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A Christmas Story is a Christmas classic on DVD that tells the story of nine-year-old Ralphie (Peter Billingsley). In the movie, Ralphie wants only one thing: a Red Ryder Range 200-Shot BB gun. When he mentions it at the dinner table, his mother's immediate reaction is that he'll put his eye out. He then decides it's the perfect theme for a report for his teacher, but her reaction is like his mother's. He fantasizes about what it would be like to be Red Ryder and catch the bad guys. When the big day arrives he gets lots of presents under the tree including a lovely gift from his aunt that his mother just adores. But what about the BB gun?

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Director Bob Clark's charming, touching, and very funny adaptation of humorist Jean Shepherd's nostalgic, autobiographical Yuletide novel, In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash, remains essential holiday family viewing. Narrated by a man (Shepherd) recalling his childhood, the film looks back at the compulsive efforts of 7-year-old Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) as he tries every means possible to acquire his dream Christmas gift--a Daisy-brand Red Ryder repeating BB carbine with a compass mounted in the stock. Problem is, he lives in a Norman Rockwell-esque Midwestern town in the 1940s, where his parents, teachers, and even Santa Claus all warn Ralphie that "he'll shoot his eye out." Episodic in nature and seen entirely through the eyes of a child, the film offers a wonderful look at the day-to-day eccentricities that grew out of this conservative period. More interestingly, it cleverly captures childhood urgency, where even the most trivial fantasies or objects become immediate life-or-death necessities. While countless family Christmas movies serve up clichéd situations suffocating with preachy sermons, Clark's acute eye for detail and odd mixture of warmth, satire, and quirky humor are the reasons why so many viewers have rediscovered this after it initially bombed in the theaters. Sentimental without being syrupy, it's a true rarity: a holiday movie that adults and children can enjoy equally, for completely different reasons and regardless of the season. --Dave McCoy

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Product Details

  • Actors: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Ian Petrella, Scott Schwartz
  • Directors: Bob Clark
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: WARNER HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,513 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VBIGCW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,557 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Christmas Story (Full-Screen Edition)" on IMDb

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'You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out'

At least that’s what little Ralphie Parker is told when he asks his parents for a Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Air Rifle for Christmas. Hilarity ensues as Ralphie, along with his friend, Flick, try to convince Ralphie’s parents and even his teacher, Miss Shields, that a Red Ryder BB gun is the perfect Christmas gift for a nine-year-old boy.

Trivia

A Christmas Story aired before Thanksgiving (on November 18) in 1983.

The movie opened on 883 screens.

Director, Bob Clark, had to agree to make a horror movie for the film studio as a trade off for making 'A Christmas Story'.

The movie was filmed in Cleveland, Ohio, and many of the townspeople temporarily donated their antique cars to help the film appear more authentic for its 1940s time period.

A Christmas Classic

  • A fun and appropriate comedy for the entire family
  • Available on DVD or Blu-ray
  • 94 minutes of charm and laughter
  • 8.5/10 rating from a leading movie review site
  • The perfect Christmas movie to get everyone in the holiday spirit

Meet the Cast

Ralphie (Peter Billingsley)

All Ralphie wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB gun and there’s not much he won’t do to try and convince everybody around him that he needs one. Will his comical and manipulative antics get him what he wants come Christmas morning?

Old Man Parker (Darren McGavin)

Old Man Parker is Ralphie’s dad and the quintessential father of the 1940s. Between winning a contest for the first time in his life, to seemingly never-ending battles with the furnace and the neighbors’ dogs, Old Man Parker is the temperamental, yet loveable, character you’ll secretly cheer for throughout the movie.

Mother Parker (Melinda Dillon)

Mother Parker is the glue holding the Parker household together. While refusing Ralphie’s request for a BB gun that will 'put his eye out', she must also make sure that her youngest son eats and her husband stays away from the Christmas turkey. Now if only she could get rid of that ugly leg-shaped lamp.

Flick (Scott Schwartz)

Ralphie’s trusty sidekick could always be counted on to help fight the bullies and get into general mischief. In one of the most memorable scenes from 'A Christmas Story', Flick gets his tongue stuck to a frozen flagpole after receiving a triple dog dare from one of the school bullies.

