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  • Great movie!
    Classic movie that never ceases to entertain. A beautiful love story, beautifully told...still makes me cry.
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  • What a dud...
    Sorry, I know I am in the minority for this film but it just didn't make me think romantic and I didn't like the story. Why do we need to celebrate these particular people when there are much more romantic true stories? The acting was fine and there were some funny moments but for the most part it was not up to a good standard for me....more info
  • Still a winner after all these years
  • Out of Africa
    Some of the music from the film is not on the dvd. Very dissapointing....more info
  • Iluvshpping
    The DVD arrived within the week of ordering on line . My husband & I love this movie we watched it together at home thirteen years ago, when we started dating and had a hard time finding it at our local stores so we looked on and found it....more info
  • Out of Africa DVD
    The story line was great, that's why I bought it, but the quality of the DVD was poor at best. I had to turn the volume all the way up to barely hear it and it had a glitch right in the middle that I have to skip through.
    Very poor quality!!!...more info
  • Shouldn't have been made.
    This is one of my all time favorites of horrible movies. Runs a close second to Inside Moves and just about any movie with Jon Voight in it. Here's the summary.....(streep) I love him (redford) but...he has the syph...I'm sad the end! Add in the backdrop of Africa and there you have it. At least someone made a few bucks off this movie. ...more info
  • Lovely Movie - This Version Missing Scenes
    This "Collectors Edition" has Highs and Lows. The High being a beautiful transfer, with clarity and wonderful warm colors; really a lovely thing to watch. The Low (and this is critical to me) this version has a significant number of scenes that were included on the Network TV showing, that are completely missing from this version. I wish I had known this before purchasing this DVD. I assumed the "Collectors Edition" would have the many little touching scenes that show the developing relationships between Karen and Farah, Denys, etc...that really made this movie. The little scenes between Karen and Farah when he tells her the rains can come any time now - When Farah gets her a Somali Servant to carry her rifles - and others. These missing scenes have made me go back to my taped copy from TV. Very sad this is not a complete version....more info
  • Out of Africa
    Watching this movie was an amazing surprise. I had heard of it but never had the opportunity to watch it. It was beautiful, and a wonderful story. ...more info
  • Liked It A Lot More & More With Each Viewing
    Few movies ever increased in my ratings as much as this one did from first viewing to the last one - the fifth being several years ago. Let's hope this comes out on a quality Blu-Ray disc sometime in the near future.

    Until seeing this widescreen DVD, I hadn't realized just how beautiful this movie was shot. The accompanying music score also is outstanding. The main score, the theme song of the movie, if you will, still ranks as perhaps the prettiest I have ever heard on ANY film. (For the full version of the music, stay with the ending credits.)

    In addition to the appreciation of the visuals and soundtrack, I enjoyed the story much more by the third time and Meryl Streep's Danish accent as "Karen Blixen" went from annoying to acceptable. It is a romance story and there isn't much action, and parts of it can drag a bit, but not for long.

    One credibility problem, the other main character: " Denys," played by Robert Redford, was supposed to be British but had a 100 percent American accent. He didn't even try to fake it! His character also was a little too secular-humanistic for me to root for him, anyway. He didn't have much a moral base ("marriage is just a sheet of paper.") Streep's character wasn't too far away from that, either.

    Character-wise, I liked Blixen's husband, played by Klaus Maria Brandauer, probably best in this movie.

    Social agendas aside, I always enjoy what the rest of the film has to offer: mainly the magnificent African scenery, mellow story and rich music.
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  • Wonderful movie
    I didn't see this movie when it came out in 1985 - but I wish I had !
    Fantastic scenery (shot in Kenya) and a terrific performance by Streep, Brandauer and Michael Kitchens.
    This was based on a true story about author Isak Dinesen (not certain about that spelling; her pen name was Karen Blixen. Or maybe its the other way around).
    It helps to know a bit about the story beforehand; and also something about colonial Africa. Otherwise it may not hold your interest (I'm thiking especially of younger adults).
    Biggest drawback is Redford's character Denis Finch-Hatton. Finch-Hatton was and Englishman but Redford makes no attempt at a British accent. Redford is a limited actor, and while he has the right rugged good looks his accent messes up the character.

