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Out of Africa Blu-ray

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Blu-ray/DVD Combo Universal Studios | 1985 | 161 min | Rated PG | Apr 27, 2010

Out of Africa (Blu-ray)
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Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

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English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French: DTS 5.1

Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish

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Video 2.9 of 52.9
Audio 3.8 of 53.8
Extras 3.0 of 53.0
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Drama100%
Romance48%
Period30%
Epic21%
Melodrama19%

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Out of Africa

 (1985)

Out of Africa Blu-ray offers solid video and great audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

The most acclaimed motion picture of 1985 stars Robert Redford and Meryl Streep in one of the screen's great epic romances. Directed by Oscar winner Sydney Pollack, Out of Africa is the fascinating true story of Karen Blixen, a strong-willed woman who, with her philandering husband (Klaus Maria Brandauer), runs a coffee plantation in Kenya, circa 1914. To her astonishment, she soon discovers herself falling in love with the land, its people, and a mysterious white hunter (Redford). The masterfully crafted, breathtakingly produced story of love and loss earned Oscars for Best Picture, Director, Screenplay (based on material from another medium), cinematography, Original Score, Art Direction (Set Decoration) and Sound.

For more about Out of Africa and the Out of Africa Blu-ray release, see Out of Africa Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Michael Gough, Michael Kitchen, Leslie Phillips
Director: Sydney Pollack

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Out of Africa Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

I'm about to commit heresy, if not outright blasphemy, so I am prepared for the brickbats. I never saw Out of Africa in the theaters, but I have owned it on both VHS and DVD, and I have found each home video incarnation to be remarkably ugly from an image standpoint, something that has nothing to do with Watkin's exceptional cinematography. Unfortunately, that trend continues with a lackluster Blu-ray presentation, delivered via an AVC codec in 1080p and an aspect ratio of 1.85:1. First, the good news: contrast is noticeably better than the SD-DVD, though that is offset somewhat by a rather peculiar color shift toward the red side, especially in the skin tones. But the many night scenes offer a new wealth of detail due to wonderfully rich black levels and good, solid contrast. The bad news is sadly more dramatic. First of all, some of the disappointment is simply due to the superior resolution of the Blu-ray, which offers a sometimes unwanted peek into the filmmaker's craft. For instance, I had never before realized that the two shots of Streep and Brandauer early in the film were obviously made before either a green screen or rear projection, something that is all too apparent in this incarnation. But even more troubling is an omnipresent softness, coupled with a lot of grain, that just gives a sort of dirty feel to a lot of the film. There are also the ugly halos of edge enhancement, which you can spot as early as in the scene with the biplane, where the support struts clearly show the effect. The source elements themselves also show occasional specks and other damage.

Things aren't uniformly depressing. There is certainly an uptick in clarity and depth of field is quite dramatic at times. Close-ups certainly fare better in the detail department, as might be expected, but overall there is a noticeable improvement, albeit slight, over the SD-DVD. I just don't think it's enough of an improvement for anyone to get too excited about.


Out of Africa Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

This isn't the most robust or immersive DTS-HD MA 5.1 track you've ever heard, but it gets the job done rather nicely, and in fact does provide some wonderfully rich and satisfying recreations of the African soundworld. From the quietest buzzing of insects to the thundering roar of a devastating fire, we're offered a perhaps somewhat subdued rendering, especially in the low end, that nonetheless is clear and for the most part quite convincing. Dialogue is uniformly front and center, with foley effects and underscore filling the surround channels. Some of the ambient effects are very pleasing indeed, from the rustle of leaves and gurgling of water to the sounds of African wildlife. Barry's score and the source cues are all mixed very well into the proceedings, though I found the balance between dialogue and score to be a bit unevenly weighted to the score's detriment. There's not a lot here that is going to set your subwoofer jumping across your floorboards, but all in all this is a crisp and nicely directional outing that calmy envelops the listener in the soundfield.


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