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The Ultimate Vacation Collection (National Lampoon's Vacation / Vegas Vacation / European Vacation / Christmas Vacation)

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National Lampoons Vacation: The Griswold family drives cross-country with an awesome tankful of laughter thanks to three comedy pros: star Chevy Chase, writer John Hughes and director Harold Ramis.

National Lampoons European Vacation: Europe wont survive Chevy Chase and American family vacationers. Howl as they trigger chaos all over a continent in a gutbusting sequel matching the original in both high and low humor.

National Lampoons Christmas Vacation: Make merry as the Griswolds including a pack of rib-tickling relatives played by an ensemble of comedy favorites strive to gift-wrap the “perfect Christmas” in the series most successful and enduring entry.

Vegas Vacation: Hit the comedy jackpot with the Griswolds when their next stop is Las Vegas and the jokers are at their wildest as goofy Cousin Eddie and an amorous Wayne Newton get caught up in the hilarious hijinks.

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Vacation
Vacation paved the way for the John Hughes movie dynasty of the 1980s. Written by Hughes (who would go on to write, direct, and/or produce The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Uncle Buck, Home Alone, and so on) and directed by Harold Ramis (Caddyshack, Groundhog Day, Stuart Saves His Family), the first Vacation movie introduces us to the all-American Griswold family: father Clark (Chevy Chase), mother Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo), son Rusty (future Hughes staple Anthony Michael Hall), and daughter Audrey (Dana Barron). They all pile into the car for a cross-country road trip to Walley World, stopping along the way to view the world's biggest ball of twine. John Candy, Imogene Coca, and Randy Quaid (as yokel Cousin Eddie) pop up along the way. The movie was a big hit, and was followed by several sequels--National Lampoon's European Vacation, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, and National Lampoon's Vegas Vacation--but this one is still probably the freshest and funniest of the bunch. --Jim Emerson

Vegas Vacation

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the casino, along comes the Griswold family from the popular series of National Lampoon's Vacation movies, raising a ruckus in the now family-friendly gambling capitol of the world. Clark (Chevy Chase), the bumbling Griswold patriarch, gets into his usual quota of trouble--especially on a sightseeing trip to the Hoover Dam (where puns on the word "dam" come fast, furious, and idiotic). Meanwhile, Mrs. Griswold (Beverly D'Angelo) gets to sing an ear-piercing rendition of "Lovin' You" on stage with her idol, Wayne Newton (one of the movie's comedic highlights), while son Rusty poses as a high roller and daughter Audrey trains as an exotic dancer. Randy Quaid reprises his scene-stealing role from the original Vacation movie, but let's face it--the series had already worn out its welcome, and this belated sequel earns a few good laughs but hardly qualifies as a worthy revival. Not bad as no-brainers go, but not up to par with the original film, and its better sequels like National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. --Jeff Shannon

European Vacation

After winning a tour package in a game show, the bickering Griswald family carve a trail of destruction through England (where they knock over Stonehenge), France, Germany, and Italy. Somehow Ellen (Bevery D'Angelo), the mom, gets kidnapped by gangsters, leading to a car chase that reunites the family, despite their differences. It's hard to believe that National Lampoon's European Vacation is only the second of the Vacation movies; it has the exhausted pallor of the last of a long series of sequels, drained of all zest or original ideas. The charmless smirk of Chevy Chase, mechanical in its idiocy, hangs over European Vacation like a death mask. It's hard to believe that this hack was once the funny and sexy hero of Foul Play. D'Angelo keeps her chin up and gives the movie whatever class it may have; she deserves better. --Bret Fetzer

Christmas Vacation
The third installment of the Griswold family saga is a significant improvement over their previous vacation (National Lampoon's European Vacation). Disaster-prone dad (Chevy Chase) discovers just how dangerous the Christmas season really is, as the Griswolds' old-fashioned holiday celebration turns out to be more "Bah! Humbug!" than Christmas cheer. Chase is right at home with the outrageous slapstick and often cheerfully tasteless humor, and John Hughes's script is stuffed full of classic Christmas movie references, but Randy Quaid practically steals the film as the unemployed relative with his malicious grin and mooching lifestyle. Not exactly a holiday classic and a bit spotty, but this gag-filled comedy is just obnoxious enough for the Scrooge lurking inside everyone. And fear not, a happy ending awaits all. Watch for future star Juliette Lewis as Chase's teenage daughter. --Sean Axmaker

