The African Queen is coming to Blu-ray and DVD from Paramount on March 23, 2010 for the first time and has been fully restored!
Below is the press release that includes a link to a video feature that examines the restoration process. Look for my Blu-ray Disc review soon. Enjoy!
Here is the press release from Paramount:
Filled with adventure, drama, humor and romance, the epic and enduring cinematic classic THE AFRICAN QUEEN, starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn, was meticulously restored using state-of-the-art 4K digital technology and will debut on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time ever on March 23, 2010 from Paramount Home Entertainment.
RESTORING THE AFRICAN QUEEN FEATURE (8 minutes)
In this feature, Martin Scorsese, Nicholas Meyer, Paramount Pictures Exec VP of Worldwide Technical Services Chris Carey, Paramount Pictures VP of Restoration Ron Smith and more discuss the importance and process of restoring THE AFRICAN QUEEN.
A six-year journey filled with challenges nearly as difficult as those faced by Rose and Charlie, the restoration process began at the source: Romulus Filmsone of the film's original production companieswho provided access to the original three-strip negative at a London facility where the film was carefully scanned and digitized. The separate elements were then transferred to Los Angeles and painstakingly recombined and inspected frame by frame to ensure that every detail aligned and that any dirt and scratches were removed.Click here to see the 8 minute video feature