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Customer Review

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 November 2020
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...
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