Out Of Africa (BLU-RAY)

Out of Africa

On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Running Time: 
2 Hours, 40 Minutes
Did You Know?

About 70% of the movie was actually filmed in Africa. ~IMDB

Out of Africa appeared on Blu-Ray in 2010 and then again in 2011 but left a lot to be desired by fans of the film. I know that a few people who loved it have been asking me if I watched my copy yet and if it would be worth re-purchasing. Simply put, yes. It also helps that this latest edition of the film comes with a beautiful high gloss booklet case that features pictures, bios, script segments, and trivia added on to the previous supplemental material. My only real gripe about this release is the slow loading times and various adverts that occupy at least five minutes of wait time before you can even access the movie menu. So how does it look?

I had my worries. If you’ve read my reviews of Universal BD releases a lot of the time I am disappointed. Big ticket films are usually underwhelming while worthless direct to home video releases sparkle like diamonds. Fortunately this time around this big ticket epic love story is given a grand treatment to Blu-Ray, completely pushing aside the films previous releases and making this one the end all version on Blu-Ray.

Despite the film coming from way back in 1985 the picture looks crisp and clear as if it’s shaved at least a decade off of its age. Mind you this is a film that has sweeping backdrops of Africa so the remastered and fully restored look of the film is all the grander in color and definition. A good example of detail is during the first few minutes of the film when Streep is out shooting quail, her burgundy outfit is well outlined against the backdrop of the snowy countryside with the small intricate details of the outfits adorning design standing out. I think it makes an amazing display film for showing off to friends who haven’t jumped on the Blu-Ray band wagon for its massive lush green natural settings, beautiful wild life, and simply because it is a film that every one should see.

Audio seems to have been pulled from the previous edition on BD and it really could have used a bit of a bump. The film isn’t exactly immersive in the way I’d liked it to have been considering the atmosphere of the films settings, but it does get the job done which is unfortunately settling instead of improving.

~A Song of Africa: An Original Full Length Documentary On The Making Of The Film
~Feature Commentary With Director Sydney Pollock
~Deleted Scenes
~Digital Copy

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