Out of Africa

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Out of Africa is drawn from the life and writings of Danish author Isak Dinesen, who during the time that the film's events occured was known by her married name, Karen Blixen-Flecke. For convenience's sake, Karen Meryl Streep has married Baron Bor Blixen-Flecke Klaus Maria Brandauer. In 1914, the Baron moves himself and his wife to a plantation in Nairobi, then leaves Karen to her own devices as he returns to his womanizing and drinking. Soon, Karen has fallen in love with charming white hunter Denys Finch ...
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Out of Africa is drawn from the life and writings of Danish author Isak Dinesen, who during the time that the film's events occured was known by her married name, Karen Blixen-Flecke. For convenience's sake, Karen Meryl Streep has married Baron Bor Blixen-Flecke Klaus Maria Brandauer. In 1914, the Baron moves himself and his wife to a plantation in Nairobi, then leaves Karen to her own devices as he returns to his womanizing and drinking. Soon, Karen has fallen in love with charming white hunter Denys Finch Hatton Robert Redford, who prefers a no-strings relationship. A woman who prides herself on her independence, Blixen finds herself unhappily in thrall to a aloof man -- and doubly unhappy for living out such a cliché situation. Although Redford received a lion's share of criticism for his too-American performance, Streep has rarely been better, and the film's perfectly measured pace is offset by David Watkin's stunning location photography. The movie was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won 7, including Best Picture, Best Director for Sydney Pollack, Best Adapted Screenplay for Kurt Luedtke, and Best Cinematography for Watkin.
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Special Features

Song of Africa: An original full-length documentary on the making of the film ; Deleted scenes ; Feature commentary with director Sydney Pollack
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Out of Africa gives its audience one of the screen's great rarities -- an intelligent romance combined with the sweeping perspective of a great epic. Never mind that Robert Redford is much too American to be convincingly British, he conveys a stoic sense of adventurism that makes him an ideal screen match for the reserved passion of Meryl Streep. The film's tech credits are top-notch, particularly the cinematography of David Watkin, whose spectacular location shooting makes the film a visual treat. A clear favorite on Oscar night, Out of Africa took Best Picture, Best Director Sydney Pollack, and five other awards, including one for Watkin.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/28/2011
  • UPC: 025192108181
  • Original Release: 1985
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 2:41:00
  • Format: Blu-ray

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Meryl Streep Karen Blixen-Finecke
Robert Redford Denys Finch Hatton
Klaus Maria Brandauer Baron Bror Blixen-Finecke
Michael Kitchen Berkeley
Malick Bowens Farah
Joseph Thiaka Kamate
Stephen Kinyanjui Kinanjui
Michael Gough Delamere
Suzanna Hamilton Felicity
Rachel Kempson Lady Belfield
Graham Crowden Lord Belfield
Niven Boyd Young Officer
Mike Burgara Juma
Mike A. Burgos Juma
Maryam D'Abo
Stephen B. Grimes 2nd Commissioner
Muriel Gross Lady Delamere
Iman Mariammo
Tristram Jellinek 1st Commissioner
Kenneth Mason Banker
Annabel Maule Lady Byrne
Donal McCann Doctor
Ann Palmer Dowager
Amanda Parkin Victoria
Keith Pearson Missionary Teacher
Leslie Phillips Sir Joseph
Allaudin Qureshi Rajiv
Shane Rimmer Belknap
Job Seda Kanuthia
Mary Selway
Peter Strong Huge Man
Abdullah Sunado Esa
Sbish Trzebinski Beefy Drunk
Mohammed Umar Ismail
Benny Young Minister
Technical Credits
Sydney Pollack Director, Producer
John Barry Score Composer
Milena Canonero Costumes/Costume Designer
Anna Cataldi Associate Producer
Terence A. Clegg Co-producer
Colin Grimes Art Director
Stephen B. Grimes Production Designer
Peter Handford Sound/Sound Designer
David Harris Special Effects
J. Roy Helland Makeup
Pembroke J. Herring Editor
Norma Hill-Patton Makeup
Mary Hillman Makeup
Kim Jorgensen Executive Producer
Sheldon Kahn Editor
Gary D. Liddiard Makeup
Kurt Luedtke Screenwriter
Josie MacAvin Set Decoration/Design
Cliff Robinson Art Director
Franz Steininger Editor
Frederic Steinkamp Editor
William Steinkamp Editor
Judith Thurman Associate Producer
David Watkin Cinematographer
Herbert Westbrook Production Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Out of Africa
1. I Had a Farm in Africa... [4:32]
2. Main Titles [2:59]
3. Finch Hatton [3:53]
4. The Wedding [5:51]
5. Home [5:11]
6. The Kikuyu [5:34]
7. Houseguests [9:06]
8. War [6:15]
9. Supplies for the Baron [14:08]
10. Syphilis [21:49]
11. Down to the Mara [9:02]
12. A Shampoo and a Poem [14:34]
13. Black Water [2:57]
14. The View From Above [5:59]
15. God Is Coming [19:00]
16. An Accident in Tsavo [14:12]
17. A Song of Africa [7:22]
18. End Titles [5:24]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Out of Africa
   Chapter List
   Bonus Materials
      Song of Africa
      Feature Commentary With Director Sydney Pollack
      Production Notes
      Cast & Filmmakers
         Robert Redford / Denys Finch Hatton
         Meryl Streep / Karen Blixen
         Klaus Maria Brandauer / Bror Blixen
         Sydney Pollack / Director
      Theatrical Trailer
      Recommendations
      Universal Web Links
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Feature Commentary With Director Sydney Pollack
      Captioned: For the Hearing Impaired
      Captioned: English
      Captioned: None
   Play
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  • Posted February 7, 2014

