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National Lampoon's Vacation (2003)

Harold Ramis , Beverly D'angelo , Harold Ramis  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (287 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Harold Ramis, Beverly D'angelo, Chevy Chase, Randy Quaid, Anthony Michael Hall
  • Directors: Harold Ramis
  • Writers: John Hughes
  • Producers: Mtty Simmons
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Portuguese (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Mono), French (Dolby Digital 1.0), Spanish (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 5, 2010
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (287 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00407PO3W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,186 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Griswolds and family head by station wagon for the California fun park Walley World.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best!! August 10, 2006
Format:DVD
Hands down, one of the best comedies of the 80's. Chevy was at his best and director Harold Ramis was on a role. (Caddyshack and Stripes.)
Many cuts and versions are out there but the truest I've seen, so far, is the anniversary edition. It's in widescreen (I've heard matted/cropped,not sure, but??), nice 5.1 mix, some decent special features but where are all those deleted scenes and the alternate ending?
Plus, a big [..] I have. "I'm so exited" was the song played when Christie Brinkley pulls along side Chevy(Clark Griswald) in the original. Why, still is "Little boy sweet" a song also by the Pointer Sisters used instead?? Both songs were used in the movie. The latter in the truckstop sceen where Chevy eats the pissed on sandwhich.
Is the copyright on that song that expensive to get it??

Dunno. Great movie. Lotta fun.
Best DVD of it yet. Agreed??
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 5 star content....pathetic blu ray August 10, 2010
Format:Blu-ray
The picture may be only a bit better than the previous DVD releases...the sound is ridiculous and the 43 second intro from 2003...weak. I do agree that the cover art also sucks but I certainly don't care if the disc delivers the goods...this doesn't. Don't bother to upgrade from your normal DVD..its not!
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Nearly What It Should Be... August 29, 2003
Format:DVD
After all these years of waiting, I was very happy to see that Warner was finally going to give "National Lampoon's Vacation" the Special Edition DVD treatment I always felt it deserved. Now that it's finally here, I'm sorry to say that it isn't as "special" as I'd always hoped it would be.
Although this time the film IS presented in widescreen, it is the type of 1.85:1 ratio that actually crops off some of the picture from top and bottom that the old standard VHS version had. That is always annoying to be sure, but since the DVD shows the movie the way it truly appeared in theaters we can't really complain about that. You have to look at it this way: VHS was just showing MORE than was seen in the theater.
The special features leave much to be desired. The group commentary track with Director Harold Ramis, Producer Matty Simmons, Chevy Chase, Anthony Michael Hall, Dana Barron and Randy Quaid was ok, but I've heard much better commentary on other films. With few exceptions, they really didn't say much that was very interesting or insightful, and there were several gaps during the film where no one seemed to say anything! And where was Beverly D'Angelo? I can't believe that she wouldn't have wanted to take part, especially since she appeared a few years ago on the TBS "Dinner & A Movie" with Paul and Annabelle to talk about the movie during commercial breaks with them!
The "Interactive Truckster Gallery" was pretty much a bore, with the exception of the section where stunt co-ordinator Dick Ziker talked about his jump in the desert for the crash scene. Dana Barron also offered an explanation why she only appeared in the first film in the gallery as well. The rest of it was not anything really noteworthy.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chevy Chase at his best January 27, 2003
Format:DVD
I loved this comedy. In fact, my ex-wife's family was alot like the Griswolds. This comedy is packed with lots of laughs and I'm sure anyone who's ever taken a family vacation by car can appreciate some aspect of this film. I highly recommed it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars don't mention Aunt Edna!!! March 11, 2002
Format:DVD
NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION still stands up as one of the funniest road movies ever made. With a canny script and dead-on performances from the superb ensemble cast, it serves as a cautionary tale for families everywhere how NOT to have the family vacation from hell.
Clark and Ellen Griswold (Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo) and their two children (Dana Barron and Anthony Michael Hall) embark on a huge, life-consuming odyssey, otherwise known as the cross-country trip to Walley World in California.
Along the way, they have to contend with a trip to their hillbilly cousins Eddie and Catherine (Randy Quaid and Miriam Flynn) and end up dragging crochety old Aunt Edna (Imogene Coca) along for the ride through Phoenix. Adding insult to injury is the shapely blonde in the red Ferrari (Christie Brinkley) who is following Clark "all the way"...
Hilarious all the way. It is indeed painful to watch the hapless Clark fumble his way (Basil Fawlty-style) through the series of disasters that befall him on his vacation.
The DVD transfer is wonderful after years of...fuzzed-out video transfers.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD review September 29, 2000
By Tuco
Format:DVD
Great movie that still holds up today. Chevy Chase and Anthony Michael Hall make the film with superb performances. As far as the DVD, don't buy this thinking you are 'upgrading' your collection to DVD because the quality is just not there. The disc picture quality is NO better than the VHS and is still pan-n-scan. I did a side by side and I think I almost prefer the VHS picture over the DVD, seems to be clearer. The sound is in MONO, which really takes away from the viewing enjoyment. The only reason to upgrade to DVD on thid one would be for the theatrical trailer or convience of chapter search. There also are a few cast bios but nothing more. I'm almost positive that Criterion or someone will re-release this as a special edition SOMEDAY, as this is a really disgraceful handling of an American Treasure.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars National Lampoon's Vacation
This is a fun romp in the lives of a typical American family trying to have a fun vacation. The things they encounter and how they deal with it is hilarious. A must-see classic!
Published 10 hours ago by Laurie J Cohen
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best ever...we will miss you Harold Ramis
Ramis such a wonderful person, writer, imaginary. Glad I graduated in the '70's and was able to appreciate his work from start to finish.
Published 2 days ago by Adele M. Rathbone
5.0 out of 5 stars Still funny after 30 years
This movie is over 30 years old (wow!) and it's still funny. Chevy Chase is hilarious. Definitely a family movie.
Published 5 days ago by Tiffany R.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Family Favorite
Hilarious! Every Christmas our family enjoys watching this together. Poor guy. He tries so hard to make it the perfect family holiday and it goes from bad to worse.
Published 11 days ago by Judy Flew's
5.0 out of 5 stars Always loved this movie
Great Movie. High quality picture and sound. Blue ray is great. Still very funny after all these years. Highly recommend.
Published 12 days ago by J. Chelus
5.0 out of 5 stars National Lampoon's Vacation
Who hasn't had a vacation like this!!?? As goofy as it is, I still seem to come back to watch it every 5-6 years.
Published 23 days ago by Scratch
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful comedy. RIP Harold Ramis.
It's one of my most favorite movies. Chevy Chase is at the top of his game here. To say that this is classic comedy would be an understatement. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nikolai A. Shevchuk
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
What more can be said about any Chevy Chase movie. The laughs start from the first 5 minutes and don't til the credits run
Published 1 month ago by Tracey Cwirko
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most funny movies of all time--ever. A must see.
This movie and the Christmas Vacation movie are perhaps THE most funny movies EVER made. There just aren't any other movies I know of that are a must see every year or two. Read more
Published 1 month ago by chrisk
3.0 out of 5 stars Not nearly as funny as everyone claims
I'm glad I didn't pay to see this in the theater. It was a few amusing segments strung together with a lot of tedious stock jokes and plays on stereotypes. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Melinda
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