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"Out of Africa" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

The acclaimed 1985 motion picture stars Meryl Steep and Robert Redford in one the screen's epic romances. Directed by Oscar winning Sydney Pollack, this is the fascinating true story of Karen Blixen, a strong willed women who runs a coffee plantation with her philandering husband (Brandauer) in pre-WWI  Africa. To her wonderment, she falls in love with the land, the people and a mysterious white hunter (Redford).This epic tale of love, loss and self-discovery amid stunning vistas of Africa won Oscars for Best Picture, Original Score, Art Direction, Screenplay and Sound.

 

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • 2010, Color, Rated PG, 2 Hr 41 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: MPEG-4
  • English 5.1 DTS HD Master, French, Spanish with subtitles
  • Starring: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer
  • Directed by Sydney Pollack
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: Brief
  • Language: No

Commentary

A wonderful story with great actors and the awesome backdrop of Africa's Serengeti. What's not to like? Be aware that this is a long narrative story that takes place over several years, so don't expect a  fast paced action movie.  However, for those of you that like a good story with character development and a poignant ending, this is your movie. Streep's character really makes this movie work while Redford adds charm to the storyline. A good story never goes out of style!

Technical

The video in this movie is frustrating. Some scenes are sharply focused with natural color and nice black levels and then the very next scene is less sharply focused. Fleshtones range from natural to orange. Some scenes are crystal clear and render the African landscape in all of its glory and then you see sections that contain some flecks of dirt and scratches. The "green screen" work is poor in the opening sequence where Streep and Brandauer talk after hunting. Audio in general is good, but there are a few places where the John Barry score swells so loudly, you'll find yourself reaching for the volume on the remote. Dialogue is always clear and the rears are used only occasionally. Your powered sub will go to sleep during most of this movie. In spite of these caveats, the movie is still very enjoyable and worth watching.

Extras

Fifteen deleted scenes, a 75min. documentary "Song of Africa" (which is very good), trailers and production notes. This is a "flipper" with the DVD version on the other side of the disc.