Vacation-20th Ann Ed/European Vacation

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Everything is planned everything is packed everything will go hilariously wrong: The Griswolds are going on vacation! In the trend-setting original National Lampoons Vacation [Side A] Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) is at the wheel of the station wagon headed for 2 640 miles of forced family togetherness as the Griswolds (with Aunt Edna on the roof!) motor to Wally World. The superb cast includes John Candy as an officious security guard and Randy Quaid as crude Cousin Eddie - with friends like these who needs enemies? The theme park may have (somehow) survived but Stonehenge becomes unhinged when Clark next leads the family across the pond in National Lampoons European Vacation [Side B]. Go ahead take a Vacation. Format: DVD MOVIE


Studio Warner
SKU 202748888
UPC 012569829398
UPC 14 00012569829398
Format DVD
Release Date 1/16/2007
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Chase,Chevy
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Cast & Crew
Amy Heckerling - [2] Director
Beverly D'Angelo - [Both] Actor
Chevy Chase - [Both] Actor
Harold Ramis - [1] Director
Imogene Coca - [1] Actor
John Astin - [2] Actor
Malcolm Danare - [2] Actor
Randy Quaid - [1] Actor
Review "[2] European Vacation, now on DVD with a feature-length commentary from Chase, was the successful sequel to the well-received original, though its success was due in large part to the reprise of roles and not the strength of the actual film. Despite a script co-written by John Hughes, and Fast Times at Ridgemont High director Amy Heckerling working behind the camera, the second chapter in the ongoing Griswold family travelogue doesn't quite reach the comic peak of its predecessor, nor the insane brilliance of its follow-up, Christmas Vacation. Chase's damning quote from his commentary track is actually dead-on - European Vacation isn't a great a movie, or even a good one, but it's got a few good laughs."
Reviewer Neal Block
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource The Onion A.V. Club
Review "[1] The simple, promising premise sends Chase, his sensible wife (Beverly D'Angelo), and their bickering children (Anthony Michael Hall and Dana Barron) from Chicago to an L.A. theme park in a gigantic pea-green ""Family Truckster"" with a hiccupping engine and miles of wood paneling. Screenwriter John Hughes, who later recycled the same formula for Planes, Trains & Automobiles and The Great Outdoors, whisks them off on a series of hit-or-miss sketches that are geographically connected, but could otherwise be cut without anyone really noticing."
Reviewer Scott Tobias
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource The DVD Report
Review [European Vacation] Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo return as Clark and Ellen Griswold in National Lampoon's European Vacation, sequel to the original Vacation movie and precursor to the holiday classic Christmas Vacation. Like the other films, this edition contains different cast members to play the roles of Griswold children Audrey (Dana Hill) and Rusty (Jason Lively). The only Vacation movie that doesn't feature Cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid), European Vacation is nevertheless one hilarious movie. Directed by Amy Heckerling, the comic genius behind such films as Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982), Johnny Dangerously (1984), and Clueless (1995), European Vacation remains a fun and entertaining movie even twenty years after its release...Like its predecessor, European Vacation follows the lives of the Chicago-based Griswold family. When they appear on the hit TV game show, Pig-In-A-Poke, they inadvertently beat an intellectually superior family and win an all-expenses paid trip to Europe. As usual, Clark is giddy with the prospect of hosting the perfect family bonding experience...Written by Robert Klane, former writer for the MASH TV series and creator of Weekend At Bernie's (1989), the European Vacation screenplay is fully indicative of the author's comedic talents. It's well deserving of being mentioned in the same breath with the other films from the Vacation franchise, but overall, it probably ranks near the bottom (along with Vegas Vacation). Nevertheless, that's more of a testament to the collective strength of the four movies. This is an utterly hilarious film in its own right, and well worth the time of those who have enjoyed the more recent exploits of the Griswolds in Christmas and Vegas Vacation...
Reviewer Britt Gillette
ReviewRating 8
Review [Vacation] OK, when's the last time you saw National Lampoon's Vacation? No, I mean the real Vacation -- the one after with all the profanity and nudity in it? Thought so...To re-experience Vacation properly (or experience it for the first time) run, don't walk, to get the DVD of the film, a comedy that's every bit as enjoyable today as it was 20 years ago...As movie character archetype, Chevy Chase's Clark W. Griswold almost needs no introduction. Overworked but in love with his family (and the family lifestyle he's only read about in The Saturday Evening Post, probably), Clark takes his wife (Beverly D'Angelo) and kids (Anthony Michael Hall and Dana Barron) on a road trip from Chicago to Los Angeles. Their destination: Walley World, a moose-inspired theme park strangely reminiscent of another animal's magic kingdom...In a formula that would inspire multiple sequels and countless imitations, everything that can go wrong does. It starts at the beginning, when Clark is sold a lemon of a stationwagon, then progresses to a totally wrecked car, a dead relative (and dog), and an eventual arrival at Walley World... only to discover it's closed for two weeks. And the fun continues from there, as Clark just about loses his mind...Chase has made some real dogs in his time, but Vacation ain't one of them. Clark is alternately an idiot and an idiot savant. He gets the family into deep deep trouble, only to redeem himself through a miracle of logic or just dumb luck. It's obvious why Ellen (D'Angelo) stays with him: He's fun and has a knack for ending up on top, or at least no worse for the wear. And he obviously loves his family to death...To say more would be to rob Vacation of its magic...Highly recommended.
Reviewer Christopher Null
ReviewRating 9
Product Attributes
Actor Chase,Chevy
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Fred Topel, [European Vacation] Another great Vacation movie.
Janet Maslin, The New York Times [1], funny satire...
Larry Carroll, [2] Personally, it's my favorite out of the four Vacation films.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide [1] ...a surprising number of genuine laughs.
"Fred Topel," [2] Another great Vacation movie.
"Janet Maslin, The New York Times" "[1], funny satire..."
"Larry Carroll," "[2] Personally, it's my favorite out of the four Vacation films."
Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune [Vacation] Have a good laugh. I liked taking this Vacation.
Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner [Vacation] Constantly hilarious, with a comic supporting cast to die for.
Richard Freedman, Newhouse Newspapers [European Vacation] A silly, funny sequel.

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