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Still shot from the movie: It’s A Wonderful Life.

It’s A Wonderful Life

On a snowy Christmas eve, George Bailey (James Stewart) finds himself wondering why he was ever born. In the midst of his musings, a crazy old man (Henry Tavers) claiming to be an angle appears and gives the desperate man an opportunity to see how things might have been had he never existed. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: A
Violence: B+
Sexual Content: A-
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: B
Run Time: 130
Theater Release: 07 Jan 1947
Video Release: 01 Nov 2011
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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For other great holiday movies to share with your family, check out our Christmas Cinema suggestions.

Home Video Extra Features

Home Video Notes: It’s a Wonderful Life: Collector’s Edition Gift Set (Blu-ray)

Release Date: 1 November 2011

It’s a Wonderful Life releases in a gift set on November 1, 2011. This Collector’s Edition includes:

- It’s a Wonderful Life: Restored Black and White Version in high definition (Blu-ray)

- It’s a Wonderful Life: Colorized Version in high definition (Blu-ray)

- Shadow box packaging

- Featurette: The Making Of It’s A Wonderful Life (hosted by Tom Bosley)

- Theatrical trailer

- Collector’s bell ornament

- Commemorative booklet.

DVD Notes: It’s A Wonderful Life

DVD Release Date: 13 November 2007

If you’ve enjoyed watching this movie for years on television, than you owe it to yourself to have a look at its DVD rebirth. While the studio claims the print comes from the original negatives, it appears to me that the film was transferred from a positive print—but it is a very good transfer and looks far better than any previous release of the movie.

Technical nitpicking aside, the DVD also offers the original theatrical trailer as well as a short “making of” movie featuring Tom Bosley. Both of these were on the 50th Anniversary release VHS that was available a few years ago. However a third short feature produced in 1991 and hosted by Frank Capra Jr. is also available, and includes short interviews with Frank Capra and James Stewart shortly before both of their deaths.

You will also find Spanish and French dubbed versions as well as subtitles in these languages along with English. The DVD is double sided, so you do have to flip it over and handle it carefully, however we hate to complain… it’s great to finally have this historic film available on DVD.

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