The African Queen -Masters of Cinema UK Release

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Per Amazon UK listing November 18th release date

Product Description
Three movie giants come together in the cinematic classic The African Queen, combining the masterful direction of John Huston with the fabulous chemistry of Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn in their only onscreen pairing. Adapted from a novel by C.S. Forester, this wartime romantic adventure sees the pair forced to travel together down a hazardous East African river after the outbreak of World War I.

Katharine Hepburn plays Rose Sayer, the maiden-lady sister of a prim British missionary (Robert Morley) . When invading Germans kill her brother and level the village, Charlie Allnut (Bogart in the role which won him his only Oscar), the slovenly, gin-swilling captain of a tramp steamer called the African Queen, offers to take Rose back to civilisation. She can’t tolerate his drinking or bad manners; he isn’t crazy about her imperious, judgmental attitude. However, it does not take long before their passionate dislike turns to love. Together the disparate duo work to ensure their survival on the treacherous waters and devise an ingenious way to destroy a German gunboat.

The African Queen is one of the most beloved films in the history of cinema, and may well be the perfect adventure film. With a roller-coaster storyline complemented by the chemistry between its stars, and masterful direction from John Huston, The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present The African Queen on Blu-ray in a special Limited Edition.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Hardbound Slipcase
  • PLUS: A LIMITED EDITION 60-PAGE Perfect Bound Collector s book featuring new and archival writing on the film
  • Presented in 1080p from Paramount s 4K restoration
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Uncompressed LPCM audio (original mono)
  • Isolated Music & Effects track
  • Audio Commentary by cinematographer Jack Cardiff
  • A brand new and exclusive interview with film critic and writer Kim Newman
  • Newly filmed interview with film historian Neil Sinyard
  • Embracing Chaos: Making The African Queen [59 mins] a comprehensive documentary about the making of the film
  • Trailer

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  1. Robert Crawford

    Matt,

    They both looked about 20 years younger. I pre-ordered it with some other titles, but I might cancel this particular item as I need to watch the Paramount BD again.

    No kidding! The cover is almost an insult to those who know the movie well.

  2. Robert Crawford

    Matt,

    They both looked about 20 years younger. I pre-ordered it with some other titles, but I might cancel this particular item as I need to watch the Paramount BD again.

    The Paramount BD is good, but this UK edition is announced as being taken from a "4K restoration." I don't think the U.S. Paramount Blu from back in 2010 was a 4K restoration. Anyone?

  3. Dick

    The Paramount BD is good, but this UK edition is announced as being taken from a "4K restoration." I don't think the U.S. Paramount Blu from back in 2010 was a 4K restoration. Anyone?

    It was.

  4. The original USA paramount release had lossy Dolby digital audio

    So I bought the UK ITV release which had LPCM audio

    But the itv had slight high frequency detail filtering

    Sounds like the eureka might be the best of both worlds

  5. Matt Hough

    I'm perfectly happy with the one I've got.

    BTW, is that supposed to be Katharine Hepburn that Bogart is helping into the boat? Nothing quite so sexy of the sort happens in that movie!

    Deceptive poster art was pretty common in the day. Here is one for "The Corn Is Green" where Bette Davis
    played a middle aged teacher whose pupil was a young coal miner. With the tag line "A Love that Ripened Too Fast "

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  6. Garysb

    The Criterion Channel is/was streaming a Paramount restoration of "The African Queen" After the film the restoration credits were listed. Don't recall if they were there on the current US release.

    Yes, they are.

  7. Garysb

    The Criterion Channel is/was streaming a Paramount restoration of "The African Queen" After the film the restoration credits were listed. Don't recall if they were there on the current US release.

    I played the Criterion Channel stream then played the 03-23-10 Paramount Blu-ray and the same credits are on both.

    Restored by Paramount Pictures 2009
    Restoration Supervised by Ron Smith
    Digital Restoration by MPI

  8. Dick

    The Paramount BD is good, but this UK edition is announced as being taken from a "4K restoration." I don't think the U.S. Paramount Blu from back in 2010 was a 4K restoration. Anyone?

    As indicated by RAH, I think they were doing 4K restorations back in 2007 so unless RAH or somebody else can correct me, I think this 2009 restoration on both the 2010 Blu-ray and the Criterion Channel's stream are derived from the same 2009 4K restoration.

  9. Robert Crawford

    I kept my 07-16-01 Region 2 DVD for that Cardiff audio commentary.

    Which apparently will be on the Masters of Cinema release.

    Audio Commentary by cinematographer Jack Cardiff

    The description doesn't say a new 4K restoration. It just says "Presented in 1080p from Paramount s 4K restoration." So I guess it is possible this is the same transfer as the US disk. The question is was the US disc master from a 4K scan or has that been answered already?

  10. Garysb

    Which apparently will be on the Masters of Cinema release.

    Audio Commentary by cinematographer Jack Cardiff

    Yup which is the main reason why I still have my pre-order active. I'll debate the issue of actually purchasing this BD until it gets closer to release date.

  11. Matt Hough

    I'm perfectly happy with the one I've got.

    BTW, is that supposed to be Katharine Hepburn that Bogart is helping into the boat? Nothing quite so sexy of the sort happens in that movie!

    It's from a deleted scene I'm sure 😉 … His name was Allnut …

  12. Garysb

    Deceptive poster art was pretty common in the day. Here is one for "The Corn Is Green" where Bette Davis
    played a middle aged teacher whose pupil was a young coal miner. With the tag line "A Love that Ripened Too Fast "

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    Yes, it's disgraceful. John Dall is in modern clothes, and the Bette Davis portrait is from The Great Lie released in 1941 and set in the then-modern era. BTW, in the book Mother Goddam by Whitney Stine where Bette commented in counterpoint to the author's biographical text, she pointedly mentioned this ad and how much she despised it.

  13. My 2-disc Warners Blu ray which came with lots of extras is so good I don't see the need to update. There again, it IS one of my very favourite movies, so if there's an absolutely compelling comparative review, I might as usual rethink, despite what I just said!

  14. AnthonyClarke

    My 2-disc Warners Blu ray which came with lots of extras is so good I don't see the need to update. There again, it IS one of my very favourite movies, so if there's an absolutely compelling comparative review, I might as usual rethink, despite what I just said!

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  15. Robert Harris

    Quite correct. Originally written as a low-budget creature film. It was made years later, with a proper cast, as Leech Woman.

    I do enjoy your rather demented sense of humor. I have it also.

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