It seems that again this year there will be no 2-disc SE of "It's A Wonderful Life". You will recall rumors of a special edition of Frank Capra's classic holiday film surfaced a couple of years back. As we get into August, the chances of a special edition of a holiday film get slimmer and slimmer. Usually August announcements cover October releases. This is a real shame for the millions of fans who want the definitive video release of one of my all-time greatest Christmas classics. I guess you can blame the current managements of Artisan and Republic, who have been said to have put out not-so-great DVD "special editions" of "The Quiet Man" and "High Noon" (even the new "High Noon" DVD's new features were scarce, that is, not counting the supplements carried over from the previous LaserDisc edition). We are about a year-and-a-half away from the video rights to Republic's library reverting to Paramount (Republic's adopted sister studio)...but we are also three years away from "...Life"'s 60th Anniversary. If we videophiles have to wait until then, so be it. It would be nice if any digital/film restoration be a collaborative effort between Republic/Paramount, NBC (the current broadcast rights holder), the UCLA Film And TV Archive, and Frank Capra Jr. When you look back at the film's troubled history (from its failed theatrical release to the film lapsing into Public Domain to the copyright's recapture by Republic), I'd say it deserves another chance for a new generation. For the record...in addition to the revived copyright, Republic also holds rights to the original nitrate negative, the original music score tracks, and the original story on which it was based ("The Greatest Gift"). But, again, if we don't see an SE this year, blame it on Artisan and Republic.