It's official. Via The Digital Bits: First though, some breaking (and exciting) release news! We've been telling you it was coming and now it's FINALLY official: Paramount has just announced John Huston's The African Queen for DVD and Blu-ray Disc release on 3/23, fully-restored with a new 4K HD transfer from the original three-strip negative and approved by the film's original cinematographer! Yes, the FINAL missing entry of AFI's 100 Greatest Movies list arrives in multiple versions, including a single-disc DVD (SRP $19.99), a single-disc Blu-ray (SRP $26.99) and also Limited Edition DVD (SRP $34.99) and Blu-ray (SRP $43.99) box sets. All of them will feature the new Embracing Chaos: Making The African Queen documentary, featuring interviews with Martin Scorsese and many others. The box sets also 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. All we can say is, it's about damn time! Can't wait to see it in HD.
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