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Outbreak 1995

A deadly virus from the African rainforests breaks out in Cedar Creek, California after a monkey carrying the disease is transported over illegally. Those who are infected soon die, and it is up to Colonel Sam Daniels (Dustin Hoffman), a US army viral expert, to find an antidote. To do this he must track down the carrier monkey, but he is placed under extra pressure when his own wife is infected.

Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo
2 hours, 3 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Wolfgang Petersen
Starring Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo
Supporting actors Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Cuba Gooding Jr., Donald Sutherland, Patrick Dempsey, Zakes Mokae, Malick Bowens, Susan Lee Hoffman, Benito Martinez, Bruce Jarchow, Leland Hayward III, Daniel Chodos, Dale Dye, Kara Keough, Gina Menza, Per Didrik Fasmer, Michelle Joyner, Donald Forrest
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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I generally find Dustin Hoffman a bit irritating, but the pace and drama of this film doesn't allow his presence to detract from a superb thriller; especially when he is supported by the likes of Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, Cuba Gooding, Kevin Spacey and Donald Sutherland.
Not your run-of-the-mill disaster movie: the basic premise is the apocalyptic rise of a lethal virus, similar to Haemoragic Fever. Interwoven into the fabric of the movie are the issues of Bio-security, Biological Warfare, global transport of pandemic viruses by air-travel and trading in endangered species.
All-in-all this is a very enjoyable, thought provoking movie which hits all the right buttons. Superb mix of suspense, thrills and spills!
Similar in many ways to another favourite film of mine: "The Andromeda Strain" The Andromeda Strain [DVD] by Michael Chrighton. Both films follow the trail of destruction of a lethal virus as it mutates and causes havoc while the military try to make a weapon of it.
A great addition to any-ones film library
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Format: DVD
Somewhere, in Hollywood, there is a man who gets paid to read the popular science books & magazines in the search for ideas. This is not necessarily a bad thing as it means that we do get to see more original films and fewer second, or third time around remakes.
The subject of this film is the emergence of a new virus and the attempts of the authorities to deal with it.Col. Sam Daniels (Dustin Hoffman) is a maverick virus hunter working for the USmilitary His ex-wife Robby (Renee Russo) is his opposite number at the CDC. When a small town on the west coast is struck by a virus "worse than Ebola" they end up working together again.
They find themselves fighting not just the virus but a high level conspiracy in the military that would rather sacrifice the town than expose its own illegal activities.
The film rises above the standard thriller/disaster fare largely because of strong performances by the leading actors. Hoffman especially really does a good job. He does have a great script and a good part to work with but his character really gets the audience onside and you an really believe that this character wants to defeat the virus.
The film is not without faults. A few lapses of science are inevitable but worse are the two generals (Sutherland & Freeman) involved in the cover-up. Donald Sutherland is certainly a better actor than he appears here. He is basically never given the opportunity to portray his character as anything other than a hollow shell as the necessary bad guy. The film would have been a lot more convincing had it been able to portray these two as convincing bad guys.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I am not going to review the Story in great detail. What I am going to talk about here is the actual Blu Ray Transfer. I have always loved this particular Movie. If any of you had the DVD you will know that the cover case was just awful. Cardboard covers were an idea that were tried and abandoned. The Transfer to DVD was if done directly from the VHS. I seen the Blu Ray and ordered it and crossed my fingers that the Transfer would be a good one. I was not at all disappointed. The picture and sound in a word is just fantastic. Not only that but the picture itself is full screen. I couldn't believe the quality of the picture. Even the smallest detail was Chrystal clear. The Audio worked so well with my surround system that it really had that Cinema experience. If you are not thrilled with the way they have handled the transfer of Outbreak to Blu Ray format there is just no pleasing you its as simple as that. I had the misfortune of getting the disaster that was dancing with wolves on Blu Ray and the total mess they made of it but this thankfully is one of the best Blu Ray transfers I have had the good fortune to buy. When you get it and watch it you will understand completely why I am so happy with it. Buy it.
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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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