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Its A Wonderful Life!

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  • Frank Capra directs this heartwarming Christmas fantasy. George Bailey (James Stewart) has spent his entire life in the small town of Bedford Falls. Despite his yearning to see the world, George has always sacrificed his personal ambitions for the sake of his family and the local community, settling down to marry his childhood sweetheart, Mary (Donna Reed), and raise a family.

     

    However, when a huge amount of money goes missing from the savings and loans company he panics and finds himself preparing to commit suicide. However, he is shown the error of this idea by Clarence (Henry Travers), an angel who has been sent to Earth in order to earn his wings.

     

    To this end, Clarence shows George just how badly Bedford Falls and its residents would have turned out had he never been born.

     

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    Starting: James Stewart, Charles Lane, Charles Williams, Bob Scott, H.B. Warner

    Director: Frank Capra

    Run Time: 168 minutes

    DVD Release Date: 2 Nov 2009

    Number of discs: 2

    Subtitles: English

    Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English

    Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe)

    Format: PAL

    Classification: U

    Studio: Universal Pictures UK

     

    Now perhaps the most beloved American film, Its 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 Capras masterwork deserves its status as a feel-good 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 directors optimistic vision may have darkened during his experiences making military films in World War II).

     

    Capras 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. Its 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

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    Now perhaps the most beloved American film, Its 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 Capras masterwork deserves its status as a feel-good 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 directors optimistic vision may have darkened during his experiences making military films in World War II).

     

    Capras 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. Its 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



  • Starting: James Stewart, Charles Lane, Charles Williams, Bob Scott, H.B. Warner Directors: Frank Capra Run Time: 168 minutes DVD Release Date: 2 Nov 2009 Number of discs: 2 Subtitles: English Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe) Format: PAL Classification: U Studio: Universal Pictures UK
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Its A Wonderful Life!