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  • Actors: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Ian Petrella, Scott Schwartz
  • Directors: Bob Clark
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Nov. 2007
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010OV4L4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,694 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

A little boy in 1950s America desperately wants an air-rifle for Christmas, but everyone seems dead against it in this nostaligic story. In his quest for the BB gun, Ralphie undergoes many trials - like a C+ for his essay, guilt about daring a friend to stick his tongue on an icy fence. Narrated by the author, this film was directed by Bob Clark, who also made `Porky's'.

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A Christmas Story takes us back to the innocent days of 1940s American,a time when all a young boy wants for Christmas is a BB gun. Young Ralphie has his heart set on getting one and he sets out on a full scale offensive to make sure his wish comes true.

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By captain cuttle on 12 Jan. 2009
Format: DVD
There are enough reviews of the different versions so I won't go into detail. Just two things to add that may be helpful to UK viewers:

1) This is not a Hollywoodised Christmas. It was a low-budget film produced from an excellent script and very true to life. I spent the first 26 years of my life in England and have no problem whatsoever relating to this U.S. version of Christmas. Family interactions, kids' Christmas obsessions (every kid of my age at some point got or wanted a gun for Christmas or birthday), Bing and Ovaltine on the radio, everyday kid life, it's all here. The schoolteacher I could swear is taken straight off one of my early teachers and both dad and mum contain so much of the best (and not-so-best) of most people's parents. It's a film that withstands repeated viewings and has long been a Christmas standard in our family.

2) As outstanding as the film itself is, the extras I've seen on various versions aren't up to much. After your jaw has dropped at how much Peter Billingsley still looks like his 13 year old self, there's not much else. As much as the film eschews corn and cliche, the extras revel in it. So if you want to replace your old tape, go for it, but if you're looking only to update your version for extra entertainment from the add-ons, I personally wouldn't bother.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Nov. 2002
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This is a hilarious depiction of an American family Christmas. The family in this movie are not the perfect American T.V. family, but rather have their strange quirks, crazy arguments and typical family problems. The story is told by Ralph, the eldest son, whose dry wit and outrageous fantasies of how life could be are truly comical, and the humour has two levels which can be appreciated by children and adults alike. This is a true stunner of a Christmas movie, combining comedy, family madness and true Christmas warmth. Top class!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Aug. 2008
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Valerie A. Sullivan on 15 Dec. 2009
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THIS IS A GREAT CHRISTMAS STORY,IT REMINDS ALL WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO BE A CHILD AT CHRISTMAS,KIDS AND ADULTS WILL LOVE IT, A VERY FUNNY.FILM
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on 8 Dec. 2008
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The film has become an American cult Christmas comedy classic. The story, told through the eyes of 9-year-old Ralphie, is about a boy and his Christmas wish. He goes through all of the trying times we all remember as children and does it through his actions, imagination, and his "inner" voice (Jean Shepherd) until the film's climax. The film is set in the 1940's, long before my time, but still owning the same desires we all have as children at Christmas. Through the ups and downs of his dysfunctional family life (in the guise of complete normality) we laugh and end up with a warm-and-fuzzy Christmas feeling. I love this film!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Ryan on 22 Dec. 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I have loved this film since first seeing it many years ago as a child, im 24 now and have just bought the double disc 20th anniversary edition.
Well i was very happy to find that it was'nt just me as a kid that loved this film.
Everyone should have this wonderful film in their collection.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By P. Swanton on 28 Nov. 2005
Format: DVD
I first saw this movie about 10 years ago, when I was ill and home from school. I loved it, but never knew what it was called and never saw it on TV again. Finally I had a look online and found out the name, but alas, it's not available on DVD in the UK. Thank goodness I managed to get a copy from across the pond. I was slightly worried that I was going to be dissapointed, as I'd built it up in my head to how good it was. However, thankfully, it was even better than I remembered. It's hilarious, the over-the-top reactions and little imagination skits are touches of complete genius, and so true to how you see things as a kid. An absolute must for everyone, young and old alike, at Christmas
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