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Casablanca
     

Casablanca

4.8 77
Director: Michael Curtiz, Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid

Cast: Michael Curtiz, Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid

 

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Michael Curtiz's Casablanca (1943) had been issued on DVD twice before, but neither of those releases were remotely in the same league as this two-disc special edition, and that's just where the basic movie is concerned. When you throw in the extras, this set exists on a whole new level altogether. For starters, every one of the little flaws in the film

Overview

Michael Curtiz's Casablanca (1943) had been issued on DVD twice before, but neither of those releases were remotely in the same league as this two-disc special edition, and that's just where the basic movie is concerned. When you throw in the extras, this set exists on a whole new level altogether. For starters, every one of the little flaws in the film materials that were evident in the earlier transfers have been fixed so that, from the opening credits, the presentation is visually flawless. What's more, this transfer looks as though the contrast, density, and brightness were adjusted almost on a frame-by-frame basis. Mastering engineers probably spent a lot of hours getting the movie to look this good, and the result is the most perfect presentation that the movie has ever received, rivaling and, in some ways, even surpassing the DVD release of Citizen Kane. The smoke rising from Richard Blaine's (Humphrey Bogart) cigarette in his opening scene and during his conversation with Peter Lorre's Ugarte looks as if it could float into the room with the viewer; you can see the sweat on Lorre's brow in the wider two-shots; every pore on the faces of Bogart, Lorre, Claude Rains, and Sydney Greenstreet is visible in their close-ups; and every strand of Ingrid Bergman's hair is in sharp relief in her first appearance. Few theatrical showings and no prior home viewing of Casablanca (with the possible exception of Criterion's laserdisc) have looked this good. The sound is a little more problematic, having been mastered at a very low level -- perhaps half of the volume that anyone would expect. Almost certainly a result of the sheer amount of audio material contained on the disc, it was probably unavoidable, as well as easily fixed. Volume adjustments, however, render the sound loud and clear, including the music and all of its internal detail, whether it's Dooley Wilson's piano or Max Steiner's complex orchestral score. All of the dialogue is mastered in sharp relief, and even if it requires a serious volume boost between the sound and the picture, this is a demonstration-quality disc from beginning to end, and that's just referring to the actual movie. The main bonus feature on the first disc, which contains the complete film, is a pair of full-length commentary tracks, one by historian Rudy Behlmer and the other by critic Roger Ebert. The two narrations don't overlap at all. Behlmer sticks to the back story of the production and the day-to-day development of the original play, the various drafts of the screen version, and the creative personalities behind the movie, particularly director Michael Curtiz and cinematographer Arthur Edeson. Behlmer's knowledge of the personnel is overpowering, and his narration is spellbinding. Ebert is more concerned with explaining the appeal of the film and its characters, analyzing what we see on the screen; he's interesting and entertaining. The other special features on disc one include biographical sketches of most of the players (with the notable exception of Conrad Veidt -- the odd-man-out in the cast in terms of recognition here), the original trailer, and the reissue trailer from 1992. Lauren Bacall's introduction from the old Warner Bros. single-disc issue is also included. Disc two is loaded up with lots of extras that are just as enjoyable, if not always as tightly focused. "The Children Remember" is a featurette in which Ingrid Bergman's daughter Pia Lindström and Bogart's son Stephen discuss what their parents thought of the movie in their own time and in the years that followed. Bergman, in particular, never thought