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No Place Like Bedford Falls

It's a Wonderful Life (Paramount, $19.99)

It is the most obvious choice for a holiday gift, and for good reason. In this 60th anniversary release of director Frank Capra's classic 1946 tale about the importance of loyalty to friends and family, Jimmy Stewart's George Bailey selfishly declares, "I want to do what I want to do." Ah, George, how little you know. By the movie's end, he overcomes adversity and disappointment to find happiness in the embrace of the people of Bedford Falls.

Extras: Bland. Tom Bosley, who narrates the documentary on the movie's making, and Frank Capra Jr., who offers a remembrance of his dad, are dull and lifeless. The best extra would have been a box of kleenex: No matter how many times you the movie, a tear will always come to your eye.

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