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It’s A Wonderful Life

Released

Jan 07, 1947

Latest Home Video

Nov 01, 2011

MPAA Rating

Not Rated

Director

Frank Capra

Cast

James Stewart
Donna Reed
Lionel Barrymore

Studio

Paramount Pictures / 1946 Republic Pictures

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

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Synopsis

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.

Content Details

Why Is It’s A Wonderful Life Rated Not Rated?

It’s A Wonderful Life is rated Not Rated

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Content includes: A boy is slapped and his ear starts to bleed. A man contemplates suicide. Characters drink, some to the point of drunkenness. Punches and brawling are depicted. An allusion to prostitution is made. A police officer fires shots at a man which whistle through a street crowded with people. A child nearly drowns. References are made to World War II and some of its battles. Embracing and kissing are shown. Bullying. Characters exchange angry words. A character is dishonest.

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Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
G Violence.
AB Not Rated
MB Not Rated
ON Not Rated
QC Not Rated
NB
NS
NL
PE
Not Rated

Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

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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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