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A Christmas Story [Blu-ray] [1983]

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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1014 out of 1034)

    Special Features


    • Commentary by Peter Billingsley and Director/Co-Writer Bob Clark
    • 20th- Anniversary Documentary Another Christmas Story
    • 2 Festive featurettes: Daisy Red Ryder: A History and Get a Leg Up Script Pages
    • Theatrical Trailer

    Synopsis


    A Christmas Story
    Nine years after the Yuletide slasher flick Black Christmas, Porky's director Bob Clark once again took on the holiday genre, switching from gasps to laughs with A Christmas Story. Adapted from a memoir by humorist Jean Shepherd (who narrates), the film centers on Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley), a young boy living in 1940s Indiana, desperately yearning for a Red Rider BB gun for Christmas. Despite protests from his mother (Melinda Dillon) that he'll shoot his eye out, Ralphie persists, unsuccessfully trying to enlist the assistance of both his teacher and Santa Claus. All the while, Ralphie finds himself dealing with the constant taunts of a pair of bullies and trying to not get in the middle of a feud between his mother and father (Darren McGavin) regarding a sexy lamp. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Melinda Dillon
      Melinda Dillon - Mother
    • Darren McGavin
      Darren McGavin - The Old Man
    • Peter Billingsley
      Peter Billingsley - Ralphie
    • Ian Petrella
      Ian Petrella - Randy
    • Scott Schwartz
      Scott Schwartz - Flick



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 1034 reviews

    98%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Cute family movie

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      Shay
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      The Christmas story is about a child's dream of receiving the perfect Christmas gift. Ralph wanted the red rider be-be gun for Christmas. Ralph did every thing in his power to try and persuade his parents to purchase one for his Christmas present. His mom stated that be-be guns were dangerous and she didn't want him to shoot his eye out. Then, Ralph tried to convince his teacher to agree with him when writing his Christmas theme 'What I want for Christmas'. She gave him a C+ and stated that he would 'shoot his eye out'. Ralph determined that he must go to the head man in charge Santa and ask for a be-be gun. When Ralph came face-to-face with Santa his mind went blank and he couldn't talk; so, when Santa asked Ralph how about a football, he agreed. When Ralph was put on the slide to exit he stop and climbed back up to ask Santa for a be-be gun and Santa stated you will 'shoot your eye out' kid. Ralph sunk in disbelief that Santa would say that. However, on Christmas Ralph received his dream and as fate would have it he did what was stated. Ralph shoot his glasses off his head when the pellet ricochet of an object and struck his glasses. He stated oh no I shoot my eye out.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A great flashback on childhood memories

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      BobsdadBob
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      A zillion years have passed and we still enjoy this Christmas movie, and now it's on Blu-ray. It centers on a youngster's desire to have a Red Ryder BB rifle for Christmas despite opposition to the contrary--- because "you'll shoot your eye out!" This movie holds the memories of childhood - camraderie (where all your buddies suddenly disappear when bully Sid Farkas comes calling or when you manage to freeze your tongue on a flagpole in a dare), those unmentionable embarrassing family moments, the annual visit to the Dept. store Santa, and the disillusionment when the super secret cypher message on the magic decoder turns out to be an advertisement. Probably a testament to the influence of this great comedy and flashback is that someone on my son's street put up a leg lamp in their picture window last Christmas. Based on the childhood of writer Jean Shepherd, there are plenty of memories for all. A keeper.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Great movie, bad blu-ray transfer

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      Megadeth99
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      This is a classic Christmas movie that I have loved since childhood. If I were to give it a star ranking based on the movie itself, I think I would go as high as 5 stars. However, I am reviewing the Blu-ray version of the movie. I also have the same movie on DVD in my collection. This blu-ray transfer was a big disappointment to me. Either the original source material is in bad shape, or the studio put zero effort into transferring the film to the high-definition Blu-ray format. I tend to believe both scenarios are accurate in this case. Image quality was no better than the DVD version. Big disappointment. They didn't do anything to clean up the image. Another major disappointment for me was the soundtrack. There's no high-definition soundtrack. Not even a stereo track. You're treated to a bland mono track. Granted it's not an action movie that demands multi channels, but it would have been nice to have at least some stereo sound effects. In short, keep your DVD copy and don't bother with this one-unless you don't have it on DVD already and are looking to pick up a copy to relive your childhood memories.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      You'll shoot your eye out, or something

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      thedapperman
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      Now this isn't a movie review, if you want that you can either check out my brief movie reviews on Instagram @thedappermanreviews or soon to be YouTube page at The Dapper Man Reviews. This is more of a review on the actual product. For starters it is a steel book case which always looks nice, even if the picture printed on it, isn't a high definition picture. It is a DVD/Blu-Ray edition with a HD Download that will expire in December 2018. now the bonus features are exactly the same as the two-disc plastic case, just this is more sleek. Nothing else really to add, but one I never knew until watching the commentary, Bob Clark the director of this film is the same as the movie, "Porky's", a raunchy Canadian film I have no desire to see. So enjoy the holidays with this classic!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      You'll shoot your eye out!

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      BlueGold
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      My second-favorite Xmas movie absolutely NAILS the feeling of being a kid at Christmas trying to get that ONE PERFECT GIFT, accept no substitutes. Having a younger sibling who only exists to annoy you; having parents who JUST DON'T GET IT; dealing with bullies day in, day out; watching your friends dare each other to do stupid things just because...so familiar. I didn't grow up back in the thirties or the forties, but this movie is timeless that way. And on another note, it amazes me that this movie is directed by the same guy who directed both Porky's and Black Christmas. That's some kind of range!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great drama family film!

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      Alone
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      In the 1940's, in the town of Hammond, 9-year-old Ralphie wants one thing for Christmas -- an official Red Ryder BB rifle. When he asks his mother for the BB gun for Christmas, she says, "No, you'll shoot your eye out". When he writes an essay about it at school his teacher gives him a C+ with a note saying "You'll shoot your eye out." Next he asks Santa for the gun, Santa's response is familiar, he says, "You'll shoot your eye out, kid." Ralph fears that he'll never get the BB gun for Christmas. But there may be a surprise in store for him.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good film, needs new extras

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      CKCSWHFFAN
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      When the film was released in 1983 it did not do well at the box office. I remember that It is a good film, funny. Stands the test of time thirty years after it’s release Grown into a big deal at Christmas time to watch it. How the status of the film has grown Good to have the film wide screen here My complaint is the extras are old. Thirty year anniversary as I input this and it featured an extra from the twenty year edition of the film I see no difference from the DVD versions & this blu ray If you are a fan of the film get this just remember if you have previous editions of the film on DVD you already have the extras

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      perennial excellence

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      AOPisaac
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      I think this is one of the most enduring Christmas comedy films. I grew up with it (along with the ultra creepy CHRISTMAS CAROL starring George C. Scott), though, so I'm pleased as holiday punch to grow into all the humor of this masterpiece. The original Jean Shepherd story is perfect, & Bob Clark gives the screen treatment everything it deserves. Also, for those horror nerds out there, it's awesome to see where Clark (RIP) ended up after starting his career with grisly goodies like BLACK CHRISTMAS & DEATHDREAM. The added digital copy makes this a perfect buy.

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