Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced the 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray release of National Lampoon’s Vacation. The film was directed by Harold Ramis and is based on a screenplay by John Hughes. Chevy Chase leads a cast that includes Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid, Imogene Coca, Anthony Michael Hall, Brian Doyle-Murray, James Keach, Eugene Levy, John Candy, Jane Krakowski, and Christie Brinkley. The Blu-ray will be available online and in stores everywhere beginning on May 21st.
In the film, everything is planned, packed… and about to go hilariously wrong. The Griswolds are going on vacation. In the driver’s seat is Clark Griswold (Chase), an everyman eager to share the open road and the wonders of family togetherness, and his wife Ellen (D’Angelo). Myriad mishaps, crude kin (Quaid), encounters with a temptress (Brinkley), financial woes, Aunt Edna (Coca) on the roof, one security guard (Candy) and 2,460 miles later, it’s a wonder the Griswolds are together. There’s never been a family vacation like it. Except maybe yours. And that helps explain why the classic comedy remains so popular and so very funny.
National Lampoon’s Vacation was released in July of 1983 and grossed over $61 million at the box office. The film was followed by three theatrical sequels, one direct-to-video spin-off, and one remake/reboot to be released next year with Ed Helms.
Technical specifications and full special features have yet to be revealed for the 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray.
Here is the theatrical trailer for National Lampoon’s Vacation, courtesy of Movie Classics.