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 outlandish, 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.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Year: 1942
Release Date: March 27, 2012
Run time: 102 minutes
Rating: PG

Audio: DTS HD MA Lossless Mono mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD/ 1 DVD
Region: A

Humphrey Bogart plays the proprietor of Rick’s American Club, a nightclub centered in the intrigue and action of German occupied French Morocco. The French have just capitulated to the Germans and established the Vichy government, a puppet pro-German government, but not all French authorities in Casablanca are in agreement. Claude Rains plays the chief of police and shrewdly entertains the German occupiers, as he continues taking care of number one.

Paul Henreid plays a French resistance leader running for his life and hopeful of obtaining exit visas in Casablanca for he and his wife (Ingrid Bergman). But they are not the only ones. Many of the emigres are in desperate need of more money to buy a seat to Lisbon and from there America. The turnover of desperate souls all meet, dine, and gamble at Rick’s where they convey the challenge of not knowing how to get out.

Casablanca is a love story about nationalism and of people. Rick is introduced as a hard boiled businessman without patriotism or caring. His fellow nightclub owner (of the Blue Parrot) is played by Sydney Greenstreet, also an unscrupulous dealer. And to make the trio complete Peter Lorre plays a daredevil murderer who recently killed two German soldiers to get hold of the diplomatic pouch that contained two blank exit visas.
Movie Quality: 10/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 1:85:1 aspect ratio. Both the DVD and Blu-ray have new 4K transfers which really looks so much better than the previous release on BD. This is the one aspect that should make fans of the want to upgrade their previous Blu-ray or DVD release. Warner’s engineers breath new life into this film on Blu-ray by spending the time and money to fully restore this film. Fleshtones look natural except for a few scenes with the makeup use in this era jump out in high definition. Black levels have a nice depth. All this comes together for some very nice details that caught me off guard. The print has been cleaned up with no apparent print damage which is impressive.
Print Quality: 9.5/10

The audio is presented in a DTS-HD MA l0ssless 5.1 mix. While some may wonder why didn’t they include a TrueHD 5.1 or Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, Warner did also restore the audio in its mono format. This is something that will for sure please purists. This is a film that will not rock the house from an audio standpoint that won’t take advantage of the soundfield. Dialogue comes through the center rather clean and crisp.
Print Quality: 10/10

Special Features

  • Audio Commentaries
  • Introduction by Lauren Bacall
  • Warner Night at the Movies
  • Great Performances: Bacall on Bogart
  • Michael Curtiz: The Greatest Director You Never Heard Of
  • Casablanca: An Unlikely Classic
  • You Must Remember This: A Tribute to Casablanca
  • As Time Goes By: The Children Remember
  • Audio-Only Content
  • Additional Footage
  • Trailers
  • You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story
  • The Brothers Warner
  • Jack L. Warner: The Last Mogul
  • DVD Copy of the Film

Special Features: 9/10

Final Thoughts

Casablanca is a love story about nationalism and of people. Rick is introduced as a hard boiled businessman without patriotism or caring. His fellow nightclub owner (of the Blue Parrot) is played by Sydney Greenstreet, also an unscrupulous dealer. And to make the trio complete Peter Lorre plays a daredevil murderer who recently killed two German soldiers to get hold of the diplomatic pouch that contained two blank exit visas.
Overall Rating: 9/10