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A A Christmas Story [Blu-ray] [1983] [US Import] [2008]

Peter Billingsley , Melinda Dillon , Bob Clark    Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Scott Schwartz, Jean Shepherd
  • Directors: Bob Clark
  • Writers: Jean Shepherd, Bob Clark, Leigh Brown
  • Producers: Bob Clark, Gary Goch, René Dupont
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Nov 2008
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CW7ZZ8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,748 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Synopsis

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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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A christmas story 31 Oct 2004
Format:DVD
Why oh why is this not available on region 2 dvd. It is a classic.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Story 3 Nov 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Must 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Story 7 Mar 2009
By Mikki C
Format:DVD
A Christmas Story
This movie is so very typical of American Christmases in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The film was set in the Midwest, in northwest Indiana and is as true to life of that time as possible. This isn't a typical Hollywood glitter and fairy tale ending film, it is as if a film maker went back in time and captured it all on film. I am from the exact area in which this film was set and it brings back so many memories from that time in childhood. Exceptional film, gentle, funny and well worth your time to watch and to turn into your holiday tradition of movie viewing.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, hilarious Christmas movie 15 Dec 2009
Format:DVD
I first watched, "A Christmas Story" as a child, and now as an adult I still find it as funny as I did when I was 8! It's a really, really great Christmas film, the complete antidote to the cheesy types of Christmas films, of which there are so many.

I think this is a timeless film, the jokes never get old, and each year you watch it you'll find new things funny. I look forward to watching it with my son in years to come.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A CHRISTMAS STORY 15 Dec 2009
Format:DVD
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Unexpected Gem 6 Dec 2004
By Calypsopiper VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I knew nothing about this film, I just bought it for the family because it had a Christmas theme. A few of the other better known Yule Tide films I purchased were complete turkeys - NOT THIS ONE!
It's a wonderful evocation of Christmas from a childs point of view. Also, it's American with no schmaltz, which is quite surprising. I guarantee everybody will love this film, trust me.
One of the funniest scenes I have every witnessed on film concerns the youngest son playing with his food. I laughed so loud it hurt and I giggled for a week.
Buy it, play it every year and add extra warmth to your festive celebrations.
MERRY CHRISTMAS.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars viewing and posting
very funny enjoyed it as much as the grandchildren no problems at all with delivery would use this co. again
Published 1 month ago by Raymond A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what i wanted
I choose this 5 star rating as i was so glad to finally get it for a UK DVD player instead of the American one. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jessica Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Story
This DVD was bought as a replacement for a version which I purchased some years ago in Region 1 format. A firm favourite with our family.
Published 2 months ago by Alma J
5.0 out of 5 stars A Child's Christmas Hopes
I saw this on US TV on holiday in Buffalo Christmas 2013 while staying with my sister-in-law.My daughter, nephew aged 38, grandson aged 17, granddaughter aged 14, and me aged 72... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. G. Tomkins
3.0 out of 5 stars An american dream?
Ordinary by comparison to Christmas classics like The Bishops Wife & It's a Wonderful Life perhaps lacking characterisation of main players but good fun still
Published 2 months ago by JAMES J P MCDERMOTT
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Dvd
This dvd I bought for my daughter for Christmas. I don't know yet if she has watched it or not. I will ask to see it myself when she has seen it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cilla
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Christmas family film
This was much better than I expected - stuffed full with original funny scenes, and very good acting by the children, A very good family film as fun for adults too.
Published 3 months ago by Almond
5.0 out of 5 stars Such fun
I was told about this film just before Christmas. Had never heard of it before but as we were going to be having a Chinese meal on Christmas day I was told I really should watch... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Title page
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just a "be good get rewards"
Seen it before and still brill. Am I getting old cos this reminds me of what I thought? Not too sugary except where obviously done.
Published 3 months ago by winkle
5.0 out of 5 stars My family in the Netherlands loved A Christmas Story
This movie is a Christmas classic. I sent it to a family in the Netherlands because their 9 year old boy is named Ralph, and he resembles Ralphie in the movie. They LOVED it!
Published 3 months ago by Ralph R. Lloyd, III
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