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Stream classic films with Warner Archive, new Netflix-like service

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Screen Shot 2013-04-02 at 9.53.18 AMIf you want another chance to relive the classics of old, the Warner Archive has you covered.  This fairly new site has a large archive of both shows and films that range from the 1920’s up to the 1990’s.

While it currently only has just over 100 to choose from, they are adding more on a regular basis.  Currently films such as Across The Pacific (1942) Back To Bataan (1945) and The Adventures of Superman Season 1 (1952) are available. Not sure what to start on?  There’s a showcase section that has a few curated playlists to give you an idea.  For example, the “After Midnight” list offers “A Mondo Celebration of Monsterous Evil,” or films such as Isle of the Dead (1945), The Mummy (1959) and Mark of the Vampire (1935). A pre-Hays Code (the set of industry moral censorship guidelines that films at that time had to follow) playlist, “Forbidden Hollywood” is also available.

The Warner Archive is not limited only to Warner Brothers films, they also stream content from MGM, RKO, Allied Artists and more. Some titles can even be seen in 1080p High Definition if you own a Roku set-top box, and if we can expect them to follow Netflix’s model, we’ll probably see the service popping up on other TV set-top boxes as well as smart TVs themselves in the near future.  More films is something that is needed, and hopefully newer films will bring about a wider audience of subscribers, right now the small and narrow selection on classic films will probably keep mass audiences away from subscribing.

While it will cost you $9.99 a month, a 2 week free trial is offered to get you started.  So if you’d like to be able to re-watch, or even watch for the first time some of these classic films, head on over to instant.warnerarchive.com to check it out.

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