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Warner Streaming ‘Casablanca’ Free on Facebook

15 May, 2012 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Warner Bros. Digital Distribution said it is streaming Oscar-winning movie classic Casablanca free on Facebook for one night (May 16) at 7 p.m. EDT and 7 p.m. PDT. Viewing must commence within two hours of the Pacific start time. Only one screening per Facebook account is permitted.

The complimentary screening (www.facebook.com/CasablancaTheMovie) comes shortly after the May 1 release of the Casablanca: 70th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo from Warner Home Video.

Warner was the first studio to offer catalog movies on Facebook, beginning March 7, 2011, with The Dark Knight on transactional video-on-demand.

In addition to the digitally-re-mastered 1942 movie starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, the $64.99 (SRP) boxed set includes never-before-seen documentaries — “Casablanca: An Unlikely Classic” and “Michael Curtiz: The Greatest Director You Never Heard Of.” The set contains more than 14 hours of bonus material, including feature-length documentaries “The Brothers Warner, You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story” and “Jack L. Warner: The Last Mogul.”

Separately, Warner said the Casablanca screenplay is available through the “Inside the Script” eBooks platform, which contains the film’s actual shooting script and materials from the Warner Bros. Corporate Archive. The script, in addition to scripts from Ben-Hur, An American in Paris and North by Northwest are available via iBookstore, Kindle and Nook by Barnes & Noble.

“Casablanca: Inside the Script” includes Jack Warner’s telegrams and memos; producer Hal Wallis’ script and production notes; production code administration letters, notes and seal of approval; and a telegram from producer Wallis refuting his fight with Jack Warner.

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