A truly perfect movie, the 1942 Casablanca still wows viewers today, and for good reason. Its unique story of a love triangle set against terribly high stakes in the war against a monster is sophisticated instead of outlan... more »dish, intriguing instead of garish. Humphrey Bogart plays the allegedly apolitical club owner in unoccupied French territory that is nevertheless crawling with Nazis; Ingrid Bergman is the lover who mysteriously deserted him in Paris; and Paul Heinreid is her heroic, slightly bewildered husband. Claude Rains, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Conrad Veidt are among what may be the best supporting cast in the history of Hollywood films. This is certainly among the most spirited and ennobling movies ever made. --Tom Keogh« less
Lee A. (elhunko) from LIVERMORE, CA Reviewed on 12/18/2009...
I had forgotten why this is considered one of the best movies of all time. I remembered that it was a romance with a lot of famous lines (”Here’s looking at you kid” or “We’ll always have Paris” or “Play it again Sam”, though the latter was never actually said) and I was anxious to introduce it to my wife. I was very pleased to be reminded that this is another one of those movies like Guys and Dolls that teaches a wonderful moral lesson in a very entertaining way.
Even though the love affair (and we learn from these older classics that “affair” doesn’t always mean that someone has comitted adultery/fornication) was purely honest and in no way deceitful, Humphrey Bogart knows what his morals are and sticks to them (unlike his portrayal of Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe. Even though Bogart’s life has been torn apart by Ingrid Bergman’s unexplained withdrawal from his life, Bergman’s desire to return to him causes his love to be rekindled and we see that it is a pure love, one that permits him to act in the best interest of both her and him.
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Aimee M. (AimeeM) Reviewed on 2/5/2008...
Did you Know:
Casablanca has been officially rated as the "second greatest movie ever made" (For those of you curious, "Citizen Kane" was the number 1... THAT movie I have never seen)
I finally sat down to watch Casablanca, and you know what... it isn't bad! Even in modern times it is an entertaining movie for the evening. It is star-studded (obviously) and well acted by all. The dialog is rich with GREAT one liners... many of which we can probably quote without even seeing the movie.
And the love story ends morally correct.
GREAT movie, worth watching several times.
My Favorite Line:
Bogey (to the Chief of Police): "I've got this gun aimed right at your heart."
Chief of Police: "That is my LEAST vulnerable spot"
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Special Edition? Nothing Special
HD DVD fan | 01/10/2003
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I was also peeved by the lack of details about this "Collector's Set", so I went hunting.Bottom line: Unles you want lobby cards, 8X10 stills, and a few other "collectables", save your money. The DVD itself in the "Collector's Set" appears to be identical to the DVD in the original release. Based on other vendors' sites, here's what you get for the extra money:- Lobby Cards: 8 Original limited edition lobby card prints.
- Senitype: Exclusive limited edition senitype® image from movie with 35mm film frame.
- Theatrical Poster: Original one sheet movie poster (27 x 40 ).
- Exclusive Collection: 6 Original Limited Edition B & W Photograph Stills.Information regarding the DVD in the "Collector's Set" is:
- Digitally restored image and cleaned soundtrack.
- Theatrical trailers.
- YOU MUST REMEBER THIS, a 36-minute documentary newly updated with recently discovered, unseen outakes and screen tests.
- Special introduction by screen legend Lauren Bacall, wife of Humphrey Bogart.I didn't see any new DVD features on any site.This is one of the greatest films ever made, but the "extras" aren't worth the extra $... to me. I'll gladly take the original release, which should be in everyone's DVD library!!"
"You must remember this"....
W. M. Robbins | The Beautiful Blue Ridge | 10/27/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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!"
Casablanca HD DVD technical quality
HD DVD fan | San Juan, P.R., USA | 01/01/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I agree that any review of an HD DVD disk should include an opinion as to its technical quality, if possible comparing it to the regular DVD release. For the Casablanca HD DVD, I found the following opinion in the online magazine Perfect Vision, a high end technologically oriented magazine: "Casablanca is the film to see as the black-and-white showcase of hi-def. The setting of Morocco and Rick's Café Americain jump from the screen in breathtaking crystal clarity.""
Please Amazon, more pertinent reviews
JimBob | Colorado | 12/02/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"With the new Blu-Ray versions of old classics, it may be time for Amazon to rethink how it publishes their reviews, normally one of the things I like most about their store! When I heard Casablanca was coming out in Blu-Ray, my first thought was, "I wonder if Blu-Ray has anything to offer to an old Black and White film, or is it just a marketing ploy?" So, I go to Amazon, look up the BLU-RAY VERSION of Casablanca, and find 536 reviews telling me that Casablanca is one of the best movies of all times. Great! I know that! What I want to know is, does the Blu-Ray edition offer me any viewing advantages over my current DVD of this movie? How about limiting the reviews to only those who can add something of value to the specific edition being evaluated. Otherwise, with all the new Blu-Ray versions that are going to come out, we are left with old news and nothing of value as we contemplate spending (big!)bucks to possibly replace movies we already own! "
HERE'S LOOKING AT YOU, CASABLANCA...as NEVER BEFORE in HD DV
Eric | Columbus, OH | 04/21/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"65 years after it first it theaters, CASABLANCA remains a perfect film, a timeless masterpiece, and one of the most beloved American cinematic treasures. There are only a handful of films from the 'golden era' that can still captivate any audience, even those with no interest in classic film, no less black & white films.
Warner Brothers gave this crown jewel the deluxe treatment on regular DVD about 3 years ago, and it was impossible to conceive that even the glories of 1080p HD DVD could really make it look THAT much better...
Well, it DOES. Several people I know use this CASABLANCA HD DVD as their 'demo disc' for their home theater. Despite B&W, monaural sound, and a square aspect ratio, the clarity is unreal, and it only heightens the enjoyment of one of the greatest films ever made.
Kudos to Warner for giving this to fans so early in the HD game. There is a terrible paucity of truly great films available in Hi Def right now, regardless of format. None of the other studios seem to recognize they have libraries, and relegate their releases to the recent flavor of the month (for the most part). Warner has been the top video label for years, and this is just another reason why. They really know what they're doing.
All the exceptional special features created for the regular DVD have been carried over, and although they are standard definition, the upconversion makes them look better than ever.
This is truly an ESSENTIAL part of any HD library."