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It's A Wonderful Life: B&W & Colourized Version Blu Ray £10.01 @ HMV
It's A Wonderful Life: B&W & Colourized Version Blu Ray £10.01 @ HMV

It's A Wonderful Life: B&W & Colourized Version Blu Ray £10.01 @ HMV

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The legendary James Stewart (HARVEY, VERTIGO) stars as George Bailey. George is a noble man who has spent much of his life on a crusade to stop shady local businessman Henry Potter (Lionel Barrymore - TREASURE ISLAND, DUEL IN THE SUN) from taking over the picturesque town of Bedford Falls. However, on a typically snow-covered Christmas Eve, George plays right into Potter's hands when his uncle manages to lose a considerable amount of their family business' money on the way to the bank. Ironically, Potter discovers the missing money and hides it, knowing that its disappearance will tarnish the Baileys' white-than-white reputation. Taking responsibility for the shortage and realising that he faces prison, George attempts to kill himself but in a bizarre twist of fate is visited by a guardian angel. In true Dickensian style, George's newfound friend gives him the opportunity to glimpse a world without him in it and the repercussions his absence has on his nearest and dearest.


Nominated for numerous Academy Awards (including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director) and ranking at number 11 on the American Film Institute's list of 100 greatest movies, Director Frank Capra (MR. DEED'S GOES TO TOWN, LOST HORIZON) managed to create a poignant and feel-good film that has stood the test of time and is rightly considered to be the quintessential Christmas classic.

Directed by:

* Frank Capra

Starring:

* Donna Reed
* Lionel Barrymore
* Thomas Mitchell
* Henry Travers
* Beulah Bondi
* Ward Bond
* Gloria Grahame
* Frank Faylen
* Charles Lane
* Charles Williams
* Bob Scott
* H.B. Warner

Contributors:

* Screenwriter - Albert Hackett
* Composer - Dimitri Tiomkin
* Costume Designer - Edward Stevenson
* Screenwriter - Frances Goodrich
* Producer - Frank Capra
* Screenwriter - Frank Capra
* Art Director - Jack Okey
* Screenwriter - Jo Swerling
* Director of Photography - Joseph Biroc
* Director of Photography - Joseph Walker
* Author - Philip Van Doren Stern
* Editor - William Hornbeck

33 Comments

Banned

inb4 nonsense like "pointless having old films like this on bluray"

Original Poster

csiman

inb4 nonsense like "pointless having old films like this on bluray"



Yep a couple of reviews for the doubters.

DVD Beaver

HighDefDigest
Edited by: "Ewell" 4th Dec 2010

Banned

amazingly clever imo and looks great (still prefer the B/W version mind you):-

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film2/DVDReviews47/its_a_wonderful_life_blu-ray/large_color/large_its_a_wonderful_life_c_blu-ray6c.jpg

Original Poster

csiman

still prefer the B/W version mind you



That's fair enough but to have both options in this package is great so at least you get a choice.
Edited by: "Ewell" 4th Dec 2010

Looks great on Blu-Ray, bought it this time last year.

One of the five greatest films of all time.

steve1221

One of the five greatest films of all time.


It's one of my favourites, just think it would be a little different watching it in colour voted HOT still

It's a wonderful film!

livingthelife07

It's one of my favourites, just think it would be a little different … It's one of my favourites, just think it would be a little different watching it in colour voted HOT still



Whoever thought adding colour to these things should be taken out and shot.
I guess it for the kids who haven't a brain cell, I saw a news clip a few week back where they showed b&w movies to some 10 year olds. Most were fine apart from one little fat kid who said he 'couldn't see anything'?? wtf. Just another example of kids who have have no imagination and need to be spoon fed...

Not in 3D...I'm not buying.

Original Poster

steve1221

Whoever thought adding colour to these things should be taken out and … Whoever thought adding colour to these things should be taken out and shot.I guess it for the kids who haven't a brain cell, I saw a news clip a few week back where they showed b&w movies to some 10 year olds. Most were fine apart from one little fat kid who said he 'couldn't see anything'?? wtf. Just another example of kids who have have no imagination and need to be spoon fed...



Sorry but I think that is a very limited viewpoint. What exactly is wrong with adding colour in a complimentary way to a classic movie like this? If the technology is there and they do the work in a way that compliments the original movie then I do not have a problem with it. If that then opens the film up to further generations then what is wrong with that? You do still have the option to watch the movie in the way you want to so what exactly is wrong with other people that may or may not be of a younger generation getting the movie in a format they want to watch?

