A handful of scientists struggle to prevent the destruction of a small town -- and possibly the entire country -- in this suspense drama. In the mid-1960s, a deadly virus is discovered in Zaire that wipes out an entire village in 24 hours. Government researchers are brought in to investigate, but the military opts to destroy the village rather than risk further infection. Thirty years later, Sam Daniels (Dustin Hoffman), an expert on contagious diseases, is called in when the virus re-emerges in Africa. A monkey carrying the bug is smuggled into the U.S., and a suburban California town soon begins to succumb to the illness. Sam scrambles to find an antidote with the help of his ex-wife Robby (Rene Russo), a Center for Disease Control researcher, and their colleague Casey (Kevin Spacey), while Gen. McClintock (Donald Sutherland) has his own reasons for wanting to use bombs to contain the epidemic, and Army surgeon Gen. Ford (Morgan Freeman) is caught in the middle. Outbreak was produced in the hopes of beating the film version of Richard Preston's bestseller The Hot Zone (about a real-life epidemic) into theaters; script problems shelved The Hot Zone, and Outbreak had the infectious disease market to itself.~Mark Deming
Love the actors and the movie's plot. Scarily following some of the things happening right now but that makes it so much better to watch. If you're looking for a good pandemic movie to watch, really recommend it! Best actor of the movie?...the Monkey!!!!
I was familiar with the plot of Outbreak after having seen it in part or while in the past. When I saw that the Blu-ray was on sale at Best Buy, I figured now was the perfect time to revisit this film, this time in high-definition.
The storyline of the movie is very interesting, and fans of disaster films will find a lot to like about the plot. The characters are portrayed well and come across as interesting and likeable. The only complaint I have about the film itself is that some of the special effects look a little dated, but that's almost to be expected.
I've read a lot of complaints about the picture quality of this Blu-ray being no more than that of a DVD, but I found it to be a good enough viewing experience. It could have been a little sharper and crisper, but I'm not sure the studio would dedicate any more time or resources to this film than they already have, so this is probably the best we will get for now.
There are zero bonus features on the disc, so viewers wanting to dig deeper into the production of this film will have to look elsewhere for content.
In summary, Outbreak is an interesting and satisfying film that has made a decent debut on Blu-ray.