    Always loved the DVD, the Bluray is worth the re-buy

    About six months ago I finally upgraded from a 10 year old rear projection with DVD to a big screen LED with Bluray. I have a huge library of DVDs, and I have always questioned whether it was worth replacing any of those DVDs with Blurays or just continue watching the DVDs. First, I can say that an LED TV with a Bluray player displays existing DVDs in much better quality. That further reduces any real reason to bother upgrading DVDs you may already own. After some personal critical review of some key movies between their DVD version and Bluray version using the Bluray player and LED TV, I did come to one conclusion. If the movie has first-rate cinematography (photography), particularly scenery, it's worth upgrading the disc. Otherwise, I can't see a big reason to replace an existing DVD with a Bluray copy. So for example, if it's a David Lean movie (Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago), it's worth the upgrade. Other movies I don't see as being worth replacing an existing DVD. Out of Africa falls into the cinematography category. The movie not only has a great story, but also first rate cinematography. Definitely worth upgrading from a DVD copy to a Bluray copy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Thoroughly Engaging Melodrama

    Can a prudish countess find passion and heartache amidst the wild safaris of Africa? Meryl Streep and Robert Redford illustrate in 'Out of Africa' a sweeping love story set against the backdrop of colonialist turmoil and civil unrest. This is one of those big, BIG character driven melodramas that, for some inexplicable reason, Hollywood has stopped producing. Based on a true story - 'Out of Africa' follows the exploits of Karen Blixen (Streep), a headstrong woman who is determined to find adventure and meaning in her life. She allows herself to be swept under by the passion of a notorious womanizer, Baron Finecke (Klaus Maria Brandauer). However, once in Africa, and infected with syphilis by her philandering husband, Karen is left to fend for herself against the violent backdrop of tribal unrest and British colonization. Enter Denys Finch Hadden (Redford), a game hunter with a penchant and a passion for all the things that Karen has dreamed of. The two begin a passionate affair that culminates in tragedy and despair. This is a film of surreal and genuinely haunting beauty coupled with a story that will surely enthrall. Universal Pictures has given us an adequate print of the movie, considerably cleaned up and remastered for DVD. However, there are several occasions where pixelization, edge enhancement and aliasing problems genuinely distract. Colors can seem a bit muddy at times. The cinematography is breathtaking and quite often presented with exceptional clarity and depth. However, there are cases where a soft haze seems to intrude. Black levels are generally solid though here too, occasionally there is an excessive amount of film grain noticed. The soundtrack is 2.0 surround and well represented for its age. Extras include a wonderful 'making-of' and some snippets and interviews and a trailer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful

    Merryl Streep narrates this story for her character Karen Blixen. One of the most powerful endings in movie history hppens when Karen Blixen describes her feelings during the funeral of her lover Denys Finch Hatton, while we watch the lions come to lay on his grave, looking out over the Savana. It is truely one of the great cinamtic love stories ever; in addition to seducing you for Africa.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AAAH, what a story.

    I've seen the movie for the first time many years ago...and still watch it every chance I get. The cast is splendid, the scenery is magnificent. My heart is bursting every time I watch this beautifull piece of cinematography. In my opinion this is a masterpiece.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Film for the Senses

    This breatakingly beautiful film must not be missed. With one of John Barry's best scores to back them up, Streep and Redford make a very sexy couple in this true story of love, adultery, and the forces of nature in the Africa of many years ago. This is a visual masterpiece with its spectacular cinematography and costumes, and a story that is hearbreaking real. Don't miss it. Like me, you'll want to be on the next flight to Africa.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2003

    Beautiful Photography

    This movie should be classed with Gone Witth The Wind and Dr. Zhivago. The story line stays fairly true to the author's writings and the photography is excellent. It makes me want to watch this film over and over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My All-Time Favorite

    I have worn out two VHS copies since 1986 and now I'm ordering my first DVD copy and I'm so excited! This is the movie I watch when I have an argument with my husband and I need to remember how exciting he was when I first met him and then I can fall in love all over again. Try it - it works!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Magnificient Film

    I totally agree with the other reviewer here, that Redford could have just stood there and read the LA phonebook. His character may have been British in real life, but he played his part so well that it didn't matter. Meryl Streep's talent is unsurpassable. I felt all of her character's joys and agonies. I too watch this movie over and over. It is an especially wonderful rainy afternoon movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bittersweet Love Story

    Robert Redford could have just stood there and read the LA phonebook for all I care and I still would have bought this movie. It is one of my favorites with him as the dashing Denys Finch Hatton. Meryl Streep, what can you say about this multi-talented lady. No matter what she is in, she steals the show. Klaus Maria Brandauer plays the devilishly rouge ''Baron'' to a tee. We love to hate him. His impish smile and the twinkle in his eye makes him seem like a little boy who has been caught with his ''hand in the cookie jar.'' Well earned Oscars, especially for cinematography. I watch it over and over and never tire of it.

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