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2-Disc Collector's Set
Running Time: 130 Minutes
Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Beulah Bondi, Gloria Grahame
Screenplay by: Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett and Frank Capra
Directed by: Frank Capra
Retail Price: $19.99
Features: The Making Of It's A Wonderful Life, A Personal Remembrace, Theatrical Trailer
Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Mono, French Mono, English Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Scenes (28 Scenes)
Released: November 13th, 2007
New to this re-release of "It's A Wonderful Life" is the colorized
version. I watched a few minutes of it, but I really couldn't stand it.
I prefer how films were originally made, and how they were meant to be
seen. With that said, I don't think I could really say much about
artificial coloring. Please avoid the colorized version.
A French mono track is included, and there are subtitles in English and English closed captions.
A Personal Remembrance is a 14 minute piece hosted by Frank Capra Jr. The younger Capra introduces the audience to the touchstones of his father's work, before focusing on one of his finest and most cherished films. Like the Bosley documentary, a lot of stills and film clips are used to essentially tell the same story about the film's beginnings. But the key difference here, other than length, is the personal touch from Capra Jr., and extensive old interviews with the senior Capra and James Stewart. Like the first documentary, this is a nice watch for all fans of the movie - even if some of the information is repeated.
The movie's original Theatrical Trailer is included, as is a - ugh - preview for Paramount's 2006 "feel-good" comedy, "Last Holiday."
"It's A Wonderful Life" is a true classic, and shows how timeless a film can be. This new 2-disc edition of the film now includes a colorized version, which is really not necessary. Thankfully though, the original black and white version is included, and you get a few, nice supplements. If this movie is not in your collection, then seriously - what are you waiting for?