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(Date Posted:12/13/2007 16:57)

Another perennial Christmas chestnut, Frank Capra's "It's A Wonderful Life" with James Stewart and Donna Reed airs on NBC tomorrow night at 8 PM.  George Bailey will find out once again that all of us have worth in this world, a great message for the holiday season and all year long!

I never got around to purchasing my own copy, so I'll watch it!

 

 

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RE:It's A Wonderful Life
(Date Posted:12/14/2007 11:35)

I have a dvd of it but may just have to watch it tonite on NBC with the family.

 

great to see the board back up!

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RE:It's A Wonderful Life
(Date Posted:12/20/2012 17:30)

Just found an archive of photos from Life Magazine online showing the set and explaining the process for making the simulated "snow".
Click here to see the article. Updated - as of 07/07/13 link still works.


(Message edited by Yulelights On 07/07/2013 04:26)
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RE:It's A Wonderful Life
(Date Posted:12/26/2012 17:26)

Just got my Blu Ray player and flat screen TV.  By next Christmas, I will definitely have It's A Wonderful Life on Blu Ray.  I have the 60th Anniversary edition.
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RE:It's A Wonderful Life
(Date Posted:12/26/2012 21:01)

I don't mean to put a damper on anyone's plans for buying movies on Blu-ray, but a DVD is actually better because it fills the entire screen without any black bars on the top or bottom, but with Blu-ray's, being the movie is actually wider in the theaters then other movies, in order for you to see it as if you were in the theater, they have very large black bars on the top and bottom of the screen because in order for you to see the full width of the movie, they have to get it to fit across the screen, but to get it to fit the screen, they would have to take some of the left and right edge of the movie away.  So basically you are wasting 2/3 of your actual screen space.  Until they can come out with a TV that will be wide enough to fit a Blu-ray so it fills the entire screen without any black on the top or bottom, you are better off with the Widescreen DVD.

I have a 32 inch LCD HDTV and I have about 3 or 4 Blu-Ray movies and I prefer watching the DVD in the Multi-pack because it fills the entire screen.

Yes, you can adjust the Horizontal and Vertical size some, but not a few inches, maybe just a half an inch.

Blu-ray movies are basically filmed at 2:35:1 ratio  And I believe Widescreen is 1:78:1  or 1:85:1 ratio so it fits a 16:9 ratio Television.

Here is a link to a PDF article which helps explain things a little better.
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RE:It's A Wonderful Life
(Date Posted:12/27/2012 02:03)

It's a Wonderful Life was filmed and originally shown with an aspect ratio of 1:37.  This is not a widescreen movie.

If you watch it on a 16:9 widescreen HDTV, your screen has an aspect ration of approximately 1:78.

The only way that you can watch it on what is now a standard HDTV (16:9) without image loss is with pillar boxes (called letterboxing) on the sides.  (Note:  Letterboxing can also be black bars at the top and bottom of the film image for a widescreen movie.)

Letterboxing will give you the full image of the movie on your screen.  If the image fills the entire screen of an HDTV set, you will be cropping the image at the top and bottom.  There is no way around this.  Some folks prefer to lose some of the image in order to have the picture fill the entire screen.  That is a personal preference.  I prefer the whole enchilada, so I gladly live with the letterboxing and personally prefer all of my movies to be viewed that way.

Just for comparison purposes, White Christmas was filmed at 1:85 and the Blu-ray release is 1:78.  The Blu-ray version fits that HDTV screen perfectly.  For lack of a better example (off of the top of my head,) Star Wars was filmed at 2:39:1 and released on DVD and Blu-ray at 2:35:1.  Letterboxing produces black bars at the top and bottom of the screen on this movie.

Most HDTVs have the ability to "zoom" in on an image to make it fill your entire screen if the aspect ration is less than 1:78.  Just make sure that you are okay with losing some of the picture when you do that.

In order to get an easy to understand explanation for how It's a Wonderful Life will look on your TV, you can click on this link to the TCM website here.  The 4:3 TV screen size noted there is the standard television aspect ratio of our youth.

Susan's linked article explains all of this in great detail.

There are always compromises if you want to watch any movie where the aspect ratio doesn't fit the aspect ratio of your television set.

The Blu-ray version of It's a Wonderful Life has an aspect ration of 1:34.  It is certainly the most detailed and pristine version of the film that has been released to date.  I have owned this movie on VHS, Laserdisc, DVD and now Blu-ray.  You will love this movie no matter which format you watch it on.

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RE:It's A Wonderful Life
(Date Posted:12/27/2012 18:17)

Well thanks for all the input!  I'm sure It's A Wonderful Life on Blu-ray will definitely be an upgrade from DVD.  It stands to reason that a movie made in 1946 can't possibly be made to look like it was made in 2012.
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RE:It's A Wonderful Life
(Date Posted:12/27/2016 18:04)

Well it took long enough, but this year I purchased the Blu Ray version of It's A Wonderful Life.  I got the Platinum Anniversary edition.  When I opened the package, it contained two discs.  One was the original B&W edition, the other was the colorized version.  On Christmas Eve, I decided I'd watch the colorized edition since I'd never seen it.  And of course, I could watch it with no commercials!  I'd say Paramount did a good job with the colorization.  The clarity was definitely better than the regular DVD version.


It's A Wonderful Life is a chestnut that just gets better with years.  It's part of my required Christmas viewing.
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