The Best Years Of Our Lives DVD

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It's the hope that sustains the spirit of every GI: the dream of the day when he will finally return home. For three WWII veterans, the day has arrived. But for each man, the dream is about to become a nightmare. Captain Fred Derry (Dana Andrews) is returning to a loveless marriage; Sergeant Al Stephenson (Fredric March) is a stranger to a family that's grown up without him; and young sailor Homer Parrish (Harold Russell) is tormented by the loss of his hands. Can these three men find the courage to rebuild their world? Or are the best years of their lives a thing of the past?

Featuring a brilliant cast that includes Myrna Loy and Virginia Mayo, this postwar classic garnered eight Oscars, including Best Picture. Heart-wrenching, touching and "filled with emotional dynamite" (The Hollywood Reporter), it remains "one of the best films about war veterans ever made" (American Movie Classics Magazine).
Technical Specs
  • Format: DVD
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 172 Minutes
  • Region: 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: Fullscreen
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 15, 2013
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Audio: ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Color: Black & White
  • Includes:
    Introduction by Virginia Mayo
    Interview With Virginia Mayo And Teresa Wright
    Theatrical Trailer
Reviews
28 Reviews
4.9

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4.9

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Pros

  • Engaging characters (27)
  • Entertaining (21)
  • Original (18)
  • Informative (16)
  • High production value (13)

Cons

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  • At home (22)
  • Adult viewers (13)
  • Perfect gift (11)
  • Younger viewers (7)
  • Travel (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
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4.0

Great movie must see.

By CINEMA MOVIE BUFF

from NORTH CAROLINA

About Me Avid Moviegoer

Pros

  • Engaging Characters
  • Entertaining
  • Great Cinematography
  • High Production Value
  • Informative
  • Original

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Adult Viewers
    • At Home
    • Perfect Gift
    • Younger Viewers

    Comments about this product:

    Like many many have said before this is a great movie. It shows the hardship of the men comming home after the war. I watch it everytime it come on TCM.

     
    5.0

    I love this movie

    By Wolfie

    from Bellevue NE

    About Me Movie Buff

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Engaging Characters
    • Entertaining

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • At Home

      Comments about this product:

      I have seen this movie numourous times. I always try to watch it when it is on. Thats why I decided to get my own copy.

       
      5.0

      it' like quiksand

      By roach

      from san diego

      About Me Movie Buff

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      Pros

      • Engaging Characters
      • Entertaining
      • Great Cinematography
      • High Production Value
      • Informative
      • Original

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Adult Viewers
        • At Home
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        • Travel
        • Younger Viewers

        Comments about this product:

        great movie A top ten choose, anyone who knows about WW2 or who served, and or what it's like to come home from war, you have to see this movie, bring your Kleenex, your going to need it. !!!!!

         
        5.0

        Best World War II movie ever made

        By Father Christmas

        from Leavenworth WA

        About Me Movie Buff

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        Pros

        • Engaging Characters
        • Entertaining
        • Great Cinematography
        • High Production Value
        • Informative
        • Original

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            Comments about this product:

            Great movie on the trials of returning veterans and the readjustment of the family and employers.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Stirring Drama about "coming home"

            By Sgt. Fred

            from Texas

            About Me Movie Buff

            Pros

            • Engaging Characters
            • Great Cinematography
            • High Production Value

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • At Home

              Comments about this product:

              As a combat veteran from Vietnam, I know that this film never ages. From the way veterans are treated and then forgotten when they come home, this film depicts the problems faced by GIs with relationships, adjustments and PTSD. I can relate to the veterans' point of view, and this film is still relevant today -- even though it is over 60 years old.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great posf war drama

              By Margarita

              from Faribault, MN

              About Me Casual Viewer

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              Pros

              • Engaging Characters
              • Entertaining
              • Informative

              Cons

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                • At Home
                • In The Car

                Comments about this product:

                A great movie depicting the tramas that so many in our armed forces have faced after being subjected to war, WWII to present.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                The best

