National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation: 20th Anniversary Collector's Edition [Blu-ray] Jeremiah S. Chechik

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation: 20th Anniversary Collector's Edition [Blu-ray] Jeremiah S. Chechik
Having long ago solidified itself within the pop culture lexicon as an annual Christmas staple for anyone that likes a little road rage, dysfunction and holiday kidnapping with their heart-warming Yuletide cheer, the Collector's Edition Blu-ray of Griswold family hijinks makes for a welcome stocking stuffer. As, indeed, this homebound holiday nightmare reunites Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo with a less raunchy disposition than their excursions to Wallyworld and Europe, allowing a broader audience to appreciate the sweet natured, but misguided, intentions of Clark W. Griswold, despite the occasional F-bomb and purging of full "shitters." Many can relate to the horrors of familial infiltrations, when in-laws and inbred stepsiblings show up for the holiday season with idiosyncrasies in tow and the occasional gift-wrapped feline, Juliette Lewis's deadpan, sarcastic disapproval of her grandparents and Johnny Galecki's hesitation to check several thousand individual twinkle lights in the dead of night. The 1080p Blu-Ray presentation and Dolby Digital sound give the chaotic comedy a level of visual depth and sound clarity previously unavailable, heightening the movie-watching experience beyond which we'll inevitably see on television in the coming weeks. Holding up quite well after 20 years of shelf life, this edition of the film comes in a collector's cookie tin with a Santa Claus hat, four holiday drink coasters, with quotes from the film, a package of instant snow powder, a Griswold button and a miniature moose mug replica. This way, viewers can don a Santa cap while drinking eggnog and watching Julia Louis-Dreyfuss get attacked by a squirrel and a rottweiler named Snot. In addition to a theatrical trailer, the Blu-Ray includes a commentary track with Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid, Johnny Galecki, Miriam Flynn and director Jeremiah Chechik, which offers many on-set anecdotes and reflections amongst D'Angelo's boozy rambling about her hair and love-hate relationship with Chevy Chase. (Warner)