Video Release: September 4, 2007
Theatrical Release: 1942
Rating: PG (MPAA)
Studio: Warner Home Video
- Closed Captioned
- Black & White
- Originally in English
DVD Features include:
Commentary by critic Roger Ebert
Commentary by author-historian Rudy Behlmer
Introduction by Lauren Bacall
New digital transfer
Nearly 10 minutes of newly found deleted scenes and
Bacall hosts two documentaries, "You Must Remember This" and
"Bacall on Bogart"
"The Children Remember": parental memories from Stephen Bogart
and Ingrid Bergman's daughters Pia Lindstrom and Isabella
The Looney Tunes homage "Carrotblanca"
Premier episode from the 1955 Casablanca TV series
Audio-only treasures: "Screen Guild Players Radio Production"
with the three stars, plus rare scoring session outtakes
Production history gallery: Photos, press materials, studio
correspondence, memorabilia, and more
Number of discs: 2
Perennially at the top of every all-time-greats list, and indisputably one of the landmarks of the American cinema. Bogart is an American expatriate and war profiteer in WW II Morocco, content to merely run the Cafe Americain until love (in the form of a luminous Bergman) returns to his life and inspires him to stand up for the French Resistance. An accidental Hollywood masterpiece, it just gets better as time goes by. The 50th anniversary release includes the documentary, You Must Remember This, narrated by Lauren Bacall; two versions of the original theatrical trailer; a five-color booklet; original stills; original shooting script; and a numbered certificate of authenticity.
"As Time Goes By," the song that became this film's anthem not to mention theme song, was originally written for the Broadway musical "Everybody's Welcome," which opened on October 13, 1931 and ran for 139 performances. The composer, Herman Hupfeld, was also known for the song "When Yuba Plays the Rumba on the Tuba." The film's producer Hal B. Wallis was awarded the Academy's Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1943. In his 1995 memoir, "My American Journey," General Colin Powell lists "Casablanca" as one of his favorite films. Additional credits: Hugh MacMullan (dialogue director), Robert Aisner (technical adviser). Copyright 1943 Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.