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National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (Special Edition)

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National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation: Special Edition (DVD)

Make merry as Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid and an ensemble of comedy favorites strive to gift-wrap the "perfect Christmas" for the Griswold family. The most successful of the three vacations.

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  • Actors: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid, Miriam Flynn, William Hickey
  • Directors: Jeremiah Chechik
  • Writers: John Hughes
  • Producers: Matty Simmons, John Hughes, Tom Jacobson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 30, 2008
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5,785 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VBIGD6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,024 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Format: VHS Tape
With apologies to Jimmy Stewart and Ralphie Parker, this is my favorite Christmas movie of all time. If you are reading this because you have never seen "Christmas Vacation", stop right now and go to the video store and rent it. Then come back here and order your own copy because you'll want to watch it over and over again each holiday season.
The undisputed gem of the National Lampoon 'Vacation' series, the plot can be summed up very simply: idealistic family man Clark Griswold wants to host the perfect old-fashioned fun family Christmas. As all of us idealistic family men have discovered, there is no such thing as a perfect holiday, and that just about sums it up. The appeal of this film is that we can all relate to the disasters that holidays can become, regardless of how well-meaning we are and how hard we work to achieve them.
The cast is terrific. Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo (Ellen) are back as the Griswolds, with Juliette Lewis and Johnny Galecki assuming the roles of Audrey and Rusty. John Randolph and Diane Ladd are Clark's parents, while E.G. Marshall and the ultimate mother-in-law, Doris Roberts are Ellen's parents. Nicholas Guest and Julia Louis-Dreyfuss are Todd and Margo, the yuppie neighbors. William Hickey and Mae Questel (the voice of Betty Boop and Olive Oyl) nearly steal the show as Uncle Lewis and senile Aunt Bethany. Randy Quaid does steal the show - his "cousin-in-law" Eddie is one of the all-time great characters in recent comedy history.
The self-inflicted situations that befall Clark in his holiday quest are peppered with memorable dialogue and slapstick, yet believable enough to bring flickers of recognition to most viewers.
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Format: Blu-ray
Christmas Vacation on Blu-ray. Released on Tuesday and before you go thinking double or triple dip, this release is a substantial upgrade to every previous home release of the film. The average bitrate for this one is 32.87 Mbps vs. 18.51 Mbps and is opened up to a BD50 instead of a BD25. The sound has also received a major overhaul with DTS-MA 2.0 vs. the terrible DD 2.0 (192 kbps) on previous versions. Why post on this film? Because I watch it every year on Christmas morning and we finally have a home release worthy to be watched. Nice 2-disc steelbook with a top notch presentation.

"Eddie: You surprised to see us, Clark?

Clark: Oh, Eddie... If I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn't be more surprised than I am now".
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Format: DVD
Finally, after all this time, Warner Brothers have come to their senses. On October 7th, we will be treated to a heftly helping of one of the greatest Christmas films to ever grace the silver screen............in WIDESCREEN.
I was extremely disappointed with the previous DVD release of this film which contained a pan & scan presentation and nothing more than a theatrical trailer in the extras department.
What we have here is a special edition of this great movie, which will contain audio commentary from both Beverly D'Angelo and Chevy Chase, a "making of" featurette, as well as other stocking stuffers which have yet to be disclosed at this present time.
Being a huge fan of this movie, I honestly can't wait for this release. "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" has become a holiday tradition in my home, and to be able to see it the way it was intended to be seen is truly a treat for me.
Aside from the features of the disk, the film itself is the true gift. One of the funniest movies today which still withstands the test of time even 15 years later. The premise is simple. Clark W. Griswold (Chevy Chase) is hell bent on having an old-fashioned family Christmas in his home, relatives and all. Of course, the hilarity kicks in when things start to go awry. There are so many hilarious scenes in this movie, it would be difficult to list them all. You have everything from an electrocuted cat, to a house with the brightest Christmas light display known to man. Let's not forget the dried up turkey, the saucer sled and the dog/squirrel chase! There's so much more I could say to praise this movie, but if you haven't already seen it, [I won't say more]
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Format: Blu-ray
Ever since it came out in the late-1980's, "Christmas Vacation" has been an annual viewing tradition for millions of people. The movie is up there with "Miracle On 34th Street", "It's A Wonderful Life", the Santa Clause Trilogy and "I'll Be Home For Christmas" (although on the language front, Vacation is nowhere as clean as those other classics).

Unfortunately, Warner's has not done a good job with the Blu-Ray. I also own the film on DVD, so I'm able to compare the two, and I would have to say that the DVD provides your best bang for your buck. On my 40" 1080p TV the upressed DVD looks equal to the Blu-Ray (the Blu-Ray has a bit that, for the most part, is right around the 10.0 to 15.0Mbps, with the occasional section between 20.0 and 25.0Mbps). Warner's did not put any effort into this Blu-Ray. I've never seen this movie on VHS, but others have told me that when they compared the VHS and DVD versions, they didn't find any real difference in terms of the master used. So it could be possible that this is a transfer that was made in the 1980's and was intended for airing on the old analog MUSE HDTV system that was in use in some parts of the world in the 1980's and 1990's.

Audio wise, again the Blu-Ray features the DVD's same Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround track at a whopping 192kbps. The special features are also the same: theatrical trailer and cast audio commentary.

If you are looking for a copy of this video, just get the Standard Definition DVD version and just allow your DVD/Blu-Ray player to upconvert the video to High Definition.
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