BlueRay: It’s a Wonderful Life – (1946)

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BlueRay: It's a Wonderful Life - (1946) Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Release Date: 2009-11-03 Duration: 130 Mi...

BlueRay: It’s a Wonderful Life – (1946)

BlueRay: It's a Wonderful Life - (1946)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy,
Release Date: 2009-11-03
Duration: 130 Min

  • Frank Capra

George Bailey (James Stewart) has the picture perfect life: a loving wife, Mary (Donna Reed), four young children, and his own business, which he inherited from his father. However, on Christmas Eve, George encounters severe business difficulties at the Bailey Building and Loan. George’s Uncle Billy (Thomas Mitchell) loses the cash they owe the bank, which is owned by the Scrooge-esque Mr. Potter (Lionel Barrymore). This leads George to a life crisis, and he contemplates suicide. He’s saved at the last moment by the apperance of his guardian angel, Clarence (Henry Travers).

Clarence shows George how much his life means by showing him how the world would be without him. It’s not pretty; his cheerful, friendly town is dreary and impoverished. Finally, George is convinced and Clarence returns him to the world as if nothing had happened. George goes home to find the entire community gathered at his house to raise money for his consistently philanthropic loan business. Even Mr. Potter’s accountant donates money to the cause. The movie concludes with George’s brother, Harry (Todd Karns), bursting in the door, back from the war. As the whole community sings “Auld Lang Syne,” a bell rings, telling George that Clarence finally achieved his goal as an angel and obtained his wings.


James Stewart

Donna Reed

Lionel Barrymore

Thomas Mitchell


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  1. David Kusumoto says:
    971 of 996 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Why is this the BEST release of “It’s A Wonderful Life” in DVD history?, November 4, 2006
    David Kusumoto (San Diego, CA United States) – (REAL NAME)

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    This review is from: It’s a Wonderful Life (60th Anniversary Edition) (DVD)

    Rather than review the content of this almost universally beloved film, I’m just going to comment about the quality of the 2006 60th Anniversary Edition DVD itself. I’ve since written an updated review about a new edition of this title, now available in a “Two-Disc Collector’s Set.” Please find that review — which was posted on December 13, 2008. (Amazon has posted my 2006 review in both places — even though the “60th Anniversary Edition” DVD is DIFFERENT from the “Two-Disc Collector’s Set”. Read my write-up for the “Two-Disc Collector’s Set” — again, it’s DATED 2008 and too early to rank among the “most helpful” reviews — to better decide which product you prefer.)I’ve owned nearly every version of this title in almost every format available on home video during the past 25 years. It’s true that the CONTENT of this Viacom/Paramount DVD — including its special features — is identical to the Republic Pictures Home Video release more than 10 years ago. However, this 60th Anniversary edition is spectacular for several different and extremely important reasons. (I’ll address the criticisms some people have leveled about the sound on this 2006 DVD in a little bit, so stick with me.)You don’t have to be a technical expert to immediately notice the striking improvement of the picture AND sound in this 2006 edition. The print is crystal-clear and in my view, has more vividness and sharpness than ALL other previous releases of this title on home video. Proof? I put my “old” THX-version DVD issued by Republic Pictures / Artisan Home Video (the former DVD gold standard for this title) — into my Sony multi-changer DVD player — and watched and listened to every frame of this film AND its special features. I stopped and started this “older” DVD in several spots — and stopped and started the new 2006 Paramount edition repeatedly — so I could compare quality almost “side-by-side.”Hands down — this 2006 version is fabulous. The spots and dirt have been wiped clean, the sharpness and contrast are arguably better than what film audiences saw 60 years ago. There are no ragged spots, no jumped frames and no lint, fiber or hair fragments along the edges or jumping across the screen. I believe the technicians at Paramount (which acquired Republic Pictures Home Video) — digitally cleaned EVERY frame of the last DVD release — so that the film now looks like a million dollars. It’s almost too pristine, if there is such a thing. No jump cuts, no “jump ahead” sound breaks, no fogged-out scenes, nothing ragged — with the result being the cleanest and purest version of “It’s A Wonderful Life” ever issued in home video history.It gets better. English subtitles were available on older DVD versions of this title, but the 2006 version has a cleaner typeface, wiping out some of the confusing and unnecessary attributions of “who’s saying what” that were disruptive to some hearing-impaired viewers. In this 2006 version, you’ll get a mostly straight, line-by-line reading of what’s being said — as it’s being said. Meanwhile, the DVD’s special features — which include the same pair of documentaries produced in 1990 and 1991 — are identical in that they were shot on video tape hence there isn’t much improvement in picture quality. However, subtitles that WERE NOT available for these special features — are NOW available in this 2006 edition. The only “extra” to the previous “gold standard” that remains unchanged — is the original 1946 trailer. Subtitles are not available and it has the same raggedness and dirt commonly seen with vintage trailers stored separately from the films they used to advertise.I’m highly critical of re-issued DVDs that seem nothing more than an excuse to squeeze more dollars out of buyers for the same material with new packaging. But this 2006 Paramount DVD version of “It’s A Wonderful Life” is the best to date. It is NOT in color. (I own a colorized version for younger people who can’t stand black-and-white. Despite controversy surrounding colorization, know that the 2007 “Two-Disc Collector’s Set” has the same 2006 60th Anniversary black-and-white edition you see here –…

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  2. David Kusumoto says:
    151 of 157 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Why is the Two-Disc Collector’s Set of “It’s A Wonderful Life” special? It has the best “color” hues to date!, December 13, 2008
    David Kusumoto (San Diego, California, USA) –

