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Casablanca [DVD] [1943] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Humphrey Bogart , Ingrid Bergman , Michael Curtiz    DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt
  • Directors: Michael Curtiz
  • Writers: Casey Robinson, Howard Koch, Joan Alison, Julius J. Epstein, Murray Burnett
  • Producers: Hal B. Wallis
  • Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Feb 2000
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305736650
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,630 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

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Casablanca (Snap Case)


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94 of 95 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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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HD rejuvinates an old TV classic 18 Dec 2007
By Videot
Format:HD DVD
Black-and-white? Academy ratio? Mono sound? World War II film stock? On HD DVD? Are they kidding?

Well, no. Amazingly, it works. The pictures are as sharp and clean as if they were shot yesterday. The lovely thing about 35mm film is that it was always HD-ready. Even 65 years ago.

With this release, it's possible to see what the director and cameraman were trying to do for the first time since the wartime fleapits. There's a real art to the composition and the way depth-of-field and focus are used to control the viewer's eye. That subtlety is lost in SD because nothing is quite in sharp focus. The difference brings the film back to life in a way that had me disappearing deep inside the story like never before.
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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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44 of 46 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Perfection
Like a great claret, Casablanca even improves with time however many times its shown.
Published 1 day ago by sapper
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favourite films of all times a classic.
Published 4 days ago by A. L. Mcleod
5.0 out of 5 stars What a find!
Arrived as promised, and am very happy with the purchase.
Published 4 days ago by DRVZ2FST
5.0 out of 5 stars A ticket to freedom
Casablanca is all about a ticket to freedom. A plane ticket authorising you to leave. The partner you left behind long ago is ready to leave. Another man. Read more
Published 20 days ago by W. Rodick
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great films
This is a film everyone should see at least once. But the more you see it the more nuances you pick up. Great humour and a terrific cast.
Published 1 month ago by Don Hinrichsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic movie
Great movie now I own it one I never got the chance to watch all the way through but now no problem.
Published 1 month ago by Duncan Tasker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
This is a great movie and a great looking steelbook case; I would recommend this purchase to anyone who likes steelbooks.
Published 1 month ago by James Morrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone has had a 'Casablanca' moment
Why? Why out of hundreds of excellent Hollywood noir films has ‘Casablanca’ climbed over all the others to reach most critics’ top ten best movies of all times lists? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Hamish Adam
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
One of the greatest movies of all time top cast brilliant story line even today a standout movie, many movies have come and gone but Casablanca remains a classic highly recommended
Published 2 months ago by Happy chap
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful classic movie!!
I sent this to my mother as a Get Well Soon present as I live overseas!! She loved it! A great classic movie and very good quality DVD recording. Highly recommended!
Published 2 months ago by Birgitta Rolston
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