'The African Queen' Announced for Blu-ray

Posted Mon Jan 11, 2010 at 12:00 PM PST by

The 1951 John Huston classic is being prepared for a Blu-ray release in two editions this March.

In an early announcement to retailers, Paramount has revealed 'The African Queen' starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn is headed for the high-definition format on March 23.

Specs haven't been revealed yet, but the classic film is being restored for Blu-ray using state-of-the-art 4k digital technology and will include: Embracing Chaos: Making The African Queen--This comprehensive documentary takes a look back at the production with commentary about the cast, the challenges of the filming locations and how the spectacular cinematography impacted the industry overall. Includes on-camera interviews with notable Hollywood icons, critics and crew members from the film, including Martin Scorsese, Tony Huston, Richard Schickel and more, plus never-before-seen archival images and home movie footage provided by the estate of cinematographer Jack Cardiff.

Also available will be a 'The African Queen: Commemorative Limited Edition Box Set' which will be packaged with collectibles including: An audio disc with a recording of the Lux Radio Theater presents The African Queen radio broadcast; a Senitype® film frame collectible reproduction; Collectible postcards featuring reproductions of images related to the film; and a reproduction of Katharine 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.

Suggested list price for the releases haven't been revealed yet.

You can find the latest specs for both editions of 'The African Queen' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where they're indexed under March 23.

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Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
The African Queen (Blu-ray)
The African Queen: Commemorative Limited Edition Box Set (Blu-ray)
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