    This review is from: It’s A Wonderful Life (Two-Disc Collector’s Set) (DVD)

    On November 4, 2006, I posted a review noting the side-by-side differences between the “60th Anniversary Edition of It’s A Wonderful Life” – vs. all other editions of this film released on home video during the past 25 years. I still stand by that review. The “Two-Disc Collector’s Set” is a different product. While it contains the same 60th Anniversary DVD in pristine black-and-white – is ALSO includes a second DVD – a colorized version of “It’s A Wonderful Life” that boasts the best color hues I’ve seen to date! If you’re like me — and you prefer black-and-white films to stay black-and-white – fine. But I bought this 2-disc set because I was curious about how FAR digital image technology has come – since the controversial practice of colorizing black-and-white films began more than two decades ago. In short, the colorization here is spectacular. —– DISC ONE — There are NO differences between the first disc in this “Two-Disc Collector’s Set” and the superbly restored black-and-white DVD released in 2006. Disc One is EXACTLY THE SAME as the 60th Anniversary Edition of “It’s A Wonderful Life.” It has the SAME special features, documentaries, trailers and improved subtitles. The three-to-four VERY MINOR digital sound pops that tekkies brought up in 2006 are still present – but as I wrote then – they WON’T be a big deal for most families watching a film like this made more than 60 years ago. —– DISC TWO — This disc has the same pristine movie in “COLOR.” The results are stunning. Disc Two offers optional subtitles and NO extras – and NO digital sound pops! In my 2006 review of the 60th Anniversary Edition, I noted why I kept a “colorized” version of “It’s A Wonderful Life” on video tape (Republic Pictures Home Video, 1989). Most youngsters prefer color. As they get older, they come around to appreciating the artistry of black-and-white. But early on, they still find it “boring.” I recommend fans AND critics of colorization to at least “preview” how much has changed since those chalky crayon efforts of the 1980s. A high-tech company founded in 2001 called Legend Films, which specializes in restoring, colorizing and adding digital special effects – to NEW and OLD films – was commissioned to colorize “It’s A Wonderful Life” for this “Two-Disc Collector’s Set.” While the results don’t match the color of today’s live action films, they’re still remarkable. Given the titanic advances in digital special effects since 1989, I shouldn’t have been surprised. It isn’t Technicolor, but the skin tones and background colors are more lifelike, enabling “It’s A Wonderful Life” to JUMP off the screen like never before. It looks brighter, cleaner and more beautiful. You can almost smell Donna Reed’s hair and see the panic in her brown eyes when James Stewart hovers over her when they’re on the phone in the scene just before they get married. Think of well-preserved color movies made during the 1940s or 1950s that weren’t in Technicolor, but shot on different color film stock that’s still beautiful today. That’s what the new colorized version of “It’s A Wonderful Life” looks like. It’s “vintage” color, not “contemporary” color. And unless you’re a technician who understands things like fading or shifting colors, you might not be able to tell the difference between what’s original or colorized. Why? Because most of us are conditioned to expect LESS technical sophistication from films made in 1946 vs. 2006. —– Yes, colorization does alter an artist’s “original vision.” But the technology behind it has improved tremendously in 20 years. What this means to the future of colorizing black-and-white films, including “untouchable” classics – is a subject for another day. The solution for tekkies? Buy this “Two-Disc Collector’s Set,” put colorized Disc Two into your player and simply turn down the color on your TV! You’ll now have the cleanest SOUND and PICTURE of “It’s A Wonderful Life” ever – better than it was for audiences in 1946! Moreover, it’ll be easier to get your kids to watch…

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  3. Robert Stone says:
    66 of 68 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    It’s A Wonderful Blu-Ray, November 14, 2010
    Robert Stone (Midwest / Ohio) – (VINE VOICE)

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    This review is from: It’s a Wonderful Life [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)

    If you are reading this review you likely already know and love this movie. For me, it is the epitome of holiday movies with great acting along with a terrific script and tight direction. If you have never seen it in some ways I envy you – just buy it and enjoy! As I was growing up this film was shown repeatedly on television as it had lapsed into the public domain. Somehow, it was retrieved from public domain with some legal wrangling – and though at first I thought of that as a bad thing the quality of the film has benefited now that there is money to be made on this old classic. The initial DVDs available for this film from the public domain era were very poor quality and only recently were better scans completed. That process has been taken to “the nth degree” for the blu-ray release. For this review I did watch the first few minutes of the Republic Pictures DVD version which last time I checked into this was the best transfer available. I recall when first seeing it that it was far superior to other versions and light-years ahead of the worn prints that used to be shown on TV. I played it on an upscaling player (actually my Sony Blu-Ray player). I then put in the Blu-Ray version and I was blown away at the improvement. The quality is really striking with facial detail and readable text, for example, on the bottles in Mr. Gower’s Pharmacy. The print is totally clean and is as others have pointed out shown in the correct aspect ratio in which it was made. This means there are black bars at the sides on a wide-screen TV and this is normal and how it should be. To fill a wide screen TV would mean either stretching things so that the thin James Stewart starts to look more like Alfred Hitchcock or cutting off the top and bottom of the picture. Either of those options would go a long way toward destroying this classic. Sound quality is also excellent and clean. As I write this I am watching the colorized version which I feel is less impressive. While colorization has come a long way and looks less like paint-by-numbers than it used to it is still obviously added color and just distracting for us purists that love the original B&W. That said, I wonder if the colorized version will be something that might make this film more accessible to kids (though I am planning on showing the original to my 5 and 7 year old kids!) All in all, this is a fantastic buy and is a must-have for those that love this film and have a blu-ray player. I highly recommend it.

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