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on 25 January 2004
From the opening scene of the family driving to there destination to the closing scenes of the proclamation, "BIG BEAR CHASE ME", this film will have you in stitches from start to finish!
John Candy (Comedy God), stars in this fun film for all the family.
I belive any movie that stared Candy is pretty damn good, but this film is made even funnier by the arrival of Dan Akroyd, who plays Candys'uninvited rich, arrogant brother-in-law, who is always trying to get one up on everyone.
I can't recommend this movie enough.
Being from around the same time as other movies such as Uncle Buck, Three Amigos and Trains Planes and Automobiles, you know what sort of vein this film will be in.
Buy it or regret it forever!!
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on 7 November 2003
This is an excellent film and not given enough due credit. John Candy teams up with his brother Dan Ackroyd on a family holiday to the lakes. Things go wrong and they end up on a bear hunt. This film is superb, and if you have seen planes,trains and automobiles and liked it, this film is definalty for you! and as much as my mate thinks that JOHN BELUSHI is in this film, he is not (nick!)
why dont they make films like this one anymore! andy
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on 27 March 2016
great dutch Blu Ray.... superb transfer for a 30 year old film that was photographed on a budget.... the subtitles can be turned off..... [ contrary to one of the 1 star reviews ] , full english sound and a great upgrade on the DVD version... RECOMMENDED !!
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on 20 September 2000
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on 8 October 2009
Dan Ackroyd and John Candy together in a quality 80's comedy.
Set in the wilderness of north America and starring a big bear.
They both take their families to the same place for their holiday, but have different views on the great outdoors, Candy just wants to enjoy the simple life, but Ackroyd has different ideas.
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on 28 September 2016
This Blu-Ray came as a big surprise to me as there was no word of it being released so it was certainly under the radar.

This is not a UK or US release and I'm not 100% sure which this was one either, I'm gonna say Dutch. With today's re-release's getting a lot of treatment in the extras department sadly they have passed by this one.

Film aside it isn't the release it deserves. no extras and the cover art is horrible. I think in time a better version will come along but I got this for now as the HD quality was top notch. A film of this quality doesn't need a major upgrade and it is the best it has looked so if your impatient like me to wait for a more all singing all dancing release this is OK for now.
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on 10 November 2015
If you love John Candy films or any films with the old Saturday night live guys in you'll love this. I got the bluray copy via Amazon, I was a little worried because it said made in Netherlands but no need to worry. Great transfer and sound, looks like it was made yesterday.
Similar comedy to Plains, Trains and Automobiles and Uncle Buck but with Dan Akroid lending excellent support.
A classic.
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You pretty much know that any film featuring both John Candy and Dan Aykroyd is going to generate some laughs, making The Great Outdoors a pretty safe bet for anyone in the mood for a little comedy - and comedy is basically all you should expect here (any film that supplies subtitles for raccoon conversations isn't really trying to express anything meaningful), despite the fact that John Hughes wrote the script. For once, Hughes' involvement does more harm than good. While The Great Outdoors is certainly a good movie, it's not a very good John Hughes movie. Of course, it's hard to follow 80s classics like The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink, but Hughes' heart just didn't seem to be in this one. This is best demonstrated by the teenaged romance part of the story, which stumbles from the start and really goes nowhere at all. When you come right down to it, there just isn't any real depth to any of the characters in this film - and that's just not something you expect to get from John Hughes.

All Chet Ripley (John Candy) wanted was a nice family vacation in the country, a week to relax with his wife and bond with his two boys, especially the older one (frankly, I'm not really sure why the younger son was even in the movie). What he got was a "surprise" in the form of his brother-in-law Roman Craig (Dan Aykroyd) and his rather strange family (with Annette Bening playing Mrs. Craig) turning up out of the blue to vacation right along with him. You can't just tell family to get out, though, even if that family includes an arrogant, rich, know-it-all like Roman. Chet does his best to grin and bear it, but you know it's just a matter of time before he loses it. When the inevitable does happen, it triggers a series of important events that re-draw some of the main characters, even giving Roman a heretofore unsuspected (albeit rather narrow) depth. Despite this, and a strangely insignificant summer romance between Buck (Chris Young) and a local girl (Lucy Deakins), The Great Outdoors really just plays for laughs and nothing else. Some of the more memorable scenes include Chet's wild water ski ride and, of course, the battle pitting Chet and Roman against a bat. You'll definitely laugh at several different moments, but the film never really elevates itself to the side-splitting plateau of comic genius. In many ways, this was a pretty safe comedy - it doesn't break any new ground, but it's a really comfortable fit. That would be okay for many a filmmaker, but The Great Outdoors just doesn't live up to John Hughes' usually higher standards.
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on 29 May 2006
John Candy at his hilarious best!! One of the all time great family films with the feel good factor
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VINE VOICEon 30 August 2016
Having not seen this movie since I was about 8 I looked forward to a forgotten Candy/Aykroyd classic and a sharp script by John Hughes. As an adult though I was bitterly disappointed at how feeble and unimaginative this lame comedy is. It barely just manages to be a complete film and comes across as a haphazard collection of possible scenes from an abandoned Griswald Vacaction movie squished together in no real order.

John Candy is an earnest, bigger than life dad who takes his wife and two sons into the wilderness for a fun time in a log cabin. When they get there they are promptly interrupted by pompous brother-in-law Dan Aykroyd (in a reverse Cousin Eddie role) who imposes himself into every situation with his arrogant demeanour. There's no conflict. It's a set-up that barely develops and barely resolves.

Meanwhile a bunch of side gags occur and some extremely poor slapstick scenes make up the majority of the running time. A teen romance plot is shoehorned in there but has no real effect on anything (but I don't mind as it features jail-bait Lucy Deakins who is super cute). Absolutely none of this appears to be in any pre-planned order. Characters warp across the place, switch outfits, warp back, and switch to previous outfits. No scene relates to another and nothing properly interconnects.

Some shots appear to be sped up and a couple of smaller scenes are obviously shot in a soundstage (complete with interior echo and noticeable folds in the painted backdrop) instead of actually on location. It makes me think that they realized the movie was under- running when thrown together and re-shot some extra crap to make it longer. An eyeball-rolling "karaoke credits" (were these EVER popular with audiences?) fattens the length to an acceptable 85 minutes before the credits run over black.

Forget about this one. It's a misfire from all the talent involved. Your nostalgia for this flick will not hold up.

The Blu-ray looks good in 1.85:1 1080p with DTS HD-MA 2.0 sound. A trailer is the only extra.
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