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National Lampoon's Holiday Reunion
Genre: Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 92 (Jan 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Bryan Cranston, Judge Reinhold & Hallie Todd

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 2
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Special Features
There are no supplements (unless you consider a promo for Arrested Development a feature).

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2225032
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Sexual content, Nudity And Crude Humor.
(Retail Price): $19.98
(DVD Type): Dual Side, Single Layer (DVD10)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 90
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2004
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 11/16/2004
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Neal Israell
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Against the wishes of his wife and kids, Mitch Snider (Reinhold) is determined to have a traditional Holiday Reunion with all the relatives. And it looks like that's what he'll have once he receives an invitation from his long-lost cousin Woodrow (Cranston) in Idaho! However, cousin Woodrow and his family turn out to be nuttier than a holiday fruitcake, and what follows is a full-course meal of nonstop laughs when the neurotic suburbanites clash with the hippie hicks from hell in National Lampoon's most outrageous family misadventure yet! (Suzaane Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture is bright and colorful, complementing the lighthearted comedy. Sharpness is adequate, though finer details can be a bit lacking at times. Minor smearing is also detected. There is some film grain inherent in the source element, but no bothersome artifacts. Pixelization and edge enhancement are minor. Overall, the picture is satisfactory for the content. (Suzanne Hodges)

Without much depth into the surrounds, this Dolby