much of the film and could not understand why people still told her how much they loved Casablanca 30 and 40 years later. Warner Bros. has also retrieved outtakes and additional scenes (alas, all silent) from the original shoot that are interesting as visions of a work-in-progress, which Casablanca very much was for most of its production, even on a script level. For music fans, the real highlights of this release are the eight recordings from the scoring stage sessions, which offer the raw, unmixed performances of Dooley Wilson on "Knock on Wood" and "As Time Goes By," as well as several instrumental highlights from the score. Also included is Bacall on Bogart, which, coincidentally, was the first place where most of the public viewed scenes from the alternate cut of The Big Sleep. And "You Must Remember This: A Tribute to Casablanca" is almost worth the price of the package by itself. Every surviving creative participant, in addition to some scholars who didn't live long enough to be involved directly (most notably the late Ronald Haver), give as full a background of the production as possible. All of the contributions are valuable, but original play co-author Murray Burnett gives the most personal and touching account. A second layer of bonus materials include what is presumably one of the better episodes of the mid-'50s TV version of the classic movie. Entitled "Who Holds Tomorrow, it isn't much of anything except a showcase for Clarence Muse in the role of Sam, which the actor had nearly won for the original movie. Finally, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig have the final word in Carrotblanca, a Warner Bros. cartoon parody.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Monica McIntyre
Star-crossed lovers meet during wartime under the Moorish arches of Rick's Café Americain in Casablanca. This legendary melodrama is one of the most perfectly realized movies to come out of the Hollywood studio system. Directed by Hungarian émigré Michael Curtiz, it stars Humphrey Bogart in his iconic role as the fiercely independent but ultimately honorable Rick, an American expatriate running a swanky nightclub on the French North African coast. An embittered romantic, Rick has never forgotten the beautiful and enigmatic Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman), who left him waiting at the train station in Paris as Nazi tanks rolled in. Their secret love, unexpectedly rekindled at Rick's, drives a charged narrative set against an exotic backdrop. Bogart and Bergman supply enormous star power, to be sure. But Casablanca's witty script, brisk pacing, lush atmosphere, and bittersweet romance -- not to mention a splendid performance by Claude Rains as the morally flexible French official, Inspector Renault -- all help make it the classic that it is.
All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
There are many people for whom Casablanca is the greatest Hollywood movie ever made, and, while that may be going a bit far, one would be hard-pressed to think of another film in which the pieces fell together with such serendipity. It's hard to imagine a movie in which the leads are better cast: Humphrey Bogart's tough, effortless cool gives Rick the ideal balance of honor and cynicism, Ingrid Bergman's luminous beauty makes it seem reasonable that men would fight for Ilsa's affections, and Paul Henreid's Victor is cold enough that you can imagine Ilsa's being tempted by her old flame. The supporting cast is superb down the line; Claude Rains, Peter Lorre, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Dooley Wilson, and S.Z. Sakall are all so memorable that one tends to forget that none is onscreen for very long. The screenplay often walks the border of cliché, but the story has just enough twists, and the dialogue so much snap, that it stays compelling throughout. And Michael Curtiz knew just when to turn on the schmaltz and when to cut it off. Casablanca blends romance, suspense, humor, and patriotic drama with such skill that one imagines it must have happened by accident, and the movie looks better with each passing year. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll cheer, and the good guys strike a blow against fascism -- what more could you want from a movie?