    I highly recommend this film....more info
  • A classic!
    One of the all-time best movies!...gorgeous sound track, gorgeous scenery..beautiful story beautifully cast. I own it and view it repeatedly....more info
  • A romantic movie I understand
    Several years ago, I watched the "End of Innocence," I believe a Martin Scorcese movie, a story of unrequited love, filled with yearning, caught by societal roles and a desire never fulfilled - and for me a waste of time. And it is in the confronting, and making peace with the issues noted above that makes "Out of Africa" a poignant and powerful love story. A story of a couple who were true to themselves and their love despite the "rules" of society. People who triumphed not only against the restrictions imposed on them by their peers, but whom also faced and moved beyond the barriers they placed on themselves. They paid the price...but what a privilege to be in love - a profound and liberating love. I suppose that some would say that they paid for their insolence as evidenced by their eventual separation and Fynch Hatton's death, but I find that the decision to be true to themselves...and love anyway, the mark of true love. Well acted, well written and a credit to two remarkable people - pioneers not only in Africa but also in spirit. Highly recommended....more info
  • Breathtaking
    This is one of the best romantic movies I have ever seen. It touches on the need to be independent but at the same time wanting companionship and closeness with another. I can say that I found this to be somehow feminist especially in the way karen Blixen handled her life and went against what might have been considered proper female behaivor at that time. She followed her heart and regardless of what was thrown her way she handled it with dignity and strength. The part of the movie that I particularly liked was when marriage was being discussed with robert redford's character and he says that a piece of paper will not make him love her more(my feelings exactly). i loved this movie and will definitely watch it again....more info
  • Classic Movie
    This is one of Meryl Streep finest movies. A moving love story of a man and Africa. ...more info
  • Spectacular Scenery and Emotionally Satisfying
    "Out of Africa" stands out as one of the most spectacular movies ever made. At the 1985 Academy Awards this movie won seven Oscars including Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Picture. It deserved all seven!

    It is filled with romance, scenery, real-life struggles and the inevitability of fate. It is a journey into Africa and into love. The escape is in the hand of fate. This movie presents Africa as a paradise. The natural environment is harsh, yet unspoiled in this movie.

    This is based on the true story of Danish writer Isak Dinesen/Karen Blixen (Meryl Streep) who left Denmark to marry German Klaus Maria Brandauer/Baron Bror Blixen (Klaus Maria Brandauer) and start a dairy in Kenya.

    Some women do enjoy the security of a man looking after them, however Karen is different. She seems to desire companionship and offers her fortune in exchange for marriage. Her husband changes his mind about the dairy and instead they use her money on a risky venture to grow coffee. This is not a marriage based on an intense romance, in fact, Karen is marrying her lover's brother.

    Soon after they arrive in Africa, it becomes apparent this is not a satisfying marriage for Karen. Not only is her husband unfaithful to her, he gives her syphilis. Disease is not the only threat, she also has to fight floods and fire. There are lions which apparently try to attack Karen and Denys although I thought that was pretty unlikely in the situation.

    I didn't like the "hunter" aspects or when the two lions are killed, but if you watch at the end, I think even the lions forgive the hunter. When I've seen lions during the day they were normally napping in the shade. Apparently they had trouble getting the lions to act aggressive and there is information on the DVD explaining these details.

    Karen finds acceptance in big game hunter Denys Finch Hatton (Robert Redford) who loves her ability to tell stories. He starts the stories and she completes them. I think he is impressed by her confidence and creativity. He sees who she really is. Her husband is obviously blind to this beautiful goddess he has taken to Africa.

    She in turn is delighted by this interest and slowly allows him into her world. While Denys and Karen are a perfect match and as close to soul mates as possible, Denys is unsure of commitment and explains how a piece of paper won't make him love her more. Meryl Streep and Robert Redford have chemistry, chemistry and more chemistry in this movie! They mostly share a few kisses, yet their relationship is on such a deep level, I think it could survive if they just told each other stories.

