Once again, this film has been voted top of the Christmas Movies Chart.
It has always been a favourite (as is The Glenn Miller Story) and we had a video copy.
It was viewed a lot and didn’t bother me that it was in black and white. (I loved Random Harvest too but have never been able to get a copy of that)
Then I saw a DVD copy which had been colour enhanced but it was £13 at the time and I had more important things to think of. I never saw a colour version available again and in the Great Sort Out, all of our videos were given to charity.
Hubby and I were talking about the film the other day, and he said that we should try and get a copy of this classic as well as White Christmas, which has that wonderful Feel Good Factor scene where the doors slide back and it’s snowing outside. For the number of times it’s been on TV, I have never seen it from start to finish.
We braved the multitudes today and went shopping……….. in a popular and large supermarket already heaving with traffic trying to get out of the car park.
We bought Hubby some socks as his are well ventilated, and also some of those slipper socks as his had more darns than fabric, plus a lovely crusty loaf to go with our leek and potato soap today as our neighbour gave us a beautiful leek yesterday.
We looked on the entertainment shelf and although there was no White Christmas, they did have It’s A Wonderful Life for a fiver! Yes, just five pounds, so it went in the basket, along with another cheapie Rex, which is based on a true story about a military combat dog and his owner. Hubby saw it on Youtube and thought I’d enjoy it as Rex is a GSD.
How could I not?
Queues were horrendous, and people with loaded trolleys were lining up at the basket only check outs and self-service. Hubby spotted a short queue at the Customer Services and Tobacco counter, so we joined that. Tempers were already beginning to fray, and a shop elf was doing the rounds by the doors with a tin of pacifier sweets (aka Quality Street), so we picked one each on the way out.
Now that we’re home and I’ve put everything away, I see our copy of It’s A Wonderful Life is a celebratory Platinum edition and has two discs………….. one of the original black and white film and the other is the colourised version I’d seen so many years ago.
I have plenty of tissues at the ready, and after dinner on Christmas Day we shall be watching these whilst other households fall asleep in front of the usual dross on the telly.
If I can get hold of White Christmas too, I shall be well pleased.
Merry Christmas everyone!