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The African Queen [Blu-ray] (1952)

Katharine Hepburn , Humphrey Bogart  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (554 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart
  • Format: Blu-ray, Color, Dubbed
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: March 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (554 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,023 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The African Queen [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Embracing chaos: Making The African Queen

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At the start of World War 1, German imperial troops burn down Reverend Samuel Sayer's mission in Africa. He is overtaken with disappointment and passes away. Shortly after his well-educated, snooty sister Rose Sayer (Hepburn) buries her brother, she must leave on the only available transport, a tired river steamboat 'The African Queen' manned by the ill-mannered bachelor, Charlie Allnut (Bogart). Together they embark on a long difficult journey, without any comfort. Rose grows determined to assist in the British war effort and presses Charlie until he finally agrees and together they steam up the Ulana encountering an enemy fort, raging rapids, bloodthirsty parasites and endlessly branching stream which always seem to lead them to what appear to be impenetrable swamps. Despite opposing personalities, the two grow closer to each other and ultimately carry out their plan to take out a German warship.

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375 of 435 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars some helpful info about this release February 1, 2007
I'll spare the review of the movie itself. If you're reading this, you probably already know this movie is an absolute classic.

There's been some confusion about this release, so let me clear things up.

Because of some of the things I read, I waited for a long time before finally ordering one of these for myself. Now I see there was no reason to hesitate.

This is a "just fine" print of the movie. There's nothing "wrong" with the picture or sound--aside from simply being a dated production that has not been "remastered" in any way.

It's basically the same thing you would get if you carefully dubbed a very good copy of the VHS tape to DVD (which may actually be what they did!).

The picture and sound are basically as good as what you would have seen on your TV set back when this was first broadcast on network television. In other words, there are no "flaws" that would in any way distract from the enjoyment of the drama.

Contrary to what another reviewer reported: Yes, the Chinese subtitles are on by default--BUT THEY CAN BE TURNED OFF. It's easy to do.

Someone was wishing that this release was "wide screen." Sorry, but this would be IMPOSSIBLE. The movie was ORIGINALLY FILMED IN 4:3 RATIO. ("Wide screen" ratios did not exist until a few years after this movie was made.)

I'd gladly give this title SIX STARS! But since I'm reviewing the technical merits of THIS SPECIFIC DVD RELEASE (rather than the artistic merits of the movie itself) I gave it four.

Is this version a Chinese bootleg? I suppose it's possible. These are put out by a small company in Hong Kong. But I took a chance, because unfortunately, it's the only REGION-1 version of this movie on DVD right now.
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169 of 197 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most unique classics in Hollywood history February 8, 2004
Familiarity can sometimes numb us to how very odd a movie is, and that is certainly the case with THE AFRICAN QUEEN. Most polls that have been done in recent years typically denote Humphrey Bogart as the greatest movie star of all time, and frequently Katherine Hepburn gets the number two slot (and always gets the number one slot for women). Yet, these roles are almost antithetical to everything else they ever did. Bogart, the great man of action of CASABLANCA and THE MALTESE FALCON and THE BIG SLEEP, is reduced to a dirty, disheveled, lewd, drunken captain of a remarkably inconsequential boat with the profoundly self-mocking name of "The African Queen." Hepburn, who has made her career playing unbridled, liberated, and self-assertive modern women, here is a prudish (though only for a while), repressed, tightly wound spinster. But despite this highly unusual pairing, the film was one of the finest that either was ever in, netting Bogart his only Oscar (and unbelievably, only one of three nominations) and Hepburn what was something like her 200th Oscar nomination. It seems perverse that the only other two nominations were for Best Director (Huston) and screenplay (the great James Agee and Huston). I'm not sure how a film can get nominations for four of the top five awards and not get nominated for Best Picture, but it did (the five films nominated that year were the deserving AN AMERICAN IN PARIS [the winner], the somewhat censored A STREET CAR NAMED DESIRE, A PLACE IN THE SUN [which has not aged well], and the considerably less deserving QUO VADIS and DECISION BEFORE DAWN).
Today we take filming on location for granted, but in the 1940s and 1950s, few producers and directors opted for filming on the spot upon which the film was supposed to take place.
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90 of 103 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Very Best May 15, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Bogart and Hepburn play two diametrically opposed personalities in this classic film set during World War I. She is a prim and proper, middle-aged English missionary. He is a gin-soaked river rat living by trading up and down the Congo River from a ramshackle old steamboat named The African Queen. They are thrown together by a German offensive that leaves them isolated and in danger of being captured and held as prisoners of war (or worse, they could be shot as spies). To escape, they must travel down the river past the Germans. What follows is part comedy, part tense drama, and part high adventure. The river and its wildlife pose as much of an obstacle as the Germans, and Bogart and Hepburn must not only learn to get along, but to trust in, and rely on, each other to survive.
This is a wonderful movie. The acting is superb (Bogie got an Oscar for "Best Actor"), the story is excellent, and the scenery is beautiful (it was shot on location). They just don't make make them any better than this, and I can't imagine any reason why anyone would NOT want this in their collection. Very highly recommended.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The African Queen (1951) February 22, 2008
This review pertains to the Korean release DVD itself. We already know that this movie is a flawless classic. No need for a review.