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Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 19, 2009
  • Run Time: 383 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (379 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001U3ZYWU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,647 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: Blu-ray
There are 4 films in this imported Irish collection: National Lampoon's Vacation, European Vacation, Christmas Vacation and Vegas Vacation. You get the unrated versions of the movies. While I admit that I love all 4 films I must say this set is somewhat disappointing in terms of quality and extras (although it is a step up from the DVDs). None of the legendary deleted scenes (as mentioned in the interesting documentary) are included and both the audio commentaries are fairly bland. Overall, the picture and audio quality are average and in need of a good remastering. These are 4 star films in a 2 star package. The price is right so it could work as a value pack but I wish this was a deluxe collection. Region 2/B digital copy codes do not work in the US.

Video Resolution: 1080p | Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Language: English DTS-HD Master Audio
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

Bonus Content:
Vacation: Trailer, Introduction (1 min.), Documentary (85 min.)
European Vacation: Audio Commentary
Christmas Vacation: Audio Commentary, Trailer
Vegas Vacation: Trailer
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I was searching for National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation for a gift. Even in November I could not find it for a decent price (the local big box stores did not have it in stock--in November) Even Amazon had it out of stock.
Persistence pays off, though, since I was able to get all four movies for less than $18.00 & with the Amazon Prime trial membership I got them before Christmas too.
The day after I ordered this (the Sunday before Christmas) the local big box stores were selling Christmas Vacation for $10-$15, so I think I got a great deal.
This is not a traditional box set-- all 4 movies are in one DVD case. The case itself is pretty flimsy since my 2 year old has already destroyed it.
Per another review, yes these are widescreen, but we LIKE widescreen.
All in all, $18 for 4 classic Chevy Chase movies is a great price.
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Five stars for all four classic Vacation movies. I never get tired of these films. They're fun and silly and always promise a good time. The packaging of this is less than stellar though. They could've done a better job. The cover of the package is basically disguising that this is from the "Four Film Favorite" series. Most of those sets run from about $8-$12, which makes this Vacation set a bit overpriced at $25 for what you're getting. There are 2 discs in this. You have to flip the disc over to play one of the other movies. It should've been broken out into four discs. I think the movies deserve that. They also should've remastered the films at this point and added a hefty amount of bonus features which I'm sure exist somewhere. Still five stars for the movies themselves. I'd give the packaging two stars. This was put together very lazily, but since this is the only set that exists with all four films, you take what you can get.
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This is one of the funniest comedy series ever to be made. Chevy Chase is really on top of his game in these films. You can probably enjoy most of these films with your family, but number 2 has quite alot of nudity, and number 1 has some swears but i'm sure your kids will be able to watch them with you. In every film, they change the kids to make them stay around the same age, that's what chevy chase said in the commetary in the second one.
Vacation- very funny with great plot and actors. This by far would have to be the funniest of the whole series. Since this is a special edition, they put in alot of features which was great because the non special edition version of this dvd had barely any features. The commentary in this is nice. The whole family does the commentary.
European Vacation- this is a hilarious sequel to the classic comedy. It's not as good as Christmas Vacation or the original Vacation but don't let that fool you, it's still a movie that will make you laugh all the way through it. The special features do lack on this disk for all we get is a trailer and a commentary by Chevy Chase (which sucked, i'm not kidding). Anyway, this is still a hilarious film.
Christmas Vacation- this is just as good as the first one. It will make you howl with laughter. This is the perfect Christmas comedy and the family could watch it. Now, warner bros box sets usually make the first one a special editon, but it this box set, the first and this one get the special edition treatment. This has the most features out of all the disks
Vegas Vaction- what can i say, this was a funny movie, but wasn't that strong. mostly because national lampoons didn't make it. But it's still a funny movie and is really a family movie. This is an ok disk when it comes to features, but what can you do.
So, buckle up and get ready to ride with the Griswalds in a non-stop pack of laughter.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
A great Blu-ray set that plays in U.S. players and contains all four theatrical versions of the vacation films. Many people complain that European Vacation was edited from the original theatrical and VHS version, but it was not. There are a few spots where there was some censoring, but this was done prior to the film's release so that it could obtain and PG-13 rating instead of R - drawing in a bigger crowd to theaters. A director's cut would have been nice, but this set is everything it should be and I have no complaints. It's much better than buying individual releases, but the packaging is very basic, so if you care about things like that, it's something to keep in mind.
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