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Outbreak [Blu-ray] (1995)

Dustin Hoffman , Rene Russo , Wolfgang Petersen  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (308 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Donald Sutherland
  • Directors: Wolfgang Petersen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, German, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 2, 2012
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (308 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CT876M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,951 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Outbreak [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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54 of 67 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Outbreak is one of the best, most absorbing, most impressive films I've seen in a long, long time. It is based on a threat more frightening than nuclear war, stars the best actors and actresses Hollywood has to offer, features tons of heart-pumping, exhilarating action, and falls squarely in the category of "blew me away." Man, that Dustin Hoffman can act; I don't believe I've ever fully appreciated the man's acting skills before. Then you have Morgan Freeman, for my money the best actor working today; I'm used to Freeman being squarely on the side of good vs. evil, and I wanted to slap him many times as I was watching this film, but the man does incredible work. Donald Sutherland plays his rather inhuman role perfectly, Rene Russo lights up the screen, Cuba Gooding, Jr., supplies both humor and heroism of the noblest kind, and Kevin Spacey shines in a co-starring role. When Kevin Spacey is in your film but is not the bonafide star of the whole thing, you know you're looking at some kind of special movie. As an animal lover, I also have to praise the animals that performed so well in this film, especially the poor little monkey who helps start a national and potentially global crisis through no fault of his own.
You have to respect viruses. These things are the killer sharks of the microscopic world, insidious, darn near indestructible little buggers who destroy every cell in their path. They don't clock out after eight hours or nap away afternoon breaks; these things never stop or rest. The subject of Outbreak is a very special virus borne in the wilds of Africa, an unmatched destructive force that can kill a man (in the most horrible of ways) in a matter of hours.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Casualties of War. March 13, 2004
Format:DVD
"In war, truth is the first casualty." - Aeschylus.

In 1989, a secret U.S. Army SWAT team was called in after an Ebola outbreak among monkeys in a Reston, VA lab; a mere ten miles from Washington, D.C. They eventually determined that this particular strain wasn't contagious for humans - others, however, are; capable of producing a 90% mortality rate within a matter of days. The incident produced Richard Preston's bestselling book "The Hot Zone," on which this movie is loosely based (another project involving Robert Redford and Jodie Foster eventually folded).

Like the Reston Ebola strain, the (fictitious) Motaba virus at the center of Wolfgang Petersen's "Outbreak" is brought to the U.S. by an infected monkey, caught near a village in the Zairean (now: Congolese) Motaba Valley. Unlike the Reston Ebola it is contagious for humans, with a 100% mortality rate within a single day. And unlike any known Ebola strain it is airborne, i.e. not only transmitted by direct human-to-human contact.

Officially nobody has any prior knowledge of the virus at the time of its apparent first hit. In fact, once they've overcome their shock about its gruesome effects, USAMRIID Colonel Sam Daniels (Dustin Hoffman) and his assistants, Majors Schuler and Salt (Kevin Spacey and Cuba Gooding Jr.) - in Zaire to provide medical assistance - are downright ecstatic to have discovered a new virus; a once-in-a-lifetime event for most scientists, if it happens at all. What they don't know is that their own superiors, Brig.Gen. Billy Ford (Morgan Freeman) and Maj.Gen. Donald McClintock (Donald Sutherland) have encountered this virus before, albeit non-airborne, in a mercenary camp in 1967 ... and on McClintock's orders, firebombed the camp to secretly develop a biological weapon.
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37 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Very Intertaining August 11, 2003
By Kevin W
Format:DVD
This movie is one of the best and most underated movies I seen. The basic storyline is a virus starts off like many others. The main character (Dustin Hoffman) has a hunch that this virus can be very serious, and turns out being so. From here the movie took off and just got better and better. During the last 40 minutes of the movie, I was so stuck in it, I don't think I moved the entire time. This movie is a rare must see. One reason I liked it so much is that the concept of the movie just got you thinking. Can't say it enough, it's a great movie!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Format:DVD
This is a stunning movie, especially if you watch it on a good AC-3 5.1 system. The movie opens with a tranquil jungle scene. The birds are twittering in the dense foliage and you feel as though you have entered a beautiful and peaceful utopia (At least your guests think so. Little do they know that you have set your subwoofer volume control to just past twelve o'clock because you know what's to come next). Suddenly the silence is shattered by a mortar bomb flying past your head and plummeting into the centre of your screen followed by rapid machine-gun fire. Outbreak has just begun and now you have to leave your guests to go to the kitchen and fetch a bowl of water and a cloth to wipe up the coffee off your new leather lounge suite that's just been messed on. This is a great story and Dustin Hoffman is the perfect man for the job of defeating our 'small enemies' amidst all the opposition. You must get this on DVD though to really appreciate the theatre experience.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie
Great Movie and so much reality about deadly diseases !!!
Published 13 hours ago by J. Pessutti
5.0 out of 5 stars Great in 1995 ... Great Today!
Entertaining and a great conspiracy thriller, especially considering its release date (1995). This is our 3rd time viewing this. Read more
Published 13 hours ago by DRailroad
4.0 out of 5 stars Always a good go to movie
I mean it's a classic with a star studded cast. Always a good go to movie.
Published 19 hours ago by John
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
very boring
Published 23 hours ago by vicki and richard
5.0 out of 5 stars EVERY ONE MUST see this, especially now! Highly recommend it!
Every one MUST see this film, especially during these scary days of Ebola. The timing is perfect and the plot fits for what is going on with Ebola. Read more
Published 1 day ago by UniversityDoc
5.0 out of 5 stars this is a perfect movie to watch to see the dangers of a ...
In light of the Ebola outbreak, this is a perfect movie to watch to see the dangers of a virus gone wild. And the dangers of an out of control response.
Published 1 day ago by Brenda
4.0 out of 5 stars When this movie was released such an event seemed to be pure fantasy....
In this 1995 movie Dustin Hoffman is an Army Col. also a medical expert who discovers that a virus (guess what? Read more
Published 1 day ago by submariner
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrendous, Inaccurate, Fantasy Film
As a medical epidemiologist of infectious diseases, I can tell you this film is nothing but pure fantasy. It is just a vulgar attempt to fuel fantasy stereotypes of medicine. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Dr. Raymond G. Whitham
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is gives us a visual of what can ...
This movie is gives us a visual of what can happen if we do not exercise precaution, considering the times we are currently facing with the Ebola disease and everyone being on high... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Anointed
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 day ago by jkelly
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