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It's a Wonderful Life (60th Anniversary Edition) (1947)

James Stewart , Donna Reed , Frank Capra  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,548 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: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: October 31, 2006
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,548 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HEWEJO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,430 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "It's a Wonderful Life (60th Anniversary Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "The Making of It’s A Wonderful Life" - Documentary featurette hosted by Tom Bosley
  • "A Personal Remembrance" - A special tribute to Frank Capra narrated by his son Frank Capra Jr.
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

Editorial Reviews

George Bailey has so many problems he is thinking about ending it all – and it’s Christmas! As the angels discuss George, we see his life in flashback. As George is about to jump from a bridge, he ends up rescuing his guardian angel, Clarence. Clarence then shows George what his town would have looked like if it hadn’t been for all of his good deeds over the years. Will Clarence be able to convince George to return to his family and forget suicide?

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1,360 of 1,399 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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150 of 154 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
its great
Published 1 day ago by Eric Booth
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
This is a classic movie and fantastic in Blu-ray. This film reminds you what's most important in life -- family and friends. One of my personal favorites.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, all American movie at excellent price for your DVD...
One of my favorite Christmas movies with one of my favorite actors (Jimmy Stewart). Great acting, sincere movie with wonderful story (hence, the name). Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... of the ultimate and timeless Christmas movies you will enjoy...
One of the ultimate and timeless Christmas movies you will enjoy owning and watching every holiday season!!!!
Published 2 days ago by Carolyn Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Capra and Stewart at their best
How can you not like this great classic by Frank Capra?
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5.0 out of 5 stars As Advertised.
As Advertised.
Published 3 days ago by Lucas Geyer
5.0 out of 5 stars memorable classic movie
Classic movie I truly enjoyed watching over the years and has not got tired of watching it. Its a must watch if you like classic movies.
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loved it
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colorized movies
You're certainly entitled to your preferences but why do we have to "let the past...go?" It's not as though black & white is the equivalent of "broken" or "defective."
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If it were made out of solid gold - it would be a lot more expensive.
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Ooops, Clarence!! Possible Timeline Anomalies in 'It's A Wonderful Life'
There were 1,450 bank failures in 1932. And Medals of Honor take a long time to vet and be awarded; in rare cases they took forty years or more. There is one definite timeline problem: Clarence says Harry Bailey died at the age of nine, even though his tombstone reads 1911-1919. But then,... Read More
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Because people would find that as a sign of weakness, and would not want to use the building & loan anymore. Essentially they would close because of it.
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