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  • Published: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios, [2000]
  • Year Published: 2000
  • Edition: Collector's ed.
  • Description: 1 videodisc (161 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Language: English
  • Format: DVD
  • Rated: PG

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  • 0783240171 :
  • 025192025020

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Out of Africa

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Based on the life of writer Isak Dinesen.

Based on the books: Out of Africa ; Shadows on the grass ; Letters from Africa / by Isak Dinesen. Isak Dinesen, the life of a storyteller / by Judith Thurman. Silence will speak / by Errol Trzebinski.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1985.

Special features: Song of Africa : an original documentary; Feature commentary with director Sydney Pollack; Production notes; Cast & filmmakers; Theatrical trailer; Universal WEB links.

Cast: Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Klaus Maria Brandauer.

The true story of Karen Blixen, a strong-willed woman who runs a coffee plantation in Kenya in 1914.

DVD; Dolby digital 4.1 surround or 2.0 stereo; anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1).

Contents: Shadows in the grass. -- Breve fra Afrika. -- Isak Dinesen, the life of a storyteller. -- Silence will speak.

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I remember that the mother of a friend I had growing up watched this a lot during the day when I'd be over at her house, and it always seemed so boring. Seeing it on the shelf one day though made me want to check it out. It was far from boring (though probably would still seem that way to a kid)! This was a really great true story about an incredibly strong woman and a man who was strong enough to let her be herself and respect her for it. I absolutely loved it.

A classic

Great adventure story about an interesting woman who made the best of what life offered her. I was inspired to check out Dinesen's fiction. Many memorable scenes.


This is an amazing film. Great acting, great tempo. It makes you feel good.

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