                By Lovesongs

                from Delray beach fl

                About Me Movie Buff

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                Pros

                • Engaging Characters
                • Entertaining
                • Great Cinematography
                • High Production Value
                • Informative
                • Original

                Cons

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                  • Adult Viewers
                  • At Home
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                  Comments about this product:

                  This movie never gets old. It is timeless

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  My favroite movie of all time

                  By Mary old movie buff

                  from Georgia

                  About Me Movie Buff

                  Pros

                  • Engaging Characters
                  • Just The Best

                  Cons

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                      Comments about this product:

                      Perfect cast, true to life story about coming home from the war. This movie will over take you and you see and understand more each time you see it.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Such a wonderful movie. Timeless story.

                      By romancegirl

                      from Bowling Green, OH

                      About Me Casual Viewer

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                      Pros

                      • Engaging Characters

                      Cons

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                        • At Home

                        Comments about this product:

                        This movie shows what soldier go through emotionally and physically when they return from war. A timeless story.

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Best Years Of Our Lives

                        By TWP

                        from Westchester, NY

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                        Pros

                        • Engaging Characters
                        • Entertaining
                        • Great Cinematography
                        • High Production Value
                        • Informative
                        • Original

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • At Home
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                          • Travel

                          Comments about this product:

                          One of the best movies made about WWII families and the struggles they endured and surpassed

                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Great After War Film

                          By The Movie Watcher

                          from Albuquerque, NM

                          About Me Casual Viewer

                          Pros

                          • Engaging Characters
                          • Entertaining
                          • Informative
                          • Original

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Adult Viewers
                            • At Home
                            • In The Car
                            • Perfect Gift
                            • Travel
                            • Younger Viewers

                            Comments about this product:

                            This film follows 3 men returning home from the war and how they readjust to home, jobs, love, and the world. It is a wonderful film. They use an actual man who lost his arm in the war as one of the men that is followed in the film.

                            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Simply the best movie ever made

                            By Himself

                            from Richmond, Virginia

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                            Pros

                            • Engaging Characters
                            • Entertaining
                            • Great Cinematography
                            • High Production Value
                            • Informative
                            • Original

                            Cons

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                              • Adult Viewers
                              • At Home
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                              Comments about this product:

                              I agree with Betty Davis: This is the best movie ever made, and for so many reasons. If you are interested in how much the core values of our country have changed, watch this movie.

                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Every American should watch this movie

                              By Gloria the TCM station watcher

                              from Jefferson Hills,PA

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                              Pros

                              • Engaging Characters
                              • Entertaining
                              • High Production Value
                              • Informative
                              • Original

                              Cons

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                                • Adult Viewers
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                                Comments about this product:

                                I'm so glad I have TCM to get the movies I love.
                                Thank you.

                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                A War Story Never Told this way

                                By Mr. K

                                from Houston, TX

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                                Pros

                                • Engaging Characters
                                • Entertaining
                                • Informative
                                • Original

                                Cons

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                                  • At Home

                                  Comments about this product:

                                  This movie tells a story about the aftermath of War, in a way I have never seen.

                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Great movie

                                  By betty

                                  from Lewiston, ID

                                  About Me Casual Viewer

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                                  Pros

                                  • Engaging Characters

                                  Cons

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                                    • At Home

                                    Comments about this product:

                                    this is one of our favorite movies

                                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Excellent Movie

                                    By TCM Movie Junkie

                                    from Charlotte, NC

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                                    Pros

                                    • Engaging Characters
                                    • Entertaining
                                    • Informative

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                                      • Adult Viewers
                                      • At Home
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                                      Comments about this product:

                                      Makes you realize what problems/issues that our troops face returning to civilization.

                                      Great cast of characters - worth watching again and again.

