Casablanca: easy to enter, but much harder to leave, especially if your name is on the Nazis' most-wanted list. A top that list is Czech 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. So when Ilsa offers herself in exchange for Laszlo's safe transport out of the country, the bitter Rick must decide what's more important - his own happiness or the countless lives that hang in the balance.
One of the great films.
- Casablanca review by Steve Mason
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Casablanca is perhaps the ultimate justification for the Hollywood studio system. It wasn't a prestige project. No one thought they were making anything other than a routine war film. But because Warner's had real salaried talent to call on, this transformed an unproduced one act play, called Everybody Comes to Rick's.
Casablanca is funny, like a quality comedy. It is suspenseful, like a thriller. It is set in an exotic location, ripped from the WWII headlines. It is a war film. It has action. In particular, the brilliant dialogue has made it a cult film, yet it is very popular, and is one of the few Hollywood mainstream films to have made a home in the critics' top tens. It is outstanding propaganda. It is a heartbreaking love story.
Casablanca is a sequence of wonderful, now legendary, scenes. It captured the sacrifice and uncertainty of war, and, despite its flaws, that is what makes people continue to come back to Rick's.
Audio Commentaries: One by film critic Roger Ebert, the other by film historian Rudy Behlmer. introduction by Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall hosts You Must Remember This: A Tribute to Casablanca, a spellbinding backstage tour
Bacall on Bogart features the award-winning actress's candid and moving reminiscences about her husband's life and career
Newly discovered additional scenes and outtakes
Homage cartoon Carrotblanca, starring Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes gang premier episode Who Holds Tomorrow? From the 1955 TV Series adaptation of Casablanca screen guild players radio production of Casablanca featuring the film's 3 Top-billed stars scoring outtakes gallery
Production history gallery includes photos, press material, studio correspondence, memorabilia
This disc includes the main feature
This disc includes the following special features: - Lauren Bacall Hosts You Must Remember This: a Tribute to Casablanca, a Spellbinding Backstage Tour
- Bacall On Bogart Features the Award-winning Actress's Candid and Moving Reminiscences About Her Husband's Life and Career
- Newly Discovered Additional Scenes and Outtakes
- Homage Cartoon Carrotblanca, Starring Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes Gang Premier Episode Who Holds Tomorrow? from the 1955 Tv Series Adaptation of Casablanca Screen Guild Players Radio Production of Casablanca Featuring the Film's 3 Top-billed Stars Scoring Outtakes Gallery
- Production History Gallery Includes Photos, Press Material, Studio Correspondence, Memorabilia