Outbreak [DVD] [1995]

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  • Release Date: 09/08/2009
  • Rating: R
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Overall Customer Rating:
97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (58 out of 60)

Special Features


  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


Outbreak
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, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Dustin Hoffman
    Dustin Hoffman - Sam Daniels
  • Rene Russo
    Rene Russo - Robby Keough
  • Morgan Freeman
    Morgan Freeman - Gen. Billy Ford
  • Kevin Spacey
    Kevin Spacey - Casey Schuler
  • Cuba Gooding, Jr.
    Cuba Gooding, Jr. - Maj. Salt



Overall customer rating

4.5
97%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Revisiting "Outbreak" on Blu-ray

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    MJW2185
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good film. Contagion is better though!

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    zylus1
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    Dustin Hoffman's body of work is very eclectic and full of great films. Cuba Gooding Jr. on the other hand was just coming into his own. This movie came out one year before his academy award winning performance in Jerry Maguire so, overall, the casting is spot on, the story is intriguing (Contagion copied some of it in 2011) and the outcome can be figured out halfway through the movie but it still is an entertaining movie.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A solid suspense thriller

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    BagheeraMcGee
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    Wolfgang Petersen's "Outbreak" is a suspenseful look at what the reaction would be if a deadly disease made its way to the United States. In the wake of Ebola, this movie is as timely now as it was in theaters in 1995. Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, Donald Sutherland and Kevin Spacey all do a fine job.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Action/Thriller

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    WonderLar
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    "Outbreak" is probably Dustin Hoffman's last memorable work. The film is well paced and just plain entertaining - all around. The story: What is the government willing to do to prevent the outbreak of a deadly pandemic and conceal its own deadly secret? Solid Blu-ray transfer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent cast

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    tigger
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    Have not viewed the movie as yet, did read the book which was excellent. Thus only the 4 stars for now. Felt confident seeing the cast of Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo and Morgan Freeman that I would not be disappointed. I hope to confirm this decision soon by watching the movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    GREAT movie.

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    MasterDecker

    This was a great movie when it came out, and now with the extra's on the BD version, this movie it's a lot better now. The BD version is a lot cleaner, and crisp. if you liked the movie and don't already have it on dvd, then you'll want to get it on BD.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    good movie and plot

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    redrc22
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    I always enjoy watching these types of movies about how a single bug can kill humanity. Everyone by now should know the story behind this movie about a monkey that carried a virus. The movie keeps your attention and now the price is low enough to buy for repeat viewing

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of my favorites

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    Devo
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    I have converted all of my movies to digital files on my media server, so now I have room to add to my collection. I really enjoyed watching the movie and now I have space to add more movies to my library and this is definitely one that I wanted.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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