National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is one of my favorite holiday movies, but is also just one of my favorite movies altogether. Chevy Chase has a style which is unique and many have unsuccessfully tried to emulate him ever since. The National Lampoon series is admittedly weaker as the movies become more modern, but the first three managed to get me laughing in tears. You just can't beat old-school style comedy mixed with the culture at the specific time periods of the 70's and 80's. The earlier National Lampoon films are true classics, and this is one of them. HD enthusiasts should note National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is also available on Blu-ray, in case you don't want to venture online for some deals on HD DVD movies. The same transfer (VC-1) is on both formats.
Features: English Dolby soundtrack.
Codec / Resolution: VC-1 / 1080p
Movie File Size: 13.24 GB
Average Bitrate: 18.2 Mbps
Distributor: Warner Home Video
Movie Release: December 1, 1989
This Release: December 5, 2006
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 1 hr 37 mins
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An interesting fact I wasn't aware of, but National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation actually grossed more than the original National Lampoon's Vacation, and second-most grossing National Lampoon movie of all time. What takes first place? Animal House of course.
It's a few weeks before Christmas and the Griswold family is once again on an adventure. Clark has the amazing talent to get the family into the most insane situations, and this Christmas is no exception. This year, The Griswolds are going out beyond their suburban boundaries to find a real Christmas tree.
After having an interesting time out in nature and bringing the Christmas tree back home, Clark learns both his parents and his wife's parents are coming to spend Christmas with them. Of course, this is the season to be nice, and since he put $7500 down on a new pool in the backyard because of his guaranteed Christmas bonus from work, dusting off 25,000 Christmas lights from the garage, and having a SWAT team about to bust through the windows and doors of the Griswold home...couldn't be a recipe for disaster. Could it?