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The Frank Capra Collection - Feat: It's A Wonderful Life (4 Disc Box Set) [DVD]

Clark Gable , Claudette Colbert , Frank Capra    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly, Jean Arthur, Edward Arnold
  • Directors: Frank Capra
  • Producers: Frank Capra, Harry Cohn
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Uca Catalogue
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Oct 2004
  • Run Time: 514 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00030F7EQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,778 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Four classic films directed by Frank Capra. 'It's A Wonderful Life' (1946) is a heartwarming Christmas fantasy. George Bailey (James Stewart) has spent his entire life in the small town of Bedford Falls. Despite his yearning to see the world, George has always sacrificed his personal ambitions for the sake of his family and the local community, settling down to marry his childhood sweetheart, Mary (Donna Reed), and raise a family. However, when a huge amount of money goes missing from the savings and loans company, he panics - and finds himself preparing to commit suicide. However, he is shown the error of this idea by Clarence (Henry Travers), an angel who has been sent to Earth in order to earn his wings. To this end, Clarence shows George just how badly Bedford Falls and its residents would have turned out had he never been born. In 'It Happened One Night' (1934), heiress Ellie Andrews (Claudette Colbert) flees her disapproving millionaire father (Walter Connolly) when he forbids her to marry worthless playboy King Westley (Jameson Thomas). En route to her fiancé, Ellie meets unemployed reporter Peter Warne (Clark Gable). The unlikely pair are forced to rough it together when their bus breaks down, but Peter's plans to sell the story of their journey together hit a snag when he finds himself falling in love with Ellie. Both Colbert and Gable won Academy Awards for their performances - the first time any co-stars had won. In 'You Can't Take It With You' (1938), Lionel Barrymore plays Martin Vanderhof, an eccentric who retired from the rat race thirty years ago and now uses his fortune to encourage his family and friends to pursue their interests. While Vanderhof paints (badly), other family members make fireworks, party masks and practise ballet. The only comparatively normal relative is Alice (Jean Arthur), Vanderhof's granddaughter, who works as a receptionist for businessman Anthony P. Kirby (Edward Arnold). Alice is in love with Kirby's son, Stewart (James Stewart), but matters are complicated when it transpires that Kirby wishes to purchase and demolish Vanderhof's mansion in order to build on the land. Finally, in the political fantasy 'Mr Smith Goes to Washington' (1939), when naive Jefferson Smith (James Stewart) is chosen to replace a recently deceased senator, he heads for Washington full of idealistic dreams of serving his country, and looking forward to working with his idol: senior senator Joseph Paine (Claude Rains). Upon his arrival, he is ridiculed in the press for his gullibility, but with the aid of his secretary, Saunders (Jean Arthur), he begins to realise that the world of politics is cut-throat and full of double dealing. When he discovers that Paine is working on a scheme for a new dam which will only profit him and his cronies, Smith sets out to expose the man he formerly idolised. The film garnered eleven Oscar nominations.

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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a wonderful set 2 Jan 2009
By Emanon
When I was looking to buy "It's a Wonderful Life" for Christmas, this option popped up, and (at the time) the price seemed pretty good as for a few extra pounds you got three other wonderful films. Capra can be a bit too sentimental for some tastes, but this set includes 4 very fine classic films (arguably some of the best to come out of Hollywood at that time) , a smattering of enjoyable extras, and is generally very well put together. The postcards are one of those "take it or leave it" kind of extras that some people love and some just leave in the box forever, but they're nice to have. Personally, I think "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Mr Smith goes to Washington" are two of the most enjoyable films ever made, "It Happened One Night" was the first film to ever win the so called "Big 5" Oscars, and "You can't take it with you" won Best Picture and Best Director in its year - all in all a pretty good pedigree. One of those sets that, if you take a risk with it, you'll be amply rewarded by.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb feelgood movies 14 Nov 2008
Received very quickly and boxset includes postcards of the movie posters which I'll frame and hang on the wall. Real bargain and in time for Christmas, especially to watch It's A Wonderful Life for the nth time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Its a wonderful set 7 Feb 2009
Excellent value for money set. Considering HMV were selling one film alone for £14 this was too good an oportunity to miss. Arrived in a couple of days. Showed it to my class of 13 year olds who were looking at the topic "Heroes" in English. First time they have been quiet all year, even if it was in black and white.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's A Wonderful Collection 12 Mar 2011
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This is a good collection of four of Frank Capra's best films. The films themselves are based roughly around the theme that friends are more important than money or position in society. As a general rule the later the film was made the more intense the story is. I find that 'It's a Wonderful Life', the last by date, can be quite emotionally harrowing; however, the ending is very uplifting. The aim of each seems to be to get people thinking about themselves and their attitude to life, what is most important to them, as well as to entertain.
The boxed set is well presented; most of the films have extras such as short documentaries about the making or background to the film, and one has a commentary by Frank Capra junior through it. They are also presented with subtitles for those hard of hearing. There is also a selection of languages in the audio track and subtitles. These vary for each film as to which languages are available. There is also a set of four postcards of adverts for the films. In original black and white for those who enjoy things as they were made.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Capra 9 July 2014
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Superb. Given as a gift and the recipient was delighted. Excellent condition.
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