Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Celebrating 40 Years of Vacation! National Lampoon’s Vacation in 4K For the First Time! (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a screener from the folks at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.






"National Lampoon’s Vacation, directed by Harold Ramis and starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo as Clark and Ellen Griswold, will be released on Ultra HD Blu-ray and Digital on June 27. As Warner Bros celebrates its 100th anniversary, this film is highlighted as a studio gem on its 40th anniversary.

The 1983 classic comedy film from Warner Bros. Pictures was written by John Hughes and was based on his short story “Vacation ’58 which appeared in the publication “National Lampoon.”  The film was produced by Matty Simmons and also stars Imogene Coca, Randy Quaid, John Candy, Anthony Michael Hall, Dana Barron, and Christie Brinkley in her acting debut.  National Lampoon’s Vacation also features special appearances by Eddie Bracken, Brian-Doyle Murray, James Keach, and Eugene Levy.

Ultra HD* showcases 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a wider color spectrum, offering consumers brighter, deeper, more lifelike colors for a home entertainment viewing experience like never before.   

National Lampoon’s Vacation will be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray for $33.99 SRP and includes an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the feature film in 4K with HDR and a Digital download of the film. Fans can also own National Lampoon’s Vacation in 4K Ultra HD via purchase from select digital retailers beginning on June 27."



WOW, do I feel old!! I can't believe that National Lampoon's Vacation is celebrating its 40th anniversary.  It feels like yesterday I was watching this movie for the first time with my family.  This movie released in July of 1983 and then went on to garner fans of all ages as it continued to churn out blockbuster and now iconic National Lampoon's movies including National Lampoon's European Vacation in 1985, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation in 1989, as well a few others that were made after John Hughes died.  Growing up, and still to to this day, it isn't officially summer in our house until we all sit down and watch National Lampoon's Vacation.  This is one of those movies that you never grow old watching, and will find yourself laughing until you tear up.

Don't worry I will not bore you with a review of the movie, as you have probably watched it countless times like I have.  Instead, I wanted to share about the special features that are included on this new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Digital release, which arrived on store shelves yesterday for purchase.   First, for the first time ever, you can now enjoy this movie in 4K Resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR).  While watching the movie, you have the option of turning on the special feature commentary by Harold Ramis, Chevy Chase Randy Quaid, Anthony Michael Hall, Dana Barron and Matty Simmons.  This movie is a must own for 80's kids, and those who love John Hughes movies.  I can't get enough of this summer classic, and can't wait to watch it over and over again, now in 4K resolution with my family.  Be sure to get your hands on the new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Digital release today!


More About the Film:

"Everything is planned, packed – and about to go hilariously wrong. The Griswolds are going on vacation. In the driver’s seat is Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase), an Everyman eager to share the open road and the wonders of family togetherness. Myriad mishaps, crude kin (Randy Quaid), encounters with a temptress (Christie Brinkley), financial woes, Aunt Edna (Imogene Coca) on the roof, one security guard (John Candy) and 2,460 miles later, it’s a wonder the Griswolds are together. There’s never been a family vacation like it. Except maybe yours. And that helps explain why National Lampoon’s Vacation remains so popular… and so very funny.

Ultra HD Blu-ray Elements

National Lampoon’s Vacation Ultra HD Blu-ray contains the following previously released special features:

  • Commentary with Chevy Chase, Randy Quaid, Matty Simmons, Harold Ramis, Anthony Michael Hall, and Dana Barron (98 Minutes)


On June 27, National Lampoon’s Vacation 4K UHD will be available to own for streaming and download to watch anywhere in high definition and standard definition on favorite devices from select digital retailers and will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles."


PRODUCT                                                                                ERP

Ultra HD Blu-ray                                                                    $33.99*                 

Standard Street Date: 06/27/23

EST Street Date: 06/27/23

Ultra HD Blu-ray Languages: English, Spanish, French

Ultra HD Blu-ray Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, Parisian French

Run Time: 98 minutes

Rating: R 


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Disclosure: I was sent a screener from the folks at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

1 comment :

  1. This is really a funny movie. One of my favorites and Chevy Chase is such a good actor.