Casablanca [70th Anniversary Edition] [3 Discs] [Blu-ray/DVD]

  • SKU: 4863662
  • Release Date: 03/27/2012
  • Rating: NR
This rerelease of the classic film Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman celebrates the landmark film's 70th anniversary.
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 4)

Special Features


  • Michael Curtiz: The greatest gdirector you never heard of
  • Casablanca: an unlikely classic
  • Introduction by Lauren Bacall
  • 2 separate commentaries: Roger Ebert and film historian Rudy Behlmer
  • Warner night at the movies
  • Great performances: Bacall on Bogart
  • You must remember this: a tribute to Casablanca
  • As time goes by: the children remember
  • Deleted scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Cartoons
  • Audio scoring stage sessions
  • 11/19/47 vox pop radio broadcast
  • Theatrical trailers
  • You must remember this: the Warner Bros. story
  • The brothers Warner
  • Jack L. Warner: the last mogul documentary

Synopsis


Jack L. Warner: The Last Mogul - The Epic Story of the Man Behind the Movies
Film history buffs will be particularly attracted to this documentary, made by studio boss Jack L. Warner's grandson Gregory Orr. In addition to being the last remaining studio boss to remain active producing films after the studio system fell apart, he was a seminal figure during that period (in his case, from the 1920s to the 1950s). He and his brothers formed the Warner Brothers studio just before the advent of the "talkies" in 1929, and made a big hit with the first commercial talking picture The Jazz Singer. Warner was viewed in deeply contradictory ways by the film community. On the one hand he was an extremly ruthless businessman and competitor, who was known for his tight-fistedness. On the other hand, he was completely forthright about who he was and what he wanted in life, a form of honesty rare in any time. He particularly relished his role as a famous figure whose wishes had to be reckoned with. Special highlights of this documentary include home movies of the mogul with his family and associates, and still photographs. In 1969, after he had ceased being a studio head, he sadly observed "without a studio, I'm just another nobody." ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

You Must Remember This: A Tribute to Casablanca
Michael Curtiz: The Greatest Director You Never Heard Of
The Brothers Warner
Filmmaker Cass Warner Sperling explores the story of her grandfather Harry Warner and his three brothers Abe, Sam, and Jack, who forever changed the face of Hollywood by creating Warner Brothers Studios. It all started with a simple storefront theater, cobbled together with spare chairs from a funeral home and a sheet tacked to the wall. Few could have foreseen that the four brothers behind that endeavor would eventually go on to create one of the most powerful movie studios ever. Each endured their fair share of personal hardships along the way, but the fruits of their labors can still be tasted today thanks to the success of films like Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino. The Warner Brothers believed that as filmmakers they bore a heavy social responsibility to create films that weren't just entertaining, but socially relevant as well. This is the story of four brothers who never compromised their original vision, told by the very people who knew them best. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Casablanca: An Unlikely Classic
Casablanca
One of the most beloved American films, this captivating wartime adventure of romance and intrigue from director Michael Curtiz defies standard categorization. Simply put, it is the story of Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), a world-weary ex-freedom fighter who runs a nightclub in Casablanca during the early part of WWII. Despite pressure from the local authorities, notably the crafty Capt. Renault (Claude Rains), Rick's café has become a haven for refugees looking to purchase illicit letters of transit which will allow them to escape to America. One day, to Rick's great surprise, he is approached by the famed rebel Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid) and his wife, Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), Rick's true love who deserted him when the Nazis invaded Paris. She still wants Victor to escape to America, but now that she's renewed her love for Rick, she wants to stay behind in Casablanca. "You must do the thinking for both of us," she says to Rick. He does, and his plan brings the story to its satisfyingly logical, if not entirely happy, conclusion. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi



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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An absolute must have for Casablanca fans.

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    william92371
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    Casablanca has long been one of my favorite films, and I've owned the single disc Blu-Ray release for a few years. As a cinephile with a fairly discerning eye, I rarely double dip on movies. But, to refer to this collection as a simple re-release would be a misnomer. When I saw Best Buy offer the limited edition box set on sale in early December of 2015, I jumped at the opportunity to own it. Casablanca was nominated for eight Oscars at the 16th Annual Academy Awards in 1943, winning for Best Screenplay, Best Director (Michael Curtiz), and Best Picture. Humphrey Bogart, who was nominated for Best Actor, is one of the true giants of cinema, his oeuvre including many of the high-water mark films of the era (including The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierre Madre, and The African Queen, for which he received the Academy Award for Best Actor). But Casablanca reigns supreme. His pairing here with three-time Academy Award winner Ingrid Bergman (Notorious, Spellbound, Autumn Sonata) is legendary, their on-screen chemistry delighting generations of moviegoers, and establishing Casablanca as one of the truly definitive romances in cinematic history. And Casablanca's staying power is undeniable, as some seventy-three years later, many of the film's lines remain firmly entrenched in the American lexicon. Now, to the 70th Anniversary Limited Edition itself. As mentioned in the product description, it's a 3-disc collection: the first 50 GB Blu-ray disc includes Warner's 2012 4k scan and restoration, maintaining the original theatrical 1.37:1 aspect ratio. Simply put, this is the best Bogey and Bergman have ever looked together. I am happy to report that Warner is very light-handed with the digital noise reduction here, allowing Casablanca to maintain a beautiful filmic presentation. Black levels jump off the screen, and there are very few hints of any source damage. It's hard to believe you are watching a movie from 1942. Additionally, Casablanca is presented for the first time with a lossless DTS-HD master audio track. The dialogue is clean, and the overall sonic experience is true to a film that is over seven decades old. All the extras from the single disc release are ported over, including an excellent commentary from Roger Ebert. The second Blu-Ray disc includes three different documentaries, highlighted by a near-five hour long presentation entitled 'You Must Remember This: The Warner Brothers Story'. Included, too, is a handsome sixty page booklet containing materials you find in DigiBook releases, including production notes, photos and sketches, actor bios, etc. The third disc is a DVD copy of Casablanca, useful for watching the film on a laptop, in the car, or wherever a Blu-Ray player is not available. The packaging itself makes for a beautiful display piece. Mine currently sits atop the bookshelves which house my entire collection, right next to my Citizen Kane Ultimate Collector's Edition. All in all, a simply fabulous collection worthy of one of the greatest films of Hollywood's Golden Era. If you love Casablanca as I do, this is a must have. If you've never seen it, now is the time. The film has never looked, or sounded better. Add in the plethora of bonus features, the collectible book, and the miniaturized French theatrical movie poster, the 70th Anniversary Limited Edition set of Casablanca receives my highest recommendation.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great set

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    jedimastercorran
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    great classic movie and a great 70th anniversary edition set. the remastered picture looks really good and has some neat goodies in the set like coasters from a few of the businesses within the movie, a book, and a poster.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The embodiment of a classic

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    jsg42
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    It's shocking how good this film is. It has truly stood the test of time and is required viewing for all film fans. The extras included in this collector's box are nice additions to a collection of movie memorabilia.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A fitting package for the 70th

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    Zach
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    This is the Blu-Ray that should've been (the original Blu-Ray lacked features). To top it off - it comes with drink coasters!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend



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