Friday, December 5, 2008

Casablanca: Ultimate Collector's Edition Blu-ray Review

Casablanca: Ultimate Collector's Edition Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys JohnsonVideo
Casablanca comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p VC-1 video transfer that is sure to impress. The video is so clean, it's amazing. Detail is very strong. Black levels are solid. Grain is minimal, and never intrusive. Fans of the film should not settle for anything less then this Blu-ray presentation. If anyone ever asks why a studio brings a black-and-white film to Blu-ray, show them Casablanca. 10/10.

Warner has included a 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono audio track for Casablanca. The Dolby Digital Mono track sounds just fine for the film. Casablanca is extremely dialogue driven, and it sounds nice and clear considering the age of the film. The track works fine for the film, and I really couldn't expect more from it. 7/10.

Disc 1 (Blu-ray):
Behind The Story:
Introduction by Lauren Bacall (2:05) (SD)
Commentary by Film Critic Roger Ebert
Commentary by Film Historian Rudy Behlmer
As Time Goes By: The Children Remember (6:46) (SD)
Bacall on Bogart (1:23:38) (HD)
You Must Remember This: A Tribute to Casablanca (34:39) (SD)
Production Research (HD)

Additional Footage:
Additional Scenes (1:41) (SD)
Outtakes (4:59) (HD)
Television Adaptation (1955): Who Holds Tomorrow (18:38) (SD)
Carrotblanca (8:03) (SD)

Scoring Stage Sessions (15:22) (HD Background)

Theatrical Trailer (2:17) (SD)
Re-Release Trailer (1992) (2:53) (SD)
Adventures Of Robin Hood Trailer (1:50) (SD)

Disc 2 (DVD):

Jack L. Warner: The Last Mogul (57:39) (SD)

Blu-news Summary
Casablanca really is one of the greatest films of all time. The film is a classic, and while it does feel a bit slow at times, the film just leaves you very satisfied with the story. The Blu-ray release is fantastic, providing the best black-and-white release on Blu-ray, as well as quite a few bonus features. Casablanca on Blu-ray is 'Highly Recommended.'

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Ethan Stevenson (Super-VHS) said...

Little correction... the HD DVD did not include a 5.1 mix. Even on DVD Casablanca has always been a mono film - the way it was intended to be heard.

Loys Johnson said...

Hey Ethan,

Woah, I don't know where I got that idea from. Thanks for the correction. And yes, mono is the way it should be heard. I couldn't agree more.

Thanks for posting.

Jack Hunt said...

The greatest movie of all-time! Bogie, Bergman.. fantastic!!

The BD is really eloquent and a fantastic edition to anyone's collection. Just beautiful and one of my favorite transfers.