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Casablanca (1942)

Director: Michael Curtiz     Starring: Ingrid Bergman Humphrey Bogart
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Product Details:

Format: DVD
Sku: 40133884
UPC: 012569500822
UPC 14: 00012569500822
Rating: NR
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"Winner of 3 Academy Awards, Including Best Picture (1944)."
Rick blaine, a callous nightclub owner in a wartime waystation, has his world turned upside down when his lost love, ilsa, returns.

"Everything is right in this WW2 classic...  Leonard Maltin
"Bergman is understated, yet overwhelming... The supporting cast is superb...  Brian Webster, Apollo Leisure Guide
"Makes the spine tingle and the heart take a leap. Highly entertaining and even inspiring.  Bosley Crowther, The New York Times
"Bergman is understated, yet overwhelming...The supporting cast is superb...  Brian Webster, Apollo Movie Guide
"The script and direction are crisp and clear, the story is compelling and the casting is first-rate.  Chris Hicks, Deseret News
"An entertaining film that is as timeless as great art.  Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"One of the best movies ever. The romantic pain still holds up, and political intrigue still compels.  Fred Topel, About.com
"Everything is right in this WW2 classic...the best Hollywood movie of all time.  Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
"A brilliant film that merits inclusion in every self-respecting film critic's top three.  William Mager, BBC Online

Editor's 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.

Features
Video Features DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Black & White, Documentary, No Longer Produced
Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 6/7/2005
Video Play Time Running Time: 103 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1942
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 65008
Video UPC UPC: 00012569500822
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French
Video Color Spec Video: B&W

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Casablanca - DVD Review
By: Christopher Null filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 11/21/2008 4:31 PM
"Play it again, Sam." Well, those lines aren't in Casablanca, but the words "Bogie and Bergman" rank just below "Bogie and Bacall" when it comes to famous celebrity film pairings. Sometimes a kiss isn't just a kiss -- in this case, it's forever. And it was certainly the beginning of a beautiful friendship... A new double-disc DVD of Casablanca enhances the film for novelists and cineastes alike....read the full review
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Humphrey Bogart
Video Cast Info Ingrid Bergman
Video Cast Info Claude Rains
Video Cast Info Peter Lorre
Video Cast Info Joan Alison - Based on Novel By
Video Cast Info Murray Burnett - Based on Play By
Video Cast Info Arthur Edeson - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Orry-Kelly - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Michael Curtiz - Director
Video Cast Info Owen Marks - Editor
Video Cast Info M. K. Jerome, et al. - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Hal B. Wallis, et al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Julius J. Epstein, et al. - Screenplay

Awards


Oscar (1944)
Video Award Name Michael Curtiz, Winner, Best Director
Video Award Name Casablanca, Winner, Best Picture
Video Award Name Julius J. Epstein, et. al., Winner, Best Writing, Screenplay
   Video Award Name Humphrey Bogart, Nominee, Best Actor
   Video Award Name Arthur Edeson, Nominee, Best Cinematography, Black-And-White
   Video Award Name Owen Marks, Nominee, Best Film Editing
   Video Award Name Max Steiner, Nominee, Best Music, Scoring Of A Dramatic Or Comedy Picture
   Video Award Name Claude Rains, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor
   Video Award Name Claude Rains, Nominee, Best Actor in a Supporting Role
   Video Award Name Humphrey Bogart, Nominee, Best Actor in a Leading Role

Memorable Quotes

"Here's looking at you, kid."----Humphrey Bogart (Rick) to Ingrid Bergman (Ilsa) at least three times during the course of the film

"Only one answer can take care of all our questions."----Ilsa just before kissing Rick

"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

"Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine."----Rick about Ilsa

Professional Reviews

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

Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide 10 of 10
Everything is right in this WW2 classic of war-torn Casablanca with elusive nightclub owner Rick (Bogart) finding old flame (Bergman) and her husband, underground leader Henreid, among skeletons in his closet. Rains is marvelous as dapper police chief, and nobody sings "As Time Goes By" like Dooley Wilson. Three Oscars include Picture, Director, and Screenplay (Julius & Philip Epstein and Howard Koch)... - Leonard Maltin

ReelViews 10 of 10
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. - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 10 of 10
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. - Roger Ebert

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