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Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Anthony Michael Hall, Imogene Coca, Randy Quaid December 10, 1997 DVD Good in good packaging. Language: English. Run time: 98 mins. Originally ... released: 1983. INCLUDES DVD, CASE, AND COVER ART. Read more Show Less

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The cult favorite National Lampoon's Vacation gets an uninspired DVD release on this disc. The disc contains a standard full-frame 1.33:1 image that fails to reproduce the original theatrical aspect ratio. English and Spanish soundtracks have been rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials are limited to production notes and a theatrical trailer. Since Harold Ramis' film is still quoted by adoring fans, it is a bit surprising this film has not received the same attention as Caddyshack. This disc has a weak picture, dull sound, and will not teach viewers anything new about the film.
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Special Features

Interactive menus; Production notes; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; Subtitles: English, Français, Español
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/10/1997
  • UPC: 085391131526
  • Original Release: 1983
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan / Dolby 5.1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:39:00
  • Format: DVD

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 Jr. 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
Mickey 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 Jr. 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
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Scene Index

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

Side #1
   Special Features
      Cast Profiles
         Chevy Chase
         Beverly D'Angelo
         Imogene Coca
         Randy Quaid
         Harold Ramis
         John Hughes
      Snapshots
         Anthony Michael Hall
         Dana Barron
         Eddie Bracken
         Brian Doyle-Murray
         Eugene Levy
         Musical Notes
      Behind The Scenes
      Theatrical Trailer
   Select Languages
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