- Published: Tuesday, 20 March 2012 08:24
- Written by Sandra J. Dykes
Casablanca, one of Warner Brothers' most beloved films, is returning not only to the Silver Screen on March 31, but is also being commemorated in a special 70th Anniversary limted, numbered collector's edition DVD & Blu-Ray set!
By now, lovers of Classic Cinema know the story. During WWII, Rick operates a café in Casablanca where he has a chance meeting with an old flame, Ilsa, who once left him standing in the rain as she took off to be with the husband that Rick never knew she had. As the days slowly ticked by, he wondered what happened to her and why she left him without any explanation whatsoever, breaking his heart into a million pieces. Now, suddenly, there she is - with her husband, who is being chased by the Nazis, and ultimately asking him for his help.
So there's Rick - caught between fond memories of his one true love and his bitter resentment for having been abandoned, and there she is asking for his assistance. Of all the nerve, right? As the old flame re-ignites, he's torn between stealing her away and doing the right thing. But what is the right thing? What's a man to do?
This film is a man's film and a woman's film both - it brilliantly addresses both the masculine and feminine points of their circumstances while adding in plenty of atmosphere to go along with it: Their song, their memories, the war, their individual plights, their friends, and their enemies.Read Classic Cinema Online's review of this cinematic achievement.
This beloved multi-award winning film is said to be one of the most romantic and lauded films of all time, it is truly a masterpiece. Beginning March 27, it can be yours in a special 70th Anniversary numbered collector's edition keepsake. You can pre-order this wonderful set today from wbshop.com.
CASABLANCA 70th ANNIVERSARY EDITION DETAILS
Burbank, Calif., January 17, 2012 – The legendary film Casablanca -- which critic Leonard Maltin calls “the best Hollywood movie of all time,” starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman and winner of three Academy Awards® including Best Picture (1944) – will celebrate its anniversary with a stunning new Casablanca 70th Anniversary 3-Disc Blu-ray + DVD Combo Edition on March 27 from Warner Home Video.
This new limited and numbered gift set edition, perfect for Mother’s Day gift giving, will introduce two never-before-seen documentaries – “Casablanca: An Unlikely Classic,” and “Michael Curtiz: The Greatest Director You Never Heard Of.” The new documentaries will complete the most extensive collection of content in one gift set -- more than 14 hours of bonus material that also includes a compilation of three comprehensive feature length documentaries: The Brothers Warner, You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story and Jack L. Warner: The Last Mogul.
The Casablanca 70th Anniversary 3-Disc Blu-ray + DVD Combo Edition looks like another beginning of a beautiful friendship as well -- elegantly packaged in a double-wide giftbox, with brand-new collectibles created for this release including a 60-page production art book with never-before-seen photos, personal memos and archival documents about the production. A reproduction of the original 1942 film poster and a set of four collectible drink coasters from “Rick’s Café Americain” in a special keepsake box.
Casablanca 70th Anniversary 3-Disc Blu ray + DVD Combo Edition will be available for $64.99 SRP. Order due date is February 21.
Casablanca will also be honored with a February 3rd screening at the beautiful new state-of-the-art Warner Bros. Theater in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. moderated by Time magazine critic and film historian Richard Schickel*, with special guest Stephen Humphrey Bogart (son of Bogart and Lauren Bacall). Casablanca will be the premiere event in a weekend-long tribute of three other Bogie classics, following the gala opening of the theater, made possible by a grant from Warner Bros. to the Smithsonian. There will be an accompanying display highlighting costumes and artifacts related to these classic films and the history of Warner Bros.
Special Features for Hours of Entertainment:
- Commentary by Roger Ebert
- Commentary by Rudy Behlmer
- Introduction by Lauren Bacall
Two NEW Documentaries:
- Michael Curtiz: The Greatest Director You Never Heard Of
- Casablanca: An Unlikely Classic
Three Feature-Length Documentaries:
- You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story [2008 Documentary]
- The Brothers Warner [2008 Documentary]
- Jack L. Warner: The Last Mogul [1993 Documentary]
Additional Bonus Content:
- Now Voyager Theatrical Trailer-Warner Night at the Movies
- Newsreel-Warner Night at the Movies
- Vaudeville Days - Warner Night at the Movies
- The Bird Came C.O.D.-Warner Night at the Movies
- The Squawkin' Hawk -Warner Night at the Movies
- The Dover Boys at Pimento University or The Rivals of Roquefort Hall
- Great Performances: Bacall on Bogart
- You Must Remember This: A Tribute to Casablanca
- As Time Goes By: The Children Remember
- Deleted Scenes
- Who Holds Tomorrow?
- Carrotblanca – Vintage Cartoon
- Scoring Stage Sessions
- 4/26/43 Lady Esther Screen Guild Theater Radio Broadcast
- 11/19/47 Vox Pop Radio Broadcast
About the Film
Casablanca has remained a beloved favorite for almost seven decades, and was voted the screen’s greatest love story and the #3 film of all time by the American Film Institute (AFI). This classic wartime romance also took Oscars® for Michael Curtiz (Directing -1944); Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein and Howard Koch (Writing – Screenplay -1944 ) and the studio (Outstanding Motion Picture -1944 ).
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.
About Warner Home Video: With operations in 90 international territories, Warner Home Video, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc., commands the largest home entertainment distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video's film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Video and New Line Cinema.
About Turner Classic Movies: Turner Classic Movies is a Peabody Award-winning network that presents great films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world. Currently seen in more than 86 million homes, TCM features the insights of veteran primetime host Robert Osborne and weekend daytime host Ben Mankiewicz, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests. TCM offers critically acclaimed original documentaries and specials, along with regular programming events that include The Essentials, 31 Days of Oscar and Summer Under the Stars. TCM also stages special events and screenings, such as the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood; produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs; and hosts a wealth of materials at its Web site, www.tcm.com. TCM is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company.
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