Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The African Queen

"What an absurd idea! What an absurd idea! Lady, I may be a born fool, but you got ten absurd ideas to my one, an' don't you forget it! "
- Charlie Allnut (Humphrey Bogart) to Rose Sayer (Katharine Hepburn), The African Queen

As long as DVDs have been the dominant home video format, movie-lovers have lamented the fact that so many classic films had yet to make the transition. There have been numerous lists compiled of noteworthy films that, for one reason or another, have never made it to Region-1 DVD. High at the top of any such list is the 1951 John Huston adventure The African Queen. One of the American Film Institute's "100 Years...100 Movies," The African Queen stars two of Hollywood's most beloved actors, and features the sole Oscar-winning performance of Humphrey Bogart's legendary career. And yet, no DVD? On March 23rd, Paramount Home Entertainment rectified the situation.

The African Queen
Find it in the catalog!

For further reading on the behind-the-scenes adventure of
The African Queen, check out Katharine Hepburn's memoir: The Making of the African Queen, Or, How I Went To Africa With Bogart, Bacall, And Huston And Almost Lost My Mind.