‘It’s A Wonderful Life’: How, When to Watch the Holiday Classic in Color

by Madison Miller

Watching Jimmy Stewart run through the snowy streets with his angel has become a holiday tradition for many people.

In 1947, “It’s a Wonderful Life” came out starring James Stewart and Donna Reed. It was directed by Frank Capra. The classic film is still considered one of the best movies ever made.

Naturally, that means many people want to see the classic film during the holidays with their other favorites.

Despite the changes in tradition this year due to the pandemic, classic films aren’t going anywhere. There is no better year to cozy up and watch movies like “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “A Christmas Carol,” “Elf,” and “A Christmas Story.”

How to Watch ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

So, how can you make sure you watch the classic this year?

According to Popculture, the film’s black and white, as well as colorized version, will be available to stream on Amazon Prime Video with a Prime subscription.

If you want to make things easier and own the film that is also a possibility this year. The DVD is $9.99, Blu-ray is $11.99 and the 4K-UHD is $22.99.

All these prices are according to Amazon. As of today, if you order now it will be here by Christmas.

While the movement to colorize black and white films started in the ’80s it is still considered controversial. The movement caused a Congressional hearing in 1987 in which Jimmy Stewart made a statement about the idea of colorizing films.

”Gloria Graham played a character named Violet, so someone thought it would be cute to have all her costumes in violet. That is the kind of obvious visual pun that Frank Capra never would have considered,” Stewart wrote according to the New York Times.

However, other stars like Karolyn Grimes and Jimmy Hawkins support the film being in color since it allows more generations to enjoy it.

“And the kids today aren’t really into black and white. So they have this version,” Hawkins explained. “I’ve told people, I don’t care if they Polka dot it. If it gets them to watch the movie and gets the message [across], that we’re all important, I’m all for it,” Hawkes said according to Yahoo Entertainment.

New Christmas Movies of 2020

While classics like “It’s a Wonderful Life” bring back a sense of nostalgia in people, there are also brand new holiday films entering the world this year.

For those who love a Christmas comedy, “The War with Grandpa” may be perfect for you. This family-friendly film stars Robert De Niro, Jane Seymour, and Christopher Walken. The movie is about a humorous feud between a grandpa and grandson.

For those who are into streaming services, Netflix is always putting out new original films. The hit one this year has been “Holidate.” The film stars Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey in a heart-warming romantic comedy. It is about two people who are each other’s dates for every holiday to avoid family pressures.

For music fans, Dolly Parton released “Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square” also on Netflix. Lovers of Dolly will love this 12-song long musical.

Hulu is also standing out in its holiday selections. Notably with “Happiest Season.” This film stars Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis in a fun rom-com. This movie is all about what it’s like to meet the family of the person you’re dating at Christmas.

For those who love Hallmark, the channel is always coming out with new films. Be sure to tune in during Christmas to watch movies like “The Christmas House.”