciting Birth of Emotions September 22, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
I believe a review worth reading should include a brief description of the person giving their thoughts.To me,this helps a great deal in deciding how much credibility I will give a person's thinking.
I am a white male,48 years old,happily married going on nineteen years with five children and six grandchildren.I was born in the state of Texas,and raised to befriend people based on their actions-not the color of their skin.I,like most people,have been influenced often times by what has been taught through traditions or hearsay instead of facts,because facts often times takes some effort to discover.
I have just recently read the book Roots,and was so overcome by a multitude of aroused emotions I purchased the mini-series on DVD.My wife,children and I viewed the movies together,and have had many wonderful discussions since.It has been my experience to find movies made from books usually deficient,and so altered to make for 'better viewing' I often have some trepidation of giving my time to them.Roots was/is such a refreshing surprise in that both the movie(s) and the book are so very close in keeping with the original materials.
Mr. Alex Haley was truely a gifted person in his ability to share a story.I only wish he were yet still alive,so I could personally write him a note expressing my profound graditude in his taking the time to educate,entertain and awaken in me a compassion for a people I only thought I knew.
There is brief frontal nudity which may offend some,but in keeping with cultural historical accuracy is but a small negative in a wealth of positives.The casting and acting is above excellence.I could go on with much more accolades,but then I would be writing a novel and not a review.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars roots.another generation February 9, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
i have seen roots again for the second time in my life. the first time i was too young to remember. but today , i have seen something that was /is so powerfull. roots evolked such stong feeling in me as well as my childern. i have not cried this much in years. to see how we(black people) came to america really touched home. i felt such a wide range of emotions. hate, anger, sadness, then forgiveness all at the same time.sitting here thinking about the movie has again forced me to tears...makes one see that what we think is a hopless situation is really nothing compared to what those in the past had been threw..so people ,,please buy or rent roots..and remember where you come from...
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roots The Next Generations June 3, 2002
By Vince
This series impacted my life in a inspiring way. I learned alot about American history and the perseverance of African-Americans. It is a must-see for every human being regardless of race, culture, or nationality.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roots - the next Generation January 10, 2002
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
My mother (she turned 90 on 1/4/02) and I recently re-watched this series, after we re-watched ROOTS. It/they meant much more to us now, looking back through 20+ years of our own experiences along with recent history. The casting was superb, as is the story, even though a lot of it was ugly. It evoked very strong emotions. The different time periods were recreated realistically. I was sorry that Alex Haley is no longer alive. I would have wanted to contact him. I can only hope that he was aware of the power and depth of the legacy he left. Such important works. Mama and I vowed anew to remove hate (ignorance) from our own lives and in our circles.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tear Jerker... July 15, 2007
I cried through out watching this powerful movie. The Next Generations documents the history of Alex Haley's family from the time they were set free from slavery all the way up until Alex is reunited with his family in Africa. This movie is inspirational in that I can identify with these people since my family was also taken from Africa and enslaved. I would urge everyone to view this movie for the history that it offers. The acting was also great. Alex Haley, thank you for sharing your wonderful history to the world. This is the best movie that I have ever witnessed in my life.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The American Family Saga Continues April 7, 2007
Excellent work that continues from Roots and goes into the late 1960's. This Mini-series is as good as the original and should be released on dvd asap. Alex Haley did a great thing in sharing his family history with us when he did all his research and told it the way he did. There are too many stars in this production to mention them all. I highly recommend this mini-series to anyone interested in the history of our country and it is a good story as well.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful August 31, 2002
the Whole Roots Mini-Series has touched me deeply more than anything I've ever seen.it should be a must see for all eyes because it's so moving&speaks for Past Generations&Future Ones as well.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great miniseries February 22, 2002
I love this miniseries more than the first "Roots". I guess it's because I can relate more to the later years struggle.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars "Deserving Sequel to a Classic"
After the excellent reception of "Roots" in 1977 on ABC the network wanted a continuation of the story that went up to the life of its author Alex Haley. So, in 1979 "Roots... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Terrance Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 8 days ago by 1zinc2
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good movie to accompany "Roots"
Published 17 days ago by Marge McHaney
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A classic explaining how we've come to this point in our history.
Published 23 days ago by Charles K. Reynolds
Published 1 month ago by N. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Truly a wonderful story.....It is great
Published 1 month ago by tobias
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie to have.
It's a great follow-up to Roots - and a must for any movie collector. Arrived promptly - thanks so much!
Published 2 months ago by leopard lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Roots, the next generation...I am glad they continued the true...
Roots the next generation was just as good as the original "Roots". I was glad to see the times change and Alex Haley's family gather some pride and ownership for their hard work,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sunsetdesire
5.0 out of 5 stars Great History in Family form
Understand one search for "freedom" through this family history made into an epic movie series. A must see for all Americans no matter when your family came to America.
Published 2 months ago by Pat
5.0 out of 5 stars happy
glad to have my own copy of this movie that came out when I was a teenager. I didn't really appreciate the facts of the story at that time. Now I do
Published 4 months ago by tg2012
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