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National Lampoons Vacation - widescreen?


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#1 of 25 OFFLINE   Keni

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Posted January 21 2003 - 06:49 AM

Greetings, Does anyone know if there is a widescreen version of this movie? Laserdisc, VHS, DVD? I have done many searches, and have only found the full-screen version. Thank you. Best regards, Keni

#2 of 25 OFFLINE   Rob Lutter

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Posted January 21 2003 - 06:57 AM

There is no Widescreen DVD of this movie. I am not sure about the other formats (LD is a possiblility)

#3 of 25 OFFLINE   Jeff Adkins

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Posted January 21 2003 - 07:45 AM

[quote] There is no Widescreen DVD of this movie. [quote]
Actually, there is. It's available in both Regions 4 and 2, although the Region 4 version is far less expensive (about $9 US). It is non-anamorphic but still a vast improvement over the lousy Region 1 release.

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#4 of 25 OFFLINE   Rob Lutter

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Posted January 21 2003 - 07:51 AM

Uh, I was pertaining to Region 1 only :b Nice to know there are other Regions that have it though!

#5 of 25 OFFLINE   wally

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Posted January 21 2003 - 07:53 AM

Damn! I was hoping this was an announcement of a rumor of a widescreen release. I'd quickly buy a replacement for my only P&S title.

#6 of 25 OFFLINE   Louis C

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Posted January 21 2003 - 08:21 AM

Same here. It is criminal it hasn't been done already. That one and Kindergarten Cop! And Karate Kid!!

#7 of 25 OFFLINE   Nathan*W

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Posted January 21 2003 - 08:38 AM

Actually, Vacation is open-matte, not pan and scan. So the whole widescreen image is presented, there just aren't any mattes to cover up what we're not supposed to see!
 

#8 of 25 OFFLINE   Gabe D

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Posted January 22 2003 - 12:28 AM

Jeff, does the Region 4 version suffer from PAL speedup?

#9 of 25 OFFLINE   Keni

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Posted January 22 2003 - 02:03 AM

Nathan, Do you know what aspect ratio the film was matted at? Thanks, Kenny

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Posted January 25 2003 - 03:56 PM

Thank you all for the answers.
It is much appreciated. Posted Image

Best regards,

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#11 of 25 OFFLINE   Patrick McCart

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Posted January 25 2003 - 05:22 PM

Vacation is 1.85:1 soft matte. However, while you can probably matte the DVD, it's still an awful transfer.

#12 of 25 OFFLINE   Jason Whyte

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Posted January 25 2003 - 09:14 PM

Yes, but does the full frame transfer of the DVD expose the full apeture? I'm doubting that... Jason
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Posted January 25 2003 - 11:30 PM

There are quite a few early Warner Bros. titles that need to be upgraded with 16:9 widescreen transfers. Some of the ones I'm waiting for....

Arthur
Fair Game (1995, Cindy Crawford)
Grumpy Old Men
Grumpier Old Men
National Lampoon's Vacation
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
National Lampoon's Vegas Vacation (yes, I like it. Posted Image )

Other non-Warner Bros. titles that need this treatment:

Happy Gilmore
Psycho II

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#14 of 25 OFFLINE   Thomas Agermose

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Posted January 26 2003 - 12:00 AM

[quote] Same here. It is criminal it hasn't been done already. That one and Kindergarten Cop! And Karate Kid!! [quote]
Just like Vacation these are available in R2 in widescreen. Unless you have a problem with speedup go get'em.

#15 of 25 OFFLINE   Jeffrey Gray

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Posted January 26 2003 - 03:18 AM

Vacation is completely (or mostly) open-matte, but the transfer is so awful, that I believe it's the same (analog) one used for the original VHS!

#16 of 25 OFFLINE   HenrikTull

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Posted January 26 2003 - 03:42 AM

[quote] Actually, there is. It's available in both Regions 4 and 2, although the Region 4 version is far less expensive (about $9 US). It is non-anamorphic but still a vast improvement over the lousy Region 1 release.

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NOT TRUE! My R2 copy is indeed anamorphic and is one hell of an amazing transfer. Looks like the movie came out yesterday, it looks that good. No, I am not joking.
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Posted January 26 2003 - 07:11 AM

The GRISWALD familys antics can be enjoyed on the Deustch "Schrillen Vier auf Achse, Die" DVD in Anamorphic 1.85
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#18 of 25 OFFLINE   Carl Walker

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Posted January 26 2003 - 04:34 PM

[quote] There are quite a few early Warner Bros. titles that need to be upgraded with 16:9 widescreen transfers. Some of the ones I'm waiting for....

Arthur
Fair Game (1995, Cindy Crawford)
Grumpy Old Men
Grumpier Old Men
National Lampoon's Vacation
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
National Lampoon's Vegas Vacation (yes, I like it. )
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Unfortunately, our good friends at the WB, in their infinite wisdom, stated in a chat here on HTF last year that they had no idea that there was a demand for catalog comedy titles to be released in widescreen...Posted Image

Until they remove their heads from their collective rear-ends, it appears as though we may never get a widescreen treatment of the above titles Posted Image

Of course, that also means that they won't ever get my money for the above titles, either! I do own Christmas Vacation, but it was a gift...
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#19 of 25 OFFLINE   Jeffrey Gray

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Posted January 26 2003 - 04:58 PM

[quote] Unfortunately, our good friends at the WB, in their infinite wisdom, stated in a chat here on HTF last year that they had no idea that there was a demand for catalog comedy titles to be released in widescreen... [quote]
That was a SARCASTIC remark. They very well knew that there was a demand, and they just wanted to be a little funny...

#20 of 25 OFFLINE   Jeff Adkins

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Posted January 27 2003 - 06:51 AM

[quote] NOT TRUE! My R2 copy is indeed anamorphic and is one hell of an amazing transfer. Looks like the movie came out yesterday, it looks that good. No, I am not joking. [quote]
My mistake! You're right it is anamorphic! I remembered it looked very good compared to the R1 disaster but I had forgotten it was anamorphic.

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