Winner of seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Out of Africa seems to have slipped more readily from public memory than other comparably lauded films. Yet Sidney Pollack's panoramic treatment of Karen Blixen's novel has retained its atmosphere and slow-burning emotion, and deserves reassessment. Meryl Streep is in her possibly most involving starring role as Baroness Karen Blixen, Danish free spirit whose ill-fated venture at the beginning of World War One to run a coffee plantation in Kenya is overlaid by her intimate yet distant relationship with adventurer... and idealist Denys Finch Hatton, unselfconsciously portrayed by Robert Redford. Klaus Maria Brandauer puts in a rare and convincing English-language appearance as the amoral but charming womaniser Baron Bror Blixen. The film is tellingly held together by Kurt Luedke's finely honed screenplay, and John Barry's sumptuously expressive score. On the DVD: The anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen format reproduces superbly, as does the 4.1 discrete audio. 18 access points are provided, with printed and aural subtitles in English only. Pollack's feature commentary is amusing enough on a single run-through, but an on-location documentary would have been preferable. Production notes and biographies are very adequate, though the theatrical trailer reproduction is notably inferior. No matter, this is a major film, well worth the transfer to DVD.--Richard Whitehouse [show more]
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play Sydney Pollack directs this sweeping romantic drama based on the memoirs of Danish writer Isak Dinesen Meryl Streep stars as Karen Blixen the restless wife of European aristocrat and plantation owner Baron Bror Blixen (Brandauer) When Bror departs to hunt big game and chase women the running of their East African coffee plantation falls to Karen She throws herself into this task with the same determination and spirit she brings to her passionate but sporadic affair with free-spirited British hunter Denys Finch Hatton (Robert Redford) While enduring her husband&39;s infidelities and the eventual destruction of their beloved land she entertains Denys and befriends the workers Hatton shares Karen&39;s profound love for the African landscape but is unwilling to sacrifice his independence for their relationship Actors Robert Redford Meryl Streep Klaus Maria Brandauer Michael Kitchen Michael Gough Leslie Phillips Shane Rimmer Jon Seda Maryam d&39;Abo Iman Joseph Thiaka Stephen Kinyanjui Stephen Kinyanjui Rachel Kempson & Graham CrowdenDirector Sydney PollackCertificate PGYear 1985Screen Widescreen 1851 AnamorphicLanguages English - Dolby Digital (41) SurroundSubtitles EnglishDuration 2 hours and 34 minutes (approx)
Tale of colonial life based on the adventures of Karen Blixen. Karen (Meryl Streep) arrives in Africa in 1914 and marries Baron Bror Blixen-Finecke (Klaus Maria Brandauer). Their marriage soon cools into a 'civilised' separation, but Karen finds herself falling in love with the wild, unfamiliar country and its people. Then she meets handsome, fiercely independent hunter Denys Finch Hatton (Robert Redford), and a hesitant romance ensues.