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It’s A Wonderful Life

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2 h 5 min1946NR
An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.
Directors
Frank Capra
Starring
James StewartDonna ReedLionel Barrymore
Genres
Drama
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None Available
Audio Languages
English

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4.8 out of 5 stars

18706 global ratings

  1. 88% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 7% of reviews have 4 stars
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  4. 1% of reviews have 2 stars
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sonia richardsonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 November 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Feel good factor film
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I am 67 years old and have watched this film since I was quite small. Cannot remember since when but it still has the same impact upon me all these years later. I believe in angels. If you remember to stop and stare once in a while, amidst the hub bub of life, you shall surely gather the goodness that life has to offer.... you alone are responsible for your life and its fortune. BUT, treat it kindly and you shall be rewarded. Maybe not on earth, but surely, in heaven, where we all shall meet again. God Bless. xx
91 people found this helpful
Davy The WrestlerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 November 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
I'ts a Wonderful Life 4K Steelbook.
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Firstly I must point out the sumptuous art-deco look of the Steelbook case for this release. Some artwork chosen for other classics can leave a sour taste in comparison to one's love of a film - but this design is absolute perfection.
And to the film itself: I won't waste anyone's time by going over the characters and plot of this 1946 festive gem, as it's been done numerous times - and far better than I could. All I will say is that every time I watch It's a Wonderful Life, I never manage to reach the end without being choked with tears to the point I cannot speak.
Now to the meat and potatoes of this 4K release - the point of Ultra High Definition is to enhance the colours lost or muddled in Standard Definition - a process begun with the Blu-ray format. As this film is in black & white there are far fewer colours to enhance - though the grain dances happily around the screen as if enjoying it's own Christmas party.
When the Blu-ray was released, a colourised edition was included also - and that was when the higher definition could really do the film justice, and it looked great. With the 4K release, only the black & white option is available, and for that alone it appears to be a glaring missed opportunity in showing off the true benefits of the UHD upgrade.
Overall, despite the nit-picking, I can't give this film any less than five stars or I'd need punching in the face...
15 people found this helpful
craig mintoReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 June 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
' A True American Classic '
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This is a wonderful film. One which is full of the feel good emotions.
James Stewart is perfectly cast as the small town young man who yearns
to leave the insular town of his birth. But helps out his father to make a
success of the family business. But when Stewarts character experiences
a huge crisis he comes to the point of seriously wanting to take his own
life. Enter then Clarence a guardian Angel.
Clarence takes George ( Stewart ) on a troubling journey. One which makes
George realise that he is a massive part of the community. How he has been
so essential to his wife and children and his family. That if George had never
existed his loved ones lives would have been poor and wrecked, both in an
emotional way and practical sense.
Usually A Wonderful Life is shown on television over Christmas time. But
don't wait for the festive season to catch this remarkable film of redemption
and celebrating life.
A Wonderful Life Film.

Thanks

Craig ; )
18 people found this helpful
RomayReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 December 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Classic film
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I love this film it is a truly feel good movie with James Stewart giving a great performance.
There are two versions of this film on one disc the original black and white version and a colourised version. The colour version is amazing it looks like the film was filmed in colour and not in b/w.
I would recommend this disc to anyone.
29 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 January 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Film That Affects People on a Personal Level
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Whenever I get round to reviewing classics like this I always really struggle, because let's face it, these kinds of films don't need reviewing, everybody knows that these films are classics for a reason. Classics are classics because they ignite something inside of you, something that reignites every time you watch them, whether that ignition is nostalgia, happiness, wonder or sadness it's these strong emotions that make up the metaphorical fire in our heart that will keep us loving these films for all time. By this definition, It's a Wonderful Life is very much a Classic.

This film is deeply personal to me, because it was my Mums favourite, when I was younger I had some sort of an immature aversion to anything black and white so I never wanted to watch it with her, until the last Christmas we had together, knowing that this was her favourite film I asked if we could watch it together. We got about half way through before my brother stormed in and we had to turn it off. From what I did watch with her, I thought it was ok, but I didn't quite get it, it just seemed like a film you would watch on any old Sunday afternoon when there wasn't anything else to do.

After my Mum died I really wanted to get around to watching it but I still didn't for a few years partly because I think I was still a little bit sad and partly because you develop traditions at Christmas and sometimes they tend to get in the way (Love Actually I'm looking at you!).

When I finally got hold of the bluray I was very excited to watch it, and insisted that my wife watch it with me as well because I wanted her to experience what it was that my Mum had experienced and what I was yet to experience, I know she was reluctant at first because she has the same aversion to old films as I used to. But she is the best wife ever, so she obviously still made the effort to sit and watch it with me.

I'm not ashamed to say that I started to cry at the last scene of the film, and I am starting to well up a little bit as I type this. The reason being is that I finally knew and I now know why this was my Mums favourite, this film embodied her whole attitude in life.

Just like George Bailey she had not had an easy life, she had not been able to pursue her dreams, and she had to sacrifice everything for everybody that needed her. She dealt with it all by not letting it get her down; being the best person she possibly could be, for every one around her. I don't think she ever realised it, but my Mum actually had a Wonderful Life, in the same sense as in the film in that without her selfless sacrifices, a whole lot of people would have been a lot worse off.

I'm sure this film lives on in many different people's hearts because they connect with it on various levels, but this film is a classic to me, because it reminds me why my Mum was my hero, why she was my best friend and why I can only hope to aspire to be close to the kind of person that she was.
68 people found this helpful
dawn gerrardReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 January 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
It's a Wonderful Life remastered
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Fast delivery , , really love this film ( my fault , but having seen the colour front cover , and having read it was remastered I jumped to the conclusion , wrongly , that this was the remastered colour version , which it is not , but that was my mistake ) still great in the black and white though , and arrived well packed
41 people found this helpful
NaomiTReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 June 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Remastered, which wasn't clear
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Unfortunately with the listing on amazon for this film, every version seems to have the same description and be listed together with the same reviews, so you can't ever be sure what you're getting. I had hoped this would have the original gritty cinematic quality to it as it was a gift for my partmer and he loves the charm of it, but it turned out to be remastered B&W, which we already have. Still, he loved it and it did make for a perfect surprise gift.
11 people found this helpful
WalkingbootsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 January 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
If you haven’t seen it then it is a Christmas must...have tissues ready!
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Although some people see this as a rather melancholy Christmas movie I wouldn’t let that put you off. The movie isn’t set at Christmastime throughout but ends at Christmas with a very heart warming and moving message about kindness and friendship. We bought this edition to see what the colour version would look like after having watched it previously in black and white; the quality of the recoloured version is excellent and although I’m a stickler for watching originals I think the colour does bring the Christmas scenes to life.
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