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 Posted:   Jun 9, 2014 - 7:06 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Kritzerland is proud to present a new world premiere release for one of the most beloved and classic films of all time:


Music Composed and Conducted by Dimitri Tiomkin


It is surprising to think that one of the most beloved movies of all time was a box-office disappointment during its original engagement. But, over the years, It’s a Wonderful Life found its audience – a huge and enduring audience ¬– and became one of the most beloved works in all of cinema. It’s a Wonderful Life is now seen as the classic it always was, revered by people all over the world, a staple at Christmas, and a movie people watch over and over again without ever tiring of its simple and beautiful message: how our lives touch others’ lives in profound and wonderful ways. It is one of director Frank Capra’s crowning achievements in a career filled with them.

Despite its somewhat less-than-stellar performance at the box-office, the film garnered some excellent reviews and was nominated for five Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Film Editing, and Best Sound Recording. It won none of those but earned a Technical Achievement Award for Russell Shearman and the RKO Special Effects department (for its use of simulated falling snow). But in the end awards didn’t matter, for while it took a bit of time to happen, Wonderful Life entered the public consciousness and has never left it.

Dimitri Tiomkin wrote a wonderful score for Wonderful Life, interweaving original themes and quotes of popular music to great effect. But, as sometimes happens, Capra made lots of changes in the editing room. He cut several cues (letting those scenes play without music) and rearranged where certain cues appeared; he removed sections of cues, and even tracked in music written for other films. But the score as written is exquisite—as heartfelt and moving as the film. And even though the way in which it’s used in the movie works beautifully, hearing it complete (including unused cues) is a special treat. It is filled with Tiomkin’s wonderful sense of film and character and drama.

This is, surprisingly, the world premiere release of the original tracks for Tiomkin’s score. Tiomkin had a set of acetates for the film, some of which were in good condition and some of which weren’t. They were filled with partial takes, aborted takes and full takes. Through careful editing, we were able to piece together everything that was provided to us and Chris Malone, our restoration expert, did a breathtakingly great job on it. Once before he saved for Kritzerland a score many thought could never be released – A Place in the Sun – and his work here is even more astonishing, resulting in close to fifty minutes of pure Tiomkin heaven. While a handful of cues are still a little problematic in terms of acetate noise, the majority of them have been cleaned up without sacrificing any musical or recording qualities and are quite stunning to hear. We have also included several interesting bonus tracks.

And so, at long last, here are the wonderful original score tracks to It’s a Wonderful Life.

It’s a Wonderful Life is limited to 1200 copies only and is priced at $19.98, plus shipping.

CDs will ship by the last week of July, but we’ve been averaging three to five weeks early in terms of shipping ahead of the official ship date. To place an order, see the cover, or hear audio samples, just visit

 Posted:   Jun 9, 2014 - 7:12 AM   
 By:   foxmorty   (Member)

i'm there. this is indeed a big one!

 Posted:   Jun 9, 2014 - 7:35 AM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

I looked at the track listing - is "Big Band" the BUFFALO GALS recording?

 Posted:   Jun 9, 2014 - 7:50 AM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

Ordered. Thanks for all the great classic releases Bruce. This maybe the classiest of the classics.

 Posted:   Jun 9, 2014 - 7:52 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

I looked at the track listing - is "Big Band" the BUFFALO GALS recording?

You know Ray, I'm just gonna defer all questions such as these to Chris Malone, who has labored three months on this project and knows all the details - working from over two-and-a-half hours worth of material provided to us and doing as brilliant a job as he did on A Place in the Sun.

 Posted:   Jun 9, 2014 - 8:34 AM   
 By:   cody1949   (Member)

What a wonderful Monday morning surprise ! For years I thought the old Telarc CD would be all that we could get. Thank you, Bruce for my second biggest surprise of the year. The List of Adrian Messenger was the other one. Bruce, is there any chance of getting a long overdue DUEL IN THE SUN or RETURN TO PARADISE on CD ? Those are two Tiomkin holy grails of mine and I am sure of many others.

 Posted:   Jun 9, 2014 - 8:45 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

wow, this is great! Pottersville Cemetery is making me weepy.
I suppose tracking down the tracked-in cues from other films would be a migraine?

Bruce, thank you for your eclectic taste which covers all OST eras, especially the earlier ones.

 Posted:   Jun 9, 2014 - 8:49 AM   
 By:   Bob Bryden   (Member)

NEVER thought I'd see this!!!

 Posted:   Jun 9, 2014 - 9:19 AM   
 By:   Niall from Ireland   (Member)

Fantastic release. Ordered immediately...where's PFK? Thanks Kritzerland!

 Posted:   Jun 9, 2014 - 10:44 AM   
 By:   Great Escape   (Member)

Hmmm. Trying to order this from SAE and the order won't go through.

 Posted:   Jun 9, 2014 - 11:11 AM   
 By:   PFK   (Member)

Fantastic release. Ordered immediately...where's PFK? Thanks Kritzerland!

I'm here Niall. I just ordered my copy. I waited to make sure you got your order in first! smile

Thanks Bruce, for another great golden age CD! smile

 Posted:   Jun 9, 2014 - 11:52 AM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

Purchased immediately.
Until today, I thought this was a title we'd be more likely to see from Mr. Faiola at some point.

 Posted:   Jun 9, 2014 - 11:53 AM   
 By:   cody1949   (Member)

Order it at Kritzerland. It's much faster.

 Posted:   Jun 9, 2014 - 12:12 PM   
 By:   marcgothic   (Member)

Thank you soooo much for this!! I too thought the old Telarc release was all we would ever see.
Ordered immediately. The samples sound great. Have to admit George's Prayer asking Clarence to make him live again got me all weepy as I am going through a divorce and longed for another time. But that is getting too sappy. We talked about this upcoming release last week at the first FSM east coast get together. Never knew it would come out 6 months before Christmas. Thanks Again!!!

 Posted:   Jun 9, 2014 - 12:16 PM   
 By:   PFK   (Member)

Order it at Kritzerland. It's much faster.

I always order direct from Kritzerland. As you said it's faster. Also, the CD is packed in a cardboard box and and Bruce gets the full $20.

Support Bruce directly! smile

 Posted:   Jun 9, 2014 - 12:36 PM   
 By:   Anabel Boyer   (Member)

CDs will ship by the last week of July

To quote a famous funny movie i like very much i'd say this is actually XMAS IN JULY!

 Posted:   Jun 9, 2014 - 1:16 PM   
 By:   Stefan Huber   (Member)

Another winner from Kritzerland! Many thanks Bruce and Chris Malone!

I predict there has to be an encore release by the end of this year wink

 Posted:   Jun 9, 2014 - 1:34 PM   
 By:   EdG   (Member)

Thank you, Bruce! What a wonderful score it is!

 Posted:   Jun 9, 2014 - 2:17 PM   
 By:   John McMasters   (Member)

Just wanted to add my thanks for this release -- like others I thought it was an impossibility, and I also assumed that the Telarc was going to be "it" for this music. Great news -- ordered -- keep the Golden Age releases coming.

 Posted:   Jun 9, 2014 - 2:53 PM   
 By:   forty-one   (Member)

What a truly exciting release! Just terrific! Classy cover, too! (Are 4 ! too much? Nah!)

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