    What Karen seems to truly desire is a man who will sacrifice to be with her. She wants to be of value. Denys tells Karen she has confused "want" and "need." This is an excellent portrayal of the gender differences. Man wants to be free to come and go and woman wants security, love and commitment. She wants to be treated with respect.

    Denys "wants" Karen and Karen seems to "need" Denys. The question is not whether he will realize this in time before he loses her, but whether or not fate will turn their lives into a tragedy or allow them to form a true relationship. As Karen says:

    "When the gods want to punish you, they answer your prayers."

    Karen seems the surrender to her fate and is able to experience a brief moment of ecstasy in her life even though she is wounded from the experience.

    When you view this movie, there are various elements which hint at the ending, yet I didn't recognize them until viewing this the second time. This is a movie I watch every few years because I too once lived on a farm in Africa. It was not quite this romantic because I was still a child. This movie makes me terribly homesick because once we left Africa, we never went back. Africa seems a moment in time, maybe everyone should live there once. When I watch this movie I need a big box of tissues!

    The best moment in the movie is when Farah asks Karen to build a very big fire so he will know where to find her. It is a moment so beautiful and poetic, I've not seen anything like it in any other movie. I appreciated this movie more now that I'm in my 30s and married than before when I was single and had just returned from Africa myself. This movie is contemplative and deals with complex issues.

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  • Now a Classic
    Sidney Pollack intertwines a beautiful love story with stunning photography of East African vistas. Based on the true life story of Isak Dinesen the movie takes us back to a colonial period when Africa was still wild and fresh. I especially liked the scenes of flying in the Tiger Moth biplane. Pollack, a pilot, gives a perfect view of the African rift from above. Simply stunning and memorable....more info
  • Nothing is worse than your true love appearing when you are tethered to another
    Another reason NOT to marry just for business reasons. Being a Baronness leaves Karen Blixen's heart hollow until Denys Hatton arrives. Doomed love is often our own making. Don't marry for poverty of the heart!

    Set in the rustic hues of the stunning African scenery, this memoir-based film is about the great love of Karen Blixen's life. After marrying a distant Swedish cousin for an artistocratic title, Karen and her husband move to Africa to start a plantation, only to find herself alone and in love with true love Hatton. Though their love is deep it is doomed as well and ends when Hatton dies in a plane crash.

    Goes to show that often the obstacles we have to love is of our own making. Do not marry someone unless BOTH of you are certain it is true love or you are BOTH DOOMED!
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  • Excellent acting and beautiful scenery
    The acting is phenomenal - there is a subtlety to it, and a slowness to this 2 hour and 40 minute movie, that not everyone will appreciate. But if you have the interest and inclination you will find yourself wrapped up in the story of a Danish woman who comes to Africa to start a farm with her husband; a brave pioneer who flouts traditional gender roles and jumps at the chance to go on safari and to fly; a woman who is independent and yet yearns for her lover to renounce some of his treasured freedom and commit himself to her. One of the most beautiful scenes is at a New Year's party where Denys and Karen's connection grows stronger and he reveals his intimate understanding of the natives' way of life. These historical figures truly came to life in this movie with Meryl Streep and Robert Redford's depictions of Karen Blixen and Denys Finch Hatton, as well as those of the actors who played the Kikuyu such as the servant Farah....more info
  • Breaks but strengthens your heart
    What doesn't kill us makes us stronger... The tale of Karen Blixen is enhanced with a beautiful performance by Meryl Streep. Streep's work on language is magnificent in and of itself; I could watch this film again and again just to hear her say, "I had a farm... out of Africa." This movie is deep and rich in the best sense, with tremendous cinematography, a great soundtrack, Oscar-quality performances, and a great story to be told....more info
  • Loved it Then & Now-Recommend Dinesen's Books
    I'm currently taking some classes on Africa, & the teacher showed a clip from this film to illustrate a point which led to me buying and watching it again. Meryl Streep is great and the score is wonderful, but the "star" of the movie is Africa - its landscapes and wildlife. I'd encourage anyone not only to read Dinesen, but to learn more about Africa. (which, by the way, is four times the size of the U.S.,made up of 56 countries and has an amazing history that most of us were never exposed to in school)...more info
  • Out of this World

    "Out of Africa" is a beautiful and lavish film that is largely shot in Kenya showing off the natural beauty and promise of adventure that this great country offers. What I enjoyed most was the wonderful classical music (including works by Mozart), exceptional photography and the beautiful African scenery complete with animals and lush bush. The movie is brilliantly directed by Sydney Pollack. No wonder this film won seven Oscars, including Best Movie, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Art Director as well as music and sound.