Product Details

Release Date:
08/05/2003
UPC:
0012569568129
Original Release:
1942
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:42:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; All-new digital transfer; 2 feature-length audio commentaries: one by film critic Roger Ebert, the other by film historian Rudy Behlmer; Introduction by Lauren Bacall; Interactive menus; Original and reissue theatrical trailers; Scene access; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français & Español; Lauren Bacall hosts You Must Remember This: A Tribute to Casablanca, a spellbinding backstage tour; Bacall on Bogart features the award-winning actress's candid and moving reminiscences about her husband's life and career; Newly discovered additional scenes and outtakes; Homage cartoon Carrotblanca, starring Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes gang; Premiere episode Who Holds Tomorrow? from the 1955 TV series adaptation of Casablanca; Screen Guild Players radio production of Casablanca featuring the film's 3 top-billed stars; Scoring session outtakes gallery; Production history gallery includes photos, press materials, studio correspondence, memorabilia and more; Enhanced features for your DVD-ROM PC: script to screen, website links and more

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Humphrey Bogart Rick Blaine
Ingrid Bergman Ilsa
Paul Henreid Victor Laszlo
Claude Rains Capt. Louis Renault
Conrad Veidt Maj. Heinrich Strasser
Peter Lorre Ugarte
Sydney Greenstreet Senor Ferrari
S.Z. Sakall Carl, Headwaiter
Madeleine Le Beau Yvonne
Dooley Wilson Sam
Joy Page Annina Brandel
John Qualen Berger
Leonid Kinskey Sascha
Helmut Dantine Jan Brandel
Curt Bois Dark European
Marcel Dalio Emil, the Croupier
Corinna Mura Singer
Ludwig Stossel Mr. Leuchtag
Ilka Gruning Mrs. Leuchtag
Charles La Torre Senor Martinez
Frank Puglia Arab Vendor
Dan Seymour Abdul
Lou Marcelle Narrator
Leon Belasco Dealer
Oliver Blake German Banker
Monte Blue American
Gino Corrado Waiter
George Dee Casselle
William Edmunds Contact
Martin Garralaga Headwaiter
Gregory Gaye German Banker
Creighton Hale Customer
Olaf Hytten Prosperous Man
Michael Mark Vendor
George Meeker Friend
Louis Mercier Smuggler
Torben Meyer Banker
Alberto Morin French Officer
Leo Mostovoy Fydor
Paul Porcasi Native
Henry Rowland German Officer
Richard Ryen Heinz
Norma Varden Englishwoman
Hans Heinrich Von Twardowski German Officer
Mischa Auer Bartender
Wolfgang Zilzer Man with Expired Papers (Shot)

Technical Credits
Michael Curtiz Director
Robert Aisner Consultant/advisor
Lawrence W. Butler Special Effects
Arthur Edeson Cinematographer
Julius J. Epstein Screenwriter
Philip G. Epstein Screenwriter
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Hugo W. Friedhofer Score Composer
George James Hopkins Set Decoration/Design
Herman Hupfield Songwriter
M. K. Jerome Songwriter
Peter Howard Screenwriter
James Leicester Special Effects
Owen Marks Editor
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Francis J. Scheid Sound/Sound Designer
Jack Scholl Songwriter
Don Siegel Special Effects
Max Steiner Score Composer
Richard Van Enger Special Effects
Willard Van Enger Special Effects
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Jack L. Warner Executive Producer
Perc Westmore Makeup
Carl Jules Weyl Art Director

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc 1
1. Credits and Foreword [2:23]
2. Refugee Roundup [4:06]
3. Rick's Café Americain [2:21]
4. Impressed With Ugarte [3:50]
5. Knock on Wood [1:13]
6. Renault the Romantic [3:24]
7. Lowdown on Laszlo [3:20]
8. Ugarte Arrested [2:11]
9. Citizen of the World [2:27]
10. The Laszlos [3:39]
11. Tango Delle Rose [2:16]
12. Play It, Sam [2:26]
13. Reunion [2:25]
14. Of All the Gin Joints [2:44]
15. Paris Memories [3:25]
16. Here's Looking at You [5:40]
17. Ilsa's Story [2:59]
18. No Names, No Travel [3:07]
19. At the Blue Parrot [:33]
20. Visa for One [3:52]
21. Everybody Comes to Rick's [2:39]
22. If Someone Loved You [3:32]
23. Lucky Guy [2:31]
24. The Might Marseillaise [2:51]
25. Were You Lonely? [5:13]
26. Ilsa's Plea [3:08]
27. For Both of Us [2:53]
28. Destiny's Hand [4:11]
29. Double-Dealing [3:16]
30. Least Vulnerable Spot [3:18]
31. We'll Always Have Paris [3:14]
32. Beautiful Friendship [4:01]
Side #2 -- Disc 2
1. Introduction [4:14]
2. Early Career [3:41]
3. The Petrified Forest [3:24]
4. Studio Player 1936-940 [5:14]
5. High Sierra [3:44]
6. The Maltese Falcon [8:48]
7. Wartime; Casablanca [10:08]
8. To Have and Have Not [5:17]
9. The Big Sleep [4:53]
10. A Gutsy Couple [3:28]
11. Dark Passage [1:17]
12. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre [3:45]
13. Key Largo [2:53]
14. Life at Sea [1:29]
15. Santana's Movies [4:04]
16. The African Queen [1:46]
17. Journeyman: Early '50s [4:14]
18. Making Fun [1:24]
19. The Caine Mutiny [2:52]
20. The Harder They Fall [2:25]
21. The Bogart Name [2:51]
22. End Credits [1:23]

