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Casablanca: easy to enter, but much harder to leave, especially if you're wanted by the Nazis. Such a man is Resistance leader Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid), whose only hope is Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), a cynical American who sticks his neck out for no one, especially Victor's wife Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), the ex-lover who broke his heart. Ilsa offers herself in exchange for Laszlo's transport out of the country and bitter Rick must decide what counts more - personal happiness or countless lives hanging in the balance.
Introduction: All-new introduction by Lauren Bacall
Outtakes: You Must Remember This - hosted by Lauren Bacall and featuring recently unearthed outtakes
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Here we also stay for a while to watch a drama unfold. There are overlapping stories. One of a young couple trying to get to America and the girl wondering if a girl should have to do something naughty was wondering what would happen if her husband, "a boy in many ways", would find out? A second rate crook (Peter Lorre) obtains something of value at the expense of two German curriers. A Police Captain (Claude Rains) is shocked to find there is gambling going on at Rick's as he stuffs his pocket with his gambling earnings. Many other stories surround the main theme of a love triangle that started in Paris and now can mean so much to individuals or the effort for freedom.
Will the Nazi's win their prize?
Will Capt. Renault get the young girl?
Will Rick get away with Ilsa?
This film has become quite a classic. There are many quotes and misquotes attributed to the film. You will find your self kibitzing. One memorable seen for all is the showdown where the Germans are singing "Watch on the Rhine" and Yvonne (Madeleine LeBeau) over powers them leading the "La Marseillaise."
Cannot tell if it is Blu-ray or just the big screen but many details are all of a sudden visible. It does not add to the story but is improves the viewing experience.
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"Casablanca" also has the distinction of being one of the movies that more people quote lines from than almost any other movie in history. I was glad to finally be able to see it in its entirety, so that I have a context for some of the great lines in film history, like, "We'll always have Paris."
Thanks to film, we'll always have Bogart and Bergman.
--Roger Weston, author of Global Tilt: A Chuck Brandt Novella (The Brandt Series)
TITLE: Casablanca (1942) • NR • 1:42:37
Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains
Michael Curtiz (Director)
This is the movie that people who say that they don't like "old" movies, will tell you that they like. This is the movie that people who know nothing about Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman or Claude Rains have heard of (and, most likely, have seen). This is the movie that guys who say that they don't like "love" stories, will tell you that they like. This is the movie that most film critics and film historians, for the past six DECADES, have considered to be one of the BEST two or three movies EVER MADE! Those of you that have seen it know why. And, those amongst you that have never seen this movie (you poor, unfortunate, souls), should do yourselves a BIG favor and buy it (NOW!) — trust me, even if you claim to NOT like old movies, you will not regret the purchase of THIS movie. This movie is considered by many (myself included) to be amongst the greatest love stories (and, BEST films in general) that have ever been committed to celluloid! It is an excellent example of what happens when a great script, a great director, a great cast, and great film technicians come together as one. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
See the other reviews for more detail and/or other opinions regarding the plot of the movie.
VIDEO: 1.37:1 • B&W • 1080p • MPEG-4 (28.4 Mbps)
With this transfer of Casablanca, Warner Home Video has reached new levels of excellence in presenting its movies on blu-ray — particularly for its older B&W catalog titles. It is amazing that a film of this age (74 years and counting at the time of this writing) could look this good. This transfer exhibits excellent picture quality throughout — primarily because there are absolutely NO artifacts such as black specks, white dots, hair-lines or dropped frames. In addition, sharpness and detail are, at the very least, VERY-GOOD — and, quite frequently they are excellent (with textures of most clothing and furniture and many faces and hair-styles being readily apparent and natural looking). Also, contrast and gray scale are EXCELLENT overall — with the many dark and low-light scenes looking particularly good. This is probably the best that this movie has EVER looked — even when it was first released.
AUDIO: DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0
The sound engineers at Warner Home Video have definitely done extensive clean-up work on the film's soundtrack, because there are no pops, bumps or hiss to speak of — and, Dooley Wilson has NEVER sounded better. Also, the dialog is very clear and natural sounding, with all voices being clearly defined and easily understood. However, the transfer's dynamic range is fairly limited, and there isn't any deep bass nor any top-end to speak of (though, the musical numbers and musical score sound MUCH better than one would expect under the circumstances). Otherwise, considering the age of the source elements and the fact that this is a monophonic, dialog-driven movie from the early 1940s, this film's soundtrack has VERY good sound quality.
EXTRAS: Film Trailers
Introduction by Lauren Bacall
Two separate commentary tracks (Roger Ebert on one, Rudy Behlmer on the other)
Documentary: Michael Curtiz the greatest director you never heard of
Various tribute videos
None of the extras were reviewed.
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