As the year begins to come to a close, it’s time to start thinking about those holiday shopping lists. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is doing its best to make things easy this year, with a slate of new 4K Ultra HD home releases in November.
The home releases feature an all-time classic perfect for any movie lover, as well as two new release films from 2022.
Let’s take a look at everything heading home this month.
“Casablanca” – (Nov. 8)
Just in time for its 80th anniversary, “Casablanca” is making its 4K Ultra HD debut. The film, heralded as “the best Hollywood movie of all time” absolutely lives up to the hype with a jaw-dropping restoration. According to Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, the film “was restored and remastered from a 2022 4K 16bit film scan of the best-surviving nitrate film elements. The 4K-scanned digital image went through an extensive digital restoration process to clean and repair the picture for an unprecedented and pristine ultra-high-resolution presentation.”
In addition to the visual upgrades, the home release comes loaded with extras. While the bonus features have all been previously released, they make for a must-have addition to any film collection.
Special Features on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Digital
- Warner Night at the Movies
- Now, Voyager trailer
- Vaudeville Days (1942 WB short)
- The Bird Came C.O.D. (1942 WB cartoon)
- The Squawkin’ Hawk (1942 WB cartoon)
- The Dover Boys at Pimento University (1942 WB cartoon)
- Great Performances: Bacall on Bogart (1988 PBS special)
- Michael Curtiz: The Greatest Director You’ve Never Heard Of
- Casablanca: An Unlikely Classic
- You Must Remember This: A Tribute to Casablanca (1992 TEC documentary)
- As Time Goes By: The Children Remember
- Deleted Scenes
- Who Holds Tomorrow? (1955 “Casablanca” TV episode)
- Carrotblanca (1955 WB Cartoon)
- Scoring Stage Sessions (audio only)
- Lady Esther Screen Guild Theater Radio Broadcast – 4/26/43 (audio only)
- Vox Pop Radio Broadcast – 11/19/47 (audio only)
“Three Thousand Years of Longing” – (Nov. 15)
I don’t know what I was expecting after that eclectic, high speed trailer, but it absolutely was not the tender, introspective fairy tale that is “Three Thousand Years of Longing. “The pacing has its ups and downs, but the fascinating things the film has to say about storytelling and its place in society today, as well as Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba’s chemistry, make it an entertaining although unexpected surprise.
However, the home release is a rare bummer with absolutely zero bonus features. Looks like no one made a wish for extras.
“Three Thousand Years of Longing” does not include any special features.
“Don’t Worry Darling” – (Nov. 29)
If you can look past the obvious narrative woes, this 4K release is fairly impressive. The previously mentioned production design is full of bright, vibrant colors and the image onscreen is always sharp and pops. The extras are fairly underwhelming, limited to just two extras.
Zach Goins is a member of the North Carolina Film Critics Association based in Raleigh, N.C. Zach co-founded Inside The Film Room in 2018 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the website and co-host of the podcast. Zach also serves as a film critic for CLTure.org.