Casablanca Ultimate Collector's Edition

Customer Reviews   Write a Review

Be the first to review this item and earn 25 Rakuten Super Points™

Product Overview

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)!

Specifications

Studio Warner
SKU 208969999
UPC 883929025787
UPC 14 00883929025787
Format DVD
Release Date 12/2/2008
Rating NR
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Awards
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
Reviews
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.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
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.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Features
DVD, Collector's Edition, No Longer Produced
Quotes
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, About.com 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.

More Buying Options

Seller Infomation Price & Shipping  
M and N Media $49.16 + $6.74 shipping
Condition: Brand New
In Stock

Usually ships in 1 to 2 business days
Add to Cart
M and N Media $57.87 + $6.74 shipping
Condition: Used-Acceptable
In Stock

Usually ships in 1 to 2 business days
Add to Cart
M and N Media $60.17 + $6.74 shipping
Condition: Used-Like New
In Stock

Usually ships in 1 to 2 business days
Add to Cart
loading
$49.16 + $6.74 shipping
$59.98 You save $10.82 (18%)
Rakuten Super Points Earn 50 ($0.50) Rakuten Super Points™
What are Rakuten Super Points™?
Get rewarded when you shop! Earn 1 point per dollar spent. That's like getting cash back on every purchase. Easy to see matured points in checkout. Use points just like cash.
Learn More
Get this item for
(price with shipping)
(redeem points)
Format: DVD
Condition: Brand New
In Stock. Usually Ships in 1 to 2 business days
Please select an option to buy
Add to Cart

Sold By:  M and N Media
What is a Marketplace and Shop Owner?
  • Our marketplace is a platform where approved third-party retailers (Shop Owners) can sell their products
  • Items are sold and shipped by Shop Owners
  • Your credit card and personal information remain secure; Rakuten.com meets all PCI Security Standards.
  • Purchases can only be returned to the Shop Owner
  • All purchases receive Rakuten Super Points™
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT