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13 November 2019

Masters of Cinema sails THE AFRICAN QUEEN (review)

A British missionary and a Canadian tugboat captain brave the African rivers when war breaks out and the German army is on their tail as they concoct a plan to blow up a German gunboat in John Huston's classic THE AFRICAN QUEEN on Blu-ray in a stunning 4K restoration.  Humprhey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn star.

REVIEW LINK: Eureka (UK) Region B Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

THE AFRICAN QUEEN Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.37:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
  • English LPCM 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English HoH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by cinematographer Jack Cardiff
  • Isolated Music & Effects track (In LPCM 2.0 Mono)
  • Audio recording of the Guardian interview with John Huston at the National Film Theatre in 1981
  • Interview with critic Kim Newman
  • Interview with film historian Neil Sinyard
  • Audio recording of an on-stage NFT discussion about the film with Anjelica Huston and script supervisor Angela Allen from 2010
  • Interview with co-screenwriter Peter Viertel, author of White Hunter, Black Heart, by filmmaker Michael Scheingraber
  • "Embracing Chaos: Making The African Queen" documentary
  • Lux Radio Theater adaptation from 1952 with Humphrey Bogart and Greer Garson
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • The first 3,000 copies come with a limited edition hardbound case and a 60-page perfect bound featuring archival writing on the film.
     

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