"The African Queen" was a childhood favorite from the day I first saw it. Stunned by its intertwined action, pyrotechnics and the comic romance of two mismatched eccentrics, I longed for the day I could add it to my DVD collection.
But this satisfaction was a long time coming. Long embroiled in legal complications and previously available only in an unsatisfactory VHS version, John Huston’s enthralling tale of a Mission Impossible, conducted by a ratty river boatman (Bogart in his only Best Actor performance) and a prim spinster (Katharine Hepburn as Eleonor Roosevelt!) remained the only film on the AFI’s list of 100 great movies NOT on DVD.
But now, 60 years after its initial sensational...