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Ultimate Vacation Collection

The Ultimate Vacation Collection

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Director: Amy Heckerling, Harold Ramis, Jeremiah S. Chechik

Cast: Chevy Chase

The Griswald family's various adventures are collected in this four-disc set from Warner Bros. National Lampoon's Vacation, European Vacation, Christmas Vacation, and Vegas Vacation are all presented in widescreen transfers that preserve their original theatrical aspect ratios. The discs for the first three films come with commentary tracks


The Griswald family's various adventures are collected in this four-disc set from Warner Bros. National Lampoon's Vacation, European Vacation, Christmas Vacation, and Vegas Vacation are all presented in widescreen transfers that preserve their original theatrical aspect ratios. The discs for the first three films come with commentary tracks recorded by a variety of people involved in their production, including producer Matty Simmons, directors Harold Ramis and Jeremiah Chechik, and actors Chevy Chase, Beverly D' Angelo, and Anthony Michael Hall. Each of these titles is available individually, but this box set offers the most cost-effective way to acquire all four.

Editorial Reviews

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Far superior to its sequels, National Lampoon's Vacation chronicles the trials and tribulations of the Griswolds (Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Dana Barron and Anthony Michael Hall) as they trek cross-country in search of fun and recreation at the mythical WallyWorld theme park. Along the way, they get lost in East St. Louis (in what some may consider a racist scene involving black youths stripping the brand-new family station wagon clean while Chase unwittingly asks a belligerent pimp for directions), stop to visit some hillbilly relatives (Randy Quaid is hilarious as the down-on-his-luck patriarch), pick up their cantankerous Aunt Edna (Imogene Coca), dispose of her corpse after she passes away in the back seat, narrowly skirt death after crashing through a roadside billboard in the desert, and stay at a hotel where Chase is tempted by a seductive swimmer (Christy Brinkley). Having endured a journey more trying than Homer's Odyssey, they finally arrive at WallyWorld -- only to find it is closed for two weeks for renovations...wackiness ensues as Clark snaps and takes a security guard hostage John Candy. Chase is good as everyman Clark Griswold, as is D'Angelo as his wife, and Candy is a scene-stealer as a stodgy, dim-witted park security guard. Among the funniest scenes are Clark's swim at the motel, the visit to the Grand Canyon, and the encounter with the state trooper regarding Aunt Edna's missing dog. Much of the humor in National Lampoon's Vacation is indicative of the '80s general lack of taste in comedies (particularly its exploitation of racial stereotypes and incest humor), but a good portion of the film is still laugh-out-loud funny thanks to a game cast.

Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold and his wife Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo) --- and their two generally repulsive children Rusty (Jason Lively) and Audrey (Dana Hill) -- are off on a European vacation thanks to a winning stint on a quiz show. As the movie unfolds in brochures featuring London, Paris, and regions in Italy and Germany, the family undergoes a series of slap-schtick misadventures that include thinking an overwhelmed German husband and wife are long-lost relatives and getting into a funk in their train compartment. Not on a par with the first National Lampoon vacation, for many viewers the end of this European vacation is something that cannot come too soon.

Chevy Chase, star of National Lampoon's Vacation and its sequel, is back as the paterfamilias of the Griswold family (including Beverly D'Angelo as his missus) to skewer the Yuletide season. Chevy mugs, trips, falls, mashes his fingers and stubs his toes as he prepares to invite numerous dysfunctional relatives to his household to celebrate Christmas. Amidst the more outrageous sight gags (including the electrocution of a cat as the Christmas tree is lit) the film betrays a sentimental streak, with old wounds healing and long-estranged relatives reuniting in the Griswold living room. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation was still capable of attracting an audience five years after its release: It was one of the top-rated seasonal TV specials of 1994, outrating even the first network telecast of It's a Wonderful Life.

This is the fourth in a series of movies that began with National Lampoon's Vacation in 1983 and feature the family headed by Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) going on wacky vacations. This time, the Griswolds visit Las Vegas. Clark immediately goes to the blackjack table and starts blowing all his money, continually encouraged to spend more and more by a taunting dealer, Marty (Wallace Shawn). Ellen Griswold (Beverly D'Angelo) becomes smitten with the lounge singer Wayne Newton (playing himself), who invites her to sing onstage with him. Their son Rusty (Ethan Embry) is incredibly lucky playing dice, and he is virtually adopted by a family of gangsters who see him as their meal ticket. Daughter Audrey (Marisol Nichols) gets hooked up with her wild cousin Vickie (Shae D'Lyn), who takes her to sleazy dance clubs. White-trash cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid), who lives on a former A-bomb test site in the nearby desert, also gets involved with the capers.

