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Black and white or colour?,
This review is from: It's a Wonderful Life (Black & White and Colourised Versions) [Blu-ray]  (Blu-ray)
Without a doubt one of the best films ever made. A true classic.
I already own the DVD release and was initially uncertain whether to buy the Blu-Ray release or not. I'm so glad I did.
For a film that is 60 years old it looks incredible. Why can't all Blu-Ray releases look this good?
Black and white or colour?
I have to be honest and admit that I am one of those people who has never been a fan of the 'colourization process'. If a film was originally shot in balck and white, then I see no reason for it to interfered with. As another reviewer has stated, "Psycho" just wouldn't look the same in colour. Neither would "The Bride Of Frankenstein" or "King Kong".Having said that, out of curiosity, I did start to watch the colour version of It's A Wonderful Life and was...amazed! I really had been expecting the worst, having previously seen colourized versions of Laurel and Hardy films, but with Life I was totally blown away by just how good it actually looked. The colourization technique has clearly improved massively. If you hadn't previously known that it had been made as a black and white film, then you would have no reason to doubt that it was a genuine colour film. I now love both versions. Either way, the picture quality is stunning.
As noted elsewhere the film is in it's original aspect ratio, which is no bad thing in my opinion, even on a 50" Panasonic screen. Black bars at the top or side of the screen don't make me enjoy a film any the less.