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Old 25-08-2009, 09:15   #1
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It's a Wonderful Life on Blu-ray

It's a Wonderful Life is scheduled to be released on blu-ray in the USA by Paramont studios on November 3 2009

initial reports suggest the blu-ray will have both the black and white and colourised versions

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Old 25-08-2009, 09:27   #2
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I didn't even realise that there was a b&w version, will pick this up if it's region free.
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I didn't even realise that there was a b&w version, will pick this up if it's region free.
Hopefully will be region free if Paramount
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I didn't even realise that there was a b&w version, will pick this up if it's region free.
It's a black and white film, and any colourised versions are suitable only for landfill.
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It's a black and white film, and any colourised versions are suitable only for landfill.
thanks, honestly never knew this and have only ever seen the R2 colour dvd.
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Old 25-08-2009, 10:10   #6
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It's a black and white film, and any colourised versions are suitable only for landfill.
The colourised process does have its place though, not with anything originally filmed in B&W but stuff that was shot in colour, but for whatever reason only B&W later exists, like the recent Dad's Army episode they colourised last Xmas for instances, which was an ok job.
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have only ever seen the R2 colour dvd.
What R2 colour dvd? It's only been B&W here on dvd. There was a hideous colourised vhs in the 80s though.

Assuming Paramount have used the 2006 restored master (that they used for the last 2 dvd issues in the US) this is going to look gorgeous In beautiful black & white naturally, none of this colour rubbish thank you very much (even though they have actually done an impressive job).

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I'll check when I get home, i'm sure the case says it's an R2 dvd but now that you say that I am more than likely wrong. What's more likely is that I have been ripped off when I bought it from CEX years ago.
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I'll check when I get home, i'm sure the case says it's an R2 dvd but now that you say that I am more than likely wrong. What's more likely is that I have been ripped off when I bought it from CEX years ago.
I owned a R1 colourised version on VHS but wasn't that impressive as it looked very washed out ...

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The colourised process does have its place though, not with anything originally filmed in B&W but stuff that was shot in colour, but for whatever reason only B&W later exists, like the recent Dad's Army episode they colourised last Xmas for instances, which was an ok job.
Dads Army was not colourised. The genuine original colour was extracted using a new technique that can read chroma dots on B&W telerecordings.
Same system is being used to return colour to Part 3 of Planet of the Daleks for an upcoming Dr Who boxset.
Legend films also had a go and the Restoration Team's website has a comparison of some jungle footage from the episode. The LF version has multicoloured flora to look exotic but when the real colour was restored it turned out the set designers had been lazy and boring and everything was green

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What R2 colour dvd? It's only been B&W here on dvd. There was a hideous colourised vhs in the 80s though.

Assuming Paramount have used the 2006 restored master (that they used for the last 2 dvd issues in the US) this is going to look gorgeous In beautiful black & white naturally, none of this colour rubbish thank you very much (even though they have actually done an impressive job).
The colourisation by Legend films looks pretty good and a long way from the awful 80's version who's poor quality was partly the reason the colourisations system was quickly dismissed by most broadcasters in the UK for well over a decade.

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I'll check when I get home, i'm sure the case says it's an R2 dvd but now that you say that I am more than likely wrong. What's more likely is that I have been ripped off when I bought it from CEX years ago.
IIRC the colour version has never been released in the UK on dvd.
It only came out in the US last year or the year before

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Essential purchase... can't wait.
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This will almost certainly be region locked because Paramount don't have rights to the film outside North America.
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Well as long as it has both versions then i don't see it as a bad thing, keeping everyone happy. I wish more people would go that way *cough* Star Wars *cough*
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This will almost certainly be region locked because Paramount don't have rights to the film outside North America.
according to dvdworldusa.com they have it listed as Multi-region but maybe it's speculative ?

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according to dvdworldusa.com they have it listed as Multi-region but maybe be speculative ?
They don't know, along with other companies until they get a copy and test it.
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Another Xmas classic Miracle on 34th Street is out now and although the packaging only mentions the colourised version of the film the disc actually contains only the B&W version
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Beaver have a comparison of the colourised DVD:

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/dvdcom...derfullife.htm

I have it and I don't think it looks 'too' bad. I always watch the B&W version though.

I will definitely be picking up the BD
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Gary Tooze is getting increasingly cranky (might be old age creeping up on him) but it is simply ridiculous to show screen caps of a colorised Wonderful Life and to say how "good" it looks No self-respecting film-goer would even touch the disc.
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