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Kudos to Best Years of Our Lives

                                      By MotoX Mom

                                      from Kankakee, IL

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                                      Pros

                                      • Engaging Characters
                                      • Entertaining
                                      • Informative
                                      • Original

                                      Cons

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                                        • Adult Viewers
                                        • At Home
                                        • In The Car
                                        • Travel

                                        Comments about this product:

                                        Great look back at returning vets from WWII. You can feel both the vets and their families emotions of happiness, uncertainty, longing and more. Great story. Would highly recommend this movie.

                                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        4.0

                                        War Veterans return Home

                                        By Sonya@Hollywood

                                        from S.A.

                                        About Me Movie Buff

                                        Pros

                                        • Engaging Characters
                                        • Great Cinematography
                                        • Original

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • War Veterans

                                          Comments about this product:

                                          "The Best Years of Our Lives" is an introspective movie about three veterans adjusting to civilian life after World War II. The film, directed by William Wyler and released in 1946 strikes a significant chord even today. The story follows Fred Derry (Dana Andrews) an Army Air Force Captain, Homer Parrish (Harold Russel) a Navy man who lost his hands in the war, and Al Stephenson (Frederic March) an infantry platoon Sergeant. They meet on their way home to Boone City and each one experiences excitement and apprehension in resuming the life they had before the war. The three veterans have their own personal story. Fred Derry before leaving for the war, impulsively married a showgirl (Virginia Mayo) who turns out is only interested in money and having a good time. Harold and his longtime girlfriend Wilma had plans to marry, but fears she won't accept him with his physical disability, and Al Stephenson returns to his banker's job and a family who has grown up while he's been away. "The Best Years of Our Lives" is beautifully and poignantly shot by Academy award cinematographer Gregg Toland, famous for films like "Citizen Cane" and "Grapes of Wrath." Some of the scenes are wideshots with depth and real life activity, as in the department store scenes where Fred works as a Soda Jerk, the bar scene of Harold playing piano with his hooks along with Uncle Butch (Hoagy Carmichael) and the aircraft graveyard. Personal conflicts, transitioning to civilian life, and the difficulty of finding work are all interwoven realistically in this film. A strong performance by Theresa Wright as Stephenson's daughter who is in love with Fred Derry, adds to the conflict. Myrna Loy and Cathy O'Donnell round out an excellent cast. The biggest surprise for me was the performance of real life disabled veteran Harold Russell. He gives a sensitive and straightforward performance as "Homer" that earned him an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. "The Best Years of Our Lives" won 8 academy awards including one for best music score and for best film. This is a wonderful movie that addresses real life issues for war veterans and it does not gloss over one bit. This is a really good story with relevance, a must see!

                                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          A classic!

                                          By Roadrunner

                                          from Lake Tahoe, Nevada

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                                          Pros

                                          • Engaging Characters
                                          • Entertaining
                                          • High Production Value
                                          • Informative
                                          • Original

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Adult Viewers
                                            • At Home

                                            Comments about this product:

                                            In my opinion, one of the best films of all time. This is a view of life veterans face when they return home. Life has changed since 1945, however, it fits for veterans coming back from any war … from WWII to Iraq. Classic performances by an extraordinary cast. Fredric March deserved his Oscar for Best Actor, it's just unfortunate Myrna Loy did not receive one as well. Likewise, Harold Russell deserved his two Oscars. A good case could also have been made for Hoagy Carmichael as Best Supporting Actor. And Teresa Wright rates among my favorite screen personalities.

                                             
                                            5.0

                                            A wonderful classic!

                                            By Z

                                            from San Antonio, TX

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                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Engaging Characters
                                            • Entertaining
                                            • High Production Value
                                            • Memorable Story Line
                                            • Original

                                            Cons

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                                              • At Home
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                                              Comments about this product:

                                              One of those rare films where every performer seems perfectly cast and each one adds significantly to the whole experience. One of Teresa Wrights' best films (which says a lot). Also a chance to view a part of Dana Andrews' much too brief but outstanding career. This film should be especially enjoyed by anyone whose life has been touched in some way by the World War II era.

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