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It's a Wonderful Life (Bilingual) [Import]

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  • Actors: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers
  • Directors: Frank Capra
  • Writers: Frank Capra, Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich, Jo Swerling, Michael Wilson
  • Producers: Frank Capra
  • Format: Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Paramount
  • Release Date: Oct. 31 2006
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 159 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000HEWEJO
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George Bailey Has So Many Problems He Is Thinking About Ending It All – And It’S Christmas! As The Angels Discuss George, We See His Life In Flashback. As George Is About To Jump From A Bridge, He Ends Up Rescuing His Guardian Angel, Clarence. Clarence Then Shows George What His Town Would Have Looked Like If It Hadn’T Been For All Of His Good Deeds Over The Years. Will Clarence Be Able To Convince George To Return To His Family And Forget Suicide?

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Now perhaps the most beloved American film, It's a Wonderful Life was largely forgotten for years, due to a copyright quirk. Only in the late 1970s did it find its audience through repeated TV showings. Frank Capra's masterwork deserves its status as a feelgood communal event, but it is also one of the most fascinating films in the American cinema, a multilayered work of Dickensian density. George Bailey (played superbly by James Stewart) grows up in the small town of Bedford Falls, dreaming dreams of adventure and travel, but circumstances conspire to keep him enslaved to his home turf. Frustrated by his life, and haunted by an impending scandal, George prepares to commit suicide on Christmas Eve. A heavenly messenger (Henry Travers) arrives to show him a vision: what the world would have been like if George had never been born. The sequence is a vivid depiction of the American Dream gone bad, and probably the wildest thing Capra ever shot (the director's optimistic vision may have darkened during his experiences making military films in World War Two). Capra's triumph is to acknowledge the difficulties and disappointments of life, while affirming--in the teary-eyed final reel--his cherished values of friendship and individual achievement. It's a Wonderful Life was not a big hit on its initial release, and it won no Oscars (Capra and Stewart were nominated); but it continues to weave a special magic. --Robert Horton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Absolutely the best classic to watch at Christmas time, the story is the best and will always be a timeless classic. It's a "wonderful" story and you would not be disappointed buying it. If you have not seen this (living under a rock) then I recommend purchasing this movie, you to will be hooked into watching each time at Christmas.
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My age group is from the 50's to the 60's and those years were about family togethet sharing and loving the time. It wasn't about gifts because there is no better gift than family. If you feel down right now as many do at Christmas then get this movie and watch it.This is a movie that reflects family values and love. In this chaos we live in we need a reminder. I love it and thank you Amazon for having it available.M.Marr
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There are certain movies that are necessary for those Christmas times when you can and want to find time to watch a classic and the ability to watch them commercial free is a blessing.

Cannot wait until Christmas 2014.

This movie is still better in black and white.
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The colourized version is amazing. But quite aside from that, I think this film (colour or B&W) is actually quite underrated. Sure it's hugely popular, but it's still widely thought of as a mere Christmas movie. Few film buffs would think to put it on a par with, say, Sunset Boulevard, which came out just a few years later. I'm not so sure. IWL may get looked down on because it has a kind of Norman Rockwell feel to it, and Clarence the angel is kind of silly. But what makes this movie great is the tremendous inner tension that Jimmy Stewart brings to the hero, George Bailey. Oh, George does the good boy thing and stays in Bedford Falls year after year for the good of others but the sense of sacrifice and inner conflict are always there--at least until the very end. That's what makes this movie endure while more traditional "Christmas" films like "White Christmas" and "Miracle on 34th Street" fade away into film history.
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I have to watch it every year, and it always affects me deeply. This is the best and realest Christmas movie ever made and It will always be a part of my Christmas holidays. I especially like that it included a color version with the black and white and special features!
Highly recommended~ 5 star DVD for this well-rounded story!
I just love James Stewart!
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This is an outstanding movie to watch. I love the colored version and not the black and white version because it is great to see this even on blu-ray. This is a great blu-ray movie to have, even if it is colorized.
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Because one of the bankers there, received a personal recommendation of this movie as being a "lovely family film depicting the banking environment". Since obviously nobody at GS knew it, they watched.

And God knows, those GS-"coffin nails" for our world, the humanism and the message of this infinitely miraculous Flm-tale for anyone didn't fail to touch them either - because after 125 minutes they had to admit, that very very deep inside they still have remained ohhh so human.

So here we have a tender scene with all these icey-cold capitalism-perverters, of the entire board of Goldman-Sachs crying really hard, so that the many many zeros of the net profit, stated in the Annual Report of Goldman Sachs Holding, Cayman Islands gets literally "waterboarded" tear-fully, hence becoming illegible. And even the CFO clenches his fist and waves it, at the obvious greed of this wheelchaired hard-core-capitalist (Lionel Barrymore), who as a matter of fact is cheating on proud average joe-homeowners-to-be, backed by honest and trustworthy bank-clerks of the "Savings & loan". Yet he doesn't obviously seem to give a shyte. As our slightly confused bankers gradually begin to grasp, they all start to think of their loved ones at home, in their humble, yet alarm-protected huts in the Hamptons.
The legally tax-deducted luxury-85-inch-Panasony TV leaves no doubt as to what the human community actually holds together.
"Heartless" Bankers with quite moist eyes flop into each other's arms, comforting themselves and some of them even feel the urge to instantly call for a Presbyterian priest, where they can confess all their sins immediately.
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This has to be one of the best movies ever filmed! It transcends time. As a teacher, I have used it in the classroom. It teaches about what is important in life better in a concrete way than I ever could by just telling them. Highly recommended.
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