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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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So imagine when I popped the disc into my PS4, and realized the technical specs did not match - DTS-HD audio instead of Dolby Digital? No French dubs? Did I buy the right disc? (Yeah, I guess I pay closer attention to these things than the average moviegoer). Upon further research, I realized I had in fact purchased the 25th Anniversary Edition, but in standard edition packaging. Confusing? Yes, but since the 25th AE is no longer being sold at default, I welcome the fact that at least we are now getting the "better" version at a decent price. Anyway...
As far as the disc goes, the picture quality is fine for a late 80s film, it's a little dark and hazy at times, but exhibits some nice color during interior scenes and the Christmas light display. The sound is 2.0 Stereo Surround, which is fine for a comedy with few sonic moments to speak of. Of note, the sledding scene actually set off my subwoofer for a brief moment, but other than that, everything else comes through clearly and without issue. Extras are only a trailer and a cast/crew commentary from the original release. Given that the film has gained a following since it's release as a holiday classic, it's unfortunate Warner couldn't drum up a few extra supplements.
Still, for the price, and being one of the funniest Christmas films of recent, this new edition is completely serviceable. Warner should really update the packaging, though.
Chevy Chase at his finest. I don't think the "Vacation" series gets any better than this. I'm glad to have this in a streaming format ... now I can weird out people at the airport with my sudden obnoxious belly-laughter while wearing my headphones and choking back tears.
I saw this first on a date in high school in the theater so maybe that is why it why I have such fondness for this film. John Hughes (RIP) helped me through the awkward 80s. I don't know where my 80's date is, but I know where my copy of this movie is and it's with me every year.
This film as popular as it is has never had a great DVD or Blu-Ray Release. There is plenty of cutting room footage that has never seen the light of day. If Warner Brothers wants to release a new set they should include a CD of the Soundtrack The CD has been out of print for years and I see illegal copies for sale all over the net. If you have the older blu-ray release then you will notice the picture here is better but inly if you have a huge screen otherwise save your money. .
I hope one day Warner Brothers decides to put more of an effort behind a release
Its a movie you can watch all year round! Kids to Adults will love this movie. They honestly just don't make comedies like this anymore. Its wholesome yet has plenty of "adult" humor in it to appeal to the masses.
Christmas Vacation runs the gammet of emotions. Laughter to crying. There are even a few tense.. **Scary** moments. Like when the door bell rings and the family is at the door. Most of us can attest to the horrors of having family over for Christmas. And that first nock at the door or doorbell ring send a horrific chill through your spine. And though many of us dread certain family members, we forge ahead in the spirit of the season and tolerate the often UN-tolerable in our family.
This movie is A+ in my book.
And it's fun to have a good, clean (well, some scatological riff raft and the word "s***er" meaning cleaning out the tank of Eddie's RV), happily-ended seasonal movie. The Grinch of a boss does come through in the end, with a power assist by Randy Quaid's buffoon Cousin Eddie, a man with a truly great heart.