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Blu-ray Spotlight: You Can't Take it With You

Ralph Potts puts the spotlight on this Academy Award winning Frank Capra Classic, based on the hit Kaufman-Hart play, that tells the story of a man (James Stewart) from a family of wealthy snobs who becomes engaged to a woman (Jean Arthur) from a good-natured but decidedly eccentric family.

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Academy Award® winner James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Academy Award® winner Lionel Barrymore, and Edward Arnold star in this classic screwball comedy. Arthur stars as Alice Sycamore, the stable family member of an offbeat clan of free spirits who falls for Stewart, the down-to-earth son of a snooty, wealthy family. Amidst a backdrop of confusion, the two very different families rediscover the simple joys of life.

One of the most successful films of 1938, You Can't Take it With You, based on the phenomenally successful Kaufman-Hart play, was directed by Frank Capra and was nominated for seven Academy Awards, taking home statuettes for Best Picture and Best Director. A true classic and a whimsical gem from the Columbia Pictures library, Director Capra’s acclaimed screwball comedy is heartwarming, timeless and perfect for every family.

You Can't Take it With You makes its Blu-ray debut featuring digitally restored and mastered in 4K video, 24-page collectible Digibook packaging, featuring rare photos and an all-new essay by celebrated film historian Jeremy Arnold. Bonus content includes commentary by Frank Capra Jr. and Author Cathrine Kellison, the original theatrical trailer, and the featurette “Frank Capra Jr. Remembers ...You Can’t Take It With You,” in which the son of the famous director offers insight on his father’s technique, the motivation of the actors and the production of the film.

You Can't Take it With You is the second release in Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's ongoing Capra Collection series, which launched last year with "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington".

Release Date: December 8, 2015

You Can't Take it With You comes to Blu-ray Disc from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 27 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 1.0 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 890 kbps.

"You Can't Take it With You" underwent a digital restoration/4K mastering and the results are quite good. This 1.37:1 framed black and white video presentation delivers gratifying video quality. Images onscreen have notable depth with rendering that draws out appreciable delineation. Close ups and mid-level pans reveal perceptible detail in the faces, hair and clothing worn by the cast as well as the texture on surfaces within the frame. This adds a noticeable sense of depth and dimension to the image. Blacks have ample dynamic range and consistency which plays very well against the various stages of white and gray. While there is some natural loss of visibility in dark backgrounds the level of shadow detail is quite good. The cinematography employs a variety of lighting schemes, transitions and purposeful shadows that translate very well in this high definition presentation. Contrast is stable and supports the film’s elements naturally. Grain is presented in even layers that provide a satisfyingly filmic texture. 77 years later this wonderful film looks terrific thanks to a well-executed restoration that gives fans the opportunity to experience it on home video like never before.

Video: 88
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The monaural soundtrack is presented in DTS-HD Master Audio lossless and while it won’t knock your socks off I found it delivered the components of the original recording beautifully. The auditory is clean and free of unwanted clicks, pops or background hiss. Dialogue intelligibility is excellent as it is never lost amidst the other sounds coming through the central channel. Purists will appreciate the time and effort that went into maintaining the integrity of this great film’s original elements. The result will allow those seeing it for the first time to experience it as close to if not better than those that saw it in the theater 75 years ago.

Audio: 80
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  • Low frequency extension * (non-rated element): NA
  • DSU Rating * (non-rated element): NA

Bonus Features:
  • Commentary by Frank Capra Jr. and Author Catherine Kellison
  • (HD) Frank Capra Jr. Remembers…You Can't Take it With You – 25 minutes
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Digibook Packaging
  • Digital HD Copy

You Can't Take it With You won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director and is widely accepted as a cinematic classic. 77 years later it still shines brilliantly. It makes its debut on Blu-ray Disc in this excellent offering that features painstakingly restored and revitalized high definition video, faithfully reproduced lossless sound quality and a complimentary supplemental offering. A must have for film enthusiasts this terrific Blu-ray release from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment comes highly recommended.

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This is a wonderful movie which I had on VHS tape. I didn't know it was on DVD let alone now coming out on BD. Thanks for the review. It is something I will ask for for Christmas.

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