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National Lampoon's Vacation (20th Anniversary Special Edition) (1983) (Bilingual) [Import]

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  • Actors: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Imogene Coca, Randy Quaid, Anthony Michael Hall
  • Directors: Harold Ramis
  • Writers: John Hughes
  • Producers: Matty Simmons
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, DVD-Video, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, Import
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • Release Date: Aug. 19 2003
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 115 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00009NHC9
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National Lampoon's Vacation: 20th Anniversary Edition (DVD)

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 --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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National Lampoon's Vacation was the first film in the Vacation series of films. For many years, the film has been hailed as a comedy classic. And according to most viewers of this series, the first film is the best one of all. Are they right? And is this twentieth anniversary edition of the DVD a worthwhile buy if you already got the original DVD issue? Read on for my review.
The storyline of the film goes something like this. A middle-aged man working in the food preservation industry (Chevy Chase) wants to take his wife (Beverly D'Angelo) and children on a road trip to Walley World, one of the nation's biggest and best amusement parks. And he wants to do this in the new car he has ordered. But the vacation turns into a disaster almost instantly - the car company sends him the wrong car, and even once the vacation is in progress, one thing after another goes wrong - with each experience being even more devastating than the last.
Anyone who calls this film a comedy classic is right. It's very rare that a film this funny comes along. The acting (Chevy Chase's in particular) is great, and the simplistic storyline prevents things from getting confusing. As has been previously stated, this film predated the Motion Picture Industry of America's PG-13 rating, so even though it's an R rating, it's really not much worse that a modern PG-13 is. If you haven't seen this movie yet, and you're a fan of comedies, what are you waiting for?
The so-called "special edition" version of the DVD is a huge disappointment - this is why this set loses half a star. The commentary track is pretty bland, and the "new extras" are pretty much worthless.
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I love the National Lampoon's Vacation movie with Chevy Chase and the movie is wonderful and we all know that. My problem here is this 20th anniversary DVD Warner Bros put out First O.K the movie looks great the picture is wonderful and everything that's not the problem it is the real lack of special features that makes me rather dissapointed the best special feature the the commentary it is pretty entertaining there is alot of information that is useful but Harold Ramis who as you hear recorded his away from everyone else probably has the most useful information the others like Chevy Chase Dana Barron Anthony Michael Hall who is basically mute through out the whole darn thing and Randy Quaid and Matty Simmons once in a while come out with some good tidbits but they joke around too much. They talk about that alternate ending when they go to Roy Wally's Mansion instead make him and some people sing and dance for there dime's worth of entertainment and that is how the movie originally ended with no trip ever to Wally World with the Roller Coasters and such and no John Candy in the original ending and they tested the ending with a test audience and they laughed through out the whole film but got Strangly Quiet and never laughed again and just walked out sad. Guess What that alternate ending never made it on the DVD! You think after 20 years with so many loyal fans of this film they would release that ending for at least for interest just to see rare footage of this film. They just drive you nuts here on this DVD all of the special features except the Commentary which is cool everything else stinks. Where is the FEATURETTE? Where is the Making of...? Maybe some outtakes would have made this a bit more cooler and most of all for crying out loud release the alternate ending!Read more ›
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Anyone who has ever taken their family on an extended trip in the car will LOVE this film. The basic plot of the film is this: Chevy Chase plays Clark W. Griswald, the patriarch of a sterotypical All-American family (Mom, Dad, one son, one daughter) who decides that this year, he is going to "take the whole tribe cross-country" from their home in Chicago to the Walley World theme park, which is located (surprise!!) in Southern California. You know it's going to be a long trip right from the very beginning, when Clark goes to the car dealership in Chicago to pick up the new family car for the trip. His new car did not come in after all, and his old car gets crushed like a pancake as soon as they turn it in, so they get stuck with a Wagon Queen Family Truckster, which has to be the UGLIEST station wagon ever shown on screen. Things get worse and worse on the way to California. But the trip really starts to go in the toilet when they stop to visit relatives in Coolidge, Kansas, and they get stuck with the task of carrying the grating Aunt Edna (great performance from Imogene Coca) home to Phoenix. Then, of course, she has the poor timing to die when they are almost there. What the family does in order to get her home is one of the highlights of the movie. But that's nothing compared to what happens to her little dog, Dinky. When they finally make it to Walley World and it's closed, Clark has one of the more memorable psychotic episodes in movie history. But, through it all, you can tell that Clark is just trying to give his family a good time, even if it kills them. He's a nut, but he does love his family.Read more ›
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