The African Queen on DVD in late 2005?

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  1. Jing_B

    Jing_B Stunt Coordinator

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    I was very excited today when I read Barrie Maxwell's latest column on Classic Coming Attractions that said The African Queen might come out later this year from Paramount. Is this true or just another rumor?
     
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    Can you point me to the direction of that article, please?

    And that is great news. I think the studio KNOWS we want it, they're just taking their oh so sweet time about it.
     
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    I'd say a strong rumor. Here's the quote (italics mine) from Barrie Maxwell's column at
    http://www.thedigitalbits.com/articl...ell040405.html

    "Other Paramount titles that may appear in the second half of 2005 are The Adventurers (1970, with Ernest Borgnine), The Rainmaker (1956, with Burt Lancaster), My Friend Irma (1949, with Martin & Lewis), The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946, with Barbara Stanwyck - an official studio release instead of the ubiquitous PD copies would be nice), The Five Pennies (1959, with Danny Kaye), and perhaps even the elusive The African Queen (1951, with Humphrey Bogart)."
     
  4. Joel Vardy

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    This would be great news if it comes to pass [​IMG] .

    Joel
     
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    can't wait.

    It's one of my few laserdiscs that still gets a regular work-out.

    I think there might be a decent-looking non R1-DVD version out there too...seem to remember something about that (dvdbeaver.com?)...
     
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    Yup; I've got the R2, decent but not stellar, but it does have a Jack Cardiff commentary.
     
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    I thought I read somewhere that AQ had deteriorated badly and needed massive restoration. Am I misremembering?
     
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    You're not. I would be happily surprised to see a Region 1 dvd before the end of the year.






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    Go here: http://www.paramount.com/filmpreservation/projects.html

    You will note that The African Queen is not on that list.

    I have never heard any reliable information on where the original Technicolor camera negative or any seperation masters are stored. It isn't at Fox, Paramount, the BFI, Carlton, etc. When was the last time a "new print" was screened of the film? My guess is that the film does indeed an involved photo-chemical restoration. If such a restoration was underway, I would imagine that it would now be common knowledge in the film community.

    If Paramount release the film on DVD this year, it will likely be from an existing older element. Or perhaps Paramount have tracked down the negative and it is in great condition and needs little work. But I doubt it.
     
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    What's the great RAH's take/info on the situation? I'd love to see a African Queen disc in the vein of the Lawrence of Arabia one!
     
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    This movie I think is being restored by Paramount and will be like Sunset Blvd. and Roman Holiday.
     
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    I sincerely beg your pardon, but that statement sounds like pure random speculation. [​IMG]
     
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    Isn't it a Fox title?
     
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    I've personally been told by a Paramount representative that the film's elements are in dire need of restoration. We didn't get into specifics about which elements, but he made it clear to me that they were still determining their best course of action in accomplishing that goal.

    I don't think you'll see The African Queen until 2006. The last missing AFI Top 100 film is The Jazz Singer which could make it out in late 2005 or possibly 2006.




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    It has been rumored for some time that these two titles have been in development and will be restored for DVD release. Seeing that most '05 titles of this stature have been already scheduled (King Kong in Nov. for instance) does this mean that likely dates for AF and TJS won't be before '06/'07?

    Joel
     
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    I've been waiting years for African Queen on DVD. I guess a couple more years won't kill me.
     
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    The audio on the R2 disc is pretty bad. It's sometimes difficult to make out the dialogue with the hiss.
     
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    Have you tried removing your pet python from room when playing the DVD? [​IMG]
     
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    [​IMG]
     
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    Neither of these titles are apparently in the cards for '05 or even early '06. With such high profile material there would be at least some sources that would point to a target date...[​IMG] . I do have the R2 version of AQ and I guess it will have to be sufficient for yet another year...

    Joel
     

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