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The African Queen
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It wasn't until he got to the Congo that the director realized what a funny picture The African Queen was going to be, thanks to the odd coupling of Bogie and Kate: "One brought out a vein of humor in the other, and this comic sense, which had been missing from the book and screenplay, grew out of our day-to-day shooting." Within the gunwales of a not-very-large boat, Huston managed to devise myriad ways to keep his two leading characters on separate visual planes even as circumstance and tender emotional urgency conspired to push them together. This was Huston's first feature film in Technicolor, and the peerless Jack Cardiff (The Red Shoes) was there to shoot it. Unfortunately, neither of them could do anything about the process-screen technology needed for, and glaringly inadequate to, the sequence of Bogart and Hepburn shooting the rapids--just about the only lapse in an enchanting fairy tale for adults. The script is credited to Huston and James Agee; the uncredited Peter Viertel, summoned to the African locations to write some additional material, would later fictionalize the experience as White Hunter, Black Heart, a savage roman à clef. --Richard T. Jameson
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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Loved watching this all time classic movie on DVD. I got it for my husband for a sentimental gift. The quality of the picture on the DVD was good even though it is a very old... Read morePublished 14 days ago by C. Waldrop
Love the movie. The jewel box it came in was damaged, although the shipping box was not. The DVD itself turned out to be ok.Published 15 days ago by Sonia Dyer
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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
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I'm wondering the same thing...is 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
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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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