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A Christmas Story (Full Screen) [Import]

Peter Billingsley , Melinda Dillon , Bob Clark    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (336 customer reviews)
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This delightfully funny holiday gem tells the story of Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsly) a 1940's nine-year-old who pulls out all the stops to obtain the ultimate Christmas present.

Special Features

The kids take center stage for this 20th Anniversary edition DVD. For the commentary track, Peter Billingsley and director Bob Clark chummily reminisce on the making of the film, which seems to have been as delightful as the film itself. Because it was such a small film, Clark relates how they were left alone to do whatever they wanted, as long as fuddy-duddy author Jean Shepherd wasn't on the set. The new documentary features Billingsley and the three other former child actors' recollections about the shoot. The kids even help out with two trivia tests, but why is there nary a peep about or from co-stars Melinda Dillon and Darren McGavin? Two 30-minute radio segments of Shepherd's reading his original stories is a nice touch for this double DVD set, as is a featurette about the real Red Ryder guns. Best yet, the film has never looked better, finally available in widescreen (along with pan and scan). --Doug Thomas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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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 50 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll shoot your eye out! Feb. 22 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I was almost finished recording "A Christmas Story" on this 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 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 rather 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. 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"), it's completely tuned in to how kids think, and how a toy can seem like the most important thing in the world.

Fortunately the scriptwriters never condescend to the audience by adding some kind of syrupy message -- after all, real life doesn't work that way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great classic!
Published 27 days ago by Wendy Holm
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Hilariously funny.
Published 1 month ago by dalesaunderson
5.0 out of 5 stars but happy to have my own copy
This always makes me think of my brother. This could of been our family, makes me very sentimental, but happy to have my own copy.
Published 1 month ago by Eek
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie
Published 3 months ago by James Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch every Christmas without fail & never thoroughly enjoy it.
A classic. Purchased to replace a well-worn VHS tape. Watch every Christmas without fail & never thoroughly enjoy it.
Published 3 months ago by sue18
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 6 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 7 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 8 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 8 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 9 months ago by Hud
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