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Satisfying transfer on this long awaited blu ray

on 5/6/2012

Looks like true high def. A good buy for those like myself who didn't want all the toys in the box set costing nearly three times as much. Be advised the night scene in Rick's cafe when he asks Sam to play 'As time goes by' is somewhat lower in contrast, but since it's the same way on my old HD, I presume it's the source material. As for the film, a lesson in's all about self-sacrifice.

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Product Overview


Studio Warner
SKU 212929269
UPC 883929112920
UPC 14 00883929112920
Format DVD
Release Date 9/28/2010
Rating Rating
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
Original Release Date 1942
UPC 00883929112920
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 103 minutes
Color B&W
Name Michael Curtiz
Award Category Best Director
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1943
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Hal B. Wallis
Award Category Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1942
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Julius J. Epstein
Award Category Best Adapted Screenplay
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1943
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Howard Koch
Award Category Best Adapted Screenplay
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1943
Award Giver Academy Awards
DVD, Full Screen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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