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on 14 June 2016
My two DVD 2003 Special Edition has a remastered print that is beautifully steady and clean, a superb rendition of the classic film we all know and are happy to watch time and again. The subtle interaction between all the cast coupled with the excellent direction and attention to detail in the sets make this an outstanding flm, especially when compared with the more frantic modern films. One would never realise that the film was shot almost on an ad-hoc basis with the cast often not knowing what they would be doing from one day to the next.
Of course it is only 4:3 B&W and has mono sound, and the Az blurb is to the point.

Disc one has two commentaries, one by film critic Roger Ebert, the other by film historian Rudy Behlmer, plus an introduction to the film by Lauren Bacall. It is split into 32 scenes which can be accessed from the menus.

The normal menus on Disc 2 give us some scenes that had been cut from the film, various bits of production data, a collection of musical out-takes by Dooley Wilson, and two more features; the brilliant spoof by Bugs Bunny and his usual cronies 'Carrotblanca', and the 21 scene feature 'Bacall on Bogart'. Disc two also has enhanced content that can be used with a PC.
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Yep, it's a classic.

It's black and white. It's got Humphrey Bogart in it. But it's also a bit unusual, being a WWII war-era film where the war is totally fundamental to the plot, but nonetheless remains in the background. And, despite the cover showing Bogey with a gun and a trilby, it's not normal noir either.

Bogart is Rick, who runs a popular bar, hiding out from a shady past in Casablanca, Morocco, which at this time is Vichy French territory. Claude Rains is great as Capt. Renault, the local cop who 'blows with the wind', and Peter Lorre and Sidney Greenstreet are perfect as oily underworld types. Legend has it that Bogart wasn't friendly with ingrid Bergman, yet their onscreen chemistry was convincing enough to ensure this film became a classic, and made stars of both of them.

There's some great dialogue, and several superb vignettes, such as when Bergman's Ilsa character arrives at the bar, spots Sam (Dooley Wilson) and - in the film's most misquoted line - asks that he 'Play it, Sam. Play As Time Goes By' (not 'Play it again, Sam'!). Rick later delivers another classic, having been unexpectedly brought face to face with his former flame: 'Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.'

Lisa is now accompanying Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid), a famous Czech freedom fighter, and they are trying to escape the Nazis, who are close on their trail. The film explores the potential love triangle, divided loyalties, and issues of moral conscience, all very movingly, and with real period panache.

There's also some terrific humour. I love the exchange between Rick and his girlfriend Yvonne. 'Where were you last night?' she asks, accusingly. 'That's so long ago, I don't remember' he retorts. Then, more or less pleading, she asks 'Will I see you tonight?' Only to be slapped with this superb rejoinder: 'I never make plans that far ahead.' You can see why Woody Allen loved this film so much he created 'Play It Again, Sam' (both a play and later a film).
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on 24 May 2015
One of the best films ever made. Casablanca is just pure class and I can see why this film won three Oscars back in 1944, including best film. I know Humphry Bogart and Ingrid Bergman where brilliant, but my hat goes off to Claude Rains(wolf man) who was a brilliant actor. This Blu-ray comes with loads of features and the picture quality is very nice. This is a must buy if you love this film.
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on 19 June 2014
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.

But this review concerns the quality of the blu ray. On a plasma screen it is absolutely immaculate. On 100' projection it is just about perfect. The slightest of slight hint of grain particularly on indoor scenes. Outdoor scenes are invariably immaculate. As good a monochrome picture as you are likely to experience.

The audio comes through as DTS but is in fact still mono as you would expect. There are ten subtitle options, including English should you wish to see those glorious lines of dialogue. So many classics.

My 70th Anniversary Edition does not actually state anywhere on the box that it is so. It does state that it is a 'new 4K resolution scan' which I assume amounts to the same thing. I can't see any Region information on the box or the disc but it played fine on my UK player.

Of all the Options the 'Warner Night at the Movies' looks interesting. I could watch all the shorts and stuff that were typical of the build-up to seeing Casablanca once you had sat down in the cinema in the 1940s.

It had me leaning forward in my seat. Powerful movie making.
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on 8 August 2017
Ah, Casablanca! A classic film that has never dated. All the actors are superb, especially Conrad Veidt as Major Strasser (of the Third Reich, as if there was another in the offing) who just oozes menace. I loved the snap, crackle and pop of the dialogue and Bogart and Raines just bounce off each other so well. Like Rick (Bogart), Louis (Raines) is partial to a pretty woman and he has a voice like velvet. The scene where La Marseillaise is sung to drown out Watch on the Rhine being sung by the Germans in the club always brings tears to my eyes - it's a tremendous moment in the film.

