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The Casablanca Blu-ray 4K restoration is a thing of beauty


The romantic lovers’ triangle between the impossibly heroic Czech Resistance leader Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid), his beautiful wife Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) and her ex-lover, cynical American Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), is still the same old story, but it’s never looked better! Casablanca’s new 4K resolution scan achieves the richest, most dynamic image possible, rendering the most romantic movie of all time the most beautiful it’s ever been. So no matter how often you’ve seen the timeless classic that won 3 Academy Awards® including Best Picture, you’ll want to play it again and again

The new version is out today over at HMV and it is gorgeous. I was almost twenty when I finally got round to watching the film. I think it was the usual “why should I watch something that everyone else loves” kind of stupidity that we sometimes get when we are young. However, when I eventually sat down and watched it I was just transported. It is a classic and rightly so. Despite it being a mess during the production of the film, everything came together in a perfect storm story, casting and performances.

It has had such a huge influence on filmmakers since 1942 that even if you haven’t seen it, you will be well aware of many iconic moments from it.

So what are you waiting for? Now is the perfect time to get it. If you haven’t seen it then you are in for a treat. If you have seen it then you will be able to just sink into the fantastic restoration job that has made everything all the more beautiful. Both the picture and sound quality are top notch and you can tell a lot of love has gone into the restoration.

The film is still PG, but the cover of the box says 15 due to the Special Features. Those features are also great to watch, taking us through the creation of the film along with giving us an insight to the world of movie making back in that golden era.

The Premium Collection, revered films across all genres celebrated in a Premium package set containing the film on Blu-ray, DVD and a Digital Copy giving fans a must own version that allows them to watch however they choose. This release includes a collectible 62 page booklet and bonus disc.

Special Features:

  • Michael Curtiz: The Greatest Director You Never Heard Of
  • Casablanca: An Unlikely Classic
  • Introduction by Lauren Bacall
  • 2 Separate Commentaries: Rogert Ebert and Film Historian Rudy Behlmer
  • Warner Night at the Movies
  • Great Performances: Bacall on Bogart
  • You Must Remember This: A Tribute to Casablanca
  • As Time Goes By: The Children Remember
  • You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story
  • The Brothers Warner
  • Jack L. Warner: The Last Mogul Documentary

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