    The movie is based on stories by the Danish writer, Karen Blixen. It is based on her experiences in Kenya. Karen Blixen is exceptionally well played by Meryl Streep who displayed wit, talent, adaptability and sensitivity.

    The storyline is that Karen cannot marry her true love and she ends up marrying someone else whom she does not love. Their marriage is loveless and devoid of passion. Her husband cheats on her and she cheats on her husband. Karen falls in love with a hunter called Dennis. Dennis loves his freedom and is not prepared for the commitment that Karen wishes. From this is woven an interesting and intricate movie that is well worth watching.
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  • The BEST movie ever made!
    I lived in Kenya for 2 years and this movie captured everything about Africa to perfection. ...more info
  • great for a night home alone with ice cream
    I find this movie very sweet, yet sad. This woman is brave but is always fearful of her choices at the same time. The music is beautiful and the scenery is a pleasure to see. The airplane scene is hokey, but it feels like old hollywood. I enjoy it....more info
  • The Best Movie Ever Made!!
    So Often when I ask people if they've seen this movie, they say no. I'm shocked at that, as it is, for sure, the best movie ever made. In its day it won 7 Academy Awards! First of all the acting, the scenery, and music are superb. But the story, based on the true adventures of an amazing lady will touch you forever. For Ladies, if you've ever been a woman seeking idealistic love or a woman trying to being successful in your professional efforts, you will relate to Karen, her life, her joys and her frustrations. For men, you will relate to that need men have to keep their safe distance from matters of the heart and to go out and be adventurers. Also, it may help you understand the complexities of women. I warn you both though, this movie will give you a yearning to visit Africa. I recommend you watch the director comments and especially the music comments, then go back and watch it again and again. I recently had the pleasure of meeting director Sydney Pollack and told him i've seen it about 22 times, he told me that was a record!...more info
  • Delight in "Out of Africa"
    I wanted to update my movie collection by buying a DVD to replace my VHS tape of "Out of Africa." The quality is much better and nicer to watch. In addition, there are "extra features" on the DVD that were added and are interesting to see. For example, Meryl Streep talks about making the movie. Fascinating stuff. What an elegant movie with gorgeous photography and an amazing story of interesting people living in interesting times....more info
  • Out of Africa
    Not only did I receive what was ordered, the movie was well worth the short wait to receive it. I would recommend this movie to anyone....more info
  • Superb
    I don't know how it is that I never saw this film when it came out, but in a way I'm glad I didn't as I wouldn't have been old enough to appreciate it.

    Meryl Streep is astonishing. She and the scenery are the best thing about this movie. The woman is a born mimic and her Danish accent threw me off so much that I had to keep looking at her to make sure it was really her.

    The movie, as pointed out elsewhere, is slow to start. Audiences today wouldn't give it the time... which would be a pity, because it's a beautiful love story played out against the drama of Africa during the early 20th century.

    The score by John Barry is stunning. It did catch me off guard that it was not more heavily influenced by African instruments, but since it is a love story, that is what John Barry achieved, and gorgeously so.

    The only weak link in the film is Robert Redford. I don't think he can act, and I don't know why it is that Meryl took the time and trouble to get a perfect Danish accent, while Redford, acting as a British man, didn't even take an elocution lesson with a proper British speaker.

    But Meryl Streep was so superb that even though the love story is between her and Redford, she, and what she went through and experienced and felt, all so clear on that magnificent face, overshadow all of Redford's weaknesses.

    If you can be patient through the first 30 minutes are so, you will be rewarded. An excellent film....more info
  • poor quality
    dvd skips chapters....cannot even back up to view them!! excellent movie...i own it on vhs......BAD dvd!...more info
  • Classic Movie
    I chose this DVD to replace a tape that had deteriorated. It is a classic that can be viewed repeatedly with enjoyment!

