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VEGAS VACATION

VEGAS VACATION

While VEGAS VACATION ($35) isn’t nearly as funny as NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION, this fourth installment in the series does have quite a few very amusing moments. Chevy Chase returns to the role of Clark W. Griswold, the accident-prone head of household who seems to encounter one disastrous vacation after another. Beverly D’Angelo also returns as Clark’s loving and all forgiving wife Ellen. Somehow D’Angelo gets better looking every outing, while Chase just seems to get older. Randy Quaid makes another hilarious appearance as the poor relation, cousin Eddie, who has recently relocated to some government land in the Nevada desert (gentlemen, start your Geiger counters). The most amazing scenic wonder in VEGAS VACATION is Christy Brinkley. Brinkley has a brief cameo as the fantasy girl in the red Ferrari from the first film. Christy Brinkley looks incredible in this outing, I’d swear she’s even younger and sexier than she was in the first film. In this fourth installment, Clark decides to take his wife and (fourth set of) kids on a family vacation to Las Vegas. Instead of a family vacation, Clark gets bitten by the gambling bug, which allows everyone to go off on his or her own Las Vegas adventure. Clark’s wife Ellen finds herself the object of Wayne Newton’s desires, while his son Rusty winds up a high roller, and his daughter Audrey takes up with her exotic dancer cousin. The cast of VEGAS VACATION features Ethan Randal, Marisol Nichols, Miriam Flynn, Shae D'Lyn, Jason Stuart, Sid Caesar, Julia Sweeney and Wallace Shawn.

Warner Home Video has given VEGAS VACATION a super looking Letterboxed transfer which presents the film in its proper 1.85:1 theatrical aspect ratio. The Laserdisc edition of VEGAS VACATION is definitely one up on its DVD cousin, since the DVD is pan and scan only. VEGAS VACATION looks great with its proper theatrical framing in place, and it makes me wish that Warner Home Video would re-master the entire VACATION series in the Letterbox format. The image is richly detailed and glossy, while the colors virtually pop off the screen. The digitally encoded Dolby Surround soundtrack has terrific mix, which should be played loud. VEGAS VACATION also has a Dolby Digital soundtrack. The Pioneer pressing had only an occasional speckle.

 
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