I know there are people who swear by the classic movie, It’s A Wonderful Life, as one of the all-time greatest films out there. I sadly have never had a chance to see this classic until recently, and now it’s given a sweet 4K with HDR and Dolby HD audio in this latest release from Paramount Pictures. It’s a great film with an even greater message for young and old viewers, and can be watched anytime of the year for an endearing boost to the spirit.
George Bailey (James Stewart) is a businessman in a small town with his wife and kids who is starting to feel like he’s at the end of his rope. From people taking advantage of his kind nature, to just being tired of being tired, he’s had enough and looks to kill himself. Just before he does, an angel named Clarence (Henry Travers) takes him on a trip to a world where George never existed, giving him a new perspective of his life that will change it forever.
I’d hate to ruin anything for the few people out there like myself that have yet to experience this classic, but I’ve always been a fan of James Stewart and his movies and this one is just another example of how fine of an actor he is. The supporting cast is also very good, especially how Travers handles being the angel Clarence that just makes you appreciate the simple goodness classic films carry with them.
The 4K HDR restoration of this movie looks incredible, as you’d swear it was a more recent film shot in black and white. The audio has never sounded better in Dolby HD as every dramatic line of dialogue and the music score comes through perfectly crisp.
Special features include the original remastered black and white version as well as a colorized one, and three extras starting with “Restoring a Beloved Classic” that goes into the amazing restoration process of the movie, “Secrets from the Vault” features film historian Craig Barron and legendary sound designer Ben Burtt discussing the film and its impact on cinema and the world through the ages, and “It’s a Wonderful Wrap Party” is a special treat as it shows off recently discovered 16mm home movie footage that was shot at the film’s wrap party picnic with the cast, crew, and their families celebrating.
If you need a nice pick-me-up film that’s perfect anytime of the year, you’ll want to check out It’s A Wonderful Life. A perfect cast and a great story on life and love, along with a beautiful 4K restoration and Dolby HD audio make an already timeless classic even better for anyone to enjoy.