Christmas Story Special Edition

Directed By: Bob Clark Starring: Peter Billingsley

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The Christmas spirit isn't served up with more observant hilarity than in this beloved adaptation of Jean Shepherd's holiday story. In 1940s Indiana, nine-year-old Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) dreams of his ideal Christmas gift: a genuine Red Ryder 200-shot Carbine Action Air Rifle. But when gruff dad (Darren McGavin) and doting mom (Melinda Dillion) regularly respond with "You'll shoot your eye out!" Ralphie mounts a full-scale Santa-begging campaign. He encounters a slew of calamities from snowsuit paralysis to the dreaded tongue-on-a-frozen-flagpole gambit. We triple-dog-dare you to unwrap a more welcome Yuletide classic!

Specifications

Studio Warner
SKU 208462916
UPC 883929038961
UPC 14 00883929038961
Format DVD
Release Date 11/4/2008
Rating Rating
Keywords
Christmas
Classic Fight Scenes
Family Interaction
Holiday
Nostalgic
Recommended
Theatrical Release
Toys
Editors Note
Note This vignette-laden, nostalgic view of Christmastime in 1940s Indiana follows nine-year-old Ralphie, who desperately wants a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas--and is waging an all-out campaign to convince his reluctant parents that the toy will be safe in his hands. By turns warped and winsome, the comedy follows Ralphie as he prepares for the big day with his rather idiosyncratic family. Based on the novel by humorist Jean Shepherd (who also narrates the film), A CHRISTMAS STORY gained popularity long after its theatrical run, through frequent holiday broadcasts that turned its schoolyard "triple-dog" dares, family neuroses, and childhood indignities into a Yuletide tradition.
Reviews
Variety "...A version of Christmas as it exists only in the imagination....Shepherd has always been best at evoking the texture of life as it used to be in his midwest childhood..." 11/16/1983
Chicago Sun-Times "...There are many small but perfect moment in A CHRISTMAS STORY....There is a real knowledge of human nature beneath the comedy..." 12/24/2000 p.3
Entertainment Weekly "...Think of it as IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE for post-Reagan generations as it morphs from cult to classic 20 years down the road..." 10/10/2003 p.107
USA Today "...[A] modern-classic telling of Jean Shepard's '40s-based Midwest yarn..." 10/10/2003 p.6E
Directors
Bob Clark
Actors
Peter Billingsley
Cast & Crew
Jeff Gillen - Star
Tedde Moore - Star
Zack Ward - Star
Darren McGavin - Star
Yano Anaya - Star
R.D. Robb - Star
Melinda Dillon - Star
Peter Billingsley - Star
Scott Schwartz - Star
Ian Petrella - Star
Jean Shepherd - Screenwriter
Rene Dupont - Producer
Jean Shepard - Narrator
Paul J. Zaza - Composer
Jean Shepherd - Story
Stan Cole - Editor
Mary E. McLeod - Costume Designer
Reginald Morris - Director of Photography
Reuben Freed - Production Designer
Leigh Brown - Screenwriter
Carl Zittrer - Composer
Bob Clark - Producer
Bob Clark - Screenwriter
Bob Clark - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1984
Catalog ID 1000042905
UPC 00883929038961
Number of Discs 2
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review A Christmas Story has something no other holiday film - new or old, comedic or serious - can boast: perfect nostalgia. That quality fuels this modern-day classic and has made it one of the season's most beloved motion pictures. One of the Turner cable stations annually runs the movie non-stop for 24 hours and that's the mark of something with which people feel comfortable. A Christmas Story takes place in the early 1940s, but so much material in the film is universal that, irrespective of your birth date or religious affiliation, you're likely to find more than one familiar thing contained herein...Director Bob Clark, whose resume is nothing if not diverse (Black Christmas, Porky's, Rhinestone, Baby Geniuses) is the right choice for the material. He understands Shepherd's script and achieves the tone necessary to make this an enduring movie rather than a holiday throw-away. When it was released, MGM saw this as a minor blip on their release schedule - a Thanksgiving morsel designated for a two-week run. They were surprised by the movie's theatrical staying power in 1983 and even more surprised by its long-term appeal. If you're a fan of Christmas movies or films that use nostalgia as a driver, A Christmas Story cannot be missed. Then again, if you're in either category, you have probably already seen it.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review One of the details that "A Christmas Story" gets right is the threat of having your mouth washed out with Lifebouy soap. Not any soap. Lifebouy. Never Ivory or Palmolive. Lifebouy, which apparently contained an ingredient able to nullify bad language. The only other soap ever mentioned for this task was Lava, but that was the nuclear weapon of mouth-washing soaps, so powerful it was used for words we still didn't even know...There are many small but perfect moments in "A Christmas Story," and one of the best comes after the Lifebouy is finally removed from Ralphie's mouth and he is sent off to bed. His mother studies the bar, thinks for a moment, and then sticks it in her own mouth, just to see what it tastes like. Moments like that are why some people watch "A Christmas Story" every holiday season. There is a real knowledge of human nature beneath the comedy...In a poignant way, "A Christmas Story" records a world that no longer quite exists in America. Kids are no longer left unattended in the line for Santa. The innocence of kids' radio programs has been replaced by slick, ironic children's programming on TV. The new Daisy BB guns have a muzzle velocity higher than that of some police revolvers, and are not to be sold to anyone under 16. Nobody knows who Red Ryder was, let alone that his sidekick was Little Beaver.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Features
DVD, Special Edition
Product Attributes
Actor Billingsly,Peter
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Chicago Daily Herald Here is a movie to treasure, to throw your arms around and hug.
Christopher Smith, Chicago Tribune A classic.
Danny Peary, Guide for the Film Fanatic Charming. Consistently funny. Full of delightful, recognizable episodes.
Jay Carr, Boston Globe ...an instant classic, a film that will give pleasure to people not only this Christmas, but for many Christmases to come.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Shepherd narrates in the first person and Billingsley portrays him (delightfully) as a boy. Truly funny for kids and grownups alike...
TV Guide The cast is wonderful...the laughs are nonstop...and the whole thing deserves to become a Christmastime classic.
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever Fun for everyone.

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