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You Can't Take It With You 1938

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Lionel Barrymore is the eccentric patriarch of a clan of frustrated artists who decided 30 years earlier to retire from the rat race and use his fortune to encourage friends and family to pursue vocations that really interest them. At the center of his family is his granddaughter, Jean Arthur, who is carrying on a romance with her boss' son, James Stewart.

Starring:
Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore
Runtime:
2 hours, 6 minutes

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Genres Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director Frank Capra
Starring Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore
Supporting actors James Stewart, Edward Arnold, Mischa Auer, Ann Miller, Spring Byington, Samuel S. Hinds, Donald Meek, H.B. Warner, Halliwell Hobbes, Dub Taylor, Mary Forbes, Lillian Yarbo, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Clarence Wilson, Josef Swickard, Ann Doran, Christian Rub, Bodil Rosing
Studio Columbia Pictures
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By Steve Ramm TOP 100 REVIEWER on December 14, 2015
Format: Blu-ray
As I post this review here on Amazon there are 321 reviews already posted here (!) and they go back as far as 2000 – 15 years ago! – Though the new RESTORED version was not released until last week (December 2015). That is because Amazon has a policy of combining ALL releases of a film (even VHS ones!) together and posts on ALL versions. I ALWAYS recommend that potential buyers sort by the “Most recent review” first and then look at the VERSION (VHS/DVD/Streaming/BD) that the reviewer is discussing. That’s very important in this case.

I won’t go into discussing the plot or the acting. This is a classic film and you can get that info from other reviews. But I will say that – even though it was made in 1938 (and won BEST PICTURE and Best Director Oscars) – the story is just as timely today with investment and real estate moguls buying up properties for speculation.

Until a few years ago – when ORIGINAL nitrate 35 mm prints of two of Director Frank Capra’s films were discovered in a shed on his former property – prints of the film were less than optimal. It took years of digital editing and scanning to create this new print – and it looks great. (younger viewers should be aware that it is in Black and white and in 4:3 screen aspect ratio, so you will have black bars on left and right of TV screen. The film runs 126 minutes.

There bonuses here are enjoyable but not new. Both the informative 25 minute featurette with Frank Capra JR is from the 2005 release as is the feature length commentary. But if you have the earlier version and truly LOVE this film, you might want to upgrade. If buying for first time, you’ll want the 2015 version. It comes in a small hardbound book with an essay on the film, 2 pages about the restoration and lots of photos.
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By A Customer on January 3, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Jean Arthur and Jimmy Stewart are terrific in this screwball classic about the trials and tribulations of a VERY eccentric family during the depression. Edward Arnold and Lionel Barrymore are tremendous and even though the picture has dated notions, they only seem to add to the movie's charm as a whole. Director Capra had reached his creative genius by 1938 (The FIRST director to have his name above the credits, this genius almost singlehandedly kept Columbia Pictures financially sound.) Jean Arthur made her first film, a silent in 1923! she had to wait an incredible 12 years before her comedic gifts were finally recognized by Hollywood. Never as young as audiences assumed, she was born in 1901 and was 37 in this comedy classic which was voted by the Academy as the Best Picture of 1938. A delightful diversion in the screwball genre!
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If you were not in love with Jean Arthur before seeing this Frank Capra gem, you certainly will be afterward. Robert Riskin handed the great director another warm and hilarious screenplay, based this time on a play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. A perfect cast, which includes Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, Jimmy Stewart, Spring Byington, Mischa Auer, Edward Arnold, Donald Meek, Ann Miller, Harry Davenport and Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, make this a true film classic.

The story centers around the impending marriage of Tony Kirby (Jimmy Stewart) and Alice Sycamore (Jean Arthur) and the complications that arise due to her very unconventional family, headed by her kind and loving grandfather, portrayed in memorable fashion by Lionel Barrymore. Everyone in her family does pretty much as they please, defying convention and unafraid to enjoy life to its fullest.

Alice's mother Penny (Spring Byington) writes plays because a typewriter was once delivered to their house by mistake. Her sister Essie (Ann Miller) can't dance worth beans but takes lessons anyway from a starving and slightly crazy Russian named Kolenkov (Mischa Auer). He knows she can't dance but comes for the food and might as well be one of the family. Alice's dad spends all his time creating fireworks and testing them out inside the house. And grandpa, who refuses to pay taxes, has brought home a Mr. Poppins (Donald Meek), whom he has talked into pursuing his true love, which happens to be the making of monstor masks. All the above is usually going on simultaneously as grandpa plays the harmonica.

Tony's family is involved in some strange thing called banking. His father Anthony P.
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
After viewing this film on TV, I wanted to purchase a copy of it on a DVD but was discouraged from doing so after reading reviews of the poor audio/visual quality on DVDs. Soon after, I discussed this situation with a friend who said that he had purchased at least one copy of this film on a DVD from amazon and told me that his copy was fine, so I took a chance and ordered myself a copy on a DVD. I purchased my copy from an amazon affiliate due only to the low price offered. The visual and sound quality on my DVD is excellent throughout the entire film. The quality is as fine or better than any I have seen on DVD.
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Format: DVD
This film itself:
5 stars.
It's a wonderful, warm, witty, and simply enjoyable movie. I love it.
The DVD:
1 star
I bought this DVD without reading any reviews (I also bought "Talk of The Town", a day-and-date Columbia release), because Columbia has, in the past, done astounding work restoring and remastering their old films ("It Happened One Night" from their Classics collection is nothing short of an amazing transfer). Apparently, their agenda has changed: they are now content to simply release anything as long as they can tout it as a "high-definition remaster", thus tricking their customers into thinking that some money and time was actually spent on striking a new print. Both this and "Talk Of The Town" look and sound absolutely horrible. The VHS version of this film has less grain and fewer sound defects (hissing, popping abound). In fact, this transfer is akin in quality to the one I often see on network television -- it's an absolute disaster on all levels. Virtually unwatchable. Avoid at all costs until Columbia treats its customers (and this film) right with a proper DVD release. Even Paramount is doing it with their catalogue releases, Columbia! Get with the program.
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