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Just seen - Roots R2 DVD

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by Stuart Wright, Aug 17, 2002.

  1. Stuart Wright

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    Caught glimses of Roots when shown in 1977 (or '78) when I was 12 and of course it had more impact seeing it on DVD over the last couple of days. I was sent the check discs recently and the DVD is out soon.
    Not a bad transfer. Some grain and edge enhancement.
    But for £20, the 9 hours and 40 minutes is somewhat like Schindler's List in that it's very moving, humbling and from an educational point of view a must see of the highest order.
     
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    I thought about pre-ordering this when I saw it advertised on Play.com because they are selling it for the very reasonable price of £14.99, but I was worried about the transfer. Good to know that the quality is not as bad as I thought it might be. :)
     
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    I still rember this from being a kid must have been about ten at the time. Very moving stuff. I would love to see it again, must say I am very supprised it's never been repeated on one of the Sky channels.
     
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    Yep, same here.

    One of the most 'moving' drama’s on television........ever. Along with 'Holocaust’, and ‘The World at War’ must see TV for everyone.

    JG
     
  5. Stuart Wright

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    It's a 3 DVD set and I've captured a still over at Total DVD.
    The original news item and open packshot at http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/displaynews.php?id=2017
    Very watchable. The extras set has a very moving interview with LeVar Burton. Part of what is interesting after watching roots is thinking about the family tree involved and that is also helpfully reproduced on the extras DVD.
    For £15 it's an absolute steal. EVERYBODY! Buy it ![​IMG]
     
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    I think I might get this the still looks very tasty indeed. For the money as well it's an excellent buy.
     
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    I bet Lex will buy it just for the digipak - he won't be able to resist :D

    I think you can't really say no for £14.99 - 3 double-sided disks @ £5 each :eek: Worth it even if you just watch it once! :)
     
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    "I bet Lex will buy it just for the digipak - he won't be able to resist..."

    ...well, that may be the case for 'Lex', but I - for one - will certainly find it very easy indeed to resist buying a set including, not one, but three - count'em three dreaded flippers...

    . . . Sorry ! NO SALE !

    . . . :eek: . . .
     
  10. Confucius

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    What, you mean at the end of the last episode on each side one has to

    leave one's chair,
    stand,
    walk to the DVD player,
    press eject,
    remove disc,
    turn disc over,
    re-insert disc,
    close disc drawer,
    turn around,
    walk back to one's chair,
    sit down
    press play

    you should write to your Euro MP.
     
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    Yes, you're quite right. Wait for them to release it on one single DVD. I'm sure they can fit 9 hours 40 minutes on a single double-layer disk if they get rid of the extras and compress it enough. :rolleyes:

    Maybe after Confucius's post you will realise that Roots was an episodic TV series.
     
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    isn't that what wives are for :D
     
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    ...you people obviously didn't get my point at all:

    a 9-hours 40-minutes TV mini-series PLUS extras AND several soundtracks would EASILY fit - WITHOUT loss of 'quality' - on THREE DVD-9 (SINGLE-SIDED, DOUBLE-LAYER) discs, instead of on three 'flippers'...

    ...but... whatever floats your boat...

    . . . :eek: . . .
     
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    We did get your point so there's no need to shout about it.

    We don't understand how anyone can have a problem getting up to flip the disk over after 96 mins (which is what - 2 episodes?). Assuming you would want to watch 192 mins in one go of course. :rolleyes:

    The only time I despise flippers is when they cause a movie to break unnaturally in the middle (e.g. Goodfellas). With a TV series I fail to see your point at all (unless of course you are bed bound).

    Perhaps you also refuse to purchase double feature disks because they contain a movie on each side of the disk? [​IMG]
     
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    European

    I too find it iiritating to have to get up and turn a disc over. I have overcome this problem, by sitting with the DVD player on my lap.

    I am slightly concerned about what the effect of having a laser so close to my private parts may be but I try not to think about it too much.
     
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    The only thing worse than a flipper is a flipper with French writing on the cover.
     
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    That would be a flippeur non? ;)
     
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    "We did get your point so there's no need to shout about it."

    ...it's obvious (to me!!!) that you didn't 'get' my point - that's why, in my frustration, I started to shout...

    ...using DVD-10 discs is a very 'inelegant', clunky - and el cheapo!!! - way to present a program such as "Roots" - IMNSHO, of course!!! - when the same program could just as well - and more 'elegantly', i.e. with nice 'artwork' on one side - have been presented on DVD-9 discs...

    "Perhaps you also refuse to purchase double feature disks because they contain a movie on each side of the disk?"

    ...no, I don't - offhand I can't think of any ... ah! yes! the one such DVD (in my 'collection') that I can think of, offhandedly as it were, is the French Region 2 DVD containing two Luis Buñuel features: El and Ensayo de un crimen - and that disc happens to be... you guessed it: a DVD 9!...

    . . . :eek: . . .
     
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    Still no reason to so vehemently oppose purchase!

    I'd take the cheapo DVD-10s for £14.99 over a more expensive DVD-9 release - because they do not break the continuity and because whether it be 3 DVD-9s or 3 DVD-10s, the picture and sound quality would still be the same. In fact, DVD-10s provide slightly more capacity than DVD-9s anyway!

    Each to their own.
     
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    YOU'LL GET EXERCISE!

    Also wonders if Roots will/is out on R1 :)
     
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    I was under the impression you had your boy to do that for you, sir:blush: :p :D


    Back on topic, this is one of those Sunday evening jobbies that the family sat around watching back in the day. I remember it being moving and mate getting his foot hacked but not much more than the obvious distasteful past. This also conjures memories for Shogun which I found enthralling as a young 'un, though I doubt it would be as impacting as Roots now.
     

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