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Not to be missed.
on 12 March 2017
Out of Africa is simply a masterpiece of cinematic art. This film does an exceptional job of delving into each of the characters and creating an understanding of what it is that makes all lovers and humanity itself such a difficult and complex chain of events.
Meryl Streep proves once again what an acting legend she is by playing Karen Blixen, a Danish "immigrant" to Eastern Africa and how she learned to fall in love with the land, the people, and of a British hunter named Denys, played by a very American Robert Redford. Their relationship is unique and genuinely romantic, certainly one of the great epic romances of all time. Their love is a play between what your heart needs and what your head tells you what you should do with your life. In the end, their love is not of this world, it is not ours. It is a lesson in learning that nothing is forever, nothing is owned by us, not even the love we create for ourselves and then discard. This earth, represented so well by Africa, owns everything we think we have, and ultimately, like Denys, we all go back to whence we come.
Out of Africa is a gorgeously filmed movie, with some of the most spectacular scenery ever recorded on film. The flying over Africa scene is romance and adventure next to none. The film score by John Barry is certainly one of the best of all time, and it perfectly captures the romantic grandeur of this woman and that man in their glorious attempt at forever possessing each other's heart, only to learn that their love is not to remain constant, just like the beauty of the African savannah is not to be consistent. A romantic, visual, musical, and historical achievement, until now poorly served by video. The DVD was lousy, and the first Blu ray, released in 2010, was so so.
So "so so", in fact, that Universal offered (in the US only, unfortunately...) disappointed buyers a free exchange for this 2012 released 100th anniversary new version, this time fully and magnificently restored - picture and sound. Not the absolute perfection of "Ben Hur", "The Ten Commandments" or "Lawrence of Arabia", but not far from it.
At long last, justice has been done to this masterpiece. Purchase STRONGLY recommended.