10 Blu-ray Titles That Show Off Classic Movie Formats

Blu-ray's high-definition resolution isn't just suitable for new Hollywood blockbusters--it can also showcase revitalized cinematic classics.

By Lincoln Spector, PC World |  Personal Tech, Blu-ray, entertainment

4:3 Black and White: It’s a Wonderful Life

Before 1953, virtually all movies had a 4:3 aspect ratio, and the vast majority were in black and white. It's a Wonderful Life (1947) is, with good reason, one of the most beloved films in this once-ubiquitous format.

The best feel-good Christmas tale not written by Charles Dickens, It's a Wonderful Life acts as A Christmas Carol in reverse. An altruistic man, driven to desperation on Christmas Eve, is shown not the error of his ways but the good he has done.

Paramount's Blu-ray transfer, pillarboxed to 4:3 with black bars on the sides, is clean, crisp, and stunning. You'd never know that a 62-year-old black-and-white movie could look so good.

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