Casablanca on VHS. Starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid. With Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre. Directed by Michael Curtiz. 1942.
From the box:
50th Anniversary Celebration
Remastered Collector’s Edition
The time: World War II. The place: Morocco, seething with European refugees desperate for passage to neutral Lisbon. The film: Casablanca, “the best Hollywood movie of all time” (Leonard Maltin).
The legends loom larger as time goes by. In the 45th film of his career, tough guy Humphrey Bogart at last becomes a romantic leading man (in a role originally intended for Ronald Reagan). He and luminous Ingrid Bergman portray former lovers briefly reunited in the chaos of war. They’ll “always have Paris.” And we’ll always have their incomparable on-screen magic. Bogart is Rick, a world-weary nightclub owner who claims, “I stick my neck out for nobody.” Bergman is Ilsa, fleeing the Nazis with her Resistance-hero husband. Only Rick can help the pair escape, but he refuses… until Ilsa reawakens his idealism.
This 50th anniversary limited edition of Casablanca has been restored and digitally remastered, and includes a “making of” documentary narrated by Lauren Bacall plus the original theatrical trailer. Here’s lookin’ at you, Casablanca.
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Treasure of the Sierra Madre on VHS. Starring Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt. With Bruce Bennett, Alfonso Bedoya. Directed by John Huston. 1948.
The stinking box says:
Pure cinematic gold! This triple Academy Award-winner well deserves its status as a renowned classic. Both a riveting adventure story and a richly sardonic fable, Treasure of the Sierra Madre digs deep into the depths of the human soul, producing one of Hollywood’s all time richest finds.
Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston and Tim Holt play a trio of Americans on the bum in 1920’s Tampico. Pooling their resources, they strike off into the mountains of Mexico in search of gold. Hounded by jungle Indians, a fortune-hunting Texan (Bruce Bennett), and cold-blooded banditos (led by Alfonso “I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ badges!” Bedoya), they finally must confront they most dangerous adversaries of all… themselves.
As the crusty Fred C. Dobbs, who succumbs completely to his lust for gold, Bogart’s performance stands as a high point in his grand career. But it was the Huston father-and-son team who won the film’s three Academy Awards — Walter for Best Supporting Actor and John for Best Director and Screenplay.
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Beat the Devil on VHS. Starring Humphrey Bogart. With Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida, Peter Lorre, Robert Morley, Marco Tulli, Ivor Barnard, Edward Underdown. Screenplay by Truman Capote. Directed by John Huston. 1953.
From the box:
A strange lot of characters plot to capture a uranium treasure on the African Coast.
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The Petrified Forest on VHS. Starring Leslie Howard, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Genevieve Tobin, Dick Foran. Directed by Archie Mayo. Based on a play by Robert E. Sherwood. 1936.
From the box:
Bette Davis Signature Collection
Bogie plays Duke Mantee, a thug on the lam, who’s spent most of his life in jail. And, he growls, “It looks like I’ll spend the rest of my life dead.” At the Black Mesa Bar-B-Q, he holds hostages at gunpoint while waiting for his moll to show up with the getaway car. Among his captives are Alan Squier (Leslie Howard), a writer looking for something worth living or dying for, and Gabby (Bette Davis), a sweet-natured waitress who dreams of abandoning her nowhere existence for life as an artist.
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