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Casablanca -- Two Disc Special Edition [DVD] [1942]

Humphrey Bogart , Ingrid Bergman , Michael Curtiz    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 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: PAL
  • Language: English, French, German
  • Subtitles: Italian, English, Dutch, Spanish, French, German, Arabic
  • 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: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Feb 2004
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CGD0X
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,612 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This generously filled two-disc special edition presentation of Casablanca features the film itself in an impressively clean new digital transfer on the first disc, with hiss-free mono sound. It's prefaced by a rather pointless introduction from Lauren Bacall (it would surely be churlish to point out that Casablanca was made two years before Bacall met Bogart) and accompanied by two full-length and fact-packed audio commentaries, one from film critic Roger Ebert, who hardly pauses to take a breath, and the other from film historian Rudy Behlmer, who provides in-depth background detail.

The second disc features a plentiful collection of sundry archival features and more from Bacall, who hosts the two documentaries: You Must Remember This: The Making of Casablanca and a retrospective of Bogie's career, Bacall on Bogart. Of minor interest are two very short deleted scenes--Laszlo and Rick at the jail, and a German officer's pratfall--which in lieu of any surviving audio track have been subtitled from the original script; there's also five minutes of silent outtakes. An audio-only sample of Max Steiner's music-scoring sessions features Dooley Wilson singing "Knock on Wood" and "As Time Goes By". There are brief reminiscences from Stephen Bogart and Pia Lindstrom (son and daughter of Bogie and Ingrid Bergman, respectively); Bugs Bunny and pals in Carrotblanca; a curious 1955 Warner Bros TV version of the movie; audio excerpts from the "Screen Guild Players Radio Production" featuring the principal cast; plus the usual static galleries and other trivia. All in all, it's a valuable two-disc set that really does provide everything you always wanted to know about one of the most famous movies ever made. --Mark Walker

Product Description

Casablanca: easy to enter, but much harder to leave, especially if your name is on the Nazis' most wanted list. Atop that list is Czech Resistance leader Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid), whose only hope is Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), a cynical American who sticks his neck out for no one…especially Victor’s wife Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), the ex-lover who broke his heart. So when Ilsa offers herself in exchange for Laszlo’s safe transport out of the country, the bitter Rick must decide what’s more important – his own happiness or the countless lives that hang in the balance.


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93 of 94 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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46 of 47 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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19 of 19 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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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vichy et Noir 18 Aug 2004
Format:VHS Tape
The geo-political background of this marvellous film, a film which transcends its WW2 propaganda efforts, is still not known to many: after the fall of France in 1940, most of France (except Paris and North and the coastal regions) was, in fact, at least until 1942-43, run by a virtually independent pro-German French administration based in the spa town of Vichy. The overseas colonies of France, from Devil's Island to Indo-China, were ideologically split: some supported Vichy, some de Gaulle's London-based "government", others a mid-way position based around local high-ranking French commanders (French Morocco and Algeria, to name but two).

Casablanca, a port in Morocco, played a quasi-independent game, allied to Vichy but full of all sorts of people, including people in the administration and police, until the Americans and British invaded "by invitation" in 1943 (Operation Torch). This film is set somewhat beforehand, although actually made a little later.

Many propaganda points in the film will not be picked up on by most viewers, as in the scene where the obnoxious Deutsche Bank exec fails to gain entrance to Rick's casino room and storms off saying he will "report it to Der Angriff". how many know that to have been Goebbels' newspaper?

Whatever one's views about WW2, this film can be enjoyed for itself. It is, of course, a classic, a classic noir at that. Everyone should own this film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Get Much Better - War Classic
This film, shot in 1942, was made in one day. It is an all time classic beyond criticism.
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Published 6 days ago by W. R. Taylor
3.0 out of 5 stars It is showing its age.
A classic with a good story, but the age of the media has resulted in a certain amount of background "crackle".
Published 20 days ago by Stanford Hathaway
4.0 out of 5 stars play it again
An classic film, with a good quality picture, delivery was prompt and the dvd was not damaged. i would recommend this film for any collection
Published 28 days ago by markie
5.0 out of 5 stars Better every time
Superb film with great characters and some great lines. Aways handy for a night in or rainy afternoon. Notice more each time I see it.
Published 1 month ago by Janbee
3.0 out of 5 stars Film is interestingly dated! Unfortunately kept 'skipping' on 1st DVD...
Beautiful Bergman, miserably attractive Humphrey Bogart. It's amazing to see how 'dated' this movie is, nevertheless the politics are still relevant.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Maria Jtb Emery
5.0 out of 5 stars Casa colour!
Very good and clear images. Not expensive at all. Only wish they could do a colour version.
That would be fantastic
Published 1 month ago by jim
5.0 out of 5 stars My god daughter has to write an essay on Casablanca
As I read her work it became obvious I had to see it. My husband also heard of it but never watched it so I bought it for his Christmas stocking.
Published 1 month ago by Ms. M. Fischbach
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic film
A classic film, thank you. This was a present for my son and daughter in law and they loved it.
Published 2 months ago by A. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Casablanca
Love this film, I wanted the dvd for my collection so that I can watch the film without adverts. It is a classic.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. K. Mcneil
5.0 out of 5 stars Great.
Well worth getting in blu-ray, the difference is amazing. Brilliant yet subtle propaganda film with a fantastic cast. Deserving of the hype it receives.
Published 3 months ago by DoodleinWonderland
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