This reviewer has to admit not being a fan of the first "NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION" film in the series, and that was infinitely better than any of the sequels which followed. This reviewer also has to admit not being a fan of Chevy Chase. Sure, he was ok in "CADDYSHACK", but who wasn't? Chevy Chase proves that just "anyone" can't make slapstick funny. Slapstick requires some talent from its actors, as falling down by itself can wear thin. Unfortunately, in "NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CHRISTMAS VACATION", most of the jokes are built around Clark Griswold falling down, messing up Christmas lights and plenty of other predictable, inane gags. The one highlight of the film that at least plays semi-naturally is a too brief scene involving Clark being smitten with a sexy salesgirl while Christmas shopping.
WARNER BROS. has provided a 1080p/VC-1 transfer with 1.78:1 aspect ratio intact for this Blu-ray release. Unfortunately, it's one of the least impressive Blu-ray transfers from WARNER BROS, thus far. While there's more detail here than in the previous dvd offerings, none of the scenes have a "wow" factor! Some scenes look sharp, but never close to the three-dimensional-like depth qualities offered on many superior Warner Bros. Blu-ray releases. Colors are generally rich but inconsistent, with hues varying greatly from one scene to the next. Contrast is fine, with deep blacks and grays. There's an unusual amount of grain present throughout large portions of the film.
WARNER BROS. has provided a Dolby Digital Plus 2.0 mix. There's nothing in the way of surround effects, but a few separation effects present in the front soundstage to boost a scene's intended humor. It's a mundane mix, but the fidelity is superior to any of the previous dvd offerings.
The same trailer and audio commentary found on dvd have been carried over here. "Fans" of the film will be disappointed that Chevy Chase isn't included in the commentary.