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Out Of Africa [DVD] [1986]

Meryl Streep , Robert Redford , Sydney Pollack    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Michael Kitchen, Malick Bowens
  • Directors: Sydney Pollack
  • Writers: Judith Thurman, Errol Trzebinski, Karen Blixen, Kurt Luedtke
  • Producers: Anna Cataldi, Judith Thurman, Kim Jorgensen
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French, English
  • Subtitles: English, German, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Jan 2002
  • Run Time: 155 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005N53W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,769 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Winner of seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Out of Africa seems to have slipped more readily from public memory than other comparably lauded films. Yet Sidney Pollack's panoramic treatment of Karen Blixen's novel has retained its atmosphere and slow-burning emotion, and deserves reassessment. Meryl Streep is in her possibly most involving starring role as Baroness Karen Blixen, Danish free spirit whose ill-fated venture at the beginning of World War One to run a coffee plantation in Kenya is overlaid by her intimate yet distant relationship with adventurer and idealist Denys Finch Hatton, unselfconsciously portrayed by Robert Redford. Klaus Maria Brandauer puts in a rare and convincing English-language appearance as the amoral but charming womaniser Baron Bror Blixen. The film is tellingly held together by Kurt Luedke's finely honed screenplay, and John Barry's sumptuously expressive score.

On the DVD: The anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen format reproduces superbly, as does the 4.1 discrete audio. 18 access points are provided, with printed and aural subtitles in English only. Pollack's feature commentary is amusing enough on a single run-through, but an on-location documentary would have been preferable. Production notes and biographies are very adequate, though the theatrical trailer reproduction is notably inferior. No matter, this is a major film, well worth the transfer to DVD.--Richard Whitehouse

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DVD Special Features:

Feature Commentary with Director Sydney Pollack
Production Notes
Cast and Filmmakers Biographies
Theatrical Trailer
Universal Web Links
English Dolby Digital 4.1
Subtitles: English
Dual Layer
Anamorphic 1.85:1

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The transfer in this edition is a cryout shame. So much DNR that faces look waxy, details are lost, and even make small borders "halo-double". I watched it in a 52" screen, so maybe in smaller screens this is not so noticeable; in large ones, it is unbearable. In a movie where landscape and photography are main characters as well, this is just outrageous. Yes, it is still the best transfer to date, but worthless as a blu-ray. Far much worse than the first, poor transfer of "Gladiator". Let's hope they will eventually remaster "Out of Africa" properly, because this wonderful movie deserves it; as far as I am concerned, I possess the blu-ray, but am still unable to watch this movie in high definition.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Digibook is not remastered 25 Dec 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I presume most people wanting to buy this Blu-ray digibook edition have already seen the film, so you already know whether you like it. For my money, it's a very good period romance, but never quite steps over into great (except, of course, John Barry's wonderful score). The film alone would get four stars from me.

I'm mainly writing this review to make clear that Universal have taken the cheapskate option with this release. Unlike the US digibook, which has exactly the same cover design, the disc you'll find inside this one is the same disc as the previous release - the one with poor picture quality. It's blurry, smoothed over, lacking in detail and generally everything else that can go wrong with a HD transfer.

If you want this digibook, go for the American version (which is region free). Alternatively, go for the US 100th Anniversary release in the standard plastic case - it's cheaper and the digibook packaging doesn't offer much beyond looking nice.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Same very poor quality as the previous version 24 Dec 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Although I bought the old edition in the past, I've recently purchased this 100th Anniversary Edition
I've realized to my great disappointment that it offers the same identical very poor quality as the copy I already have!
I know that Universal spent its effort to have a new master copy for the US with a much enhanced picture quality.
I really can't understand why giving again a very poor transfer to all the European countries.
With the label "100th Anniversary Edition", you let the customers think that the European edition uses the same master copy used in the United States - because it is also called "100th Anniversary Edition" - but unfortunately that's not true at all!!!

Sure of your seriousness already shown in the case of "The Gladiator" rest in confident expectation that you will soon start a replacement campaign to fix this embarrassing problem.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible video quality.... 28 Dec 2012
Universal UK have decided to use the old bluray transfer in this digibook, and not the newer remastered version that was re-released in the US (The 1st US bluray release was also the same problematic transfer as this UK current release). Even the newer remastered version is not perfect- that tells you right there how poor this one is. Avoid, avoid, avoid!!!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor transfer 4 April 2011
This Blu Ray sports a very outdated HD transfer that is poor for today's standards. Digital sharpening and grain reduction artifacts are all over the place. Film look is not available here. You might like it if you watch on smaller TVs from a safe distance (where you don't see 1080p detail in the first place). Don't try to project it on a screen or go to close on a big monitor. It miserably falls apart.
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71 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A song of Africa; and: What price freedom? 2 Jun 2005
He likes to distill his movies' themes into a single word, Sydney Pollack explains on "Out of Africa"'s DVD. Here, that word is "Possession:" The possessiveness of the colonialists trying to make Africa theirs; to rule her with their law, settle on the local tribes' land, dress their African servants in European outfits (complete with a house boy's white gloves), import prized belongings like crystal to maintain the comforts of European civilization, and teach African children to read, to remove their "ignorance." And the possessiveness of human relationships; the claim of exclusivity arising from a wedding license, the encroachment on personal freedom resulting if such a claim is raised by even one partner - regardless whether based on a legal document - and the implications of desire, jealousy, want and need.
As such, the movie's story of Danish writer Karen Blixen's (Isak Dinesen's) experience in Kenya is inextricably intertwined with her love for free-spirited hunter/adventurer Denys Finch Hatton. Just as she spends years trying to wrangle coffee beans from ground patently unfit for their plantation and create a dam where water that, her servants tell her, "lives in Mombassa" needs to flow freely, only to see her efforts fail at last, so also her romance with Finch Hatton blossoms only as long as she is still (pro forma) married, and thus cannot fully claim him. As soon as the basis of their relationship changes, Finch Hatton withdraws - and is killed in a plane crash shortly thereafter, his death thus cementing a development already underway with terrible finality. In her eulogy Karen asks God to take back his soul with its freedom intact: "He was not ours - he was not mine.
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