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National Lampoon's Vacation
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National Lampoon's Vacation

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Director: Harold Ramis, Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Anthony Michael Hall

Cast: Harold Ramis, Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Anthony Michael Hall

 

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To commemorate the 20th anniversary of its release, National Lampoon's Vacation has been fitted out with plenty of bells and whistles for its re-release on DVD. The movie has been given a letterboxed transfer at its original widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The original English-language

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To commemorate the 20th anniversary of its release, National Lampoon's Vacation has been fitted out with plenty of bells and whistles for its re-release on DVD. The movie has been given a letterboxed transfer at its original widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The original English-language soundtrack has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono, as are alternate audio tracks in French, Portuguese, and Spanish; the disc also includes optional subtitles in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. Bonus material includes an introduction from cast members Chevy Chase and Randy Quaid, a "Family Truckster and Roof Rack" featurette, the original theatrical trailer, and a commentary track in which the "Griswold Family" discussing their onscreen adventures with director Harold Ramis.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Considering the number of talented people involved in this film, it is not surprising that the laughs are constant. Conversely, considering the number of talented people involved in this film, it is surprising it isn't a bit sharper and deeper with its comedy. Harold Ramis showed in subsequent comedies that he was capable of finding an emotional level to match the laughs (Groundhog Day, Stuart Saves His Family, and even, to a lesser extent, Ghostbusters), and screenwriter John Hughes invested the seemingly overworked teen film with some honest feelings in his screenplays for such '80s classics as Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club, and Some Kind of Wonderful. There are easily two-dozen very funny scenes in this film. Chevy Chase does a fine job of modulating his performance so that he slowly becomes more and more unglued until all his pent-up frustrations are released in a hilarious monologue
ant to his family, and in his threatening of John Candy's park worker. There is no doubt that Vacation is funny, but watching the films mentioned before (as well as Animal House, another National Lampoon film which Ramis co-wrote) reveals that it is possible to make a slob comedy that is populated by characters with some depth. Vacation succeeds as a comedy, but fails to resonate emotionally.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/19/2003
UPC:
0085392753529
Original Release:
1983
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:39:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; All new 20th anniversary digital transfer; All new introduction by Chevy Chase, Randy Quaid and producer Matty Simmons; Feature lenght Griswold family audio commentary by Chase, Quaid, Simmons, Anthony Michael Hall, Dana Barron and director Harold Ramis; Family truckster featurette gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chevy Chase Clark Griswold
Beverly D'Angelo Ellen Griswold
Anthony Michael Hall Rusty Griswold
Imogene Coca Aunt Edna
Randy Quaid Cousin Eddie
Dana Barron Audrey Griswold
John Candy Lasky
Eddie Bracken Walley
Christie Brinkley Girl
Denny Freeman Policeman
John P. Navin Cousin Dale
Brian Doyle-Murray Kamp Komfort Clerk
Miriam Flynn Cousin Katherine
James Keach Motorcycle Cop
Eugene Levy Car salesman
Frank McRae Grover
Jane Krakowski Cousin Vicki
Nathan Cook Man Giving Directions
Christopher Jackson Pimp
Micky Jones Mechanic
John Diehl Assistant Mechanic
Jeannie Dimter Barton Dodge City Cashier
Randolph Dreyfuss Wyatt Earp
Gerry Black Davenport
James Staley Motel Desk Clerk
Tessa Richarde Motel Guest
Fritz Ford Neighbor
Scott Perry Swat Leader
Michael Talbott Cowboy

Technical Credits
Harold Ramis Director
Marty Bolger Sound/Sound Designer
Ralph Burns Score Composer
Robert P. Cohen Asst. Director
Jack T. Collis Production Designer
Robert Grand Associate Producer
Robert Harris Costumes/Costume Designer
Pem Herring Editor
Paul Herring Editor
John Hughes Producer,Screenwriter
Victor J. Kemper Cinematographer
Barbara Siebert-Boticoff Costumes/Costume Designer
Matty Simmons Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Postcard Credits (Holiday Road) [2:12]
2. New Car [3:03]
3. Half the Fun [3:09]
4. Departure; Road Songs [4:12]
5. Wrong Exit [3:03]
6. Asleep at the Wheel [3:22]
7. Bedding Down [3:21]
8. Part of the Act [2:03]
9. Ferrari Girl (Little Boy Sweet) [2:10]
10. Eddie's Place [2:10]
11. She's Best, He's Boppin' [:44]
12. Aunt Edna [1:20]
13. Potluck; Farewells [2:04]
14. Some Picnic [3:31]
15. Bad Night's Unrest [2:31]
16. Dog's Life [3:04]
17. Life in the Fast Lane [4:53]
18. Somewhere in Arizona [2:41]
19. Good Talk Over Beer [2:20]
20. Griswold of the Desert [2:35]
21. Sheriff's Other Job [2:46]
22. Cash Infusion [1:15]
23. Trouble With Edna [2:56]
24. Quest for Fun [5:49]
25. Dream Girl at Last [1:30]
26. Clark Goes for It [4:07]
27. Another Good Talk [3:25]
28. Ellen Goes for It [2:05]
29. Walley World [1:29]
30. Security Guard Lasky [3:42]
31. Ride...or Else [2:27]
32. Cuffed; Roy Wally [4:36]
33. End Credits (Dancin' Cross the USA) [4:01]

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