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A Christmas Story (Full-Screen Edition)
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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.
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.
Christmas Story, A (WBFE) (DVD)
It's the final days before Christmas in early 1940s Cleveland, and 9-year-old Ralphie wants one thing from Santa Clause more than anything else: a Red Ryder Carbine Action Air Rifle. As he trudges through the snow to school, faces the neighborhood bully and visits a malevolent department store Santa Clause, Ralphie connives, conspires and campaigns for the most fabulous Christmas present ever in this heartwarming, hysterical and sweetly nostalgic holiday film.]]>
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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I have to point first to the prescient direction by Bob Clark.
That’s something of a surprise. Clark made his bones in horror and the Porky’s movies.
But it’s a welcome surprise. Clark and co-writer/narrator Jean Shepherd, working from Shepherd’s books In God We Trust: All Other Pay Cash and Wanda Hickey’s Night of Golden Memories, offer a careful blend of children and adults on the one hand and reality, fantasy and neighborhood myth on the other and the blend is exhilarating.
This is well before my time — I was born in 1955 — but no matter: I connected instantly to this vivid depiction of a young boy’s life.
It wouldn’t work as well as it does without these performers. They’re perfect or so close to perfect that the difference doesn’t matter.
Young Peter Billingsley is at the top of the heap and it would be a mistake to minimize the impact of his guileless charm, spectacles and blue eyes. He’s the movie’s face and his moods quickly become our own moods.
But I did notice this time around that Billingsley doesn’t have to act much here — though he’s splendid when he does, as in his iconic scene with an impatient department-store Santa — and tends to be used in shorter, sometimes static scenes that maximize his impact.
And I can’t go on without mentioning Melinda Dillon, who fairly exudes gentleness, Darren McGavin, who seems to feel his every scene as though he’s living it, and Tedde Moore, who brings a solemn yet vaguely mirthful edge to her performance as Ralphie’s teacher.
I won’t linger over other iconic moments. You’ll find them yourself and love them better for the finding. Suffice to say there are many and that there’s very little about A Christmas Story that doesn’t serve it well. Even the most minor of characters. The house. The school. The scenes downtown (which were filmed in Cleveland). In a broader tableau, the film even captures the relative innocence of middle-class life in post-Great Depression America and that is no small achievement by itself.
Alas, there’s one notable lapse: A portion of the last sequence relies on stereotyping. It’s a cheap laugh and its position at the end gives it an unfortunate power to influence what viewers take away from the film. And the real shame of it is that the creators might have skipped right over the offending lines — the next bit works perfectly — and still succeeded.
But in the bigger picture, it’s an errant moment in what is otherwise a supremely careful and well-made movie. And so, while the scene sticks in my craw every time I see it, I can’t hold it against the movie for long. This is a keeper.
A fantastic movie a fantastic story a fantastic way to spend time with your family watching it.
A movie to definitely own and share.
The story line is simply adorable and enjoyable for children and adults alike and you don't have to be a Christian to appreciate and enjoy it as well.
Every year one of the cable channels runs it over and over for 24 hours on Christmas, but out of season we had to rent it.
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It's a wonderful evocation of Christmas from a childs point of view. Also, it's American with no schmaltz, which is quite surprising. I guarantee everybody will love this film, trust me.
One of the funniest scenes I have ever witnessed on film concerns the youngest son playing with his food. I laughed so loud it hurt and I giggled for a week.
Buy it, play it every year and add extra warmth to your festive celebrations.
So, if you are film-viewers like us and if you enjoy getting the insights of the filmmaker and the participants of the film, this version is not for you and for that erroneous statement on the packaging this edition of the dvd deserves a 1 star or less.
When taken into consideration with the exemplary support from the Amazon Customer service and the fabulous film itself (both 5 stars), it averages out to around a (generous) 3 star rating for this particular edition of this film classic. One hopes that they will re-package it immediately so that the commentary is included as promised or so the SPECIAL FEATURES blurb on the cover will be excised to avoid any confusion and disappointment.
This review is based on the Blu Ray version of the movie...Not the dvd version which I can't speak for because I've never owned it.
As far as picture quality goes their is some noticeable grain in the picture and at points you can see it flicker especially during darker scenes.
I don't know if it's a dvd to blu ray transfer or not...But for the picture quality while it's ok,it could be better....3/5 stars for picture quality.
Now for the all important audio quality...
You get a really basic mono Dolby Digital 1.0 audio track at only 192kbps.
I know that there really isn't any loud music scenes or really much of any music during the movie...But it's a shame to put a classic Christmas movie on Blu Ray with just a 1.0 Dolby Digital audio track...They should have released it in stereo or Dolby Digital 5.1 to give it more umph!
So for the audio quality I give that a 1/5 stars...Just doesn't do anything for me or enhance the audio track for the movie.
So for my final thoughts here are my reviews of each category:
Movie - 4 out of 5 stars
Picture Quality - 3 out of 5 stars
Audio Quality - 1 out of 5 stars.
All in all...It's not really worth the extra money getting this movie in Blu Ray format.
Just stick with the dvd version of this movie.
Da es leider auf dem deutschen Markt keine Veröffentlichung auf Blu-Ray gibt sondern lediglich auf DVD, griff ich aus Neugier zur US-Fassung um zu sehen wie sich einer meiner Lieblingsfilme qualitativ im Vergleich zur deutschen DVD schlägt.
Man muss beachten, hier gibt es keine dt. Tonspur, was mich wiederrum auch nicht stört.
Was die Qualität des Bildes betrifft, hier ist bei der US-Bluray eine DEUTLICHE Verbesserung zur deutschen DVD zu erkennen. So macht es einfach riesigen Spaß diesen Klassiker der (Weihnachts-)filmgeschichte zu genießen!
Well, they are not. However, I wasn't about to complain, although I guess I sort of am here in this review LOL. The pricing was excellent and I really didn't think that at that price point this stuff would be included, I was just hopeful. And I love this film :)
Still a great movie though!
interviews with many of the main characters which discuss various aspects of behind the scenes activities. For instance ,
the boys were actually friends and got into the type of mischief you might expect such as ordering hundreds of dollars
worth of room service to the adult stars rooms , and much more. The movie itself is available in three forms ; regular
format like TV , widescreen format like the theatre , and a version with comments from Ralphie and the director.
If I watch it every year the cost of the DVD will eventually approach pennies per viewing....