I will watch both versions of this film and I am positive I will enjoy them both.

I bought this last week from Zavvi and have to say the picture quality is very good.
I watched the B&W version first and then had a quick look at the colour version and I have to say it has got to be one of the best B&W to Colour conversions I have ever seen, it almost looked like it was shot in colour.
The choice is yours as which version to watch as they both look great.

This is without doubt a brilliant film.

The argument over whether it should be black and white or colour can go on forever, but does it really matter? If you like Black and white thats great, if you prefer colour at least here is the option.

Personally I liked the film in B&W and I havent seen it in colour yet, but I would like to so I can judge it for myself.

In the colour vs b&w argument, consider the wizard of oz, an even older film, which managed to encompass both b&w and colour scenes in one film and this is probably what made the film so great (in my opinion).

Anyway, I think this is a good find so I am voting hot!

Lovely jubbly-will go and order now-many thanks,

This is a great film. As to the issue of colourising, I'm with James Stewart on this:

"the coloring of black-and-white films is wrong. It's morally and artistically wrong and these profiteers should leave our film industry alone"

- from Wikipedia, so it must be true ;-)

spacedog

This is a great film. As to the issue of colourising, I'm with James … This is a great film. As to the issue of colourising, I'm with James Stewart on this:"the coloring of black-and-white films is wrong. It's morally and artistically wrong and these profiteers should leave our film industry alone"- from Wikipedia, so it must be true ;-)



ROTFLMAO

Batman2

Watch the colour version now on the YouTube link below.It's a Wonderful … Watch the colour version now on the YouTube link below.It's a Wonderful Life: Colorized Version *HD* - Part 1 of 14



Wow. The colour version has been done much better than I'd ever have thought. Still feel guilty for watching that little snippet, though !

OP, thanks for a great deal, appreciated.

Banned

TOO-TIGHT-TO-PAY

In the colour vs b&w argument, consider the wizard of oz, an even older … In the colour vs b&w argument, consider the wizard of oz, an even older film, which managed to encompass both b&w and colour scenes in one film and this is probably what made the film so great (in my opinion).



It was done like that for narrative reasons - to juxtapose the Technicolor wonder of Oz with the depressing dustpan of Kansas.

Some people

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Batman2

it almost looked like it was shot in colour.



LOL
Edited by: "BuckbyJon" 4th Dec 2010

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the coloring of black-and-white films is wrong. It's morally and … the coloring of black-and-white films is wrong. It's morally and artistically wrong and these profiteers should leave our film industry alone"



Jees, Your turn yourself into a gibbering wreck trying to work out if it's morally wrong or right for you to watch "The Wizard of Oz"

This is cheaper than the DVD version, which is annoying because i don't have a blu ray and just want the bloody dvd!

I gave heat though because it's a good deal

does anyone know if this is 4:3 or 16:9?

Original Poster

ryannoone

does anyone know if this is 4:3 or 16:9?



I am pretty sure it is 4:3 to retain picture detail!

AV Forums Review

Ewell

Sorry but I think that is a very limited viewpoint. What exactly is wrong … Sorry but I think that is a very limited viewpoint. What exactly is wrong with adding colour in a complimentary way to a classic movie like this? If the technology is there and they do the work in a way that compliments the original movie then I do not have a problem with it. If that then opens the film up to further generations then what is wrong with that? You do still have the option to watch the movie in the way you want to so what exactly is wrong with other people that may or may not be of a younger generation getting the movie in a format they want to watch?I will watch both versions of this film and I am positive I will enjoy them both.


as i see it they have been good enough to put both colour and black and white versions on one disc without charging extra for it.which ever one you want to watch is your choice after all.

Great film, have no intention of watching the colour version but for the people that like that sort of thing it's a nice extra

This'll do for Mother.

ryannoone

does anyone know if this is 4:3 or 16:9?



It is 4:3.

Someone once told me it was pointless getting old movies on blu-ray as they weren't filmed in HD....

As to this, brilliant, brilliant film, the b&w transfer is great (despite the source not being HD ) and Christmas isn't Christmas without watching this! Easy enough to ignore the coloured-in version.

Has anyone actually got this delivered yet? i HMV wont do anything until 20th Dec :'(

Can you believe my husband hasn't seen this! Still ummming and arhhhing over whether to get this though!

cyberdragon

Has anyone actually got this delivered yet? i HMV wont do anything until … Has anyone actually got this delivered yet? i HMV wont do anything until 20th Dec :'(



I received mine yesterday.
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