I, like many of you are looking to the special edition releases of "Vacation" and "Christmas Vacation", and ultimately the giftset which will contain all 4 films on October 7th. Now I just read a plethora of reviews on amazon.com in regards to the DVD version of "National Lampoon's European Vacation". I'm hoping some of you here who own the DVD can make a few things clear for me. A lot of the reviews stated in the widescreen DVD edition, Warner actually USED the full-frame P&S movie and added the black bars. Many complain that much of the picture has been lost because of this. Apparently this DVD has been poorly produced with a terrible picture, and apparently the sound wasn't all that great either. Before I decide to buy this box set, I'd just like to know if these reviewes speak the truth, because frankly, positive reviews for the DVD were few and far between. If it really is that bad, I'll just purchase the other three films separately. Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.