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April 6, 2010

DVD of the Week – The African Queen (1951)

by HELEN GEIB

The “I can’t believe that’s not on DVD” list got a movie shorter last week with the long-awaited release of The African Queen. The release follows a painstaking restoration from the original three-strip Technicolor negative that from all accounts has returned the cinematography to its original glory.

The film is available in a single-disc edition on either DVD or Blu-ray, or in a two-disc “Commemorative Box Set,” also on either DVD or Blu-ray. The single-disc version includes a new hour-long “making-of” documentary called “Embracing Chaos: Making The African Queen.”

The “box set” release has the documentary, “collectible packaging” highlighting stars Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn, a cd of a vintage radio broadcast based on the film and starring Bogart and Greer Garson, a set of cards inspired by original lobby cards, 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.”

New releases this week: The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans


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