National Lampoon’s Vacation 4K Blu-ray (40th Anniversary Edition)

National Lampoon’s Vacation 4K Blu-ray (40th Anniversary Edition)

40th Anniversary Edition / 4K Ultra HD + Digital HD

Warner Bros. | 1983 | 98 min | Rated R | Jun 27, 2023 (2 Days)

Codec: HEVC / H.265
Resolution: Native 4K (2160p)
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1


English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono (48kHz, 24-bit)
French: Dolby Digital 2.0 (192kbps)
Spanish: Dolby Digital 2.0 (192kbps)


English SDH, French, Spanish

4K Ultra HD
Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD-66)

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Slipcover in original pressing

4K Blu-ray: Region free

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National Lampoon’s Vacation 4K


National Lampoon’s Vacation 4K Blu-ray delivers stunning video and audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

The Griswolds have planned all year for a great summer vacation. From their suburban Chicago home, across America, to the wonders of the Walley World fun park in California, every step of the way has been carefully plotted. So what if they lose all their money when their new car gets wrecked. And it’s not too bad when Cousin Eddie deposits sour Aunt Edna in their back seat for a lift to Phoenix. But what really keeps Clark’s eyes on the road is a flirtation with a mysterious blonde in a red Ferrari.

For more about National Lampoon’s Vacation 4K and the National Lampoon’s Vacation 4K Blu-ray release, see National Lampoon’s Vacation 4K Blu-ray Review published by Randy Miller III on June 23, 2023 where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Director: Harold Ramis

Writer: John Hughes

Starring: Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Imogene Coca, Randy Quaid, Anthony Michael Hall, Dana Barron

Producer: Matty Simmons

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National Lampoon’s Vacation 4K Blu-ray, Video Quality 4K

  4.5 of 5


  0.0 of 5

NOTE: This review’s screenshots are not sourced from the 4K disc; no Blu-ray is included, so these temp shots are actually from an older
upscaled DVD. Relax and breathe easy, folks: the UHD looks much, much better than what you seen here, and it’s actually in the film’s original
1.85:1 aspect ratio for the first time on home video.

Any Blu-ray sourced from a DVD-era master, let alone those using the older VC-1 codec, is bound to be improved on UHD and National Lampoon’s
is certainly no different. It’s advertised only as a “new 4K restoration” but one can only assume that a fresh OCN scan was used,
as this pleasingly consistent 2160p/HDR transfer features a much more striking amount of fine detail with clearly stronger filmic textures. Eagle-eyed
viewers will be able to spot trace amounts of “grain management”, but it’s absolutely not an issue on the whole since Vacation‘s
fine-grain stock is only occasionally flattened out during a handful of brief nighttime scenes. WB’s tasteful application of HDR plays nice with
the film’s mostly natural palette, with occasional room for the “pop” of bold hues like Christie Brinkley’s red Ferrari, the Griswold’s metallic pea station
wagon, and the colorful signage on display at Walley World. For the most part, the film’s mostly earth-toned presentation looks accurate to its source
without the usual orange-and-teal push that plagues most heavier HDR applications, including some of the more garish flesh tones seen during Christmas
. High dynamic range also aids several of the older master’s more “contrasty” moments, such as the station wagon’s eight
headlights cutting though darkened city streets. It’s a very solid and perhaps surprisingly purist-friendly effort, smoothly encoded on a dual-layered
66GB disc and almost entirely free of compression-related issues such as banding and posterization. If this is the main (only?) reason you’re buying
this release, I can’t imagine you’ll be disappointed.

National Lampoon’s Vacation 4K Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

There’s less to say about the DTS-HD 2.0 Master Audio mix other than that it offers a clean, two-channel split of the original mono with a decently
higher degree of sonic detail and better dynamic range at similar volume levels. Stray music cues, such as the all-encompassing presence of Lindsey
Buckingham’s soaring “Holiday Road” and June Pointer’s “Little Boy Sweet” heard during Christie Brinkley’s Ferrari drive-by (a home video replacement
for The Pointer Sisters’ “I’m So Excited” which still hasn’t been
, much to the dismay of our forum members), enjoy a decently weighty presence within format limitations. Dialogue remains relatively crisp
and easy to understand, with the mix as a whole sounding like a pleasingly polished era-specific track that shows no reasonable room for improvement.

Optional subtitles, including English (SDH) are included during the main feature only.

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