The first film in the Vacation comedy franchise stars Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold, an ad exec who becomes consumed with taking his family cross-country to Wally World, a California amusement park. Less a vacation than a descent into a peculiarly American kind of hell, the Griswolds suffer through an endless series of catastrophes, culminating in a run-in with the law.~Jason Ankeny
Griswold family commentary by Chevy Chase, Randy Quaid, Anthony Michael Hall, Dana Barron, director Harold Ramis and producer Matty Simmons
This was a spur of the moment purchase after having watched Christmas Vacation during Christmastime. I purchased it online. Very easy & quick. Delivery was earlier than expected. Needless to say, we enjoyed watching this Blast from the Past film!!
I can truly say that nowadays, some remakes and sequels are better than those of the past. In this case, not only was the 2015 sequel not that great, it was also up against an epic instant classic and original. This Chevy and Beverly hit brought a whole new take on satire that redefined the entire outlook on comedy in film.
SNL legend Chevy Chase wants to take the family on a cross country vacation to Wally World in California. This is where the trouble, but fun for the audience begins. From purchasing the new car to having to take an unwanted relative along for the ride to all the adventure in between to finally arriving at the destination to unexpected results. A great supporting cast includes Eugene Levy and John Candy. Superb direction by Harold Ramis. This is one Vacation you won't want to miss.
It's still a very funny movie, even with all the dated references. The extras aren't the greatest in the world: commentary, an introduction and a featurette gallery. But I only really wanted the movie and the price was fantastic at the time, so those things weren't all that important to me.
The picture quality is quite good. As I bought a DVD and watched it on a Blu-ray player on a 1080p TV, it definitely beats the image quality the first time I saw it on television back in 1984.
On a less important note, my copy did not have the same cover art as what is shown (Boris Vallejo painting). Mine is a fairly crude composite shot of Chevy Chase, the family truckster flying overhead and the desert in the background.
I've seen this film approximately 30 to 40 times in my life, and I never get tired of it. Boneheaded, but well meaning father, Clark Griswold, driving his wife and two kids on a cross country family vacation, from Chicago to a California theme park, to spend time with all of them, before the kids are too old for such things.