Posted on 26 December 2011 by Rich Drees
Life Magazine has long been famous for the quality of the pictures its photographers brought back from around the world. One such photographer accompanied Humphey Bogart, Katherine Hepburn and director John Huston when they traveled to the Belgian Congo and the Ruki River to shoot the now classic The African Queen. Although some of the photos he shot were published, a number of stunning images remained in the magazine’s archives until late last week when they released 29 of them on their website on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the film’s release. Below is just a small sample of this amazing look at what has been considered one of the most grueling location shoots in cinema history. Follow the link over for more.
Posted on 12 January 2010 by Rich Drees
In the over ten years that DVD has been with us, one title has continued to not make the transition to the digital format, much to the consternation of film fans- The African Queen. But now, the romantic adventure story starring Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart is finally making its way to DVD and Blu-Ray on March 23rd.
As if to make up for the incredibly long wait for John Huston’s classic film, Paramount is kicking out with a 4K HD transfer from the film’s original three-strip Technicolor negatives, restored in a process similar to the one Warner Brothers used for their Wizard Of Oz and Gone With The Wind restorations. The studio’s press release further elaborates-
To ensure that the restored picture matched the filmmakers’ original vision, Paramount arranged a screening of an MPAA archive print for the film’s original cinematographer, Academy Award winner Jack Cardiff*, whose comments were recorded live during the screening. That same archival print was later screened alongside the newly restored version so that the restoration team could ensure that all of Cardiff’s notes had been addressed.
The DVD and Blu-Ray versions will both be available in a standard, single disc edition or a limited edition box set. Both editions will contain the new documentary Embracing Chaos: Making The African Queen, while the box set will include an “audio disc recording of the original Lux Radio Theater broadcast of The African Queen, 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, a Senitype film frame reproduction and postcard reproductions” of images from the film.