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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 (123 customer reviews)

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  • 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 (123 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302571243
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,477 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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159 of 164 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 The Next Generations June 3, 2002
By Vince
Format:DVD
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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51 of 54 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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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tear Jerker... July 15, 2007
Format:DVD
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The American Family Saga Continues April 7, 2007
Format:DVD
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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful August 31, 2002
Format:DVD
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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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Story of a �gTriumph of Soul�h June 5, 2001
By Y. ONO
Format:VHS Tape
When I saw ROOTS in 1978 and THE NEXT GENERATIONS in 1979, I was really shocked to the truth that actually happened among Black Americans. Lynching and killing scenes were very hard for me, but I was deeply impressed to Alex Haley's ancestors - Chicken George, Tom Harvey, W.E. Palmer. One thing they had in common is gWe is free!h Thanks to the excellent castings and teleplay, I play the tapes almost everyday even when I feel depressed. Georg Stanford Brown, Stan Shaw, Marc Singer, Richard Thomas, James Earl Jones --- their performance are really impressive! In addition, Paul Koslo as Earl Crowther and Fay Hauser as Carrie Barden-Warner, and THE GREAT HENRY FONDA as Col. Frederick Warner, are also impressive, too. Don't miss this opportunity. Buy one now!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great miniseries February 22, 2002
Format:DVD
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 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 8 days ago by tg2012
5.0 out of 5 stars No Comments
I have no comments other than the rating I gave above. "I love it." Nothing else to say. Thank you.
Published 1 month ago by Carolyn L. Lewis
2.0 out of 5 stars skipped
one cd was skipping and its packaged and being sold as brand new it was a bit frustrating ,but the other cds were fine
Published 1 month ago by Kim D. Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Continuation of Roots
This movie was well written and a great continuation of the Roots storyline. Picks up where the original Roots left off which is important within the Root's catalog. Read more
Published 1 month ago by ice the man..
5.0 out of 5 stars I remember
Have not gotten around to watching the whole thing yet but started it. I remember watching it when it first came out, wanted my son to get a chance to see it.
Published 2 months ago by C*
5.0 out of 5 stars The Next Generations
I love that I have finally seen "The Next Generations" It completes the Roots saga. I'm thrilled to have it in my collection.
Published 2 months ago by Sharon L Wills
4.0 out of 5 stars My thoughts on Roots
I thoroughly enjoyed the original series on TV many years ago. I have never seen the Next Generations. It was a delight to catch up on the story, old and new.
Published 2 months ago by wfg
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
yes it has 4 disks and three are two sided and it is nto from the beginning but the next generation series, I am glad I got it and wish many could see the struggles that people... Read more
Published 3 months ago by joe
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon Shopper
What a great movie. This makes my second time watching it. I got a lot more out of it the second time around.Good price . Recommend Yes for everyone.
Published 3 months ago by lindas_hubby
5.0 out of 5 stars Good to have in your collection
The package came fast it was knew I couldn’t pass it up. I have a good collection of good DVD’s and I like to add on from time to time... Read more
Published 4 months ago by CJ...loves books :-)
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