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'Casablanca' returning to the big screen

March 5, 2012 at 8:56 PM   |   Comments

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LOS ANGELES, March 5 (UPI) -- "Casablanca" is returning to 450 U.S. theaters this month to mark the screen classic's 70th anniversary, organizers of the screenings said.

"Turner Classic Movies Presents Casablanca 70th Anniversary Event" is set for March 21 at 7 p.m. local time and special matinees in select theaters.

The film will be introduced by TCM host Robert Osborne who will discuss the enduring legacy and reveal some of its fascinating behind-the-scenes stories of the famous love story starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid. It won three Academy Awards -- Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay.

"There are few things more thrilling for movie lovers than being able to experience a true classic like 'Casablanca' the way it was originally intended: on the big screen," Dennis Adamovich, senior vice president of brand and digital activation for TCM, TNT and TBS, said in a statement. "We're proud to take part in this exciting event as we extend the magic of Turner Classic Movies to theaters across the country."

Warner Home Video said it plans to release the "Casablanca 70th Anniversary Edition" March 27 featuring a three-disc limited and numbered gift set, including the remastered feature on both Blu-ray and DVD, with more than 14 hours of bonus material.

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