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5.0 out of 5 stars "You must remember this"...., October 27, 2002
This review is from: Casablanca (Snap Case) (DVD)
It's hard to believe that when Casablanca was filmed at Warner Bros. Studios in 1942 it was "just another" of the 50 or so films that the studio was producing every year, as Lauren Bacall points out in the documentary about the film included in the special features. The movie was an instant success with audiences everywhere, and won three Academy Awards including Best Picture. Called "America's most popular and beloved movie- and rightly so" by The Motion Picture Guide, and "The best Hollywood movie of all time" by Leonard Maltin, Casablanca was voted the #2 film in a list of the top 100 films of this century by the American Film Institute.
Set in refugee strewn French North Africa in 1942, Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), a night club owner, and his friend Captain Louis Renault (Claude Rains), Prefect of Police, enter into a wager as to whether or not Resistance Leader Victor Laslo (Paul Henreid) will be able to escape Casablanca and reach the Free World. When Laslo arrives in Casablanca, Rick is stunned to find him accompanied by his ex-lover, Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman). Filled with mystery, suspense, intrigue and romance, Casablanca will remain a favorite of classic movie lovers for years to come.
The supporting cast include Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre and Dooley Wilson as Rick's piano playing confidant, Sam. The entire cast are superb, the settings are excellent, and the cinematogrophy is wonderful.
The song "As Time Goes By" was made famous by Casablanca, as it's melody is entwined throughout the film, and it too is now a classic, filled with romance and nostalgia.
This is one film that absolutely MUST be in your DVD library!
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Showing 1-10 of 10 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Sep 6, 2009 6:57:54 PM PDT
mari T says:
[Customers don't think this post adds to the discussion. Show post anyway. Show all unhelpful posts.]

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2009 10:34:06 AM PDT
Jaime says:
To V. Tinnon -- a color version? God, hopefully nowhere!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2009 10:30:30 PM PST
A color version, that's like wanting to get Gunga Din in Color or Gone With The Wind in Black and White. You sir are definitely not an old hollywood fan;for sure!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 2, 2010 8:52:16 AM PST
Back in the 80's Turner "colorized" Casablanca. There's probably a used VHS version to be found somewhere.

Posted on Feb 24, 2010 7:31:05 PM PST
I'm looking for a colorized DVD version as well. I have both black and white and colorized VHS videos. Sometimes I'm in the mood for color and sometimes for black and white. Don't let the dilettantes who insist on the purity of black & white affect your judgment. If black and white were uiversally better we would be making only black and white movies today.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2010 9:56:15 AM PST
toserveman says:
Casablanca was filmed in B&W and, thus, was meant to be viewed in B&W. The fact that most movies today are filmed in color is irrelevant. Further, it's those who prefer colorization of classic art who are the dilettantes.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2011 9:55:11 AM PST
Yes, B

Posted on Nov 26, 2011 1:23:09 PM PST
I don't think it is helpful to provide a review of the actual movie unless also accompanied by a review of the actual product (picture quality, value, added features, etc). Most likely, a buyer likes the movie or they would not be looking to buy the DVD.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2011 4:41:44 PM PST
John S. Ryan says:
"Don't let the dilettantes who insist on the purity of black & white affect your judgment. If black and white were uiversally better we would be making only black and white movies today."

The point isn't that black and white is automatically better; the point is that this movie was _made_ in black and white and that's how it was intended to be viewed. As with so many other B&W films, "colorizing" completely wrecks all the cool things the cinematographers did with light and shadow and so forth.

And you might want to double-check the meaning of "dilettante."

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2011 5:04:40 AM PST
M. Grasse says:
If there is, it should be burned. Black and white movies shouldn't be colorized!
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