Frank Capra’s classic festive movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, is getting a new 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray release on 4th November, 2019.
The release features a newly restored print from the original negative which was “painstakingly” produced over a 12 month period by Paramount using the original nitrate negative along with two fine grain masters made in the 1940s.
Each element was carefully scanned using the very latest technology to both preserve the delicate negative and create the best possible digital image.
Fortunately, 13 of the 14 reels of the original negative survived, but portions had begun to deteriorate so the best image was selected from one of the three original sources on a shot-by-shot basis.
The result is a more vibrant and detail-rich picture that brings this classic to life like never before.
The 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack includes the black-and-white film in 4K high definition, as well as a colourised version on Blu-ray™, along with three special features new to 4K Ultra HD disc: “Restoring a Beloved Classic,” “Secrets from the Vault,” and “It’s A Wonderful Wrap Party.”
A 2-Disc Blu-ray set will also be available that includes the newly remastered film in black-and-white, along with a colourised version and the three special features listed above.