A powerful reimagining of the essential American story, HISTORY’s Roots arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) August 23 from Lionsgate. Debuting on Memorial Day, the premiere episode of Roots was watched by 14.4 million total linear viewers over the course of all premiere week telecasts. Based on the Alex Haley novel and inspired by the wildly successful 1977 series about one family’s struggle to resist the institution of American slavery, Roots is the can’t-miss television event of the year.
“Nearly 40 years ago I had the privilege to be a part of an epic television event that started an important conversation in America,” said LeVar Burton, Co-Executive Producer and the original Kunta Kinte. “I am incredibly proud to be a part of this new retelling and start the dialogue again, at a time when it is needed more than ever.”
The 4-part miniseries is brought to life by an all-star cast including Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland), Anna Paquin (TV’s “True Blood”), Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix), Jonathan Rhys Meyers (TV’s “The Tudors”), Mekhi Phifer (The Divergent Series), Tip “T.I.” Harris (Ant-Man), Matthew Goode (TV’s “Downton Abbey”), alongside breakouts Regé-Jean Page and Malachi Kirby.
The classic American saga is reimagined for a whole new generation. This epic 4-part miniseries tells the story of Kunta Kinte, a West African youth sold into slavery. This time, we follow Kunta and his family through the generations, up to the Civil War.
The home entertainment release of Roots includes an in-depth behind-the-scene featurette and will be available on Blu-ray and DVD for the suggested retail price of $29.99 and $26.98, respectively.
BLU-RAY / DVD SPECIAL FEATURES*
· “Roots: A History Revealed” documentary
*Subject to change
Year of Production: 2016
Title Copyright: Roots © 2016 A+E Studios, LLC. Cover Art and Design ©2016 A&E Television Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved. HISTORY, the “H” Logo, A+E Networks and A+E Studios are trademarks of A&E Television Networks LLC. ROOTS is a trademark of The ROOTS Venture. Distributed by LIONSGATE® under license from A+E Networks.
Type: TV on DVD
Genre: Drama, Historical
Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish
Feature Run Time: 389 Minutes
Blu-ray Format: 1080P High Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)
DVD Format: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)
Blu-ray Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio™
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio