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Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful film!!,
This review is from: Casablanca -- Two Disc Special Edition [DVD]  (DVD)
Since it was first shown as a preview on Thanksgiving Day in 1942, Michael Curtiz's 'Casablanca' has been rightly regarded as one of the greatest films in the history of Hollywood. It is a truly stunning film, a romantic movie that has everything: drama, humour, suspense and intrigue, mixed in with a huge serving of romantic melodrama.
To say the film is flawless is an understatement - everything from the acting, to the photography, to the sets, to the tightly constructed script is just a cinematic dream. This wartime film is essentially about a love triangle - Rick Blaine (played by the legendary Humphrey Bogart in his best role in his glittering career), a cynical American who 'sticks his neck out for nobody', runs a nightclub in the Moroccan capital of Casablanca where refugees gather to forge documents that will allow them to escape the horrors of the war for the USA. It is here where one day, Rick is confronted by the famous rebel Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid) and his wife Ilsa (the gorgeous Ingrid Bergman); the Laszlos both want to escape to America, but there's a snag - Ilsa was Rick's true love prior to the war, but deserted him when the Nazis invaded France. The film then revolves around the suspense of Rick attempting to find a way to send the Laszlos to the US, along with the renewed love Ilsa finds for Rick. When the conclusion to the film arrives, you'll be in tears.
Thankfully, the makers of this DVD have done 'Casablanca' justice. The great plus-point about this two-disc package is that it contains worthy contributions to the view that 'Casablanca' is quite possibly the greatest film of all time. Lauren Bacall (who was married to Bogart) presents a handfull of interesting documentries, whilst there are also outtakes, audio tracks, photos, commentries from two acclaimed film critics, and even a Bugs Bunny cartoon called 'Carrotblanca'!
If you've seen the film before (and many of you probably have), you do not need any persuasion to purchase this DVD; for those who have not seen it, then here's your chance to witness a milestone in American, and indeed worldwide, cinema. 'Casablanca' is a true classic, a marvellous romantic movie that will enchant you until its memorable ending.