Vacation Blu-Ray Review

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The Movie: 4/10
I am not looking forward to writing this review. It is what it is. I didn’t expect much, and not much is what I got. I don’t understand hateful mocking humor so much, and yes I do have a sense of humor, but this is not in my wheel house…as they say. Rusty Griswold is taking his family on a vacation to Wally World. That is a great premise for a story to have a lot of family heart felt moments and bumbling comedy along the way. Zero. That’s what I got in both of those categories. I’ll just go ahead and say it, I didn’t like this movie much. I did laugh a few times and Christina Applegate is really fun throughout, but overall I was ready to get up and walk out a few times just because I was so bored during some scenes my mind wandered exponentially. I do like dark comedy, this ain’t that. I do like edgy humor, but this ain’t that either. It’s not even a throwback to the kind of comedy of the original Vacation movie. That kind of bumbling slapstick done by a generation of comedians and actors who grew up in what would be probably the late 40’s and 50’s so they got a lot of old radio on their heads and vaudevillian shtick….and in 2015 you need to be a bit more delicate with it, which this movie does not do. I don’t like it.

I can’t emphasize enough that my memory of this movie is largely blah. Not interested, and often turning up my nose at the “jokes” and bits they do to try to squeeze some laughs out of people who dig that kind of thing. I am not those people.

We know a guy who loved it, so there ya go. I can’t make you not like it, and I do recommend that you watch it and decide for yourself. You can decide if I do or do not have a sense of humor:) I must, I just put a smiley face in this review.

Nothing about this movie makes me want to recall individual scenes, nothing. It’s not touching or have any kind of message. I think they were trying the whole thing of we are a family and we stick together no matter what. The problem is this family does not stick together and the only time they get on board with each other is a very very very lame fight with another family. Ugh. They almost die white water rafting and that whole thing could have come out of the movie. It’s not funny, it’s not anything, just completely pointless to me. The sister, Audra, who is a main character of the family is reduced to nothing. She lives on a ranch with a dickhead who brings us dick jokes…not funny.

Don’t get me started on Chevy Chase and Beverly DiAngelo. I said, do not get me started. OK, so they were the worse part of the whole movie for me. I was shocked that they let them languish with nothing funny to say or do that had any dignity or honest humor. They are not the same characters we all know. They are aging actors given a chance to be in a movie in the franchise that they are mostly famous for, and I can say that that part of the movie was one of those times I thought I would get up and go to the bathroom but not require a pause.

I can’t find better things to say, I would if I could but I can’t.

Watch it and come to your own conclusion. Wally World will forever remain a closed park for me, and I think that’s how it should stay.

Features: 5/10

  • Return To Walley World (10 Minutes) – The cast writers and directors discuss the making of this fine piece of entertainment.
  • The Griswold Odyssey (18 Minutes) – A short look at the making of the film, including the creation of the cool car used in the movie The Tartan Prancer.
  • Gag Reel (2 Minutes) – People laugh and people fall down, you know the drill.
  • Deleted Scenes (12 Minutes) – Lots of deleted scenes most of which involve Chris Hemsworth, for the purists only.
  • Georgia (2 Minutes) – A tribute to the state of Georgia, if you ever saw the one on the Lord Of The Rings Blu-Ray presented by Peter Jackson it’s like that but less funny.
  • DVD & UV Digital Copy

Cover Art and Menus: 3/10
The cover does not matter to me at this point and if it did it’s not interesting enough visually to get me to want it as an image in this review let alone a poster in my house.

Audio & Video: 8/10
Shot digitally Vacation is quite a looker and has a very realistic translation to home video. Presented in 1080P using the AVC codec Warner have chose to use a very high bit-rate and the film shines because of that. Fun fact the entire film was made in Georgia even the scenes that take place in the grand canyon, to achieve the effect of this the color and shadows have been manipulated in post to change the look from scene to scene. I saw no evidence of Macro-blocking or edge enhancement throughout the films run-time.

Vacations soundtrack uses the DTS-HD MA 5.1 codec and as usual for a comedy is mainly front and center. Surround effects are used during the main action scenes but mostly this is a clear, crisp rich presentation that is much better than the film. Seals “Kiss from a rose” never sounded so good!!!

Overall Score 4/10