You Can't Take It With You brought Capra his second Directing Oscar.

It's a great Best Picture winner that nobody remembers.

“You Can’t Take It With You” was Capra’s second directing Oscar win. Outside of that bit of trivia, most people have forgotten the Best Picture Winner of 1938. While it’s not classic Capra, it marks a series of firsts for the Director. It’s the first time that he got a film labeled under his auteur stamp. It was the first film that team Jimmy Stewart with Capra. Plus, it started setting the dialogue and plot flows that would follow Capra through the 1940s.

This was the first movie that started to address that certain villains of the world are just bad. Watching this film after seeing “The Big Short” really buzzed me as a double feature. Both Capra and McKay posit a world where absolute actions can be controlled by factions of good and bad men doing what can best serve them. Sometimes, it means collapsing the housing market. Other times, it means saving your weirdo family’s home. It all comes down to how the plot treats real estate.

The Blu-Ray comes with a commentary, featurette and original trailer as the special features. The A/V Quality is quite amazing with a fresh 4K remaster that is the benchmark for how classic cinema should be treated on Blu-Ray. The DTS-HD master audio track is a crisp mono mix preserving the original mix. If you’re an Oscar completist, I recommend checking it out. If not, still view it. The presentation quality is stunning.

RELEASE DATE: 12/8/2015

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