John Huston’s iconic classic The African Queen is getting a new limited edition Blu-ray release as part of The Masters of Cinema Series.
Arriving in stores from Eureka Entertainment on 18 November 2019, the release includes a hardbound case and 60-page Collector’s Book, limited to the first 3000 copies only.
Three movie giants come together in this cinematic classic which combines 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.
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.
- Hardbound Slipcase
- 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