September 14, 2022
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is celebrating the 80th anniversary of Casablanca with a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack that will be released Nov. 8. A digital release also is coming on that same date.
Starring Academy Award winners Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, the 1942 film has been called “the best Hollywood movie of all time” by famed film critic Leonard Maltin.
The winner of three Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, Casablanca was directed by Michael Curtiz from a screenplay by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein and Howard Koch. The screenplay is based on “Everybody Comes to Rick’s,” an unproduced stage play by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison. The film was produced by Hal B. Wallis.
Casablanca was voted the screen’s greatest love story and the No. 3 film of all time by the American Film Institute (AFI). The classic wartime romance also took Oscars for Michael Curtiz (Directing); Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein and Howard Koch (Writing – Screenplay) and the studio (Outstanding Motion Picture).
In 1989, the United States Library of Congress selected the film as one of the first for preservation in the National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”
For its 4K Ultra HD debut, the film was restored and remastered from a 2022 4K 16bit film scan of the best-surviving nitrate film elements. The 4K-scanned digital images went through an extensive digital restoration process to clean and repair the picture for an unprecedented and pristine ultra-high-resolution presentation. The restored images were then graded in high dynamic range, providing the highest fidelity in image contrast and detail retention, by Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging. The original theatrical mono audio has also been newly restored, providing a richer and broader frequency response than previously possible.
Casablanca will be available in a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack for $24.99. The package includes a digital download of the film. Fans can also buy a digital copy of Casablanca in 4K Ultra HD from select digital retailers.