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Subtitle It's A Wonderful Life

"It's a wonderful laugh! It's a wonderful love!".George Bailey has spent his entire life giving of himself to the people of Bedford Falls. He has always longed to travel but never had the opportunity in order to prevent rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town. All that prevents him from doing so is George's modest building and loan company, which was founded by his generous father. But on Christmas Eve, George's Uncle Billy loses the business's $8,000 while intending to deposit it in the bank. Potter finds the misplaced money, hides it from Billy, and George's troubles begin.

subtitle It's a Wonderful Life

As this release of It's A Wonderful Life is a reissue of the previously already available discs only with new packaging, we still have to give it our highest possible rating. This isn't just a wonderful film that has stood the test of time, it's also an impeccable 4K UHD Blu-ray release. The film has never looked or sounded this good on home video. Now with this SteelBook packaging, Paramount has released the perfect gift opportunity for the holiday season. If you need it on your shelf - treat yourself. If you know someone who needs it, I can't imagine anyone being upset to open this gem. Must Own

Considering my reputation as a pessimist, some may find it surprising that the ultimate non-cynical, feel good movie has found its way into my Top 10. I am, of course, referring to Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life, which may easily be the most uplifting motion picture of all time. And those who can get past the Capra-corn will discover a movie that is perfect in nearly every aspect, from story to acting to composition. The film is widely regarded as a "Christmas classic" for three reasons: the plot is highly derivative of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," the themes fit in well with the spirit of the season, and the film's conclusion occurs in front of a Christmas tree. Nevertheless, it's a little unfair that It's a Wonderful Life hibernates for 11 months a year, since it's a fine film to see at any time. Tired of too many April showers? Brought low during the dog days of August? Depressed by the World Series loss of your favorite team? It's a Wonderful Life offers the cure for many ills. The first time I watched the movie was during the late summer, and the absence of cold temperatures and sleigh bells outside did little to dampen my enjoyment. These days, I usually view It's a Wonderful Life about once a year, sometimes around Christmas, sometimes not. For me, it's required periodic viewing, if only to remind me that there are reasons to be optimistic about this life and my fellow passengers on the journey through it. 041b061a72




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