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4.0 out of 5 stars 4 LARGE AUDIO POPS BRING THIS VERSION DOWN A STAR, November 11, 2006
This review is from: It's a Wonderful Life (60th Anniversary Edition) (DVD)
First, the good news; yes, the newest edition of this Yule tide classic has been given an amazing restoration, and nicely blows the socks off of the older Republic DVD.

I've never seen this, or pretty much any picture for that matter, look so crisp and clean, with no dust specs, scratches or artefacts to be had at all.

But, unfortunately, the amazing picture quality comes with a rather annoying price, as there are 4 very loud audio pops, to be heard coming from the left hand speaker, through out the picture at the:

1. 7 minutes and 43 second mark

2. 57 minute and 9 second mark

3. 1 hour, 24 minutes and 46 second mark

4. 1 hour, 31 minutes and 43 second mark

NOTE: (This may very a second or two either way, depending on the accuracy of your DVD player's counter, and also may not be as noticeable when played through your TV speakers alone, as I was listening to the sound through a 2 channel stereo speaker set up)

I tried another copy but it too had the audio pops, so it's the DVD master and not just a bad disc.

I also checked out the same spot on the old Republic DVD where the first audio pop occurs, but there's no audio pop or problem of any kind in, or around, that area.

I've made an attempt to contact Paramount through the web site posted on the back of the new DVD's cover, but was unable to get the, "Contact Us" link to do anything.

I'd like to find out if this is going to be fixed, or if we're stuck with it as is (as most DVD glitches, when enough people hound the studio about it, get fixed eventually, but in most cases, nothing is mentioned to the general public, and it's only by bugging them yourself, do you find this out).

Case in point, the Back To The Future DVD set.

In the original first run for the widescreen discs, the second and third movie was matted wrong, thus cutting off too much of the bottom of the picture and leaving too much of the top part of the picture visible.

At first the studio wasn't going to fix the problem, but after enough noise was made, the studio relented and made replacement discs, but the catch was that no official notice was given, and unless you contacted them, then you never got the replacement discs.

Let's just hope that this problem is fixed the, "It's A Wonderful Life" DVD, as this movie deserves it.
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Showing 1-2 of 2 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Dec 13, 2006 12:25:04 PM PST
Andrew K says:
No pops on mine! And I just watched it the other night.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2006 11:50:32 PM PST
stryper says:
They stand out best on a stereo set up, as the usual TV speaker is pretty low.
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