Out of Africa

Out of Africa

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Director: Sydney Pollack

Cast: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer

     
 

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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,…  See more details below

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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 an 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 complemented 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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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A lush and enthralling romantic drama drawn from uniquely fascinating source material, Out of Africa eschews most of the genre clichés and unfolds with refreshing respect for its audience. Meryl Streep is superb as Karen Blixen, the passionate Danish woman who marries for convenience at the beginning of World War I and moves to Nairobi with her husband (played here by Klaus Maria Brandauer). Before long, the marriage fails, leaving Blixen free to pursue her romance with an idealistic British adventurer (Robert Redford), who dearly loves her but balks at being tied to one place. Kurt Luedtke's script -- a synthesis of five books Blixen later wrote under the name Isak Dinesen -- tells the story at a leisurely pace, and some might think the film unnecessarily long at two and a half hours. But director Sydney Pollack re-creates time and place with such skill and accuracy that you'll find yourself drawn into the narrative and hanging on every word and expression. David Watkin's lush cinematography creates an otherworldly ambience that gives the Streep-Redford romance an oddly dreamlike aspect. Redford doesn't always convince us that he's an Englishman, but his scenes with Streep, whose work here ranks with her greatest performances, will melt the heart of even the most cynical viewer. Romantic epics rarely achieve a perfect balance between their technical and artistic ambitions, but Out of Africa is one such work.
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:
06/28/2011
UPC:
0025192108181
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
PG
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:41:00

Special Features

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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Meryl Streep Karen Blixen-Finecke
Robert Redford Denys Finch Hatton
Klaus Maria Brandauer Baron Bror Blixen-Finecke,Hans Blixen
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
Mike Burgara Juma
Stephen B. Grimes 2nd Commissioner
Allaudin Qureshi Rajiv
Job Seda Kanuthia
Mary Selway Actor
Abdullah Sunado Esa
Sbish Trzebinski Beefy Drunk
Leslie Phillips Sir Joseph
Shane Rimmer Belknap
Mohammed Umar Ismail
Donal McCann Doctor
Kenneth Mason Banker
Tristram Jellinek 1st Commissioner
Annabel Maule Lady Byrne
Benny Young Minister
Niven Boyd Young Officer
Iman Mariammo
Peter Strong Huge Man
Amanda Parkin Victoria
Muriel Gross Lady Delamere
Ann Palmer Dowager
Keith Pearson Missionary Teacher
Mike A. Burgos Juma
Maryam D'Abo Actor

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
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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Out of Africa 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Late_to_Bluray More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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