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Outbreak [Blu-ray]

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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
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (560 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CT876M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,498 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Outbreak [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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"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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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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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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I watched this movie this week, and am amazed by how modern and fresh it felt. This could have been made in 2014! Some of the plot gets a little fanciful, with the army helicopters battling over US soil, but it's a movie, right? :) I really enjoyed this movie, and the virus aspects were well-researched and timely, given our current (10/2014) ebola situation.
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The 1st time I saw this movie I thought Dustin Hoffman sucked. He was over acting (if there is such a thing), but the more I watched it the more it grew on me. I am a person who watches good movies over and over again and this is now one of them. You don't have to think too much to know what is going on. Kevin Spacey and Cuba Gooding Jr do a good job which balances out Dustin Hoffman. Morgan Freeman and Donald Sutherland are great.
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I love Dustin Hoffman and this is one of his best movies, in my opinion. Great cast, great acting and tense story that keeps you on the edge of your seat.These days you rarely see such a line-up of great actors all in one movie. Imagine, Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Donald Sutherland and Cuba Gooding Jr. all playing off of one another! Plus one of the best thriller directors in Hollywood. The story is very current, even though this is an older movie. A sudden outbreak of a 100% lethal virus has happened in a small Northern California town and doctors from USAMRID and the Center for Disease Control rush in to quarantine the town and find the carrier in order to create a cure. However, there is a more sinister player hidden in the shadows who doesn't want them to find the origin of the disease and is willing to go to any lengths to prevent it. Non-stop action and thrills. The movie was filmed in the small town of Ferndale and the scenery is spectacular. I watch this movie again and again and never get tired of it.
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