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A Christmas Story [VHS] [1983]

4.5 out of 5 stars 182 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Peter Billingsley
  • Directors: Bob Clark
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CII8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 449,607 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'.

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. --This text refers to the DVD edition.

Customer Reviews

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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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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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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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Format: DVD
Why oh why is this not available on region 2 dvd. It is a classic.
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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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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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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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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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