IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: 70TH ANNIVERSARY PLATINUM EDITION REVIEWED
“It’s A Wonderful Life” comes to Blu-ray for a second time with the same disc. Due to availability, Paramount celebrates their annual Christmas cash cow by giving it a new second disc. This time, we get a colorized version that looks like your grandparents’ hand-tinted pictures from the 1940s and 50s. If you can handle that, then this new version will be for you. If you’re like me and the act of colorization makes you spit on strangers, you might have issues.
What can be said about this film that hasn’t been said? It’s the ultimate Post WWII fantasy about an America rebuilding into its better self. George Bailey is the ultimate American that doesn’t know what to do with themselves after losing the purpose of war and struggle of the Depression. Now, he gets a religious tinged look back at his life to examine issues of guilt and personal responsibility. Capra frames this like a good Socialist by turning it into an attack on the American banking system. This film is so nuts and I love it. It’s the ultimate nostalgia schmaltz that desperately wants to be edgy.
- Documentary Featurette
- 1.37:1 1080p transfer
- Dolby Digital 2.0
RELEASE DATE: 10/11/16
The Plot Thus Far
An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed.