“The African Queen” finally comes to DVD!
John Huston’s “The African Queen” (1951), starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn shall finally be released on U.S. Region 1 DVD on March 23, 2010. For many years, this was the only film on the American Film Institute’s original Top 100 List that had not been released on DVD.
This, of course, is great news for fans of the film, as well as Bogey and Kate. But as I rejoice in the news and prepare to open my wallet for the inevitable purchase, I also find myself asking, “What about the rest of them?”
The rest of them – you know, the other essential film classics that still have yet to see the light of DVD. Classic titles like “Wings” (silent), “The Crowd” (silent), “The Island of Lost Souls”, “The Magnificent Ambersons” and “A Guy Named Joe” have, to this day, still gotten no further than American-made VHS tape (that’s probably why I still own those films in that now-ancient format).
Perhaps someone out there who knows more about the politics of film and DVD release can explain to my why it seems to take so long for some films to get their deserved DVD release. The fans of so many yet-to-be-released films just sit around and wait…and wait…and wait…and wait…
Anyway, for right now, we lovers of “The African Queen” whole-heartedly say, “It’s about time!”