The African Queen Reigns King in Its DVD and Blu-ray Debut

The African Queen Reigns King in Its DVD and Blu-ray Debut

Jan 11, 2010

If you’re into people telling you which films are worth watching instead of trusting your own judgment, then you probably are already biting your nails over whether or not Meryl Streep will win another Oscar this year and have memorized AFI’s “100 Greatest Movies” list. Legendary director John Huston’s The African Queen is the final film from that estimable list to arrive on disc, and its journey has been longer and more complicated than the one stars Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart experience in the film. It took six years to restore the 1951 romantic adventure frame by frame and re-create the film as it was meant to be seen. 

Paramount debuts The African Queen on both DVD and Blu-ray for the first time on March 23 with several editions: a single disc DVD or BD as well as a commemorative, limited edition DVD or BD box set. All versions contain the comprehensive new documentary “Embracing the Chaos: Making The African Queen.” The box sets add an audio disc with a recording of the Lux Radio Theater presents The African Queen radio broadcast, a film frame collectible reproduction, collectible postcards featuring images from the film, and a reproduction of Hepburn’s out-of-print memoir The Making of "The African Queen" or How I Went to Africa with Bogart, Bacall and Huston and Almost Lost My Mind. Stay tuned for Blu-ray Bob’s forthcoming memoir The Making of Disc-y Business and How I Survived Years of Peers Fussing About the Same Oscar-Begging Baloney.

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