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Out of Africa

Out of Africa

Meryl Streep
Director: Sydney Pollack Cast: Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
, Robert Redford
Robert Redford
, Klaus Maria Brandauer
Klaus Maria Brandauer
Sydney Pollack

DVD (Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1)

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The DVD for the big Oscar winner of 1985, Out of Africa, is a nice package from Universal, though maybe a bit short of their "Collector's Edition" label. The image, which is framed at 1.85:1 and anamorphic, is very nice. Colors range from muted to strikingly vivid and are reproduced exceptionally well on the disc. Detail, for the most part, is strong, without a significant amount of distracting elements. The sound, which utilizes a 4.1 English track, is basically centered upfront, only using any surround material sparingly. Still, John Barry's wonderful, Oscar-winning score comes across with strength. As for extras, they might be considered a little light for a special edition. The disc does have a commentary track from director Sydney Pollack, which is detailed about the production and its challenges. In addition, there is a nice 50-minute documentary entitled "Song of Africa" with interviews and behind-the-scenes footage. Beyond that there are the standard production notes, cast and crew information, and theatrical trailer. A missed opportunity would have to be the exclusion of Barry's music on an isolated track. Fans of this film shouldn't be disappointed, though, in what is offered. Overall, the quality is there to see.

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/29/2000
UPC: 0025192025020
Original Release: 1985
Rating: PG
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital]
Time: 2:41:00
Sales rank: 107

Special Features

"Song of Africa" original documentary; Feature commentary with director Sydney Pollack; Production notes; Cast & filmmakers; Theatrical trailer; Universal web links

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

Scene Index

Side #1
0. Chapter List
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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