Tuesday, 8 November 2011

It's a Wonderful Life, released in time for Christmas


Universal Pictures (UK) Ltd presents... It’s A Wonderful Life The 65th Anniversary Release

“An inspiring Christmas cracker” Film4
“A genuine classic” The Guardian
“An unrivalled classic” Total Film

Don’t miss your opportunity to reclaim the true spirit of Christmas with the 65th anniversary release of It’s a Wonderful Life, a timeless and moving story of one man and his journey of discovery. Nominated for five Academy Awards® and voted the most inspirational film of all time, It’s a Wonderful Life  limited edition anniversary release will make the perfect Christmas gift for young and old when it releases on DVD and Blu-ray™ from 7th November 2011.

To celebrate a wonderful 65 years of the heart-warming masterpiece from the immortal director Frank Capra, a special limited edition poster produced from the original cinema artwork and 4 beautiful art cards will be included in 2-disc DVD and 1-disc Blu-ray™ box-set. The classic black and white film has been digitally restored with enriched sound and the package also includes the digitally re-mastered colour version.

Starring one of the founding legends of film, James Stewart, and featuring a superb ensemble cast including Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore, audiences follow one man’s journey from the depths of despair to the realisation that through the existence of love and family, it really is a Wonderful Life.

Eternally preserved in the United States Library of Congress’ National Film Registry in 1990, this film is essential Christmas viewing, provoking unity among viewers of all ages across the globe. Undoubtedly uplifting, the story of George Bailey will not fail to touch the hearts of both young and old. Make sure your Christmas is wonderful and join in the 65th anniversary celebration of It’s a Wonderful Life when it releases on Blu-ray™ and DVD from 7th November 2011.

SYNOPSIS
It’s a Wonderful Life is the story of one man’s journey into happiness, from the grips of a dark and desperate time.  James Stewart is George Bailey, a man who at a low point in his life considers his suicide on Christmas Eve. Seeing his despair, an unconventional guardian angel, Clarence, comes to visit George and takes him on a journey through his home town of Bedford Falls. Throughout their journey, George comes to see just how destitute and unhappy his family, friends and community would have been had he never been a part of their lives. 

The American Film Institute has recognised It’s a Wonderful Life as one of the 100 best American films ever made and is number one on their list of the most inspirational films of all time.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAY™:
Release Date: 7th November 2011
Copyright:  It’s a Wonderful Life © 1947 Republic Entertainment Inc ® ‘Republic Pictures’ and ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ are registered trademarks. All Rights Reserved.
Aspect Ratio: 1.37: 1
Rating: U
Sound: Dolby Digital
Run Time: 130m
RRP: £19.99

TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD
Street Date: 7th November 2011
Copyright:  It’s a Wonderful Life © 1947 Republic Entertainment Inc ® ‘Republic Pictures’ and ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ are registered trademarks. All Rights Reserved.
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
Rating: U
Sound: Dolby Digital
Run Time: 130m
RRP: £17.99

It’s a Wonderful Life
Directed By: Frank Capra
Produced By: Miranda de Pencier, Fran Giblin, Lars Knudsen, Geoff Linville, Joan Scheckel, Leslie Urdang, Jay Van Hoy, Dean Vanech
Written By: Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett
Production Designer: Shane Valentino
Film Edited By: Olivier Bugge Coutté
Original Music By: Roger Neill, Dave Palmer, Brian Reitzell, Jo Swerling and Michael Wilson
Cast: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers, Beulah Bondi, Frank Faylen

This year’s essential Christmas viewing releases on Blu-ray™ and DVD on 7th November 2011


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