Out of Africa PG

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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 41 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: February 29, 2000
  • Originally Released: 1985
  • Label: Universal Studios
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Dual Layer
  • Collectors Edition
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 4.1 - English
    • Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0 - French
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Cast and Filmmakers Bios
    • Feature Commentary with Director Sydney Pollack
    • Song of Africa
    • Trailers: Theatrical
    • Universal Web Links
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Production Notes

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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1985 - Best Adapted Screenplay: Kurt Luedtke
Academy Awards 1985 - Best Art Direction - Set Decoration
Academy Awards 1985 - Best Cinematography: David Watkin
Academy Awards 1985 - Best Director: Sydney Pollack
Academy Awards 1985 - Best Original Score: John Barry
Academy Awards 1985 - Best Picture
Academy Awards 1985 - Best Sound

Entertainment Reviews:

Fresh60%

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Total Count: 48

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 40,228
The relationship between Karen Blixen and her British lover, Denys Finch Hatton, may fail to catch fire. But the production itself is so exquisitely served that you can't help but be grateful for this extraordinary visual treat. Full Review
New York Daily News
Feb 22, 2015
The beauty that people talk about after they have eaten their popcorn and blown their noses is a postcard beauty, and the ache they feel has nothing to do with the script and very little to do with the performances. Full Review
The New York Review of Books
Aug 12, 2018
Out of Africa is a melodrama, but in any case, it is an excellent one. [Full Review in Spanish] Full Review
El Pais (Spain)
Mar 1, 2018
Rating: 4/5 -- What the movie loses in emotional realism, it gains in sheer epic audacity. Full Review
Radio Times
Jan 6, 2014
Streep may convince us utterly that she is in love with Africa, but our views of it are a little too stately to really feel the place. Full Review
Los Angeles Times
Jan 6, 2014
Rating: 4/5 -- Engagingly played, swoonsomely shot, and a bit breathy... perfect stuff for a Sunday night. Full Review
Sky Cinema
Feb 21, 2019
The scale of its protagonist's obsessiveness is what gives Out of Africa its splendor. Full Review
Boston Globe
Apr 25, 2018

Product Description:

Adapted from Isak Dinesen's novel, OUT OF AFRICA, this film plaintively tells the story of two troubled adults who meet and fall in love in the African wilderness. Karen Blixen-Flecke (Meryl Streep) is a modern woman, caught in the shortcomings of a practical marriage. Finch Hatton (Robert Redford) is a gallant British hunter, lonely, but unable to commit. As they two meet and begin a torrid affair, they set out on an epic adventure in the badlands of Africa--an adventure that real-life Karen Blixen-Flecke would later novelize under the pen name Isak Dinesen.

Sydney Pollack's opus, OUT OF AFRICA, is a full, visually compelling film. Its storyline evokes a plethora of emotions, ranging from fear and loathing to hope and the elation of love. Robert Redford and Meryl Streep are electric as the two damaged infidels in love. A key American film, OUT OF AFRICA is not to be missed.

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Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: February 21, 1986.
  • Filmed on location in Kenya and Northeast England.
  • The book OUT OF AFRICA is Danish writer Isak Dinesen's (her real name was Karen Blixen) account of her life in British East Africa from 1913 to 1931.
  • "He even took the gramophone on safari. Three rifles, supplies for a month, and Mozart."--Karen Blixen (Meryl Streep)
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