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The African Queen: Special Restoration Edition [Blu-ray] [1951]
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18 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 26 September 2010
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The African Queen [USA / GB 1951, John Huston]

The African Queen [Blu-ray] [1951]
Label: ITV | United Kingdom | Restoration Special Edition | Blu-ray
Regional Code B
Duration 104:37 Min. [23,976 fps]
Measured without credit restoration [21 secs].
Codec MPEG-4 AVC | High profile 4.1
Picture-in-Picture No
BD-Live No
Bookmarks No
BD-Java No
Video average data rate: Video 23.22 Mbps
data rate: Total 28.64 Mbps
Disc Type: BD-50 [31.65 GB of 46.57 | 68.0%]
FILE SIZE: MOVIE 21.01 GB
Format: 1.37:1 [1080p]
Languages
01) English LPCM 2.0 Mono [2304 kbps | 48 kHz | 24-bit]
02) English LPCM 2.0 audio commentary [1536 kbps | 48 kHz | 16-bit]
Subtitles
01) English for hearing impaired
Bonus Material
* Audio commentary by cinematographer Jack Cardiff [English]
* Documentary "Embracing Chaos: Making The African Queen" [2010, Eric Young | 59:19 Min | 1.78:1 | 1080p | 23.976 fps | English with English subtitles]
* Star Profile [English]
o Humphrey Bogart [10 pages]
o Katharine Hepburn [10 pages]
o John Huston [7 pages]
o Jack Cardiff [8 pages]
* Picture Galleries
o Posters & Lobby Cards [0:49 min | 1080p | 23,976 fps] | 1080P | 23.976 fps]
o Behind the Scenes [3:13 min | 1080p | 23.976 fps]
* US-Trailer "The African Queen" [2:34 min | 1080/50i | 25 fps via 2:2 pulldown | English]

African Queen [Blu-ray] [1952] [US Import]
Label: Paramount | USA | 1-Disc | Blu-ray
Regional Code A / B / C
Duration 104:37 min [23.976 fps]
Measured without credit restoration [21 seconds] and "Paramount" logo in the title [9 secs].
Codec MPEG-4 AVC | High profile 4.1
Picture-in-Picture Picture-in-Picture No
BD-Live No
Bookmarks Yes
BD-Java Yes
Video average data rate: Video 38.80 Mbps
average data rate: Total 41.69 Mbps
Disc Type BD-50 [43.45 GB of 46.57 | 93.3%]
FILE SIZE: MOVIE 30.65 GB
Format 1.37:1 [1080p]
Languages
01) English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono [224 kbps | 48 kHz | DN-4dB]
02) French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono [224 kbps | 48 kHz | DN-4dB]
03) Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono [224 kbps | 48 kHz | DN-4dB]
04) Portuguese Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono [224 kbps | 48 kHz | DN-4dB]
Subtitles
01) English
02) English for hearing impaired
03) French
04) Spanish
05) Portuguese
Bonus Material
* Documentary "Embracing Chaos: Making The African Queen" [2010, Eric Young | 59:19 Min | 1.78:1 | 1080p | 23.976 fps | English with subtitles]
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 16 May 2012
Good film. I saw it in the 1950s and on TV a number of times since. I remember it well. I was pleased to see that it was now being issued in Blu-ray format. Either I had a rogue disc or there is an inherent defect which periodically causes the film to judder for a few seconds. Disconcerting on what should be a flawless Blu-ray presentation. A disappointing experience. Fortunately Amazon were happy to provide a full refund.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Bought for a gift which they were very happy with
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 16 March 2013
The idea that any vehicle for Humphrey Bogart would guarantee a successful movie is misplaced. Are we really to expect Bogart to portray a Cockney ? His accent is no more plausible than the Irish accent he coughed up as the horse-trainer in 'Dark Victory'. Americans are totally naive in trying to portray Cockney types. One has only to examine the portrayal of the pearly kings by film-makers or listen agonisingly to the accent of the ridiculous Dick Van Tripe in Mary Poppins. Katherine Hepburn is good, as is Robert Morley. Theodore Bikel makes a decent stab as the commander of the German ship. One may recall that he played number 2 to Kurt Jurgens in 'The Enemy Below'. So Germans and boats come natural to him. The landscape is as beautiful as the eponymous steam boat is grotesque. The ending of the film is totally ludicrous. John Huston should have conjured up something more plausible. I've seen Bogart at his best in gangster movies, but in this case it's the audience, not the gangsters, who are subjected to torture.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 21 February 2013
The picture quality is excellent but the sound is in stereo and you have to turn your base right up.
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1 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on 12 October 2009
I suppose that's what films used to be like in those days. It was good for a laugh but seems so dated and amateurish today.
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