Product Details

Release Date:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Surround]

Special Features

Closed Caption; Feature-length audio commentary with Randy Quaid, Beverly D'Angelo, Johnny Galecki, Miriam Flynn, director Jeremiah Chechik, and producer Matty Simmons; Theatrical trailer; Languages:English, Français, Español & Português; Subtitles: English, Français, Português & Español; Interactive menus; Scene access; Feature-length commentary by Chevy Chase; All-new 20th anniversary digital transfer; All-new introduction by Chevy Chase, Randy Quaid, and producer Matty Simmons; Feature-length 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,Clark W. Griswold, Jr.
Beverly D'Angelo Ellen Griswold
Anthony Michael Hall Rusty Griswold
Jason Lively Rusty Griswald
Randy Quaid Cousin Eddie
Dana Hill Audrey Griswald
Diane Ladd Nora Griswold
Ethan Embry Rusty Griswold
Imogene Coca Aunt Edna
Eric Idle Bike rider
John Randolph Clark W. Griswold Sr.
Wayne Newton Wayne Newton
Marisol Nichols Audrey Griswold

Technical Credits
Amy Heckerling Director
Harold Ramis Director
Jeremiah S. Chechik Director
Stephen Kessler Director

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Christmas Vacation [WS]
1. Credits [2:41]
2. Uneasy Riders [4:21]
3. Griswold Christmas Tree [3:49]
4. Family Planning [1:50]
5. Well-Remembered [2:13]
6. Browsing [2:36]
7. In-Law Invasion [2:00]
8. Let There Be Light - Almost [10:12]
9. Attic Prisoner [5:57]
10. Light Fantastic [5:53]
11. Eddie and Company [3:03]
12. Glad to Be Here [2:42]
13. Yuletide Cheer from Mr. Shirley [1:12]
14. Going Downhill [2:52]
15. In the Swim [6:00]
16. Santa Griswold? [2:14]
17. List for Santa [1:58]
18. Aunt Bethany and Uncle Lewis [2:34]
19. Christmas Eve Dinner [2:51]
20. Feline Mischief [3:13]
21. Up in Smoke [1:36]
22. Unspecial Delivery [4:29]
23. A Replacement [2:09]
24. Critters on the Loose [3:53]
25. Hell's Threshold [2:39]
26. Scrooge Unscrooged [3:26]
27. Fuller House [2:39]
28. Rocket's Red Glare [2:32]
29. End Credits [3:19]
Side #2 -- Vacation
1. Postcard Credits [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 [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 Walley [4:36]
33. End Credits [4:01]
Side #3 -- European Vacation
1. Cancelled Credits [1:51]
2. A Pig in a Poke [5:42]
3. Family Vote [2:26]
4. Big Spender [1:57]
5. Transatlantic Dreams [5:41]
6. Deluxe Accommodations [3:14]
7. Change Partners [3:12]
8. Wreckful Driving [5:17]
9. Audrey's Phone Bill [2:56]
10. Stonehenge [2:41]
11. Four Schmucks in a Fountain [2:24]
12. Typical Americans [5:28]
13. Eiffel Tower Fall [3:14]
14. French Culture [4:51]
15. Standards of Behavior [1:57]
16. Who the Hell Were They? [5:03]
17. Punchy Polka [4:47]
18. Narrow Escape [1:56]
19. Derangers on a Train [2:36]
20. Real Idiot Needed [3:39]
21. Italian Fashions [2:11]
22. Family Scatters [4:51]
23. Rome Adventures [4:09]
24. Follow the Bug [3:15]
25. Diving While Driving [3:43]
26. They're Back [1:50]
27. End Credits [2:55]
Side #4 -- Vegas Vacation
1. "Good Vibrations" [2:29]
2. Travel and Romance [1:48]
3. Two's a Crowd [2:49]
4. Viewing Las Vegas [1:51]
5. Viewing the Casino [2:47]
6. Remember When [1:21]
7. Bad Deals [4:04]
8. Siegfried and Roy [3:39]
9. Unheeded Advice [1:34]
10. "Holiday" Again [1:28]
11. Cousin Eddie's Place [5:09]
12. Hoover Dam [5:44]
13. Good Talk at the Pool [1:07]
14. "Wayne Newton's Hittin' on Mom" [3:45]
15. Night on the town [4:20]
16. A New Rusty/Audrey [2:38]
17. Jackpot [:54]
18. Wayne Redux [2:51]
19. Hot Shooter [2:43]
20. A High-Roller's Perks [1:28]
21. To Each His Own [5:30]
22. Over by a Hair [1:30]
23. Not a Family Affair [3:33]
24. Dining A La Eddie [2:03]
25. Rainy-Day Cash [3:04]
26. His Kind of Games [2:12]
27. Taking Charge [1:36]
28. Crashing in on Wayne [1:58]
29. Goodbye, Mr. P. [4:13]
30. A Winning Ticket [5:51]
31. They Do It Again [2:07]
32. The Caravan Home [6:03]

