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The Best Years of Our Lives [Blu-ray] (2013)

Fredric March , Dana Andrews , William Wyler  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (315 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Myrna Loy
  • Directors: William Wyler
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 5, 2013
  • Run Time: 172 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (315 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009L147EE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,840 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Best Years of Our Lives [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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This Academy Award(R)-winning masterpiece recounts the problems faced by three returning veterans after WWII as they attempt to pick up the threads of their lives. Fredric March, Harold Russell and Dana Andrews are superb as the servicemen who Year: 1946 Director: William Wyler Starring: Fredric March, Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews

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341 of 346 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Billy Wilder said it best... July 19, 2000
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
** BLU-RAY UPDATE: The November 2013 Blu-ray issue of this title is a MAJOR UPGRADE from the DVD re-issue from January 2013. (See notes about that DVD below). Dirt, scratches and other debris have been digitally removed and the film now looks and sounds (DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0) gorgeous. The moment the opening credits roll, you know you're about to see the sharpest transfer of "The Best Years of Our Lives" ever released on home video. Keep in mind, however, that there's still some graininess present - which is common with vintage movies given the Blu-ray treatment - and I do not consider this a defect. While original negatives of old films never have the sharpness of movies shot today with high-resolution cameras, I'm not a fan of digital noise reduction - which removes details from each frame. All special features from the January 2013 DVD re-issue are also on this Blu-ray, with subtitles available on everything except the theatrical trailer. The 1995 interviews with Virginia Mayo and Teresa Wright were shot on video tape hence are NOT in high resolution - nor is the theatrical trailer, which is still ragged and has not been cleaned. Still, in my view, the November 2013 Blu-ray is now the "gold standard" for this title. Note also that this film is presented in its original 1:37:1 semi-square aspect ratio format. Like "Gone With the Wind," "Casablanca" and other Golden Age classics, "The Best Years of Our Lives" was NEVER shot with wide screen cameras.

** DVD UPDATE: The January 2013 re-issue DVD offers NO improvement in picture or sound quality from previous DVD releases (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo).
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111 of 113 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
"The Best Years of Our Lives" is a compelling dramatic masterpiece, and certainly one of the best films ever made. It's not as well known today as other pieces from the period, such as "Casablanca" or "Citizen Kane", but it is nevertheless a classic that deserves ranking with those same films.
This film paints a picture of the struggles of World War II servicemen that they faced AFTER the war was over. It was a more personal struggle of men returning home after being away for many years, and after experiencing horrors that their loved ones could never fully understand. They return home as changed people, and come home to changed lives.
The story of such a homecoming experienced by thousands of men after World War II is told from the perspective of three fictional characters: Captain Fred Derry, a bombadier in the Army Air Corps (Dana Andrews), Sergeant Al Stevenson, an Army infantryman (Frederich March), and Seamen Homer Parrish(Harold Russell). They happen to meet on the plane to their hometown, having never met before, and immediately form a bond built upon mutual understanding of the experiences of war and the anxieties of returning home again.
Captain Derry came from a poor background before the war, and married a blond bombshell (Virgnia Mayo) while in the Air Corps. He hopes to return home to a better life, a nice home with his wife, and a better job. This was not to be, as Derry struggles to try and deal with bad job prospects (no one in the civilian world needs a bombadier) and a cheating wife. In a poignant moment in the film, Derry (at his lowest) tells his Father to throw away the citations for his medals, because "they don't mean anything".
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comparisons of the two DVDs September 8, 2002
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Format:DVD
The 4-star rating reflects the quality of the DVD only, not the movie itself (which is a 5-star). The picture quality of this DVD (the 2000 MGM-released version) is poor, much below the average expected from a DVD. The picture quality of the 1997 HBO-released DVD is slightly better. However, the 1997 version sometimes has annoying black lines running vertically in the middle of the screen. This 1997 release is the one that people complain about having to turn the disc over around the middle of the movie. Both the 1997 and 2000 releases are Full Screen format (contrary to what Amazon.com says about the 1997 release). Considering that the 1997 release costs about twice the price of the 2000 release, you would be better off spending your money on the 2000 release.
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221 of 258 people found the following review helpful
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Format:DVD
"The Best Years of Our Lives" is an Oscar winning picture that, at the height of the dream factory in Hollywood, stooped to strip away the pretensions of glamor and expose the sad, sobering truth that faced returning soldiers after WWII. Dana Andrews, Frederic March and real life amputee, Harold Russell star. Their journey from war front to home front is poignant, heart-breaking, yet ultimately, life affirming. Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo and Myrna Loy costar.
TRANSFER: An absolute travesty. Not only is the gray scale poorly rendered, with insufficient black levels and low contrast, but there is so much film grain and age related artifacts present to make this movie look three times its age. Worse still, digital anomalies; aliasing, shimmering, edge enhancement, abound and are thoroughly distracting to say the least. The audio - remixed by CHACE sound is amply presented, however, the documentary on the making of the film - previously available through HBO home video (though there too the transfer of the film was pure junk) is absent from this MGM re-release! What a mess, shame and sham!
BOTTOM LINE: This film will get a better transfer somewhere down the road. On this journey however, the wise DVD consumer would do best to steer clear!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Why?
A big disappointment on this Blue Ray, but a great, great film. Universal did a much better job on their classics monsters collection.
Published 2 days ago by Tom Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Top ten all-time best movie
This is in my opinion the Great American Movie, three vets returning from the war trying to return to their pre-war lives and the obsticals they encounter
Published 6 days ago by Janet E Quistberg
5.0 out of 5 stars A Favorite Film that is Still Relevant Today
"The Best Years of Our Lives" is a WONDERFUL film that was revolutionary in its handling of the subject of battle fatigue and PTSD. Read more
Published 11 days ago by ALISON WARD
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most moving films about the return of WWII vets
Even though the film is a set of romances, it explores tensions and adjustment problems of returning veterans in a significant way. Read more
Published 15 days ago by John S. Lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars Top 10 Post War Film
Cannot say enough about this multiple Oscar winning film. Superstar cast, terrific story line and heartwarming characters bring to life a real story of returning servicemen trying... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Ronald Arsenault
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful movie made when movies could be watched by the whole...
I saw this movie a couple of years ago and decided to buy so I could watch any time. It's the story of three soldiers returning home from WWII and having to find jobs and adjust... Read more
Published 18 days ago by ann p.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Not your typical world war II movie...especially for 1946. Once you watch it, it won't be hard to see why it won so many Oscars.
Published 18 days ago by Michael Irving
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
LOVE THIS MOVIE, SHOWS WHAT IT WAS LIKE IN THE 1940'S
AND HOW PEOPLE MADE IT THRU HARD TIMES...ONLY ON
AMAZON!!!
Published 21 days ago by Abigail
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the very best movies of all time.
One of the best movies of all time. Even though it is set a the very end of WWII, it sets the tone of our country, and the difficulties, and disappointments faced by our returning... Read more
Published 26 days ago by James H Ruble
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Years of Our Lives one of the BestWWII films
Have viewed this and loved it throughout my lifetime. It is a WWII classic along with Mrs. Minniver. Read more
Published 26 days ago by SamHenry
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