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Casablanca 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 77 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What more can be said about 'Casablanca' ¿ the quintessential WWII melodrama about an embittered saloon keeper, Richard `Rick¿ Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) and his chance reunion with the only woman he ever loved, Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman). After their rendezvous in Paris that ended badly, Rick has resigned himself to managing his own night club in Morocco. But when Ilsa resurfaces on the arm of a handsome stranger, Rick¿s ancient passion is stirred into visceral disdain. Paul Henreid is Ilsa¿s secret husband and Czechoslovakian freedom fighter, Victor Laszlo. Like so many of Warner¿s war time melodramas, style is just as important to the film¿s success as substance. The studio backlot Moroccan settings are pure magic, really setting the tone, the look and the feel for this memorable adventure/drama. The supporting cast is outstanding, from Sidney Greenstreet¿s maniacal Senior Ferrari to Conrad Veidt¿s murderous Major Heinrich Strasser. Dooley Wilson, Claude Raines and S. Z. Sakall also costar. Warner Brother¿s 2 disc special edition of ¿Casablanca¿ has been upgraded from the previously issued single disc, though in truth the latter wasn't too shabby looking either. However, this new DVD is flawless, exhibiting a gray scale, black and contrast levels that are absolutely bang on. The soundtrack has also been cleaned up and sounds crisp, vibrant and extremely well balanced. Extras include, on disc one, two distinct audio commentaries and an intro from Lauren Bacall that was recorded nearly a decade earlier. Disc Two features the previously available 'You Must Remember This' documentary hosted by Bacall. Bacall also hosts a new tribute to Bogie. There are outtakes and deleted scenes and two rarities; the Bugs Bunny spoof 'Carrotblanca' and the pilot episode of 'Casablanca' a television spin off from the mid-60s. There's also a stills gallery to explore. The video quality of 'You Must Remember This' is far better than as it appeared on the previously issued DVD. Edge enhancement and aliasing, which plagued the former, has almost been eliminated on this transfer. The rest of the supplements have also been impeccably remastered. Aside: I don't usually recommend buying reissued discs because it's simply a studio's way of making more money on a title you already own. But in the case of this 2-disc set, I have to say that you will be making a great mistake if you don't junk your previous DVD and snatch this one up. It represents the most definitive version of 'Casablanca' ever and 'as time goes by', you'll want to 'play it again.'
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What can you say about the problems of three little people that don't amount to a "hill of beans" in this desperate world? Casablanca is romantic but hard-boiled, amusing but moving, and always worth watching. I've owned it in VHS, DVD and now Blu-Ray and can probably lip-synch the lines. Doesn't matter - I still find it riveting.
webapplications More than 1 year ago
This is what got me hooked on Classics and Film Noir

It has the usual Noir elements of a hopeless situation, a protagonist with a character flaw and a femme fatale.

I love Bogarts typical dry delivery and Claude Rains tongue-in-cheek humor.

The short witty dialogue includes the following memorable lines "Play it Sam", "I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship" and "Here's looking at you, kid."

