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It's a Wonderful Life (1947)

James Stewart , Donna Reed , Frank Capra  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,421 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers
  • Directors: Frank Capra
  • Writers: Frank Capra, Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich, Jo Swerling, Michael Wilson
  • Producers: Frank Capra
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, THX, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Republic Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: August 14, 2001
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,421 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005QCVY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,145 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "It's a Wonderful Life" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Remastered from original film negative
  • Documentary "The Making of It's a Wonderful Life"
  • A special tribute to Frank Capra, "A Personal Remembrance" from "Frank Capra Jr."

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1,351 of 1,390 people found the following review helpful
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* BLU-RAY UPDATE - The November 2009 two-disc Blu-ray edition of "It's A Wonderful Life" contains both the black-and-white and colorized versions of this film in high definition - and is configured similarly to the standard definition "Two-Disc Collector's DVD Set" that was issued in November 2007. There are four notable differences: 1) The very few audio defects from the 60th Anniversary Edition black-and-white DVD edition that was issued in October 2006 have been wiped clean, thus making this 2009 two-disc Blu-ray the new "gold standard" for this title. 2) The old, 14-minute "A Personal Remembrance" featurette memorializing the passing of director Frank Capra in 1991 - with interviews from Capra himself and from actor James Stewart and hosted by Frank Capra, Jr. - has been dropped from the 2009 Blu-ray. 3) The subtitles on both Blu-ray discs have been replaced with a sharper white typeface that looks better on high-definition TVs. 4) A second set of subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing (SDH) has also been added to both Blu-ray discs.

* All other special extras, i.e., the 1990 standard definition "The Making of 'It's A Wonderful Life'" featurette hosted by Tom Bosley - and a re-release theatrical trailer now rendered in high definition (but not cleaned) - have been carried over to the 2009 two-disc Blu-ray.
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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.

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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
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148 of 152 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's A Wonderful Blu-Ray November 14, 2010
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It is a wonderful life!
Best movie ever and never gets old! It's not just for Christmas and emphasizes what is important in life! Watch it!
Published 3 days ago by Cyndi Byrd
5.0 out of 5 stars How to guide for married couples who love one another
I have about 10 must see movies between Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is top 3. A line my wife and I quote frequently is the title of this movie "It is a Wonderful... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Stephen R. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking at the eternal question of "what if".
The story, the acting, directing, editing and attention to period details make this a MUST HAVE VHS--DVD's don't last. Read more
Published 4 days ago by M. wheat
5.0 out of 5 stars The standard Christmas Movie
This is the standard by which other Christmas movies are compared to with the possible exception of the Christmas Carol (this comparison depends who is the main actor). Read more
Published 6 days ago by Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars movie
if you like james stewart and donna reed you'll like this classic and the dvd packaging is really cool looking.
Published 6 days ago by alisha
5.0 out of 5 stars Every Home Should Have This Film!
Every Home Should Have This Film! It is a classic and we are so appreciative of having it at the holiday times.
Published 8 days ago by V A C
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT
I love this movie, it is one of my favorite Christmas movies that isn't a cartoon or animated. LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Published 9 days ago by L Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Christmas Movie!
Great color! So much better than the VHS version of the movie. Always loved Jimmy Stewart! This is a great classic and sets the mood for Christmas! Read more
Published 11 days ago by Tita Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is An Excellent Masterpiece Movie That I Personally Feel Is The...
This film is my personal favorite movie ever made. I understand that it was also the favorite personal movie of Frank Capra and James (Jimmy) Stewart. Read more
Published 14 days ago by William
5.0 out of 5 stars best version
In color or in b/w - it's both here in excellent condition.
Best color I have ever seen in a colorized b/w movie!!!!!!
This is the best print I own now.
Published 16 days ago by Old Rein
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