“It’s a Wonderful Life” Getting 4K Treatment

It’s a Wonderful Life, the beloved Frank Capra masterpiece, is set to be released in ultra 4K resolution thanks to a year-long restoration.

Paramount Pictures oversaw the process, which had a team use the original nitrate negative along with two fine-grain masters created in the 1940s. Each image was carefully scanned using the best available technology as both the preservation of the original negative and the best possible digital copy were of immense importance.

With the best image of the three sources selected on a shot by shot basis, the final product, a labor of love for those involved, is a vibrant and detailed picture of the classic that families have fallen in love with and enjoyed ever since the film’s initial theatrical release in 1946.

The original black-and-white film, as well as the colorized version, will be included on the 4K HD Combo Pack.  The package will also include a trio of special features.

It’s a Wonderful Life stars Patrick Stewart as a frustrated man who has given up on his dreams to help others.  On Christmas Eve he is visited by a guardian angel who shows him just how important he has been to those around him. Though more of a box office disappointment than success during its initial run, the film was able to earn five Academy Award nominations and has become a holiday staple over the years.

The new restoration will hit store shelves, and many households, on October 29.

It's A Wonderful Life 4K


About Stephen Davis

Stephen Davis
I owe this hobby/career to the one and only Stephanie Peterman who, while interning at Fox, told me that I had too many opinions and irrelevant information to keep it all bottled up inside. I survived my first rated R film, Alive, at the ripe age of 8, it took me months to grasp the fact that Julia Roberts actually died at the end of Steel Magnolias, and I might be the only person alive who actually enjoyed Sorority Row…for its comedic value of course. While my friends can drink you under the table, I can outwatch you when it comes iconic, yet horrid 80s films like Adventures in Babysitting and Troop Beverly Hills. I have no shame when it comes to what I like, and if you have a problem with that, then we’ll settle it on the racquetball court. I see too many movies to actually win any film trivia contest, so don’t waste your first pick on me. My friends rent movies from my bookcase shelves, and one day I do plan to start charging. I long to live in LA, where my movie obsession will actually help me fit in, but for now I am content with my home in Austin. I prefer indies to blockbusters, Longhorns to Sooners and Halloween to Friday the 13th. I miss the classics, as well as John Ritter, and I hope to one day sit down and interview the amazing Kate Winslet.