Casablanca (1942) / The African Queen (1951) [Blu-ray]
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Casablana is the story of a man torn between his love for a woman and the lives of countless resistance fighters hanging in the balance against Nazi Germany. The African Queen tells the timeless tale of two mismatched strangers joining forces in a common cause - and finding love along the way. Casablanca raconte l'histoire d'un homme dechire entre son amour pour une femme et les vies de nombreux combattants engages dans la Resistance contre l'Allegmagne nazie. La Reine africaine est l'histoire intemporelle de deux etrangers mal assortis qui font cause commune... et trouvent l'amour chemin faisant.]]>
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They have the picture of the 70th anniversary edition of Casablanca on the case but according to the details on back it is NOT! It is the old 2008 Blu-Ray release with inferior picture and sound! Luckily this info is wrong and it is really the latest and greatest that has the 4K transfer yielding much better picture quality and a DTS-HD Master Audio track for better sound.
Casablanca was a 1942 production about life in North Africa at the time of the expected German occupation, not a lot different from many other films of the time, but the stellar cast (Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre) and a topical script caught the wartime mood of the public and the film became a classic, its strength growing rather than diminishing through the many years since. It has two famous lines which have entered the language: "Play it again, Sam", which exact line was never spoken in the film; and "I'm shocked, shocked, that gambling is going on in this establishment", spoken by a police Colonel (Claude Rains) as he is pocketing his night's winnings at Rick's Café. "I'm shocked, shocked" is used today as a sarcastic prefix to some outrage that the speaker finds not in the least surprising. This edition of Casablanca is loaded with extras, including commentaries by film critic Roger Ebert and film historian Rudy Behlmer, a documentary on Bogart with Lauren Bacall, a documentary on the making of Casablanca, a remembrance from Bergman's daughter Pia Lindstrom and Bogart's son Stephen, a Bug's Bunny spoof "Carrotblanca", both a television and a radio adaptation of Casablanca, and theatrical trailers.
The African Queen (1951) was a World War I story from what was then German East Africa (Tanzania today).Read more ›
Casablanca: American expat Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) owns and runs a nightclub and casino in Casablanca, Morocco. Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) is the wife of resistance leader Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid) and former lover of Rick Blaine. Rick who has always maintained a policy of indifference and noninterference in all matters political, must decide if he wants to help the woman he loves and her husband.
The African Queen: Charlie Allnut (Humphrey Bogart) is the boat captain of the tramp steamer "African Queen". Rose Sayer (Katharine Hepburn) is a British missionary who convinces Charlie to retrofit his steamer into a torpedo boat to sink the German gunboat "Queen Louisa" witch is stationed on a lake downriver. Charlie and Rose must negotiate a German fort and several rapids as they journey down the river.
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Audio only works on the menu, not on the film, which has no sound. My blu ray player is an LG 3D Blu Ray with wifi (though I don't use it as a 3D player) and has no trouble... Read morePublished 4 days ago by W.D. Howells
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Picture and audio quality is excellent in both features, as is, obviously, acting, directing, screenplay, score and editing!
Two of the great, all time movies. Casablanca, with its mix of corruption and rebellion against the rising Nazi scourge makes a great addition to my "banned book/video"... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert J Thomas
Quality of the films is excellent -- the price can't be beat for two great Bogart films with extra features.Published 1 month ago by Douglas L Peterson
I was only looking for African Queen. The dvd for it cost the same as this bluray. Couldnt be happier about finding two classics on blurayPublished 1 month ago by James Prater