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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 (549 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 (549 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,787 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 434 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 196 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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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Make The Mistake Of Taking This Film For Granted January 28, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
THE AFRICAN QUEEN is probably one of the most widely available films in the world, on sale in the electronics department of virtually every major retail chain, a commonplace at every rental counter, frequently seen on television. It is hard to imagine any one in the western world, especially in the United States, who has not seen the film at least once--and probably more than once. And so we take it for granted.
That is a mistake. Based on the famous C.S. Forester novel, which it follows quite closely, THE AFRICAN QUEEN is the simple story of pragmatic river-rat Charlie Allnut (Bogart) and high-minded Methodist missionary spinster Rose Sayer (Hepburn) who are thrown together by chance when German troups sweep through Africa during World War I. Once safely aboard his beat-up riverboat "The African Queen," Allnut desires nothing more than to dodge the Germans until war's end; Rose, however, determines to strike a blow against the Germans by sailing the boat downriver to attack a German battleship.
There are so many fine things about this movie that they are hard to innumerate. Filmed on location in the Congo, the cinematography is remarkably fine without being obtrusive; the script, which is at once subtle and very purposeful, has a remarkably natural tone; the two stars--who play the vast majority of the film alone together--give justly famous performances; and Huston's direction is so fine that we never feel even the slightest hint of directorial manipulation. As an adventure, it has a sense of realism that most adventure stories lack; as a character study it is remarkably detailed and finely wrought; as a love story, it is quite touching without engaging in common sentimentality. And it can be enjoyed by many people of diverse backgrounds and ages without the faintest qualm.
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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 1 day 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 2 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 2 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 4 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 4 days ago by Wayne Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars This one was a gem.
Humphrey Bogart & Katharine Hepburn made a good match. The character development was exceptional. I can't think of any way it could be improved. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars bogart
I am an avid Humphrey Bogart fan. I love all his movies. The roles he played, I feel no one else could play them as effectively. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Lloyd Strause
5.0 out of 5 stars FAMOUS MOVIE
Bogart does it again with a superb performance in this very suspenseful and successful film for everybody to relish and be thankful for!!!!!
Published 6 days ago by Gary B. Stephenson
5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to like?
This is a timeless movie and has not lost any of its appeal. It's a great story and is entertaining throughout.
Published 7 days ago by Hoosier student
5.0 out of 5 stars Looks good as new
This is a classic but the color was exalent, it looks as fresh to day as it did when it was made
Published 8 days ago by Robert Bowe
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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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