Thursday, March 18, 2010

can't hardly more week

I am literally...literally counting down the days til next week's retail release of The African Queen on DVD (and Blu-Ray if that's your thing). I've saved birthday money, sold pencils on the street corner (yeah, that was me in the dark glasses), dug around in the sofa cushions, dug around in the neighbor's sofa cushions- heck, I've done everything I can to have the ready folding green to be able to pick up the Special edition DVD. Since we first announced it here at The Shelf, I've been looking forward to it. Aside from being a great film, it's also one of the very first Classic films I saw as a kid that lead me into the fully formed Classic Film Buff that stands before you today. Ok...well, sits before you. Ok, not "before you" - but at my computer...never mind, you know what I mean!

While I have been waiting, I've also been on the look out for some early reviews, as I knew the restored print would be screened for some critics, industry peeps, etc before the release. Well, I've seen several reviews of the screening hitting the online sites. So far, Lee Pfeiffer Cinema Retro has a great review:
"Like most classic movie fans, I have have viewed The African Queen countless times. However, I had never truly seen The African Queen until I attended a special digital screening of the restored version"

Also Nicholas Meyer at The Wrap. Follow the links to their sites to read their assessments. Also as a special treat, and via The Digital Bits, I've posted a short video about the restoration that I was able to link to the original PR site via The Digital Bits- so hat tip to them and please check them out (you should already be checking in with the DB guys weekly anyways for the latest DVD news, reviews and cover-art). The video is making the rounds of the web this week, accompanying the many reviews, but I don't believe it is included on the DVD/Blu-Ray releases- please enjoy:

You can pre-order the various editions of The African Queen, at and other online outlets or you can pick it up March 23 at various retail outlets. I'll be there getting my own copy, and no, I won't have my shades and cup of pencils anymore- you'll have to bring your own pencil.

Oh, I know it's a penny here and a penny there, but look at me. I worked myself up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty.

Nature, Mr. Allnut, is what we are put in this world to rise above.

1 comment:

Tom said...

Looking forward to that DVD. Thanks for sharing that video clip.


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