Watch it and I guarantee that you too will be enthralled!
Guest More than 1 year ago
''Casablanca'' set the standard for the word, ''timeless''. Intrique, suspense, love and human courage, ''Casablanca'' is a film that can be watched over and over and still inspire the viewer...simply, one of the best films ever made..
TomBarnes39 More than 1 year ago
Early during World War II an unproduced stage play manuscript called 'Everybody Comes to Ricks' made its way to the story department at Warner Brothers Studio in Burbank, California.
The story eventually caught on and was OK'd for production.
Rick's Cafe was the gathering place for wealthy French expatriates, refugees, French, German and Italian officers. Host Rick (Humphrey Bogart)carries out a show of strict neutrality. The story revolves around stolen exit visas and when Rick's lost lover, 'We'll always have Paris,' (Ingrid Bergman), shows up at Rick's place the pot really begins to boil.
Bogart is at his best playing off a wonderful cast of characters Claude Rains and Sydney Greenstreet among them feeding him one liners which he served back with perfect timing. And it has an ending that every producer in the world would die for.
The movie was shipped off to New York's Radio City Music Hall without high hopes or fanfair.
But the first audience gave the movie its due and Jack Warner flew out of the theatre and jumped into a phone booth to tell the the West Coast studio they had a hit. Indeed they did.
If you've never seen Casablanca, you've missed one of the great ones.
JasonNYC More than 1 year ago
It's a classic movie for a reason! This is legendary stuff - the acting, the writing, etc. Everything's aces, and I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie wholeheartedly as the greatest movie of all-time. I'm only 20 years old but feel that it has something for everyone. The most amazing thing to me is that it was made in 1942, just after the U.S. got involved in World War II. Whether you want a war movie, a historical fiction movie, comedy, or romance, you've got it in Casablanca. It is a highly quoted movie and extremely deserving of all awards and accolades that it has received from its creation to the present. No matter what your age, it is a timeless classic that will always remain at the top of the list of ''Greatest Movies Ever Made''.
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HotRodLincoln More than 1 year ago
Of course this movie is a classic, and is much loved. It's my favorite movie of all time. One thing I really like about this collection is the audio commentary by Roger Ebert. It's so thoughtful and insightful, and it's a pleasure to hear his voice since he can't speak now with his medical problems.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i've seen many times and never tire of it. by far my favourite movie of all time, bogart a his best, the tough guy to the softest hearted. it could have have happened, if it didn't, it should have.
NextText More than 1 year ago
Classic Hollywood at its peak. A perfect symmetry of stars, story, director and production values. Anyone's top ten list!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't count the number of times I've seen this film, but each time it reveals something new -- clever word play and amusing stock characters. Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman are stunning, as are Paul Henreid and Conrad Veidt, but Claude Rains often steals the show. The cast of characters is plunged into a World War II drama involving innocent displaced people who want to leave Casablanca for America, evil Nazis, the European Resistance ... and a wonderfully convoluted love story that may never be resolved. Intriguing suspenseful conversations blend with memorable large group scenes -- don't miss the song duel at Rick's Place -- no wonder everyone goes there!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Movies from the 1940's are not even known to most people, let alone still being acclaimed and watched as the unforgettable 'Casablanca'. Set in the Morrocan city with that name dring World War II, it's got all the ingredients of a great story: Drama, Mystery, Suspense, Action, Romance and a great timeless message. The special effects of this movie may be outdated, but it's acting and messages will never be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is so perfect. It has everything a film should have: romance, war, drama, witty writing, and superb acting. Unlike the other reviewer, I think Humphrey Bogart and his characters are amazing. This is my favorite Bogart role because he does it all in this one. Everyone should see this movie. In my opinion, it is second only to Citizen Kane.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this as a gift and then couldn't resist the temptation to view it before passing it on. I was glad that I did. Everyone who has ever seen it remembers forever the lines, "Play it again, Sam," and "Here's lookin' at you kid." I had forgotten many of the other scenes, especially the very moving, tension-packed scene where the French and German patrons at Rick's (Bogart's) club 'spar' while singing their nation's anthem. The extras on the DVD are equally entertaining. I loved learning about the background: what went on behind the scenes, all the planning and thinking that went into making the film. And I'll keep in mind the trailers of other films made about the same time for future viewing pleasure! I am now seriously considering buying my own copy. This movie never disappoints.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Casablanca is an all-timer. The dialogue, acting, atmosphere. A love triangle, an underdog story, a war drama, the film works on multiple levels. But heck- why did Rick Blaine leave America?
Guest More than 1 year ago
What can anyone say about this? Even cynics can't resist this movie...
Guest More than 1 year ago
From start to finish, ''Casablanca'' fills your mind and heart with the story of love once shared by two people, the urgency and uncertainty of this pre-WWII moment, and the flashes of wry humor that make the tension bearable. An all-star cast, a magic storyline, and sensitive direction make ''Casablanca'' my #1 lifetime favorite.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When it comes to dialog, this may well be the best-written of all American movies. Characters are instantly established -- the shifty thief, the falsely-secure, grasping, shady businessman, the decadent policeman, the freedom fighter. All except Rick, the main character, whose personality is revealed through a series of events. While we know he's tough, we don't really know he's good right away. Sure, the action and pace are dated -- very exciting in 1943. But often today's films sacrifice true finesse in writing to achieve the hectic speed they must to meet the audience expectations. Yet there are few monologues more impassioned than Rick to Ilsa when he must convince her to get on the plane and leave Casablanca. And who might not be stirred by the ''war of anthems'' in Rick's bar when the French sing ''Marseilles'' to drown out the Nazi's singing ''Deutchland Uber Alles''? From superb stars under excellent direction with a top-notch script, to some of the best character-actor performances by Sidney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre, this film is recommended for viewing. Many times.