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Old 23-05-2003, 14:36   #1
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Casablanca 60th Anniversary SE - 2-discs, deleted scenes, Bugs Bunny (!) and more...

From Video Business Magazine via the HTF:

"Warner Home Video will celebrate the 60th anniversary of an American classic when it releases a two-disc special edition DVD of Casablanca on Aug. 5 with 10 minutes of recently discovered deleted scenes and outtakes.

"We were pleased that recent advances in digital technology allowed us to revisit the early restoration work," said Ned Price, VP of technical operations mastering for Warner Bros.

"Other new extras on the set are two audio commentary tracks from movie critic Roger Ebert and film historian Rudy Behlmer, and the featurette "The Children Remember," which includes memories from son Stephen Bogart and Bergman daughters Pia Lindstrom and Isabella Rossellini.

"Other supplements on the DVD that have been available in previous video incarnations include two documentaries hosted by actress Lauren Bacall, one-time wife of Bogart: You Must Remember This: The Making of Casablanca and Bacall on Bogart; a "Screen Guild Players Radio Production" with the film's stars; scoring session outtakes; and an introduction by Bacall.

"The film has been newly digitally transferred from nitrate picture and sound elements. The first disc will contain an introduction by Lauren Bacall, commentary tracks by Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert and film historian Rudy Behlmer, and theatrical trailers of Casablanca and other Warner Bros. films.

"The second disc will include 10 minutes of deleted scenes and outtakes; the documentaries “You Must Remember This: The Making of Casablanca” and the feature-length “Bacall on Bogart,” both hosted by Lauren Bacall; the featurette “The Children Remember,” with Humphrey’s son, Stephen Bogart, and Bergman’s daughters, Pia Lindstrom and Isabella Rossellini, recalling their parents; “Carrotblanca,” a cartoon homage starring Warner’s Looney Tunes characters; the premiere episode from Warner’s 1955 “Casablanca” TV series; as well as a production history gallery, photos, press materials, studio correspondence, memorabilia and more.

"The second platter will also contain the audio-only features “Screen Guild Players Radio Production,” with the movie’s three stars, and rare scoring session outtakes."


Nice. You must remember this

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Old 23-05-2003, 14:39   #2
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Woo, and to a lesser degree hoo.

Pleased I've made do with my VHS till now.
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Watched it once, but didn't like it. I might give another chance on DVD
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OMG - Outtakes & deleted scenes! How cool is that?

I see that they’re unfortunately leaving off the TV pilot show starring David Soul as Rick. A grave oversight I feel.
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Old 23-05-2003, 14:44   #5
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So this is the closest we're going to get to seeing any Looney Tunes on DVD anytime soon :rolleyes: From their original release schedule at the start of the year, we'd have had four DVDs crammed full of cartoons by now
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Old 23-05-2003, 14:53   #6
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Sounding good - pleased that I held off from replacing my dusty VHS now
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Old 23-05-2003, 14:56   #7
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Warners have given some very heavy hints that they are about to trawl through the Bogart, Cagney and Flynn back-catalogue.

We have this, The Adventures of Robin Hood in September ( ), plus the announcements of Flynn's Kim and The Prince and The Pauper.

We know how good Warners restorations can be, but their output hasn't always been that good. Fingers crossed for a rehash of The Maltese Falcon into an SE, plus a whole slew of those delicious Warners gangster movies - from Public Enemy through Dead End to White Heat, plus Flynn's finest swashbucklers Captain Blood and The Sea Hawk.

Meanwhile jonanthan.e, I only saw David Soul as Rick once; I don't think I could take it again

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slighty off topic,but just recieved objective burma,starring errol flynn this morning,and the picture quality is excellent.it also has 2 wartime shorts on the disc as well,and one is in beautiful technicolor.warner bros restorations are spot on at the moment,now cant wait for robin hood and casablanca.
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David Soul ?? Pah ! I've seen Leslie Grantham as Rick. Not a pretty sight.
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this is great news, will deifnitely be getting this all time classic, and just imagine if Ebert's commentary is as good as it was on Citizen Kane, that'll be amazing! Definitely gonna get this one
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slighty off topic,but just recieved objective burma,starring errol flynn this morning,and the picture quality is excellent.it also has 2 wartime shorts on the disc as well,and one is in beautiful technicolor.warner bros restorations are spot on at the moment,now cant wait for robin hood and casablanca.
Excellent news (we'll cast aside the fact that it's a terrible slur on the British forces efforts in that theatre C'mon - it's Errol Flynn!).

As Robert Harris says on thedigitalbits , commenting on James Wong Howe:

"Warner's new DVD release of Raoul Walsh's 1945 Objective Burma* shows off Mr. Howe's rich and contrasty images beautifully. Usually found in a version with shorter running time, the new Warner release gives us the complete 142 minute version of the film."

BTW, I've just bought a whole slew of Bob Hope movies on the strength of that darned article - so don't have your wallet handy while you read it!

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Story and disc cover shot here .

To reiterate - nice!

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Warners are doing a grand job what with Once Upon A Time In America and now Casablanca
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also in september

Yankee doodle from Cagney and Treasure of the Sierra Madre in 2 disc editions when Robin Hood comes out

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Goin for this, one of my favourite films.
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My R4 has just gone onto my discs to eBay pile...
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good news... the deleted scenes sounds interesting also..

if they can make this as nice as something like the West Side Story re-issue then it should be pretty good.
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Old 26-05-2003, 13:54   #18
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I watched my current copy of Casablanca yesterday to check out Warners comment about improving the restoration.

I'd always considered the current transfer to be quite good, but on reviewing it again, there are a few, flecks and lines, and one instance of pretty heavy damage. Hopefully all this will be rectified.

It's still a stunning films isn't it? The dialogue sizzles, it's arguably Bogart's finest role, and his scenes with Claude Rains in particular are magnificent. Bergman is gorgeous, the pace of the production - it just flies by, and Max Steiner's score...what more can you ask?

Can't wait. Play it again.

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it's arguably Bogart's finest role....

Too many to choose from. The man was a class act.
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I'd argue for Fred C.Dobbs myself, but Jonathan.e is right - too much choice !
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