Blu-ray/DVD Release: Casablanca 70th Anniversary

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 27, 2012
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $64.99
Studio: Warner Home Video

Casablanca“Here’s looking at you, kid.” The classic 1942 romance movie, Casablanca won three Oscars and has inspired countless love scenes for the past 70 years.

Of course, Casablanca stars Humphrey Bogart (The African Queen) as an exiled American during World War II whose life gets complicated when his former lover (Ingrid Bergman, Intermezzo) walks into his bar. She’s now with the Czech underground leader (Paul Henreid, Operation Crossbow), but he gets detained by the Nazis.

Rated PG, the drama film won Academy Awards for Best Screenplay, Best Director (Michael Curtiz, The Comancheros) and the big one, Best Picture.

Casablanca has been released on Blu-ray in a few varieties, including a Two-Disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition packed with special features from 2008. The 70th Anniversay Edition contains the extras from earlier Blu-ray and DVD releases, but it does have two new documentaries:

  • Michael Curtiz: The Greatest Director You Never Heard Of
  • Casablanca: An Unlikely Classic

Casablanca 70th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray boxHere’s the list of the older special features in the set:

  • commentary by critic Roger Ebert
  • commentary by film historian Rudy Behlmer
  • introduction by Lauren Bacall, Bogart’s last wife
  • three feature-length documentaries:
    • You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros Story (2008)
    • The Brothers Warner (2008)
    • Jack L. Warner: The Last Mogul (1993)
  • New Voyager theatrical trailer from Warner Night at the Movies
  • newsreel from Warner Night at the Movies
  • “Vaudeville Days” from Warner Night at the Movies
  • “The Bird Came C.O.D.” from Warner Night at the Movies
  • “The Squawkin’ Hawk” from Warner Night at the Movies
  • “The Dover Boys at Pimento Universary” 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
  • outtakes
  • “Who Holds Tomorrow?”
  • vintage cartoon “Carrotblanca”
  • Scoring Stage Sessions
  • 4/26/43 Lady Esther Screen Guild Theater Radio Broadcast
  • 11/19/47 Vox Pop Radio Broadcast.

The 70th Anniversary limited and numbered three-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack also contains a 60-page art book with never-before-released photographs, personal memos and archival documents about the film’s production; a reproduction of the original 1942 movie poster; and a set of four collectible drink coasters in a keepsake box.

Casablanca is part of a weekend-long tribute to Bogart at the Warner Bros. Theater in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington DC on Feb. 3, 2012, moderated by Time magazine critic and film historian Richard Schickel with guest star Stephen Humphrey Bogart, son of Bogart and Lauren Bacall.

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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.