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4K Ultra HD Review: It’s a Wonderful Life (Steelbook)

November 17, 2020

By John Corrado

One of my favourite movies of all time, and a perennial favourite that gets revisited every holiday season, is It’s a Wonderful Life. Frank Capra’s 1946 classic, about a suicidal man named George Bailey (James Stewart) who gets visited by an angel (Henry Travers) on Christmas Eve, is a film that always manages to captivate me whenever I watch it. Beautifully written, beautifully acted, and very moving, this is one of those films that has truly stood the test of time.

Now Paramount is releasing yet another edition of the film this week, with a brand new 4K Ultra HD combo pack that comes in a collectible Steelbook package. In terms of actual content, this is exactly the same as the 4K edition that was put out last year, including the original black and white version of the film in 4K, the colourized version on Blu-ray, and a code for a digital copy. What’s new and special about this edition is obviously the Steelbook packaging, which is quite appealing if you are a collector of unique physical media like I am.

I find the cover art itself on this release to be very attractive, from the blue background and classic illustration on the front panel, to the shiny red back panel which includes a quote (“Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings”) over an image of Christmas bells. A full colour image from the film adorns the inside of the package when you open it up. The set also includes a foldout mini poster tucked into the tabs on the inside of the case, which is a fine little collector’s item as well. It’s altogether a very nice edition, and one that would make a great gift or display item.

Bonus Features (4K Ultra HD):

Restoring a Beloved Classic (13 minutes, 3 seconds)

Secrets from the Vault (22 minutes, 11 seconds)

It’s a Wonderful Wrap Party (8 minutes, 4 seconds)

It’s a Wonderful Life (Steelbook) is a Paramount Home Entertainment release. It’s 130 minutes and rated G.

Street Date: November 17th, 2020

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