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Chevy Chase was born to play Clark W. Griswold in the National Lampoon¿s Vacation series. I realize that is quite a statement, considering Chase is a Saturday Night Live pioneer and starred in timeless classics such as the Caddyshack and Fletch films, Spies Like Us, Three Amigos, and Funny Farm. Regardless, the four films comprising the Vacation series represent Chase at his finest. Chase¿s Clark Griswold is a doting family man who just can¿t manage to get anything right, a loving father who stumbles and fumbles his way through just about everything. The character is a perfect mix of Chase¿s cynicism and his innocence, and that is ultimately the saving grace of the Vacation series. Clark may lose his temper, or go temporarily insane, but it is crystal clear that the reason for Clark¿s clumsiness and ineptitude is actually his unqualified love and willingness to embarrass himself for the sake of his family. The Vacation series shows the Griswolds with all of their warts, a family with disastrous vacations that ultimately make them that much stronger. The core family in all four films consists of Clark, his wife Ellen, and their two teenage children, Audrey and Russ. The first Vacation has the Griswolds driving from Chicago, Illinois to California to visit ¿Wally World,¿ a theme park along the lines of Walt Disneyland. It is in many eyes the cornerstone of the series, partly because it was the first but also because it is probably the most outrageous. The conclusion has Clark essentially hijacking the theme park (which closed without warning) after an exhaustive road trip, using a bb-gun designed to look like a handgun. An interesting aside is that Anthony Michael Hall (Breakfast Club, Weird Science) plays the Griswolds¿ teenage son, Rusty. Featuring cameos from Brian Doyle-Murray and John Candy. European Vacation came next, a rollicking parody of American tourist stereotypes. The Griswolds make virtually every cultural blunder along the way and end up getting caught up in some kind of half-baked international pyramid scheme. This one is unique for its hilarious Eric Idle cameo. Idle portrays a polite Englishman who is severely crippled by the Griswolds, yet embodies the English archetype of inexplicable forgiveness and politeness in the face of adversity. What strikes me about European Vacation is that the family chemistry was phenomenal (all the Vacations featured different actors to play the children; Beverly D¿Angelo plays Ellen in all four films). Christmas Vacation has always been my favorite. The `family¿ doesn¿t necessarily have the best chemistry but I feel this one has the sharpest writing and the best overall direction. Christmas has the Griswolds staying home in Chicago with both sets of in-laws visiting and a surprise visit from Ellen¿s sister and family. Randy Quaid reprises his role as ¿Uncle Eddie,¿ a chronically unemployed alcoholic hayseed from Kansas (after being conspicuously absent from the second film). Christmas Vacation is simply a wonderful holiday movie, full of holiday spirit that ultimately triumphs over familial disagreements and awkwardness. Vegas Vacation has the Griswolds going as a family to...Las Vegas? The haters out there claim that this one killed the series. Granted, it certainly isn¿t the funniest of the series and Chevy Chase is becoming an old man, but these people need to stop sipping on the Hate-O-Rade. Vegas is the perfect background for this disaster of a vacation. Clark develops a devastating gambling habit, Ellen nearly has an affair with Wayne Newton (!), Rusty becomes an underage casino high roller, and Audrey almost becomes a stripper. Randy Quaid is given free rein with his ¿Eddie¿ character and nearly upstages the entire movie with his over-the-top performance. The National Lampoon¿s Vacation series managed to strike a balance that very few films even strive for; they are more-or-less appropriate for even the youngest viewers but are filled with enough