Frank Capra’s timeless classic, anchored by a winning performance from James Stewart as everyman and unsung hero George Bailey, was designed to remind us why life is worth living, and will continue to do so for generations to come. But much as we might love the film, aren’t film purists supposed to hate the jaundice-faced studio colorization, with its painted-postcard hues? Maybe so, but the side-by-side comparison offered by this two-disc edition proves that the colorized version somehow suits Capra’s fable from a bygone era, when viewed next to the too-black, high contrast black and white version. Either way, the film deserves 5 stars.
EXTRAS: With a trivia track and trailer, it’s hardly a wonderful selection.