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You Can't Take It with You (Sous-titres français)

Jean Arthur , James Stewart , Frank Capra    DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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Frank Capra's 1938 populist spin on the George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart play about a family of happy eccentrics is a great deal of fun, though it significantly rewrites the original work and doesn't represent Capra (Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington) at his best. Jean Arthur plays a member of the blissful Vanderhof household who falls in love with a rich man's son (James Stewart) and brings him into her nutty home. Lionel Barrymore, who played such a bad guy eight years later in Capra's It's a Wonderful Life, is the wonderful Grandpa Vanderhof, who addresses God during the dinner prayer as "sir" and speaks plainly and beautifully of why it's good to be alive. Capra took this opportunity to rail against big business and champion the common man, but the overall tone of the film--typical for the director's comedies--is buoyant and snappy. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film, Poor DVD May 28 2004
First of all, this film is great, and deserves to be owned by any classic movie fan. It has some of the greatest stars that have ever been on-screen, together! This is easily a favourite of mine, with Jimmy Stewart, Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore AND Frank Capra, you cant go wrong with watching this.
This film easily deserves the 5 stars, but I take one away because of this very disappointing release from Columbia on DVD. Many of Columbia's releases of classic movies on DVD have been poor ('Awful Truth' comes straight to mind) while others have great releases ('It Happened One Night' for an example).
I will start with the picture quality. It is full of scratching, throughout the film, and in all honesty, it does kind of look like a video. Still, saying this, it is actually watchable, but what a poor effort.
Now for the sound. Ok, this is the real problem. The sound is really quite bad. It is full of hissing, and becomes annoying. Its listenable, but oh, they could have done a lot better here.
The extras. Well, there isnt much to say really, is there? There are nothing for you on this disc.
This DVD is worth getting, but I only say this because of the film itself. What a poor release for such a wonderful film. Hopefully, Columbia will re-release this soon, with a better print, better sound, and some decent extras. If only this could have been more like their release of Capra's other classic, 'It Happened One Night'.
Dont avoid this DVD, but just dont expect much.
PLEASE NOTE: Since I am in England, I own the Region 2 release. It appears to be no different to this Region 1 release though.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great classic movie, awful DVD Sept. 27 2003
As other reviewers have noted, "You Can't Take It with You" is a CLASSIC movie with a great cast and storyline. **However, this DVD is so poor in quality that I would recommend waiting for another release. It is obvious that this film has not been restored whatsoever. The picture is fuzzy and even jumps a bit at some points. **The sound quality is HORRENDOUS.** Even with the volume at full blast, parts of conversation are simply inaudible. I even tinkered with the treble and bass to try to make it a little clearer, but nothing worked. If you're absolutely desperate to own a copy of this movie now, then get it. But at least try to find a better deal in price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm & Wonderful March 1 2004
Format:VHS Tape
This is a gem of a movie. It's all madness & mayhem on the surface, and warm & cozy underneath. Like most of Frank Capra's movies, this is a morality play. The filmaker continues his favorite theme, downplaying the materalistic and embracing the things that really matter, love, both romantic & platonic, friends & family. This type of material might be a preachy bore in the hands of a person less skilled than Frank Capra, but he makes it work. Not only does it work, but the movie is hilarious. The cast is excellent, starring Lionel Barrymore, I would say at his best, but I never saw anything he was in where he wasn't great. Jimmy Stewart plays one of his nice guys here to the max & is terrific also. The rest of the cast is excellent as well. I especially loved the "mad Russian" played by Mischa Auer. Eddie Anderson steals every scene he's in whether he's speaking or not.
