Aurora Borealis, Warner Archive Community Manager
I am a classic movie fan. What that means in its simplest term is that I, and those of my ilk, are an enthusiastic, passionate lot who think spending hour after hour after hour watching classic movies is what we were put here to do. If you’re thinking, “geek” you would be correct. We are, indeed, proud geeks who also happen to be loud about our passion. You see, the only thing that measures up to watching one old movie after another is talking about one old movie after another. That is what led me to this day – when my geekiness met an archive of classic films and a forum on which to hail them. A match made in heaven…
Ninety years after its birth Warner Bros. Studio (WB) continues to make hugely popular movies. The already legendary The Dark Knight Trilogy and Harry Potter series shows WB is not slowing down, continuing to give audiences what they want as it intended so many years ago. However, from a classic film fan’s perspective, the legacy set forth by the brothers Warner nine decades ago is best served by ensuring we have access to the films that set the standard, gems from days gone by, also known as our beloved classics.
Warner Archive is the “arm” of Warner Bros. where rare and hard-to-find classic films and television programs wait to be discovered and adored by movie fans. The Archive makes these classics, which span from the 1920s to contemporary films and television programs, available for purchase and offers an ever-growing list through their streaming service, Warner Archive Instant, which was introduced in April of this year. Instant is now also available on an iPad app. Yes, that means continuous access to film rarities. In other words, heaven.
So now I have Warner Archive and I’m ready to preach. And a pulpit appears called Kumbuya. A community is formed, a place where fans – be they novices or experts – can converge to share, comment, even chat about all that is offered through the Archive, which in essence spans the entire history of motion pictures. For me it is the perfect coupling wherein I can fully realize my geekness.
What you’ll find in the Warner Archive Community are rare images of stars like Cagney, Gable, Crawford and Stanwyck before they were CAGNEY, GABLE, CRAWFORD and STANWYCK. You can read reviews and commentaries written by blogging cinephiles much like myself. You can watch trailers and clips, read quotes, share history and background information. There are give-a-ways, live chats, debates and recommendations. We highlight stars, films, share news on new products, sales events and what-have-you all centered on the ninety-plus years of entertainment that Warner Archive represents.
In short, there is no end to this wonderful madness and I am thrilled to be immersed in a world I so enjoy. It truly is a gift that keeps on giving. The Warner Archive Community is a place for passion, a place for glamour, a place for romance, a place for gritty gangsters, crimes of hatred and greed, gorgeous technicolor and the dark streets of noir. Let me entertain you, YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHING YET!