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#1 of 91 OFFLINE   David Lambert

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Posted April 04 2003 - 04:23 AM

Warner, bless their little hearts, have finally heard us.

Ever since I have started lurking here at the Home Theater Forum, there have been complaints about National Lampoon's Vacation, about how the Chevy Chase film was unjustly MARred for its initial DVD release, and couldn't Warner just re-release it in 16x9?

Many of us bought it, or (in my case) got it as a gift and kept it, despite its non-OAR status. We just love this film so much! Couldn't WB let us double-dip on this one?


Well...sure they will!

This is not announced. It's not at their press site. It's definately not finished yet...I cannot say where in the development process it is.

But an anamorphic widescreen version of Vacation is in-the-works. I haven't seen anyone else post this info, so I thought I'd spread the good word.


And before anyone asks...no. I have no proof. Believe it or not, it's up to you. It doesn't matter to me, and this is not a late April Fool's joke. Myself, I hope the person who told me this is right, too...but they have never let me down in the past. Just passing on the word!


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#2 of 91 OFFLINE   Inspector Hammer!

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Posted April 04 2003 - 04:36 AM

Thanks David, but personally i'm waiting for Christmas Vacation to be done right.
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#3 of 91 OFFLINE   MatthewA

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Posted April 04 2003 - 04:36 AM

Now this is certainly good news. But where's your signature?

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#4 of 91 OFFLINE   Kyle McKnight

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Posted April 04 2003 - 04:49 AM

I second that Matthew
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#5 of 91 OFFLINE   george kaplan

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Posted April 04 2003 - 05:35 AM

This would be excellent news. Hopefully they'll also include the missing camel scene.
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#6 of 91 OFFLINE   Adam_ME

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Posted April 04 2003 - 05:37 AM

Sweet! Now all I need is an OAR re-release for Christmas Vacation and Police Academy and I can die a happy man.
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#7 of 91 OFFLINE   David Lambert

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Posted April 04 2003 - 05:58 AM

re: My signature - I unchecked the box for that post (and for this post), as I have for some other posts recently. I'm trying to make some types of posts more clean-looking. Lazyness will see how long I bother, and senility will see how long I remember! Posted Image

re: The rest of the Vacation series - I wasn't told if these are in-the-works now or not. Frankly, I was so elated I didn't think to ask! If they aren't in-the-works now, then good sales on NL's V should ensure that they follow quickly...though I bet they save NL's CV for a holiday release, one year or the next.

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#8 of 91 OFFLINE   LukeB

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Posted April 04 2003 - 06:04 AM

Awesome! I gladly get rid of the disappointing disc I have now. Any idea as to a time frame? Like this year?

#9 of 91 OFFLINE   Will K

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Posted April 04 2003 - 06:19 AM

Very nice. About bloody time, even though I personally prefer Xmas Vacation out of the whole "quadrilogy." Posted Image
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#10 of 91 OFFLINE   Jeff Bamberger

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Posted April 04 2003 - 06:20 AM

Ok, since I cannot remember exactly what MAR means, was Vacation released Pan and Scan or full frame (making the 16x9 either OAR or matted)?

#11 of 91 OFFLINE   Adam Tyner

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Posted April 04 2003 - 06:22 AM

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(making the 16x9 either OAR or matted)?

It'd be OAR in either case, though.

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Posted April 04 2003 - 06:30 AM

YAY! I'm hoping it will be a special edition. Thank you Warner.

Now, if only they could release the sci-fi comedy NOTHING LASTS FOREVER. Both Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray have stated that they would participate in the DVD.
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#13 of 91 OFFLINE   David Lambert

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Posted April 04 2003 - 06:38 AM

Luke, no concept as to timeframe. No sooner than the fall, I would guess. That's probably optimistic. As I said, I cannot say how far along it is.


MAR = Modified Aspect Ratio. Anything that is not OAR (Original Aspect Ratio). However, I believe the old disc is open matte.


No word on any other comedies.

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#14 of 91 OFFLINE   Louis C

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Posted April 04 2003 - 08:13 AM

I guess I can carry around Aunt Edna in MAR for a while longer....

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Posted April 04 2003 - 08:29 AM

Please put in a plug with whoever it is for A Christmas Story 16x9 WS!!!!!!!
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#16 of 91 OFFLINE   John Berggren

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Posted April 04 2003 - 09:13 AM

I'd buy the first 3 Vacation films if they were available in Anamorphic Widescreen.
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Posted April 04 2003 - 09:30 AM

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I was just reading about that on IMDb the other day, and I'd love to see it. Considering my favorite movie of all-time is from the same year and features both Aykroyd and Murray...I'm definitely interested. Posted Image

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Posted April 04 2003 - 09:55 AM

Given that this film has been available in R2/4 in anamorphic widescreen for the better part of 3 years now, I don't think Warners are to be congratulated over this. It's more, "what the hell took you so long!?".

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Posted April 04 2003 - 09:56 AM

This is great news! Hope it's true. It would be nice to have the widescreen version of this movie.

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Posted April 04 2003 - 10:26 AM

I wouldn't hesitate at all to pick up SEs of Vacation and Christmas Vacation (I already have European). If Chevy were to do commentaries on either of them, I think that there should be someone else with him (Beverly D'Angelo and/or Randy Quaid). Although the comments he makes on the Euro commentary are often funny, there is a bit of dead air. Anyway, I'd love widescreen versions at any cost.
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