    My purchase was delivered promptly and was just as described for a good price....more info
  • Still the best film ever
    This is still one of the best films ever.Any film where the images can stick in your mind over time has to be great....more info
  • Great movie
    Beautiful filming, the country is gorgeous so how can you go wrong?!? The music was beautiful also. ...more info
  • Still great after all these years
    I watched this recently for the first time since 1985 and was surprised how well it's held up. The photography is the first thing you notice. Then, Meryl Streep's performance. Redford is just ok as the commitment-phobic safari-mad Brit whom Karen Blixen falls for. He hasn't changed much since then, at least on screen. This was big, old-fashioned movie-making by the late Sydney Pollack, and it's still well worth watching. It's a bit less than PC by today's standards in its treatment of the "natives," however....more info
  • Meryl is jaw-dropping, however....
    OK. First, the positives. Meryl Streep delivers an unbelievable performance as Danish writer Karen Blixen, who travels to Kenya to be with her unfaithful husband, develops and runs a plantation, and falls in love with an elusive, emotionally distant adventurer (supposedly British). Meryl is convincingly emotional throughout; her Danish accent is quite good and was obviously perfected through coaching, and her heartbreak by the end of the film at how much she lost certainly tugs at one's heart as well. Why she did not win the Best Actress Oscar for this performance, possibly her finest ever, is unforgivable. The other positives are the gorgeous cinematography and wonderful musical score; it sets up quite a visual and audio treat for the eyes and ears.

    BUT...and this is a large caveat...the story becomes dull and quite ponderous. Why do we care about these characters ? What do we learn from them ? Do the details of their relationship with each other develop and involve us to the point where we really care about what will happen to them ? I think not. This is the fatal flaw of the film as a whole,and it doesn't help that Robert Redford is horribly miscast as the white hunter Denys who lives life on his own terms. In truth, he was actually a British man in real life, and Redford doesn't even attempt to affect a British accent or tone but simply portray him as a sort of all-American jock who somehow got waywardly sent to Africa. A British or Australian actor could have done so much more with this role (imagine Richard Chamberlain or, if he would have been around at the time, Russell Crowe).
    And the whole plot revolves around not so much as this -- Danish writer follows German husband to Africa; Danish writer ends up running a plantation while German husband is unfaithful. As a result, Danish writer falls in love with hunter who will not emotionally commit. Danish writer also catches venereal disease from her unfaithful husband. And then...well, I won't give away the conclusion. But to spend two-and-a-half to two-and-three quarters of an hour to develop this rather unexciting story can often find one snoozing or just focusing on the wonderful Meryl or sumptuous photography of Africa accompanied by lovely music in order to stay awake.

    As you can tell, I have very mixed feelings about 'Out of Africa'. At the time of its release, I thought it was a masterpiece, but in my opinion, it has not aged well even though the positives it always had remain there. If the story would remain more emotionally involving, it would be a great film. As it stands, it is only an interesting but overlong one and the overall effect is rather flat. ...more info
  • So good
    I remember going to see this in the theater. It is still a vivid love story - between her and Africa, as well as her and Denis....more info
  • Epic
    Even though I did not see the purchased copy, I bought this movie to have in my library. This is a well known epic (unlike the Scent of a Woman) with power, big stars, beautiful scenery, and a great musical score. Meryl Streep is superb portraying this great woman (based on a true story) and Robert Redford is suave and seducing in his portrayal of the lover. This movie has everything: infidelity, war, disease, racism, imperialism, political statements, discrimination, intelligence, beauty, well I can go on, and on. One of the best movie ever made....more info
  • Such beauty!
    This is absolutely one of the most beautiful movies ever made. It is a wonderfully visual feast about a person who never actually got anything in life that she wanted. Meryl Streep is outstanding as usual as Karen Blixen. Robert Redford is the weak link in the movie as his wooden acting is distracting. However, it is worth watching just for the beauty of the movie alone and its accuracy as a period piece. ...more info