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IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

On Digital 4K with High Dynamic Range November 20, 2018

Paramount Pictures proudly presents a brand new 4K digital restoration of one of the most beloved films of all time: It’s A Wonderful Life. Starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell and Henry Travers, director Frank Capra’s heartwarming classic has made an indelible impact on popular culture and continues to be a cherished part of many families’ holiday traditions.

It’s A Wonderful Life in 4K with High Dynamic Range delivers amazing clarity with sharper and brighter images for a sensational home viewing experience.

The studio spent over a year painstakingly restoring this treasured film, using the original nitrate negative along with two fine grain masters made in the 1940s. Each element was carefully scanned using the very latest technology to both preserve the delicate negative and create the best possible digital image. Fortunately, 13 of the 14 reels of the original negative survived, but portions had begun to deteriorate so the best image was selected from one of the three original sources on a shot-by-shot basis. The result is a more vibrant and detail-rich picture than has ever been available before.

It’s A Wonderful Life will arrive on Digital 4K Ultra High Definition November 20, 2018. The perfect film to enjoy over the holidays, the release will also include new interviews with contemporary filmmakers and restoration experts about the movie’s extraordinary sound, music, cinematography and visual effects, as well as the meticulous process of preserving and revitalizing this iconic masterpiece.

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You got to be kidding me! Damn, I can see the video presentation complaints now. Of course I say that based on the last time Paramount released this on Blu-ray. If they did some further restoration work as indicated perhaps it will look great on 4K/UHD disc.
 

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Talked to Paramount PR. They are working on obtaining artwork. They also have no information on a Blu-ray release.

I would have thought the last restoration for Blu-ray was done in 4k and this is simply a full release on the new format. However, that's just speculation.

As far as I remember, everyone has always complained about the transfer quality of this movie so I would hope some additional touch-ups were done for the 4k release.
 

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At one point, there's a white line running vertically near one of the sides. If they can't get it out, then at least zoom in a little so that defect is off the screen. It wasn't on the DVD.
 
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Here's the cover. Looks like the same cover that was used on the BD release

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No 4k label on this.

I got this directly from Paramount PR, but something tells me this box art is going to be revised.
 

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Given their War of the Worlds precedent, what makes you think Paramount will be releasing a disk of any kind?

Shouldn't this be in the streaming forum?
 
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Given a choice between Blu-ray and 4K streaming, I take the latter! I remember the first time I bought this in 1985 as a public domain title. It's come a long way since then.

If I had known this was going to get bumped to 4K, I would have bought it when iTunes had it on sale for $4.99!
 
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Until it's confirmed that it's only a digital release the thread stays here.
Isn’t that what it says in the press release? “On Digital 4K with High Dynamic Range November 20, 2018.” We’ve gotten used to this in studio press releases, with the release going on to say... “and released on 4K UHD Blu-ray and regular Blu-ray two weeks later.” However, that latter part is conspicuously missing here.
 
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Isn’t that what it says in the press release? “On Digital 4K with High Dynamic Range November 20, 2018.” We’ve gotten used to this in studio press releases, with the release going on to say... “and released on 4K UHD Blu-ray and regular Blu-ray two weeks later.” However, that latter part is conspicuously missing here.
This is not a debatable issue, an administrative decision has been stated for the time being.
 

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As we watch this every Christmas Eve without fail I’ll pick this up again if there’s a 4K derived Blu ray as well. I’ve bought just about every version since the original DVD.
If this is only 4K I’d advise anyone who wants the best Blu ray to pick up the German Studio canal release. The picture quality is an improvement on the Paramount, I certainly don’t remember any damage and the audio is lossless rather than Dolby digital.
 

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I'd be totally cool with digital only, I no longer use discs and would be nice to have a digital copy since my only version is a copy of an old DVD and the NBC version saved on my DVR.
 

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Paramount sucks.
They suck so much because they’re offering this classic film in 4K/HDR, Probably for $9.99 if you don’t already own it(which I do and will upgraded to 4K free of charge) to anyone that wants it?? And that sucks????

Jeez people.
 
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