It's a Wonderful Life [2 Discs] [DVD] [1946]

  • SKU: 32036701
  • Release Date: 10/11/2016
  • Rating: PG
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (629 out of 632)

Special Features


  • A personal remembrance: a special tribute to Frank Capra narrated by his son, Frank Capra, Jr.
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • The making of "It's A Wonderful Life": a documentary featurette hosted by Tom Bosley
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


It's a Wonderful Life
This is director Frank Capra's classic bittersweet comedy/drama about George Bailey (James Stewart), the eternally-in-debt guiding force of a bank in the typical American small town of Bedford Falls. As the film opens, it's Christmas Eve, 1946, and George, who has long considered himself a failure, faces financial ruin and arrest and is seriously contemplating suicide. High above Bedford Falls, two celestial voices discuss Bailey's dilemma and decide to send down eternally bumbling angel Clarence Oddbody (Henry Travers), who after 200 years has yet to earn his wings, to help George out. But first, Clarence is given a crash course on George's life, and the multitude of selfless acts he has performed: rescuing his younger brother from drowning, losing the hearing in his left ear in the process; enduring a beating rather than allow a grieving druggist (H.B. Warner) to deliver poison by mistake to an ailing child; foregoing college and a long-planned trip to Europe to keep the Bailey Building and Loan from letting its Depression-era customers down; and, most important, preventing town despot Potter (Lionel Barrymore) from taking over Bedford Mills and reducing its inhabitants to penury. Along the way, George has married his childhood sweetheart Mary (Donna Reed), who has stuck by him through thick and thin. But even the love of Mary and his children are insufficient when George, faced with an $8000 shortage in his books, becomes a likely candidate for prison thanks to the vengeful Potter. Bitterly, George declares that he wishes that he had never been born, and Clarence, hoping to teach George a lesson, shows him how different life would have been had he in fact never been born. After a nightmarish odyssey through a George Bailey-less Bedford Falls (now a glorified slum called Potterville), wherein none of his friends or family recognize him, George is made to realize how many lives he has touched, and helped, through his existence; and, just as Clarence had planned, George awakens to the fact that, despite all its deprivations, he has truly had a wonderful life. Capra's first production through his newly-formed Liberty Films, It's a Wonderful Life lost money in its original run, when it was percieved as a fairly downbeat view of small-town life. Only after it lapsed into the public domain in 1973 and became a Christmastime TV perennial did it don the mantle of a holiday classic. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • James Stewart
    James Stewart - George Bailey
  • Donna Reed
    Donna Reed - Mary Hatch Bailey
  • Lionel Barrymore
    Lionel Barrymore - Mr. Potter
  • Thomas Mitchell
    Thomas Mitchell - Uncle Billy
  • Henry Travers
    Henry Travers - Clarence



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Rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars with 632 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best bluray transfer.....

    Posted
    KISSfan4ever

    One of my all time favorite movies. The transfer to blu was extraordinary..This is as pristine as it gets...Extras are the same as the DVD..The colorized version is excellent quality, however I prefer the B&W version..For some reason the color version just "didn't feel right" and didn't convey the movie the same in my opinion..Maybe it's just from years of watching it in B&W...SOund is the same as dvd...Just standard DD and mono...A must own....I watch it every year at least once during the holidays!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A true classic holiday film...

    Posted
    Pacdoggy
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    You must own this if you care about classic holiday films. This has both the black and white original version as well as the more recent colored print.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the best movies.

    Posted
    Bakerboy

    "It's a Wonderful Life" was one of my Dad's favorite movies of all time and has become one of mine as well. It has become a Christmas-time essential for our family. The depth of character that George Bailey displays as he struggles to keep his head above water and his dream alive is a lesson that all would do well to take to heart. "Every person has a very real purpose" is a message of self-worth that all people need to hear. It is truly a classic.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Christmas Movie ever made

    Posted
    benjiboy

    A classic christmas story with the best acting and a terrific story. This is the movie to sit down with your family and watch on Christmas Eve!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Holiday tradition

    Posted
    joe1979

    Truly classic cinema here! A tradition here in the family to watch every Christmas. It never gets old and touches the heart every time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Classic!

    Posted
    kevman79

    I firmly believe that every person needs to see this film regardless of who they are. Easily one of the greatest films ever made, it clearly deserves the recognition it earned over the years. It is hard to believe that this film was deemed both a critical and box office disappointment when it was initially released. There are several dvd versions that have been released over the years, my personal preference for picture quality is the 1998 Republic Pictures version, but any of the more recent versions are fine too, as they almost all contain the same bonus features as the original disc. Whatever you do, only watch the film in its original black & white, the colorized versions have been awful!"

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Classic!

    Posted
    kevman79

    I firmly believe that every person needs to see this film regardless of who they are. Easily one of the greatest films ever made, it clearly deserves the recognition it earned over the years. It is hard to believe that this film was deemed both a critical and box office disappointment when it was initially released. There are several dvd versions that have been released over the years, my personal preference for picture quality is the 1998 Republic Pictures version, but any of the more recent versions are fine too, as they almost all contain the same bonus features as the original disc. Whatever you do, only watch the film in its original black & white, the colorized versions have been awful!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It's a Wonderful Movie!

    Posted
    OhPopeye

    Truly underated for its time, this movie was never a box office smash; however, perhaps it wasn't as understood as it is today or perhaps it didn't have the right mix of actors for the time. However, the actors, with time, became superstars in their own right...particularly James Stewart and Donna Reed (George & Mary Bailey). It come complete with BW and Colorized versions...I wasn't convinced as I've seen colorized in prior years...not so with this...it is a high tech colorized version that amazed everyone (including the kids who thought it was indeed in color!) There are multiple scenes and characters theat today impact our lives, without us even knowing it...i.e., Erny & Burt are cab driver & policeman (best of friends) witnessed and captured by Jim Henson...welll, he used those names later on in his career as a puppeteer. Carl 'Alphalpha' Swetzer also appears in this film (one of his final roles). There are others...including Zuzu's comment from her teacher...every time a bell rings an agnel gets their wings. This movie will capture you belief in life and address how we all make a difference in our daily lives (much like George Bailey needed to find out). See the movie...enjoy!

    I would recommend this to a friend



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