If ever there was a perfect film, this was it. 5 stars.
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on 14 September 2015
Humphrey Bogart (Rick) and Sydney Greenstreet (Ferrari) each own a café/bar in Casablanca which is frequented by those wishing to make an exit to Lisbon and a new found freedom. Casablanca is on French soil and Claude Rains (Renault) is the Captain in charge who must co-operate with Nazi Conrad Veidt (Strasser). The two cafes are riddled with black market shenanigans and into this town wanders Resistance leader Paul Henreid (Victor Lazlo) and Ingrid Bergman (Ilsa). In order to make it to freedom, an exit visa is required and this is what Henreid and Bergman are after.

An entertaining film with a good cast and very amusing dialogue. Bogart rattles off some classic lines but it's Claude Rains whose delivery tops the charts. One moment that I found funny is when a grateful couple approach him and enthusiastically let him know that they will be at his office at 6:00am to collect their visas. "I'll be there at 10:00" is his reply. The moral of that is don't be so keen, it gets you nowhere. A good lesson for anyone starting a new job.

"Here's looking at you" gets a bit clichéd but it doesn't matter. I never cared for Humphrey Bogart and his man who stands alone image. It always struck me as cold and unpleasant. However, I'm starting to really like him these days.

One daft thing about the film is how the Nazis didn't find the visas. The hiding place is pretty obvious if you ask me. A couple of last points - remember next time you get to a roulette table – number 22 - and the French National Anthem is way better than the dreary UK effort.
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on 11 March 2017
BRILLIANT FILM - we used it with the Lent Study guide "A Beautiful Friendship" by Paul Kerensa and Zoe Young. Many of us knew lines from the film but we didn't realise it was actually filmed and released BEFORE the end of the war when no one knew what the outcome of WW2 would be. Watching a film where the actors and audiences of the time were living with such uncertainty, and at least one of the actors involved had members of his family perish in concentration camps, makes it a challenging and poignant film. It deals with the problems of people in refugee situations through no fault of their own so very topical too. In spite of these tensions, It is a film woven through with humour and some wonderful set pieces. Highly recommend it.
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on 6 January 2016
Regarded now as a classic and regularly appearing at the top end of "best movies ever made" lists. Interestingly, Casablanca was not regarded as anything special on its release; just another "studio picture". Over Time, however, it has taken on iconic status. It just oozes style and class. Everyone has seen it, everyone can quote lines from it, yet its magic lies in the fact that you can watch time and time again. A must have for any collection.......Here's looking at you, kid.
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on 11 June 2012
Casablanca is a classic. Most people have seen it. Most of them liked it. There is nothing really to say about it. If you haven't seen it then go watch it. It's as good as everybody says it is. Great performances, iconic scenes, great direction and pacing. Also the picture and sound quality is very good for a film that's 70 years old.

This DVD is packed with great amount of extra content that covers the production, main stars and the cinematic influence.
Extra Features:
Disc 1:
*Commentary by Film Critic Roger Ebert - very entertaining, very insightful commentary by true film buff.
*Commentary by Film Historian Rudy Behlmer
*Introduction by Lauren Bacall(Bogart's wife)
*Theatrical Trailer and Reissue trailers
*Trailers for Robin Hood(1938) and Treasure for Sierra Madre

Disc 2:
*6 min interview with Ingrid Bergman's daughter and Humphrey Bogart's son
*You Must Remember This: A Tribute To Casablanca - A making of documentary
*Bacall on Bogart - 80 min long documentary on Humphrey Bogart's career
*Additional Scenes and Outtakes
*Looney Tunes Cartoon Carrotblanca - Best thing on the disc
*Premiere Episode "Who Holds Tomorrow?" From 1955 TV Series Adaptation of Casablanca - includes awesome 50's TV adds.
*30 min long Radio adaptation of Casablanca featuring Bogart, Bergman and Henreid
*Scoring Session Outtakes
*Production History gallery - photos etc.
Overall this is an excellent DVD with great film and really good extra content. It's a must have for anyone who interested in this classic film.
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on 30 June 2013
There's a daft Hollywood "making-of" short that tries to pretend the film was some kind of "accident". Nonsense, it was a piece of propaganda intended to persuade the American people that they should rescue Europe. It was right to do so, of course.

What remains astonishing that the film's heart never misses a beat. I don't know how many times I've watched it, but I still cry in places and laugh out loud in others. How many films can you say that about?

It's a simple story, really. A good man, wounded in love, goes to a remote place to drown his sorrows. To his astonishment, the woman he has never stopped loving walks into his bar. For much of the story his bitterness prevents a resolution, but an example of selfless love is placed before him and this fundamentally moral man finds he has no choice but to live up to his own real values.
But it's much, much more exciting, funny and moving than I've described it.
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