Updated: Warner Announces Casablanca Coming to Blu-ray in December

Update: Cover art added.

Warner Home Video has announced the latest previously HD DVD exclusive coming to Blu-ray Disc is Casablanca, scheduled for an Ultimate Collector’s Edition update on December 2.

The two-disc set is packaged in an “intricate laser-cut Moroccan design” box and loaded with goodies such as reproductions of executive memos and props, a branded passport holder, luggage tag, photo book and mail-in offer for a movie poster. The memos and props include the following:

  • Memo from Hal Wallis that Casablanca is the new title
  • Memo from Wallis to Jack Warner strongly urging casting of Bogart over
  • Letter from Publicity head Charles Einfeld to publicist Marty Weiser to “sell” Bogart as a romantic lead
  • Victor Laszlo’s “letter of transit”

Over seven hours of supplemental features are packed onto the disc as outlined below.

  • Behind the Story
    • Introduction by Lauren Bacall
    • Commentary by film critic Roger Ebert
    • Commentary by film historian/author Rudy Behlmer
    • 1988 TCM special: Bacall on Bogart [Laurel Bacall’s candid and moving reminiscences about her husband’s life and career]
    • You Must Remember This: A Tribute to Casablanca [Bacall hosts this spellbinding backstage tour]
    • As Time Goes By: The Children Remember [Stephen Bogart and Pia Lindstrom remember their parents, Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman]
    • Production history gallery
  • Additional Footage
    • Deleted scenes
    • Outtakes
    • Who Holds Tomorrow? Premiere episode from the 1955 Warner Bros. Presents series, starring Charles McGraw
    • 1995 WB Cartoon: Carrotblanca
  • Audio
    • Scoring Stage Sessions
    • Knock on Wood Alternate Version, Wilson with Piano
    • As Time Goes By Part One Alternate Take, Wilson with Piano
    • As Time Goes By Part One Film Version, Wilson with Piano
    • Rick Sees Ilsa Instrumental Medley
    • As Time Goes By Part Two Alternate Take, Wilson with Piano
    • As Time Goes By Part Two Film Version, Wilson with Piano
    • At La Belle Aurore Instrumental Medley
    • Dat’s What Noah Done Outtake, Wilson with Piano
    • April 26,1943 Screen Guild Players Radio Broadcast
  • Trailers
    • Theatrical trailer
    • 1992 re-release trailer
  • 1993 documentary: Jack L. Warner: The Last Mogul

We expect the technical specs to be identical to the previously released HD DVD which were a widescreen 1.37:1 1080p transfer and Dolby Digital Plus 1.0 audio.

Casablanca: Ultimate Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray will carry an SRP of $64.99. Check back regularly for pre-order information and high-res cover/box art.

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