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.

  16. My copy arrived today: it looks wonderful, but it is very hard to get the disc and book out of the slip-case, as it is way too tight: you will have to try and wedge a finger in to pry them out. Fortunately that does not seem to damage the slip-case.

  17. ArnoldLayne

    Here to say – it's not a very good movie.

    Fair enough, it's not a favourite of mine either. Never liked Katharine Hepburn as an actor and don't own any of her films on disc. Bogie is a different matter. Watched The Caine Mutiny and The Enforcer over the weekend. Like Gable, brilliant in everything.

  18. 'The African Queen' is one of my absolute favourites. Has anyone anywhere posted a comparison of this edition with the US Warner Blu ray? I thought that edition was pretty good and would need to see a real improvement to upgrade.

  19. AnthonyClarke

    'The African Queen' is one of my absolute favourites. Has anyone anywhere posted a comparison of this edition with the US Warner Blu ray? I thought that edition was pretty good and would need to see a real improvement to upgrade.

    This latest Blu-ray just came out. My copy shipped the other day so I won't get here in the States for another week or so.

  20. Robert Crawford

    This latest Blu-ray just came out. My copy shipped the other day so I won't get here in the States for another week or so.

    Mine arrived today. As Paul warned, good luck getting it out of the slipcase.

  21. Pete York

    Mine arrived today. As Paul warned, good luck getting it out of the slipcase.

    Yes I had that problem as well due to the thick – but excellent – booklet which was almost jammed into the thick slipcase.

    Picture quality is fabulous. I no longer have the previous ITV Studios disc to compare but I recall that being a bit problematic.

    Along with others, I'm not a fan of Katherine Hepburn, especially as her performances became more mannered over the years and she almost ruins the film for me.

  22. Pete York

    Mine arrived today. As Paul warned, good luck getting it out of the slipcase.

    Yes I had that problem as well due to the thick – but excellent – booklet which was almost jammed into the thick slipcase.

    Picture quality is fabulous. I no longer have the previous ITV Studios disc to compare but I recall that being a bit problematic.

    Along with others, I'm not a fan of Katherine Hepburn, especially as her performances became more mannered over the years and she almost ruins the film for me.

  23. Man, I'm tired of people throwing shade on my home girl Katherine.;) Seriously, it's funny how almost every single legendary actress has a vocal minority that don't like their acting style. I see some similar negative comments about legendary actors too, but, not to the degree as their female counterparts. Is there some gender bias?

  24. Man, I'm tired of people throwing shade on my home girl Katherine.;) Seriously, it's funny how almost every single legendary actress has a vocal minority that don't like their acting style. I see some similar negative comments about legendary actors too, but, not to the degree as their female counterparts. Is there some gender bias?

  25. Keith Cobby

    There are only a few whose work i don't care for at all. Two others are Joan Crawford and Sterling Hayden. Perhaps there should be a separate thread.

    Go for it as you're the one that brought up your dislike for Hepburn in the first place.:)

  26. Keith Cobby

    There are only a few whose work i don't care for at all. Two others are Joan Crawford and Sterling Hayden. Perhaps there should be a separate thread.

    Go for it as you're the one that brought up your dislike for Hepburn in the first place.:)

  27. Robert Crawford

    Man, I'm tired of people throwing shade on my home girl Katherine.;) Seriously, it's funny how almost every single legendary actress has a vocal minority that don't like their acting style. I see some similar negative comments about legendary actors too, but, not to the degree as their female counterparts. Is there some gender bias?

    Maybe they wouldn't throw shade on her if her name was Katharine 🙂

  28. Keith Cobby

    There are only a few whose work i don't care for at all. Two others are Joan Crawford and Sterling Hayden. Perhaps there should be a separate thread.

    There isn't a single star from the Golden Age who isn't disliked by somebody somewhere. I even know somebody who can't stand -gasp- Barbara Stanwyck! My own can't stand 'em list is headed by the frozen faced, guttural voiced Marlene Dietrich and the piece of wood that goes by the name of Henry Fonda.:D

  29. Thomas T

    :DAnd don't get me started on that whiny insipid Teresa Wright!

    . . . and this outrageous sacrilege comes from an unashamed devotee of . . . June Allyson! 🙂 (No prizes for guessing which star of yesteryear I don't like :))

  30. Almost every star of the classic age of movies was also hated at the time by many people as well, of course, just like the celebrities of today. I for instance would cheerfully watch a live broadcast of Adam Sandler being flogged!!

  31. Danny Burk

    Offhand, I think the only one I can't stand is Mickey Rooney, at any age.

    I never met him personally, but I know a number of people who worked with him near the end of his career, and not one of them had a nice thing to say about him.

  32. There is the famous interview TCM host Robert Osborne did with Mickey Rooney and at one point Mickey got really angry about something that happened to him years ago. I like Katherine Hepburn and a good performance in The African Queen.

  33. Robin9

    . . . and this outrageous sacrilege comes from an unashamed devotee of . . . June Allyson! 🙂 (No prizes for guessing which star of yesteryear I don't like :))

    Unashamed? You mean proud acolyte of the Junebug cult! 😀 For your blasphemous remarks, I'm making a Robin9 voodoo doll. Now where did I put those pins?

  34. atcolomb

    There is the famous interview TCM host Robert Osborne did with Mickey Rooney and at one point Mickey got really angry about something that happened to him years ago. I like Katherine Hepburn and a good performance in The African Queen.

    Yes, that was part of his Private Screenings interview series. Mickey was discussing director Roy Rowland, and the incident happened on Killer McCoy when Mickey took offense at some direction and walked off the set and the lot. What was particularly disappointing about that interview is that so many of Mickey's movies went undiscussed since it seems like that outburst kind of ended the interview.

  35. AnthonyClarke

    And to help get this back on track .. is there anywhere an evaluation of this UK 'African Queen' vis-a-vis the US Warner edition?

    The video presentation being the same is confirmed by this review. I think most of us knew it would be the same. I bought it for the additional bonus stuff including having the Jack Cardiff audio commentary now on the Blu-ray so I can get rid of that old DVD with that commentary.

  36. Paul Tilburgs

    My copy arrived today: it looks wonderful, but it is very hard to get the disc and book out of the slip-case, as it is way too tight: you will have to try and wedge a finger in to pry them out. Fortunately that does not seem to damage the slip-case.

    Pete York

    Mine arrived today. As Paul warned, good luck getting it out of the slipcase.

    You two weren't kidding. I just got this today and I had a dickens of a time getting that thing out. I was sure I was going to damage either the book or the blu-ray case. Now I'm afraid to put the case back in!

  37. Amazingly it looks like the case is both too short (the booklet can't stand up straight inside it without forcing it) and too thin for its contents. And I have also not dared attempt putting it all back in there haha.

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