Casablanca Ultimate Collector's Edition

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Casablanca: easy to enter, but much harder to leave, especially if your name is on the Nazi's most-wanted list. Atop that list is Czech Resistance leader Victor Laszlo (Paul Henried), 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.

Winner of three Academy Awards including Best Picture, Casablanca is "America's most popular and beloved movie -- and rightly so" (The Motion Picture Guide)!


Studio Warner
SKU 208969999
UPC 883929025787
UPC 14 00883929025787
Format DVD
Release Date 12/2/2008
Rating NR
Character Study
Essential Cinema
Love Story
Tear Jerker
World War II
Editors Note
Note World War II Morocco springs to life in Michael Curtiz's (THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, YANKEE DOODLE DANDY) classic love story. Colorful characters abound in Casablanca, a waiting room for Europeans trying to escape Hitler's war-torn Europe. Humphrey Bogart plays Richard "Rick" Blaine, a cynical but good-hearted American whose café is the gathering place for everyone from the French Police to the black market to the Nazis. When his long-lost love, Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), surfaces in Casablanca with her Resistance leader husband, Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid), Rick is pulled into both a love triangle and a web of political intrigue. Ilsa and Victor need to escape from Casablanca, and Rick may be the only one who can help them. The question is, will he? ^Top-notch performances include Claude Rains as the chief of the French police and the major authority figure in Unoccupied France, Peter Lorre as the doomed Senor Ugarte, Sydney Greenstreet as Senor Ferrari, and Dooley Wilson as Rick's loyal friend and the café's pianist, Sam. The mesmerizing musical score, by Max Steiner, along with the well-structured plot, flawless acting, and unforgettable dialogue makes this one of the best films of all time.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Here's looking at you, kid."--Humphrey Bogart (Rick) to Ingrid Bergman (Ilsa) at least three times during the course of the film
Quote "Only one answer can take care of all our questions."--Ilsa just before kissing Rick
Quote "But of course, that was the day the Germans marched into Paris." "Not an easy day to forget. I remember every detail--the Germans wore gray, you wore blue."--Interchange between Rick and Ilsa at his cafe after seeing each other for the first time in years
Quote "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine."--Rick about Ilsa
Chicago Sun-Times "...Absolutely sound, rock-solid in its use of Hollywood studio craftsmanship....The black-and-white cinematography has not aged as color would. The dialogue is so spare and cynical it has not grown old-fashioned..." 09/15/1996 p.5
Entertainment Weekly "...One of the most perfect Hollywood movies ever made..." 08/08/2003 p.57
Total Film "Possibly the most famous film ever made, CASABLANCA has everything..." 07/01/2000 p.118
Premiere "...Here Humphrey Bogart transformed himself into a romantic hero..." 12/01/2003 p.5
Sight and Sound "Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart provide the chemistry that sets this apart from countless other tales of doomed wartime love affairs." 03/01/2004 p.75
Michael Curtiz
Ingrid Bergman
Humphrey Bogart
Cast & Crew
John Qualen - Star
Torben Meyer - Star
Paul Porcasi - Star
Paul Henreid - Star
Olaf Hytten - Star
Leonid Kinskey - Star
Conrad Veidt - Star
George Meeker - Star
Gino Corrado - Star
Norma Varden - Star
Claude Rains - Star
Curt Bois - Star
S.Z. Sakall - Star
Martin Garralaga - Star
Leon Belasco - Star
Ludwig Stossel - Star
Ingrid Bergman - Star
Joy Page - Star
Peter Lorre - Star
Marcel Dalio - Star
Alberto Morin - Star
Helmut Dantine - Star
Dan Seymour - Star
Dooley Wilson - Star
Frank Puglia - Star
Humphrey Bogart - Star
Madeline LeBeau - Star
Hans Von Twardowski - Star
Sydney Greenstreet - Star
Monte Blue - Star
Creighton Hale - Star
Arthur Edeson - Director of Photography
Orry-Kelly - Costume Designer
Howard Koch - Screenwriter
Carl Jules Weyl - Art Director
Julius J. Epstein - Screenwriter
Max Steiner - Composer
Philip G. Epstein - Screenwriter
Owen Marks - Editor
Hal B. Wallis - Producer
Jack L. Warner - Producer
Michael Curtiz - Director
Technical Info
Catalog ID 1000039793
UPC 00883929025787
Number of Discs 3
Running Time 102 minutes
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Oscar (1944) Arthur Edeson, Nominee, Best Cinematography, Black-and-White,Casablanca, Winner, Best Picture,Claude Rains, Nominee, Best Actor in a Supporting Role,Humphrey Bogart, Nominee, Best Actor in a Leading Role,Julius J. Epstein, et. al., Winner, Best Writing, Screenplay,Max Steiner, Nominee, Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture,Michael Curtiz, Winner, Best Director,Owen Marks, Nominee, Best Film Editing
