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Christmas Vacation (National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation)
Genre: Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 79 (Dec 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid, Miriam Flynn, William Hickey & Mae Questel

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 2.5
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 27536
(MPAA Rating): PG13
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(Retail Price): $19.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 97
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1989
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 10/07/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Jeremiah Chechik
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  WSR Narrative Review
Special Notes:
Also available in a "Vacation" Set (four discs, 28806, $59.92) and a Christmas 2-Pack with "A Christmas Story" (32379, $29.98).

Story Synopsis:
Clark Griswold (Chase) is determined for his family to have a Christmas Vacation they

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD, available for the first time in widescreen, exhibits a picture with dated fidelity, as colors appear a bit weak with brownish fleshtones. While sharpness is acceptable, finer details are lacking. A soft, hazy appearance is inherent in the filmmaking. Contrast, as well, is slightly low. The source element is revealing of quite a bit of dirt and artifacts. Pixelization can be a problem, causing a

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