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National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation [DVD] [1989]

Chevy Chase , Beverly D'Angelo , Jeremiah S. Chechik    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Galecki, John Randolph
  • Directors: Jeremiah S. Chechik
  • Writers: John Hughes
  • Producers: Daniel Grodnik, John Hughes, Matty Simmons, Mauri Syd Gayton, Ramey E. Ward
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Nov 2003
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CGD0S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,627 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is the third instalment of the Griswold family saga and a significant improvement over their previous European Vacation. Disaster-prone dad (Chevy Chase) discovers just how dangerous the Christmas season really is as the Griswolds' old-fashioned holiday celebration turns out to be more "Bah! Humbug!" than Christmas cheer. Chase is right at home with the outrageous slapstick and often cheerfully tasteless humour, and John Hughes's script is stuffed full of classic Christmas movie references, but Randy Quaid practically steals the film as the unemployed relative with his malicious grin and mooching lifestyle. Not exactly a holiday classic and a bit spotty, this gag-filled comedy is just obnoxious enough for the Scrooge lurking inside everyone. And fear not, a happy ending awaits all. Watch for future star Juliette Lewis as Chase's teenage daughter. --Sean Axmaker

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Chevy Chase National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 19 Sep 2003
Well where should I start?
This film rates as one of my all time favourites. For the past thirteen or so years I have played this over and over again.... and that's not just at Christmas time. Thank goodness the DVD has finally come out on sale cos my video of it has seen better days.
The film still leaves my brother and I in stitches even though we know it word for word. Clarke Griswold just wants to fulfil his ambition of a 'Big Ole Fashioned Family Christmas' but for one reason or another, things just don't seem to go Clarke's way. Full of hilarious one-liners, and plenty of wacky scenes, this film will have you splitting your sides. Watch out for the 15,000 twinkle lights Clarke attempts to put onto the house - you'll be crying from laughter. Well, for my money he's added to my Christmas' in a big way and given me hours and hours of enjoyment. A classic for every household.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An extreamly funny movie!!!! 22 Sep 2003
This movie is one of Chevy Chase's best!! Here he is planning the ultimate family christmas, and of course it doesn't go as planed! The opening scene is just faboulus...where the family is out looking for the perfect christmas tree.... Also they encounter the struggle of putting up christmas lights outside,and of course the unexpected christmas guests.
The movie is REALLY funny,but it also gives you the warm fuzzy feelings of family being together at the hollidays. This is a holliday-must in our family....we watch it EVERY year before christmas. Perfect for kids and grown-ups!!!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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I discovered this film by accident a few years ago (recorded from satellite in error) but it had me and my family in stitches ... it's now a family tradition that we watch it a few times over the Christmas holidays - and we all still laugh out loud. Many 'laugh out loud' bits - but the 'Choosing the Christmas Tree, putting up the Christmas lights, the Squirrel incident, the loft scene, the lingerie shopping trip and the chainsaw scene' are particularly good ... but really the film is funny from start to finish...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The True Story of Christmas 9 Dec 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This film is the true story of christmas, The unwelcome visit of old relatives, the visit of relatives you would rather forget, the snobby neighbours, christmas expectations never living up, the fun of christmas and christmas memories, the dreams of perfect christmases,family? This is the only film which puts you in the christmas mood as soon as you watch it. A film you can watch every year and still laugh out loud without getting bored.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest film of all time 12 Feb 2006
By A Customer
This film is my best of all time.
My family watch it every year and we are never tired of it.
BUY IT- you will cry with laughter I can assure you!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Chirstmas Film Ever! 11 Dec 2003
One of the best festive films ever that you can watch every year and it doesn't fail to bring cheer to the house!
I have the region 2 and it DOES have commentary but no outtakes as some descriptions have read. Pity, as outakes would have been a great feature.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A yuletide must see 16 Sep 2003
By A Customer
Every year our family gather before the tv and watch our old copy of this film and settle into bliss as we herald the coming of Christmas. The film affectionately points out the unrealistic seasonal expectations of family, poking fun at younger, middle and older generations. The acting is respectable and the script allows for some great comic moments and plenty of slapstick. Like all good comedies, there is an undercurrent of sadness and tragedy but this is never allowed to spoil the message of the film, that love and tolerance and belonging are important to the true meaning of Christmas. This is ably shown to be that one must forgive all and get through somehow with your optimism intact, not minding how horrible people can be to each other. And remembering that, at Christmas, there is 'plenty of room' for everyone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Film, Shame about the Blu Ray 30 Dec 2010
This classic is trotted out faithfully every Christmas in our household and familiarity just improves the experience. Although bordering on slapstick, Chevy Chase is just hapless enough to be believable. Who has not shared his experience of looking for that rogue bulb which is stopping the set from working but, of course, in his case he does not do things by halves - it is the entire house that is covered so it really is like looking for a needle in a haystack.

So top marks for the film. However, the Blu Ray DVD is another matter. Having got an LED TV and a Blu Ray player, we bought the Blu Ray version, expecting to be totally wowed. Frankly it was very hard to discern any difference between this and the regular version. So my advice would be, if you have not seen it the film is a real treat, but save yourself some money and buy the regular rather than the Blu Ray Version.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic !!!
Classic Christmas film a must each Christmas!
Published 1 month ago by Cande
5.0 out of 5 stars F A B U L O U S ..

Great family viewing - especially at Christmas when it becomes part of our annual entertainment (along with 'It's a Wonderful Life' and ALBERT FINNEY'S... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Barbadosbelle
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favourites
Having moved house just before Christmas I had mislaid my other DVD and it is one of our traditions to watch this over
Brilliant film
Great price... Read more
Published 2 months ago by margaret
5.0 out of 5 stars National lampoon
Have seen this movie many many times and always makes me smile. A light hearted story that gets the festive season started. Would recommend, a family favourite.
Published 3 months ago by Animal crazy lady
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Chevy Christmas
This is one of my favourite Christmas films, absolute must at Christmas time, the usual Chevy Chase/National Lampoons madness and comedy still funny after all this time.
Published 4 months ago by Dezza
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
What would Christmas be without Christmas films and this has to be one of my favourites. A wonderful film that appeals to all age groups... Read more
Published 5 months ago by JANET McHENRY
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Comedy
Chevy chase in top form as always, brilliant family movie and absolutely hilarious from start to finish. Buy this film and keep it you will not be disappointed at all.
Published 5 months ago by Peter White MA 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite Christmas Film
A classic Christmas film that never gets old. Chevy Chase is a brilliant actor and this film is funny, slapstick but with underlying fun and a good measure of Christmas.
Published 5 months ago by E. Mercer
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
Chevy Chase in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is an absolute must. It has become a tradition at Christmas to watch this movie, love it, love it, love it.
Published 5 months ago by S D Barton
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Film
this is an absolute must for xmas time, Chevy Chase is superb, as are the rest of the cast, the film is brilliant watching and is well recommended.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
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