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It’s A Wonderful Life 4K UHD Review

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“It’s A Wonderful Life” is wonderful.

You know the story. A kind hearted guardian angel named Clarence comes down to Earth to show the troubled and lost family man George Bailey just how important his life is and what the world would be like without him. It’s a classic that had endured for decades and deservedly so. It’s simply one of the greatest films ever made and it’s one of my personal 10 favorites of all-time.

Now, 1946’s “It’s A Wonderful” is often heralded as one of the great Christmas movies, but, to me, it’s much more than that. It’s a film about, well, life. The journey, the ups and downs, the moments that define us, the moments that challenge us, the dark and seemingly hopeless moments that cloud over us. It’s about community, family, friendship, hopes, dreams, and love. It manages to encompass so much in under 2 ½ hours under the immense talent of director and co-writer Frank Capra and writers Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich. The team even manage to create a believable fictional town in Bedford Falls (now that’s what I call world building). It’s a movie that earns its happy ending after the emotional rollercoaster that you go on with George Bailey. It’s a movie that resonates more and more the older you get. Simply put, it’s timeless.

Casts don’t get much better than this. James Stewart had a career full of superb performances (especially in Hitchcock films), but he shows so much depth and range as George. It’s such a layered performance. Really, the entire ensemble cast is irreplaceable. Donna Reed as Mary, Lionel Barrymore as the loathsome Mr. Potter, Ward Bond as Bert, Gloria Grahame as Violet, they’re all such great cinematic characters.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.33:1 2160p. How does it look? I have seen this B&W film countless times, but never like this. The clarity of this new print is stunning. Fans will surely be pleased with the results.

Audio Track: Mono Dolby TrueHD. How does it sound? You are bound to hear things you’ve probably never heard before with this crisp TrueHD track.

Extras:
* Digital copy
* Blu-ray copy with the colorized version only (this should be illegal).
* “Restoring A Beloved Classic”- A 13 minute extra about the restoration.
* “Secrets From The Vault: It’s A Wonderful Life”- A 22 minute bonus feature that sheds light on the history of the film, its production, and the film itself.
* “It’s A Wonderful Wrap Party”- 8 minutes of footage from the wrap party.

October 24, 2019 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , , ,

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