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Casablanca [1942] [DVD]

Humphrey Bogart , Ingrid Bergman , Michael Curtiz    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
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Product Features

  • Interactive Menus
  • Scene Access
  • Trailer
  • You Must Remember This Featurette
  • Language for the hearing impaired: English, Italian

Product details

  • Actors: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt
  • Directors: Michael Curtiz
  • Format: PAL, Full Screen, Black & White, Dolby, Mono
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Jun 2006
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004I9PZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,149 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A truly perfect movie, the 1942 Casablanca still wows viewers today, and for good reason. Its unique story of a love triangle set against terribly high stakes in the war against a monster is sophisticated instead of outlandish, intriguing instead of garish. Humphrey Bogart plays the allegedly apolitical club owner in unoccupied French territory that is nevertheless crawling with Nazis; Ingrid Bergman is the lover who mysteriously deserted him in Paris; and Paul Heinreid is her heroic, slightly bewildered husband. Claude Rains, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Conrad Veidt are among what may be the best supporting cast in the history of Hollywood films. This is certainly among the most spirited and ennobling movies ever made.--Tom Keogh

Product Description

Classic war-time drama which has been mis-quoted for decades. During World War II former lovers Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) and Ilse (Ingrid Bergman) are reunited by chance in Casablanca, where he runs a nightclub and she, with her husband (Paul Henreid), is working for the French Resistance. Recriminations, rekindled desires and patriotic duty battle for primacy as Ilse's husband tries to outwit the local Nazis and escape from Morocco, whilst Rick and Ilse re-kindle their love and decide to run away together...


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98 of 99 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blu-Ray Review 24 Feb 2010
By Mr. Blu
Format:Blu-ray
This is a review of the Blu-Ray quality, not of the film itself which is one of the all-time cinematic classics.

"Casablanca" on Blu-Ray is very beautiful to behold. It seems that the print was in very good condition and the transfer is very clear and detailed. Some shots do highlight the differences in cinematography and camera technology over time; so that, for example, when three people's faces are shown in close-up with the focus on one of them, the two faces out of focus are much more blurry than in modern films. This is a little disturbing at first, but you soon get used to it. And the face in focus, so often Ingrid Bergman's, is crystal clear and radiant with detail; the sparkling of her diamond earings is captured quite sublimely. An advantage for HD here is that the camera often allows itself much longer, still lingering shots than you would see in our impatient modern age. This allows the fine acting skills (of a generation that knew no Botox!) to be observed minutely and shows off the resolution of the image very nicely.

"Casablanca" is comfortably the oldest Blu-Ray I have seen (although "Metropolis" is rumoured to be on the way at the end of this year!) and yet very high up the quality ladder. It does not really have reference quality depth and plasticity, but the black/white contrasts are pretty good, and in general there is nothing to criticise in this subline transfer of a film getting on for 70 years old. It is perhaps worth mentioning though that the correct original aspect ratio of 4:3 will produce vertical black bars at the side of the image on your TV.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship.... 22 Nov 2003
Format:DVD
Because I've been reading Michael Walsh's novel As Time Goes By, I recently decided to watch Casablanca again on DVD. I was amazed to see how this 1943 Oscar-winning film remains powerful and moving 60 years after its release.
Almost everybody knows its plot of of wartime intrigue and its doomed romantic triangle of bitter American saloonkeeper Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), the beautiful Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman), and her idealistic husband, Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid). This trio is supported by a wonderful and varied cast of characters, including Police Prefect Louis Renault (Claude Rains), Rick's faithful friend and piano player Sam Waters (Arthur "Dooley" Wilson), the conniving Ugarte (Peter Lorre), the Russian bartender Sacha (Leonid Kinsky), and the loveable maitre d' Carl (S. Z. Sakall).
The heart of the movie revolves around the conflict created in Rick's heart by World War II. When his former flame Ilsa arrives in Casablanca, does he help her and her husband Victor escape to Lisbon, or does he allow German Major Strasser (Conrad Veldt) to capture the fugitive Czech resistance leader so Rick can take Ilsa to America himself? Or do his natural good instincts surface and get Rick to do the honorable thing?
This movie has a little bit of everything: suspense, drama, comedy, an exotic setting, and lots of music, including renditions of "It Had To Be You," "The Very Thought Of You," and a thrilling duel between Germans singing the "Watch On The Rhine" and the Allies belting out "The Marsellaise." Other songs heard in the film include "Knock On Wood," and the unforgettable "As Time Goes By."
Another crucial element is the snappy and memorable dialog written by the Epstein twins and Hal B. Wallis for this movie:
Rick: I came here for the waters.
Louis: Waters?
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You must remember this ... 24 Aug 2006
Format:DVD
Aaaahhh ... Bogey. AFI's No. 1 film star of the 20th century. Hollywood's original noir anti-hero, epitome of the handsome, cynical and oh-so lonesome wolf (with his "Casablanca"'s Rick Blaine alone, one of the Top 5 guys on the AFI's list of greatest 20th century film heroes); looking unbeatably cool in white dinner jacket or trenchcoat and fedora alike, a glass of whiskey in his hand and a cigarette dangling from the corner of his mouth. Endowed with a legendary aura several times larger than his real life stature, and still admired by scores of women wishing they had been born 50+ years earlier, preferably somewhere in California and to parents connected with the movie business, so as to have at least a marginal chance of meeting him.

Triple-Oscar-winning "Casablanca," directed by Michael Curtiz, was and still is without question Bogart's greatest career-defining moment, the movie on which his legendary status is grounded more than on any other of his multiple other successes. The film's story is based on Murray Burnett and Joan Alison's play "Everybody Comes to Rick's," renamed by Warner Brothers in order to tag onto the success of the studio's 1938 hit "Algiers" (starring Charles Boyer and Hedy Lamarr). Building on the success of 1941's "The Maltese Falcon" and further expanding Bogart's increasingly complex on-screen personality, it added a romantic quality which had heretofore been missing; eventually making this the AFI's Top 20th century love story (even before the No.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
great old classic
Published 2 days ago by Jim Black
4.0 out of 5 stars Good transfer
What can anyone say that hasn't been said before about a classic like this so I will stick to what I think of the transfer to blu-rayIt is as good as I expected and more
Published 3 days ago by Pauly
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic, what to say more.
Published 12 days ago by Marko
5.0 out of 5 stars casablanca 70th anniversary edition blu ray u.s import
the picture quality of this film is brilliant and so is the sound. I won't review the film coz most people know about that already this is about the box set. Read more
Published 16 days ago by danny h
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic movie and one of the best ever. I bought it to watch when i...
A classic movie and one of the best ever. I bought it to watch when i am bored of all the dull new movies with no plot and pathetic acting. Read more
Published 16 days ago by A. J. Quin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a great golden oldie would recommend. quick delivery
Published 20 days ago by angela
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic steelbook. Living in Canada
Fantastic steelbook. Living in Canada, I was really grateful that this bluray was region free. Classic movie romance that should be in everyone's collection.
Published 1 month ago by Pat
4.0 out of 5 stars Still very good entertainment.
Not seen this film for many many years. Still very good entertainment.
Published 1 month ago by very old fan
4.0 out of 5 stars An all time classic
While I've very rarely gone to watch many old films from the first half of the 20th century, I knew O had to at least give Casablanca a shot at some point especially when it is... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gatekeeper197
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Perfection
Like a great claret, Casablanca even improves with time however many times its shown.
Published 1 month ago by sapper
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