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501 of 548 people found the following review helpful By Robert Graves on December 2, 2003
Format: DVD
Released this fall, the "Christmas Story" collector's edition is really a 20th anniversary version of the classic. First, let me say I can't believe it's been out for 20 years. I thought 12, at the most 15. Wow.
Briefly, for readers who may not be intimately acquainted with the film, I strongly encourage you to purchase "A Christmas Story" and make it a regular part of your holiday routine. It will grow on you with each viewing and you'll soon find its one-liners making their way into your everyday vernacular. Which version should you get? That's why you're reading this review.
The original DVD release of "A Christmas Story" had no extra features. Nothing. No commentaries, no interviews, no documentaries. Just the movie. This was greatly disappointing, since I'm a big fan and was interested in the making of the film, what the actors are doing now, etc. So naturally I was looking forward to this special edition.
Well, I can't say I'm too satisfied with the reissue.
1. The documentary is very uninformative. The one positive aspect of it is the simple fun of seeing the actors all grown up. Ralphie is 30 now, but looks about the same. Flick has changed more in his appearance and his career choices. (Career choices? You'll have to look that up yourself. It's not on the DVD and I'm not about to ruin Christmas for you.) There just isn't that much to glean about the movie from the special features. If you would like to know what Ralphie wanted for Christmas when he was 10, or what the worst Christmas present Schwartz ever got was, then you'll likely be absorbed. I wasn't. What could've been an in-depth look at the making of this low-budget masterpiece, intermingled with musings from the actors turned into a Nickelodeon-style "what's your favorite color" type of Q&A session.
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117 of 127 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 2, 2000
Format: DVD
This is a must-see, completely charming, wonderfully acted (and I usually don't like child actors), heart-warming without being too mushy, Holiday Season story.
But they made the DVD in Pan&Scan (except the opening credits, which are in widescreen). SHAME ON THE DVD PRODUCER!
The whole idea of DVDs was that there's ample space for both widescreen and pan&scan versions. P&S (now called "Full Screen Format" -- to make you think it's a good thing) makes movies look like made-for-tv shows, with no vistas and too many closeups.
How about an un-modified version of this terrific movie?
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Format: Blu-ray
Amazon has combined the reviews for the Blu-ray and standard DVD versions of this set, which aren't exactly the same in their features. This review is for the Blu-ray version. My review of the standard DVD version is here too, so be sure you're reading the one you're interested in.

The movie is excellent, a Christmas classic (see below). Should you upgrade to the new Ultimate edition if you already have the 2006 Blu-ray edition? That depends on how much you like memorabilia. The new edition is a repackaging of the 2006 edition, with a couple new non-DVD extras:

-- a collectible retro Christmas cookie tin (the container for the set)
-- a strand of leg-lamp Christmas lights (Blu-ray exclusive)

Those look like fun, if you're into that kind of stuff. Amazon has a photo of the tin and a second photo that shows the tin and the leg-lamp lights. (The announcement for this set said that the items from the standard DVD set (here) would be included in this one, but that isn't correct.)

The Blu-ray DVD won't be remastered from the previous one. The video quality of the 2006 release was only fair for hi-def, soft with fairly good color, with fair mono sound.

The 2006 Blu-ray didn't include everything that was on the HD or the 2-disc SD set.
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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful By E. Schmidt on November 7, 2008
Format: DVD
Revised 12/09: The 2003 "Anniversay" edition of the DVD is now out of print, making this the only deluxe version of the movie available at the current time. A year ago, there were two identical Christmas Story DVD sets on the market at the same time, and this was the more expensive of the two. Seeing as how this is no longer and issue, I'm upping the score for this item from three stars to five.

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Don't get me wrong - I love "A Christmas Story," and I would give the film a 5-star review. The issue here is that the 2008 DVD release is EXACTLY the same as the 2003 version (aside from some slightly different artwork on the slipcover and case). There are no new special features, and the print quality is the same as before. There is absolutely no need for the studio to release this needless double dip DVD. If you don't already own the 2003 version, then this is a must have DVD; if you do, there's no need to buy the new version, unless you go for the Ultimate Collector's Edition, which has some neat extras (which admittedly aren't worth the price if you already own the film on DVD). Check out the Blue-ray version if you're looking for slightly improved picture quality.
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A Christmas Story - The Lost Scene
Never seen this scene. Sounds good.
Jun 1, 2012 by NiggerPlease |  See all 2 posts
Is this any better on Blu-Ray?
It has all the same special edition features as the DVD. Here is a review of the blu-ray version.

http://bluray.highdefdigest.com/christmasstory.html
Nov 24, 2007 by Lawrence J. Olberding |  See all 2 posts
Off topic Amazon question.
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Differences between this and the 2006 Blu-Ray?
Why would you expect better from the studios? They try and double, triple, and sometimes quadruple dip on any and all movies they can. Look at how many times Terminator 2(Lionsgate, I know) has been released/repackaged.
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