Until the U.S. release this title domesticly, this officially licensed Korean release is the one to get. The cover is white with red and blue artwork.

The picture is sharp. The sound is clear. And the best part is it plays in the U.S. DVD machines. Yes, there is Korean subtitle. But all I had to do is turn it off. No problem.

Don't hold your breath on the U.S. release. It may be years before someone wakes up and smells the coffee. I bought a copy of this release, and I'm happy I did. I've watched it twice now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong.
This is one of the best movies ever made. We watch it every few years. Bogart & Hepburn make you believe your in the jungle.
Published 2 days ago by Greg Kellpsh
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Bogart
A classic Bogart movie. Well worth watching at least once. However I expected more tension between Hepburn and Bogart, more adversarial diologue. Read more
Published 2 days ago by billfromreading
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
It remains one of the best movies of all time. Bogey and Hepburn do a wonderful job of making us believe in an unlikely romance that happens under the worst of circumstances, on an... Read more
Published 4 days ago by John S. Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Love this movie. One of my favorites. I could watch it over and over again. Wanted to share the classics with my 27 year old Daughter. She enjoyed it too.
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Published 5 days ago by Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars The African Queen review
I LOVE it!! Was updating my old VHS tapes to DVD's. It was in perfect condition. My all-time favorite movie and leading actors. Watch it often.
Published 7 days ago by Carole Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars stands up with time
great acting, an inventive story line, and wonderful characters. you can almost feel the leaches (which in reality you can't feel) and experience the terror of biting gnats.
Published 8 days ago by James Hagen
1.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not a classic in my book
I don't understand why this is considered a classic. Yes, they are legendary actors but the movie is ridiculous and they both completely over-act on their roles.
Published 8 days ago by Jennifer L Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Bogart and Hepburn!
Great tale set at the time of WW I with adventure and suspense in just the right amounts. You don't even realize it's a love story until near the end. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Matthew L. Denaro
5.0 out of 5 stars favorite movie of all time
I've watched this movie multiple time, probably over 20. It is my favorite movie of all time. The acting is great, classical. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Wayne Simpson
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When will this great movie be available in DVD Region 1?
The strange thing is that you can't get a direct answer to this question. This is SUCH a classic. An absolute MUST for any ones film library or viewing. I can't for the life of me, understand what corporate or legal decision is keeping this from a good studio quality DVD copy. All I read are... Read more
Mar 24, 2008 by Larry M |  See all 11 posts
The African Queen
I'm wondering the same this movie, not counting low-quality imports and bootlegs, FINALLY for sale on an authorized DVD release? Amazon lists the studio as Paramount, so I'm hoping. I'm going to search and post here what I find.
Nov 8, 2009 by Devin Melancon |  See all 8 posts
Black & White or Color
Yes it has. I got to see it on the old AMC before the changed their stripes, taped it and have since copied that tape to disc. Update am re-recording off TCM as I type this and putting in on disc :-)
Aug 2, 2008 by Eric Pregosin |  See all 2 posts
It means a VHS-Videocasette compatible with the North American television standard NTSC("National Television System Committee".) If your VHS-player only allowed PAL- or SECAM-playback you would not be able to watch this video.
Aug 9, 2006 by Gerald Lenz |  See all 2 posts
I agree - Having it released to the rest of the world in Region 2 encoding dosesn't help one bit for us here in the USA. This is the only collaboration of two GREAT stars - Hepburn and Bogart. And arguably one of the movies by either one of them.
Jul 14, 2006 by Amazon Customer |  See all 3 posts
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