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It's a Wonderful Life [Blu-ray] [2 Discs] [1946]

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  • Release Date: 10/11/2016
  • Rating: PG
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (638 out of 641)

    Special Features


    • The making of "It's A Wonderful Life": a documentary featurette hosted by Tom Bosley
    • Original theatrical trailer

    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



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars with 641 reviews

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    • 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

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A great movie with HD clarity!

      Posted
      MHP777
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      I have watched this movie faithfully every year at Christmastime and love it every time. Until now, I watched it on my old VHS player. This Bluray gives such stunning clarity, I discovered many small details that I've never noticed before (such as the individual coconut shavings young George spoons on Mary's sundae at the beginning, or the sheer clarity of each actor's/actresses's facial expressions). Plus, having the caption text turned on, I discovered many lines that I hadn't known they were saying. Plus, the audio quality is better than VHS, it's got a lot less distortion. The screen size is the same small size as you find on VHS (i.e., black spaces on left and right if watching it on an HD TV), but the clarity and captions and audio quality make this version (even in original black and white) so much better than before! A keeper!

      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: 4 out of 5 stars

      Needs a little more TLC

      Posted
      UHDfan
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      This is one of the classic Frank Capra titles that needs a much better restoration from new 4k scans of the original surviving elements like Sony did with their Capra titles. It could also do with a lossless audio track on the Blu-ray, and hopefully, UHD Blu-ray if that comes out. Lossy audio in the 21st Century is really, really old fashioned. That said, this version is decent enough when on discount during the holidays. The colorized version, however, should be burned. What a disgrace to the lovely film noir like cinematography. Thankfully, you can also see it in the original black and white.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie, real good color and picture

      Posted
      MSGDLDr
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      I really like the movie, and was wondering if color would take anything away. It didn't, although they could have done a Wizard of Oz type Color and Black and White, that might have been interesting. The picture was really good,with excellent resolution, but not over restored. It looked like it should, I felt like I was seeing the original. The color was well done also. There were only a few scenes where I noticed the colorizing. I noticed a little color fringing in a scene or two, and noticed a couple crowd scenes where the skin tones were all very similar. Other than that, it was excellent color. A superb job of restoration that I felt made the movie more enjoyable, and more watchable.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • 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: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great Classic...

      Posted
      JamesDee
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      This particular package is a 2-disc version: disc 1 is the original back & white version, with special features, and disc 2 is the colorized version. I purchased this specifically for the colorized version, as I love the vivid colors while also maintaining the "classic" feel. While this package does not include a digital copy, it is eligible for disc to digital, making it a great overall deal.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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