All in all, it's a fine ensemble cast, everyone is very good. Do yourself a favor, if you have an opportunity to see this, please do!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Of all the beloved Capra classics, this one probably belongs on the bottom of the list. But it's classic all the same, and as such deserves respectful treatment on DVD. This is not the case here! Once again, Columbia is asking us to pay 30 bucks for a horrible DVD-transfer; in fact, the worst one so far among all the black and white releases produced during the last eight months. A year or two ago, one could rest assured that Columbia tried to give us decent or better transfers of their famous film library of the past. That or those persons responsible must have been fired! After 30 minutes of watching this one I felt so cheated and upset that I had to stop the film. The grain is intolerable; the focus is unstable at best; there are scratches and dirt galore (not to mention big black splices), and the sound is muffled and distorted. Not one cent has been spent on trying to preserve and present Mr. Capra's opus in the best possible way. Just look at what Warner has been doing lately with films like "Now, Voyager" and "Mildred Pierce": They sparkle like first class jewels! (And they charge $ 20.00!)The Columbia library could easily shine just as bright - that means, if somebody cared. Hey, Columbia: How about hiring some new people who love those old black and white classics! They sure would be welcome!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This film itself:
5 stars.
It's a wonderful, warm, witty, and simply enjoyable movie. I love it.
The DVD:
1 star
I bought this DVD without reading any reviews (I also bought "Talk of The Town", a day-and-date Columbia release), because Columbia has, in the past, done astounding work restoring and remastering their old films ("It Happened One Night" from their Classics collection is nothing short of an amazing transfer). Apparently, their agenda has changed: they are now content to simply release anything as long as they can tout it as a "high-definition remaster", thus tricking their customers into thinking that some money and time was actually spent on striking a new print. Both this and "Talk Of The Town" look and sound absolutely horrible. The VHS version of this film has less grain and fewer sound defects (hissing, popping abound). In fact, this transfer is akin in quality to the one I often see on network television -- it's an absolute disaster on all levels. Virtually unwatchable. Avoid at all costs until Columbia treats its customers (and this film) right with a proper DVD release. Even Paramount is doing it with their catalogue releases, Columbia! Get with the program.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous and fun!
Worth the watching! Clean, amusing and worth watching more than once. Everyone should have this one in their collection. James Stewart at his very best.
Published on Jan. 17 2012 by LisaHD
4.0 out of 5 stars So what good is it?
Frank Capra tries out eccentricity for size in the enchanting "You Can't Take it With You," a movie all about doing whatever makes you happy, not rich. Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2007 by E. A Solinas
3.0 out of 5 stars Maudlin
Anthony P. Kirby (Edward Arnold) is closing the real estate deal of the century. All he needs to complete this is a small plot of land. Read more
Published on March 6 2006 by bernie
4.0 out of 5 stars very good movie
I'm playing a character in the play that this movie is based on, and so I watched this DVD to get a hint of what it could look like. First, the story is excellent! Read more
Published on May 13 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Bastardization of a good play
Kaufman and Hart's sharp and lively play is turned into sentimental glop by Capra. Capra really stacks the deck by turning the banker into a monstrous figure of evil, and the... Read more
Published on Jan. 9 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars WASTE OF TIME!
I had recently done the orginal stage play of this and a few of us csat members decided to rent the movie. It was turned off in about 10 minites. Read more
Published on Dec 2 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Frank Capra + Moss Hart & George Kauffman = ??
A fine Frank Capra comedy featuring Jimmy Stewart at his most boyish and gangly, and Jean Arthur as the girl of his dreams. Read more
Published on Nov. 16 2003 by DJ Joe Sixpack
5.0 out of 5 stars You gotta slow down and smell the flowers...
I thought this film a master piece of Capracorn! He's really outdone himself this time! When a zany, middle-class, nonconformist family meets a wealthy candidate for their beloved... Read more
Published on May 25 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow down and smell the flowers ...
I thought this film was a masterpiece of Capracorn! It has everything a great movie needs:snappy dialogue, colorful characters, and a wonderful plot, message, and storyline. Read more
Published on May 25 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow down and smell the flowers ...
I thought this film was a masterpiece of Capracorn! It has everything a great movie needs:snappy dialogue, colorful characters, and a wonderful plot, message, and storyline. Read more
Published on May 25 2003
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