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It's a Wonderful Life on Blu-ray 11-3-2009


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#1 of 37 OFFLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted October 28 2009 - 07:16 AM

Does anyone have any info on this?  Will there be an official HTF review?

I did a search and found nothing on this release.  Seems surprising.  This could be a terrific HD presentation.

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There's Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. Bullseye, he's Woody's horse. Pete the old prospector. And, Woody, the man himself.Of course, it's time for Woody's RoundUp. He's the very best! He's the rootinest, tootinest cowboy in the wild, wild west!


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#2 of 37 OFFLINE   Michael Reuben

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Posted October 28 2009 - 07:58 AM

We're supposed to be getting a review copy, but it's unclear when. It'll probably be very close to street date.

I'm keeping my expectations low, just because the notion of having two entire versions of the film on one Blu-ray concerns me.
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#3 of 37 OFFLINE   Brandon Conway

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Posted October 28 2009 - 08:16 AM

Two versions of the film shouldn't be a problem. There's plenty of room for them on a BD-50.

"And now the reprimand, from an American critic. He reproaches me for using film as a sacred & lasting medium, like a painting or a book. He does not believe that filmmaking is an inferior art, but he believes, and quite rightly, that a reel goes quickly, that the public are looking above all for relaxation, that film is fragile and that it is pretentious to express the power of one's soul by such ephemeral and delicate means, that Charlie Chaplin's or Buster Keaton's first films can only be seen on very rare and badly spoiled prints. I add that the cinema is making daily progress and that eventually films that we consider marvelous today will soon be forgotten because of new dimensions & colour. This is true. But for 4 weeks this film [The Blood of a Poet] has been shown to audiences that have been so attentive, so eager & so warm, that I wonder after all there is not an anonymous public who are looking for more than relaxation in the cinema." - Jean Cocteau, 1932


#4 of 37 OFFLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted October 28 2009 - 08:22 AM



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Originally Posted by Michael Reuben 

I'm keeping my expectations low, just because the notion of having two entire versions of the film on one Blu-ray concerns me.
Thanks, Michael.

Take it for what it's worth...but amazon is listing this as a two-discer.    No indication (if that's even true) if the second disc is features only...or might contain the second film with features straddling both discs. 

I was just reading elsewhere on the 'net that apparently there are $10 rebate forms for IaWL (for owners of the DVD version) that have been packaged in other Blu-ray releases (Gladiator, Braveheart, IaWL and Forrest Gump).

There's Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. Bullseye, he's Woody's horse. Pete the old prospector. And, Woody, the man himself.Of course, it's time for Woody's RoundUp. He's the very best! He's the rootinest, tootinest cowboy in the wild, wild west!


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#5 of 37 OFFLINE   Michael Reuben

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Posted October 28 2009 - 08:23 AM

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Two versions of the film shouldn't be a problem. There's plenty of room for them on a BD-50.
 
Yes, but we don't know if it's a BD-50. Reliable specs have been hard to come by. As Mike notes, Amazon says it's two discs, but they've been wrong about that sort of thing before. (Happily, I just checked DVD Empire, and they now say 2 discs as well.)

All I said was that I'm concerned, nothing more. I'll reserve judgment until I get the review copy.
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Posted October 28 2009 - 09:43 AM

As long as they encode properly, and get rid of the annoying audio pops from the SD, then this will be beautiful.

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Posted October 28 2009 - 01:19 PM


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Originally Posted by Mike Frezon ">

I was just reading elsewhere on the 'net that apparently there are $10 rebate forms for IaWL (for owners of the DVD version) that have been packaged in other Blu-ray releases (Gladiator, Braveheart, IaWL and Forrest Gump).
 
Must resist!!!   They are all conspiring to send us to the poor house even if we can stockpile tons of excellent $10-15 BDs in the process... <img alt=

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#8 of 37 OFFLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted October 28 2009 - 03:05 PM



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Originally Posted by Man-Fai Wong 



Must resist!!! /img/vbsmilies/htf/laugh.gif  They are all conspiring to send us to the poor house even if we can stockpile tons of excellent $10-15 BDs in the process... /img/vbsmilies/htf/tongue.gif
You?  Resist?  Who you tryin' to kid?!?  /img/vbsmilies/htf/cool.gif

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Posted October 30 2009 - 02:57 AM

I preordered the Blu-ray discs from the US (Paramount) and the UK (Universal) because the British one have different bonus materials:

  • Theatrical trailer
  • Digitally remastered black and white original
  • Colourised version
  • Picture in Picture Comparison
  • Trivia Tracker
It's one of my all time favorites.


#10 of 37 OFFLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted October 30 2009 - 04:41 AM

Christian:  The only thing I know about the US release is that it is supposed to have both the original B&W version along with the evil colorized version. 

What can you tell us about the breakdown of the differences in bonus features between the two releases?

There's Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. Bullseye, he's Woody's horse. Pete the old prospector. And, Woody, the man himself.Of course, it's time for Woody's RoundUp. He's the very best! He's the rootinest, tootinest cowboy in the wild, wild west!


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Posted October 30 2009 - 08:37 AM

The US release will probably have the introduction by Frank Capra, Jr., the Making of hosted by Tom Bosley, the colorized version, and the theatrical trailer.

#12 of 37 OFFLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted October 30 2009 - 08:50 AM

Maybe.  It would be nice, though, to know for sure.

There's Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. Bullseye, he's Woody's horse. Pete the old prospector. And, Woody, the man himself.Of course, it's time for Woody's RoundUp. He's the very best! He's the rootinest, tootinest cowboy in the wild, wild west!


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Posted October 30 2009 - 01:35 PM

I went ahead and pre-ordered this BD. I don't remember ever watching this film, but I've heard (and read) good things 'bout it. I plan to pick it up on release day, but won't be able to watch it until a week or so later.


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Posted October 30 2009 - 03:06 PM

From the looks of your forum ID, David...you just might be a long lost relative of the film's main character!  /img/vbsmilies/htf/smile.gif

I envy you the event of enjoying this film for the first time.  It is a perfect slice of Frank Capra's americana pie.  You won't be disappointed.  It's a great story, very well told. 

There's Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. Bullseye, he's Woody's horse. Pete the old prospector. And, Woody, the man himself.Of course, it's time for Woody's RoundUp. He's the very best! He's the rootinest, tootinest cowboy in the wild, wild west!


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Posted October 30 2009 - 03:18 PM



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Posted October 30 2009 - 03:42 PM

I love this film so much. The first 2/3 is a mixture of comedy and drama...then it takes a turn into eerie territory, ala The Twilight Zone...a masterpiece!

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Posted October 30 2009 - 04:35 PM

Anyone ever read Dvd Savant's take on a possibility that the version we've seen all these years was a re-cut version.

http://www.dvdtalk.com/dvdsavant/s55wonderful.html

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#18 of 37 OFFLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted October 30 2009 - 05:25 PM

Never had Tony.  Very interesting.  A fun read.

It almost sounds like the author believes there was a third shooter over on the grassy knoll.  /img/vbsmilies/htf/wink.gif

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Posted October 30 2009 - 09:47 PM

I anxiously await a review on this disc.  I fear it may just be an up-conversion of the DVD. 


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Posted October 31 2009 - 04:50 AM

 Why do you fear that?