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A Christmas Story (Full Screen)

Peter Billingsley , Melinda Dillon , Bob Clark    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (331 customer reviews)
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A Christmas Story is on its way to becoming an annual holiday classic, one to keep on the shelf with It's a Wonderful Life, the puppet-animated Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and A Charlie Brown Christmas. It may have been directed by Bob Clark (responsible for the Porky's pictures), but it's based on the childhood memoirs of humorist Jean Shepherd (from his hilarious book In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash). And it is Shepherd's wry, deadly accurate, and gently nostalgic comic sensibility that shines through in this kid's-eye view of an all-American Christmas in the 1940s. All little Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) wants under the tree on Christmas morning is a Daisy Brand Red-Ryder BB rifle. He not only wants it, he's consumed with an aching desire for it. Unfortunately, his mother (Melinda Dillon) repeatedly crushes his dreams with the familiar, harsh mantra: "You'll shoot your eye out!" Among the movie's highlights are a surrealistic visit with little brother Randy to a department store Santa, and the childlike mixture of delight, pride, and awe with which Ralphie's dad (Darren McGavin) takes possession of a spectacularly gaudy prize he's won in a radio contest. McGavin should have won an award for his splendid comic work as a middle-aged-kid-turned-patriarch who alternates between grown-up temper tantrums and unabashed juvenile joy. --Jim Emerson

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll shoot your eye out Sept. 15 2008
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I was almost finished recording "A Christmas Story" on last Christmas morning. Fifteen minutes before it ended, my father walked in and said that we would get the special edition soon.

That I didn't go postal at losing an hour and a half of my favorite holiday on something that would shortly be redundant shows how much I love "A Christmas Story." This 1983 classic is not just a heartwarming little story about a loving (if bickery) family in the dour America of the late 1940s, but a hysterical comedy about what it's like to be a kid at Christmas.

Ralphie Parker's (Peter Billingsley) Christmas wishes are simple: a official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle with a compass and a "thing that tells time." But his mom says he'll shoot his eye out. So Ralphie begins a quiet crusade to get it as a present -- he writes an essay on it and even asks Santa, only to get the same terrible reply: "You'll shoot your eye out."

As the days tick down to Christmas -- with no sign of an air rifle -- Ralphie hits other obstacles when he clashes with bullies, says "the mother of all dirty words," and watches his parents battle it out over a tacky "major award" (leg lamp). But there are surprises in store for the Parker family on Christmas morning -- and some of them involve smelly bloodhounds.

Yes, the plot is pretty simple -- it's the delivery that makes it special. It's narrated by an adult Ralphie who offers his slightly sardonic take on everything ("We plunged into the cornucopia quivering with desire and the ecstasy of unbridled avarice"), mingled with a hint of nostalgia. And it's completely tuned in to how kids think, and how a toy can seem like the most important thing in the world.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, awful fake widescreen DVD. Oct. 8 2003
Format:DVD
Many fans of this movie expressed their concern when it was originally released on DVD as a 'pan-&-scan' only version. After a few years, and lots of complaints, WB finally gives us the widescreen version ...NOT!
This DVD actually contians the 'pan-&-scan' fullscreen version, and it includes a fake 'matted' widescreen version.
Matted-widescreen means they took a 'fullscreen' copy of the movie, and added black bars to the top & bottom of the picture to 'simulate' a widescreen version of the movie. As a result, not only are we missing the left & right side of the picture, now we are missing part of the top & bottom as well. What the hell is wrong with Warner Bros, MGM and Universal?!?
When movie buffs and DVD fans demand a 'widescreen' version of the movie, they are demanding the ORIGINAL WIDESCREEN VERSION of the movie, not some fake matted print that simply simulates the original aspect ratio. We want the entire picture, not a picture that has been SHAPED using black bars to fool the consumer into thinking this is the whole widescreen picture as it was originally shown in theaters.
Basicly, these companies are using a play on words, and instead of spending the time to restore the true 'widescreen' print, they are just slapping some black bars on the fullscreen print that was used to make the pan-&-scan version, so it has the same aspect ratio (shape) as what we asked for.
This is an ignorant business practice, and false advertising. Granted, some movies were released in theaters fullscreen, then matted in the theater to make it widescreen to fit on their screens, but this movie is not one of them. So the matting they did on it is unjustified. They are just lazy, cheap and greedy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ho ho ho! Dec 11 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I was almost finished recording "A Christmas Story" on last Christmas morning. Fifteen minutes before it ended, my father walked in and said that we would get the special edition.

That I didn't go postal at losing an hour and a half on something that would shortly be redundant shows how much I love "A Christmas Story." This 1983 classic is not just a heartwarming little story about a loving (if bickery) family in the dour America of the late 1940s, but a hysterical comedy about what it's like to be a kid at Christmas.

Ralphie Parker's (Peter Billingsley) Christmas wishes are simple: a official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle with a compass and a "thing that tells time." But his mom says he'll shoot his eye out. So Ralphie begins a quiet crusade to get it as a present -- he writes an essay on it and even asks Santa, only to get the same terrible reply: "You'll shoot your eye out."

As the days tick down to Christmas -- with no sign of an air rifle -- Ralphie hits other obstacles when he clashes with bullies, says "the mother of all dirty words," and watches his parents battle it out over a tacky "major award" (leg lamp). But there are surprises in store for the Parker family on Christmas morning -- and some of them involve smelly bloodhounds.

Yes, the plot is pretty simple -- it's the delivery that makes it special. It's narrated by an adult Ralphie who offers his slightly sardonic take on everything ("We plunged into the cornucopia quivering with desire and the ecstasy of unbridled avarice"), mingled with a hint of nostalgia. And it's completely tuned in to how kids think, and how a toy can seem like the most important thing in the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Story
Classic, classic, classic!!! Brings back memories. Love this movie! Full of laughs and well worth seeing. I give 5 stars.
Published 2 months ago by janice
5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Story
Bought it for a gift......and sent it away.....I know it is a classic good movie...so I hope the people I sent it too liked it too
Published 3 months ago by Ursula Portz
1.0 out of 5 stars Delivery unacceptable
I ordered this product and paid extra for 2 day delivery on December 18,2013. As it was held in my cart for 30 minutes, it was 15 minutes past the deadline for delivery on Monday,... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jill L McTiernan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas Movie
I had never heard of the movie till I read an article about it in Reminise Magazine.
That promted me to buy it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by John Browett
5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Story
This was a Christmas gift to my grandchildren, ages 7 & 10. They watched it as a family and enjoyed it very much.
Published 5 months ago by Hud
5.0 out of 5 stars THe Definitive Version
Perhaps like me , you already own a copy of A Christmas Story , but I bought this because of the extra stuff. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Big Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Classic
It's very warm and funny and takes place exactly when I was growing up, bully and all. I liked that it was filmed here for a large part.
Published 6 months ago by John Coleman
5.0 out of 5 stars My fave!
I love this movie and watch it every Christmas season. It's enchanting. Have also introduced this charming storytelling to friends.
Published 6 months ago by A. Kenney
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This movie is going to be a new Christmas tradition. The discs arrived in great shape. We also loved the additional disc with different games and special features. So fun!
Published 6 months ago by Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourites
This is one of my favourite Christmas stories. I wish that life was as simple as in the story. Thanks.
Published 6 months ago by susan
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