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Out of Africa (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) (1985)

Robert Redford , Meryl Streep , Sydney Pollack  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (543 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Michael Kitchen, Malick Bowens
  • Directors: Sydney Pollack
  • Writers: Kurt Luedtke
  • Producers: Sydney Pollack
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, Multiple Formats
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 4.1), English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: March 6, 2012
  • Digital Copy Expiration Date: May 2, 2016 (Click here for more information)
  • Run Time: 322 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (543 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006TTC540
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,804 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Winner of 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Out of Africa is a cinematic masterpiece filled with breathtaking passion and majestic imagery. Robert Redford and Meryl Streep star in the fascinating true story of a woman who travels to Kenya to be with her husband and falls in love with a mysterious adventurer. Directed by Sydney Pollack, this epic tale of love, loss and self-discovery amid the stunning vistas of the African continent is an unparalleled filmmaking achievement.

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208 of 225 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Africa DVD is Gorgeous March 2, 2000
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The transfer of OUT OF AFRICA is gorgeous on this newly released DVD. The African sun is bright and the detail is crisp -- very important since the scenery is practically a third character in this Oscar-winning "Best Picture" from 1985.
I really enjoyed "Song of Africa", the documentary created for this DVD release. Not mentioned in the DVD's technical specs, this documentary features several cut scenes not included in the film (except in a network television showing). Example: the subplot of the servant boy with the bad leg whom Karen Blixen heals. There are a few Redford-Streep scenes there, too, which ended up on the cutting room floor (a last dance among Karen Blixen's packed-up home; a made-up story on safari.)
Also, the documentary features incredibly funny and entertaining tales told by Meryl Streep. She is a great mimic -- listen to the sound effects that woman can make! At times hilarious and reflective, she shares stories about the making of the film (the story of a tethered lion she was supposed to whip is particularly funny). Conspicuously absent (just like in THE WAY WE WERE DVD) is Mr. Redford's point of view.
Also interesting is screenwriter Kurt Luedtke's tales of the script. It is fascinating to learn about the genesis of classic moments. Wait til you hear how he came up with the idea of Streep getting her hair washed by Redford. (Then listen to Streep's hilarious story of the Hippos in the river!) Also revealing is composer John Barry's interview. His scoring of Blixen's desert march is interesting -- music can really shape a scene!
OUT OF AFRICA is one of my favorite films. The widescreen version on this DVD is a great presentation! Definitely one for your collection! Thanks, Universal and Sydney Pollack for putting together a great package.
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105 of 116 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond this place there be dragons March 25, 2003
Format:DVD
"Out of Africa" stands out as one of the most spectacular movies ever made. At the 1985 Academy Awards this movie won seven Oscars including Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Picture. It deserved all seven!

It is filled with romance, scenery, real-life struggles and the inevitability of fate. It is a journey into Africa and into love. The escape is in the hand of fate. This movie presents Africa as a paradise. The natural environment is harsh, yet unspoiled in this movie.

This is based on the true story of Danish writer Isak Dinesen/Karen Blixen (Meryl Streep) who left Denmark to marry German Klaus Maria Brandauer/Baron Bror Blixen (Klaus Maria Brandauer) and start a dairy in Kenya.

Some women do enjoy the security of a man looking after them, however Karen is different. She seems to desire companionship and offers her fortune in exchange for marriage. Her husband changes his mind about the dairy and instead they use her money on a risky venture to grow coffee. This is not a marriage based on an intense romance, in fact, Karen is marrying her lover's brother.

Soon after they arrive in Africa, it becomes apparent this is not a satisfying marriage for Karen. Not only is her husband unfaithful to her, he gives her syphilis. Disease is not the only threat, she also has to fight floods and fire. There are lions which apparently try to attack Karen and Denys although I thought that was pretty unlikely in the situation.

I didn't like the "hunter" aspects or when the two lions are killed, but if you watch at the end, I think even the lions forgive the hunter. When I've seen lions during the day they were normally napping in the shade.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Into the Heart of "Out of Africa" May 16, 2000
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The most honored movie of 1985, "Out of Africa" is indeed an outstanding cinematic achievement. It works on every level imaginable: as an historical epic; as an adventure; as a biography; as a poignant romance. The film's success is partly attributable to many fine elements which blend together seamlessly: its script, direction, sets, cinematography, performances, and editing are each masterful accomplishments.
These individual virtues are given synergy by two outstanding achievements that together form the movie's backbone and provide its true heart and soul. One is the sensitive performance of the radiant Meryl Streep, who dominates both in terms of screen time and charisma; the other is the exquisite, majestic score by John Barry. Actor and composer complement each other perfectly. The famous flying sequence in which his music underscores the emotions flashing across her face is a superb example of cinema at its best: it invites the viewer's spirit to soar.
Happily, the DVD presentation of this gem is a treasure in itself. The video transfer is sharp and clear, with a fairly subtle transition between the dual-layers of the disc, and the sound is well-balanced and crisp, a definite improvement over the LaserDisc and VHS releases. There are fantastic extras offered on the DVD, including the advance theatrical trailer and a director's audio commentary. I especially enjoyed the documentary on the making of the film, which featured recent interviews with Streep, Barry, and director Sydney Pollack, intercut with behind-the-scenes footage taken during filming. All-in-all, this is a marvelous edition of a much-beloved film, and a worthy addition to your DVD library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What I think.
I love this movie. Makes you think, remember and feel. I have seen this movie numerous times over the years.
Published 23 hours ago by Rev.Carolyn J. White
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a classic
Have seen it many times and it never gets old. It's truly a classic! Music and photography are superb, plus how can you not like Robert Redford & Meryl Streep.
Published 2 days ago by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Movie Ever
My all time favorite movie!!! Major romantic. A true chick flick. Robert Redford is drop dead gorgeous. Breath taking beautiful scenery.
Published 3 days ago by Carrie Chappell
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of Africa DVD
Excellent. Held us captive for all 3 hours. Pay the extra for the 25th Anniversary Edition. The booklet educates you on Karen Blixen's experience in Kenya. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Josie Harlow
1.0 out of 5 stars defective DVD
i have been trying to replac ethe DEFECTIVE DVD., I cannot accept that the time has expired 2 2 weeks ago. I did nor watch it immediately. It is defective. Read more
Published 8 days ago by five star
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I did enjoy watching this movie very much. The scenery was just outstanding. The acting was great and I shall watch this numerous times
Published 12 days ago by Deloris Douglass
5.0 out of 5 stars loved the movie - loved the music
saw movie on tv and loved it so much I bought it so that I can watch it whenever I want. The music is beautiful, the story inspiring, the scenery gorgeous
Published 13 days ago by D. Montano
5.0 out of 5 stars still one of the best
"Out of Africa" is still one of the most beautiful and romantic movies ever made. I wish they would re-release it in theaters. Until then, this is the next best thing.
Published 13 days ago by Beck Digs It
5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite of all time
If I had to make a list of my top 10 movies of all time this would be one of them. Wonderful story, sad ending.
Published 15 days ago by W, Louise Lightfoot
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful movie
One of my favorite movies. Music, scenery and love story is wonderful. Have watched it several times. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Jan Brandenburg
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