Roots 30th AE and Roots: The Next Generations (R2) in October
Warner Home Video have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Roots: 30th Anniversary Edition and Roots: The Next Generations on 29th October 2007.
Roots: 30th Anniversary Edition - Based on Pulitzer Prize winner Alex Haley's best-selling novel about his African ancestors, Roots is the story of Kunta Kinte, a West African youth captured by slave raiders and shipped to America in the 1700s. The saga follows the different generations up until the Civil War where Kunte Kinte's grandson, Chicken George, gained emancipation. The mini-series captivated the American television audience and became a social phenomenon unlike any other program of its time. The series brought racial issues to the forefront, became a catalyst for open and honest discussions about race and sparked a national interest in genealogy and family history.
- "Crossing Over: How Roots Captivated An Entire Nation" – a newly created documentary for this 30th anniversary edition examining the cultural legacy of Roots
- "Remembering Roots" - behind-the-scenes documentary
- Audio Commentary - feature-length commentary by key cast members including LeVar Burton, Cicely Tyson and Ed Asner
- Video Highlights - key cast members relay their memories of filming particular scenes
- DVD-ROM Content – Roots' family tree
Roots: The Next Generations - The sequel to Alex Haley's original Roots, Roots: The Next Generations garnered two Emmy awards including "Outstanding Miniseries." The powerful saga picks up where the original left off and follows Tom and his family as they struggle to exercise the rights they gained from Emancipation. Through two World Wars and the turbulent Civil Rights movement the compelling series takes you all the way up to the 1960's and 1970's when Alex Haley, played by Oscar nominated actor James Earl Jones, begins the journey to piece his family lineage together. It is with this backdrop of social unrest that Alex Haley's search resulted in one of America's greatest stories ever told.
- "The Legacy Continues" - an exclusive insight into the ongoing impact of the series up to the present day