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Old 14-09-2005, 16:57   #1
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Just wondered if there are any forum members who own the latest r2 version of this film and if so what the picture quality is like? would appreciate any opinions. Can't find any reviews!
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Old 14-09-2005, 17:02   #2
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See for yourself at DVD Beaver - poor isn't it? Scuttlebutt is that this is, even now, receiving a new restoration prior to a super-duper SE reissue in R1-land...
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Old 14-09-2005, 18:01   #3
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Blimey that's quite a difference! glad I've got the R1 (there was no R2 when I bought it)! I wonder what an SE would include? Simply, one of the greatest films ever!
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John, is there anything concrete known about this new SE as yet? It's been rumoured as forthcoming for years now and it'd be good to know if CTHV has finally gotten round to pencilling in a street date.
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Old 15-09-2005, 21:54   #5
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John, is there anything concrete known about this new SE as yet? It's been rumoured as forthcoming for years now and it'd be good to know if CTHV has finally gotten round to pencilling in a street date.
Go here, scroll down to IAWL; you'll see it says 'digital work pending', click on it and you'll see the work Paramount has carried out so far. That's as concrete as it gets right now; every Christmas it seems we get rumours that an SE is coming 'soon' don't we? It's one of the titles Artisan (now Lions Gate) had video rights to that is now returning to Paramount.
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Old 15-09-2005, 22:49   #6
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I got the Republic R1 version two years ago having suffered the R2 version for the previous 3 years. The difference in the vidoe quality really is very stark. The sound on the r1 is also much better, my copy of the R2 had a lot of hiss and drop off during the first 10 minutes of the film.
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Old 15-09-2005, 23:25   #7
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Cheers John. Good to hear that that catalogue is now with Paramount as we should be able to expect a strong offering AV wise atleast. I'm not quite sure how I figured on it being a CTHV title ... must have been the Universal/CTHV R2 distribution deal that you get on some titles that warped my fragile little mind.
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Old 24-10-2005, 12:42   #8
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Hell's Bells. I've just found this as I want to replace my VHS copy. Can't believe the difference!! R1 it is then...
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Old 29-08-2006, 09:53   #9
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DVD Active has the artwork for the Paramount's upcoming 60th Anniversary release of It's a Wonderful Life, which should exceed the Artisan version in terms of quality - that was generally excellent, but suffered from some nasty splices.

No word on extras yet.
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I like the artwork on the 60th Anniversary version. Even though it's a black and white film, I've never liked the current R1 release what with the white case and bw cover, not at all inspiring.
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It's also available for pre-order in most stores. Already pre-ordered mine!

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I've seen a number of B&W films with colourised DVD covers. The Hustler comes to mind.
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It's also available for pre-order in most stores. Already pre-ordered mine!
I'll have to get my order in, otherwise it'll get lost in the rush.
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Bleh, I don't like the artwork. Why must they always use that shot? It's a great moment in the film, of course, but for once I'd like to buy a copy of the film with it's original poster art (which, by the way, is in COLOUR, if that's so important to them :P) ... I have so many different editions of It's A Wonderful Life on VHS and DVD, it's not even funny...but somehow I can't stop.
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Over at The Bits, Barrie Maxwell is saying that the new Paramount DVD will simply port over the extras from the Artisan release; he's not even sure it will be a new transfer.

That - Paramount having recently restored the film - would beggar belief, but it's enough for me to keep my money in my pocket for now.
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...as predicted specs at DVD Times.
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If Paramount have restored this perhaps they have an eye to a HD format release, but there's no need to leave the DVD market out in the cold. I've preorderd this already, I think I'm going to have to cancel.
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Any news on "The Premiere Frank Capra DVD collection" which interestingly enough does not include "It's a wonderful life". Shown as a coming soon preview in "Buster Keaton's 65th. Anniversary collection".
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...as predicted specs at DVD Times.
It just gets worse and worse with Paramount. You'd think that since they deliberately kept the rights to IAWL, they must be planning something special. But no ... No reason to upgrade from the old disc at all.
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So has it been confirmed it's the same transfer as the current release?
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