Scanning High-Def: Casablanca HD DVD
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Among the vast array of high-quality extras, Roger Ebert gives surprisingly good commentary, analyzing compositions, lighting, camera movements, acting, and music for the meaning and ideas they're communicating. A second commentary (by Rudy Behlmer) and a 34-minute featurette cover the history of the production in great depth. Bacall on Bogart, a feature-length documentary that goes into the star's performances and his own views on his career, is also well worth a watch. Deleted scenes (missing their soundtrack but with subtitles) hint at other directions the story might have gone in, and recording sessions for Casablanca's songs include one not used in the film. You also get a TV adaptation with tawdry actors, story, and dialogue; a decent radio version with the original leads; and a 1995 Bugs Bunny cartoon called Carrotblanca.