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review It's probably no stretch to say that Casablanca, arguably America's best-loved movie, has had more words written about it than any other motion picture. Over the years since its 1943 release, the legends and rumors surrounding the making of the film have generated almost as much attention as the finished product. Some of the best-known and most often repeated anecdotes include producer Hal B. Wallis' near-casting of Ronald Reagan and Ann Sheridan as Rick and Ilsa, the existence of two scripts for the last day of shooting (one version had the ending as filmed; the other, unproduced version kept Rick and Ilsa together), and the reported backstage tension between several of the principal actors...Ultimately, however, while it's fascinating to examine and dissect all that went into the making of Casablanca, the greatest pleasure anyone can derive from this movie comes through simply watching it. Aside from some basic knowledge of recent world history, little background is needed to appreciate the strength and power of the film...From time-to-time, someone tries to remake the film, but even the best re-tread has been less than a pale shadow of the original. The most recent serious attempt was Havana, Sydney Pollack's ill-advised misfire (incidentally, the word "serious" rules out Barb Wire). Despite a good cast (Robert Redford, Lena Olin, Raul Julia) and a change in venue, this is clearly an updated Casablanca, and Casablanca isn't Casablanca without Bogart and Bergman. So, although just about everyone involved with this legendary motion picture has departed this life, the film itself has withstood the test of more than a half-century to rise, like cream, to the top. One can only imagine that, in another fifty years, its position in the hierarchy of all-time greats will be even higher.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review If we identify strongly with the characters in some movies, then it is no mystery that ``Casablanca'' is one of the most popular films ever made. It is about a man and a woman who are in love, and who sacrifice love for a higher purpose. This is immensely appealing; the viewer is not only able to imagine winning the love of Humphrey Bogart or Ingrid Bergman, but unselfishly renouncing it, as a contribution to the great cause of defeating the Nazis...Stylistically, the film is not so much brilliant as absolutely sound, rock-solid in its use of Hollywood studio craftsmanship. The director, Michael Curtiz, and the writers (Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein and Howard Koch) all won Oscars. One of their key contributions was to show us that Rick, Ilsa and the others lived in a complex time and place. The richness of the supporting characters (Greenstreet as the corrupt club owner, Lorre as the sniveling cheat, Rains as the subtly homosexual police chief and minor characters like the young girl who will do anything to help her husband) set the moral stage for the decisions of the major characters...Seeing the film over and over again, year after year, I find it never grows over-familiar. It plays like a favorite musical album; the more I know it, the more I like it. The black-and-white cinematography has not aged as color would. The dialogue is so spare and cynical it has not grown old-fashioned. Much of the emotional effect of ``Casablanca'' is achieved by indirection; as we leave the theater, we are absolutely convinced that the only thing keeping the world from going crazy is that the problems of three little people do after all amount to more than a hill of beans.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Collector's Edition, No Longer Produced
Bosley Crowther, The New York Times Makes the spine tingle and the heart take a leap. Highly entertaining and even inspiring.
Brian Webster, Apollo Movie Guide Bergman is understated, yet overwhelming...The supporting cast is superb...
Chris Hicks, Deseret News The script and direction are crisp and clear, the story is compelling and the casting is first-rate.
Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews An entertaining film that is as timeless as great art.
Fred Topel, One of the best movies ever. The romantic pain still holds up, and political intrigue still compels.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Everything is right in this WW2 classic...the best Hollywood movie of all time.
William Mager, BBC Online A brilliant film that merits inclusion in every self-respecting film critic's top three.

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