Casablanca There are, I suppose, one or two who have never seen Casablanca , and to them I say, Welcome to one of the most perfect… Casablanca There are, I suppose, one or two who have never seen Casablanca , and to them I say, Welcome to one of the most perfect…
DVD Review

Casablanca (2003)

Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, ... | AS TIME GOES BY Bogart and Bergman cuddle in ''Casablanca''
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AS TIME GOES BY Bogart and Bergman cuddle in ''Casablanca''
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Details Release Dates: Feb 15, 2000 and Aug 05, 2003; Release Dates: Feb 15, 2000 and Aug 05, 2003; Movie Rated: PG; Genres: Drama, Romance; With: Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart; Distributors: MGM/UA Home Video and Warner Bros.

There are, I suppose, one or two who have never seen Casablanca, and to them I say, Welcome to one of the most perfect Hollywood movies ever made, starring Humphrey Bogart as a cynical expatriate saloon keeper in world-war-torn Morocco and Ingrid Bergman as the old flame who walks back into his place -- of all the gin joints in all the world.

For the majority, meanwhile, who can quote every line -- and the many with a copy of ''Casablanca'' already on the shelf -- the question is, when is it time to upgrade to a velvety new double-disc special edition, crammed with extras like stalls in a Moroccan bazaar? And the answer is, why not now, 60 years after the usual suspects were first rounded up? Although some of the add-ons are flimsy (e.g., opportunistic comments from Bergman's daughter and Bogart's son) and others appeared in the 2000 edition (e.g., the short docu ''You Must Remember This,'' made for the film's 50th anniversary), the erudite, chatty movie-buff commentary of Roger Ebert is a true bonus, complemented by a second, scholarly track from film historian Rudy Behlmer. Best goody of all: ''Carrotblanca,'' a giddy 1995 Looney Tunes send-up starring Bugs Bunny, with Tweety Bird (okay, Bob Bergen) doing a dead-on Peter Lorre accent.

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Originally posted Aug 08, 2003 Published in issue #722 Aug 08, 2003 Order article reprints
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