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AWFUL BLU RAY COVER ART FOR VACATION

10882363_10205727714974543_1413326031938588438_nTITLE: National Lampoon’s Vacation ITEM: Blu Ray celebrating 30th Anniversary. CAST: Chevy Chase, Beveryl D’Angelo, Randy Quaid, Dana Barron, Christie Brinkley, Anthony Michael Hall ORIGINAL ARTWORK: National Lampoon’s Vacation came out in 1983, which was a year after the John Milius/Arnold Schwarzenegger Conan The Barbarian pillaged theaters, and the Vacation poster was a parody: a retro painting ala Frank Franzetta of Chevy Chase with co-star wife Beverly D’Angelo and supermodel cameo Christie Brinkley clinging to each leg like pallid servant girl wenches: also parodying the theme of the movie in which Chase’s put-upon husband/father is anything but in control. NEW ARTWORK: The original artwork was used for the annoying Warner Brothers Snapcase:VACATION+95 the sole source where you could find Vacation, and in full screen ratio, not wide… There was another awful reissue cover replacing the original artwork, but this new crap beats all… PROBLEMS ARE: First off, Chevy Chase portrayed a family man, not a bachelor or businessman, so the fact he has a set of golf clubs over his shoulder and a tennis racquet just doesn’t fit (he’s holding a racquet on the original cover, but replacing a sword it has purpose)… His Caddyshack character Ty Webb would vacation this way but Clark had other junk to carry on the cross-country trip… Also, the moose antler cap is just plain awful, making our hero look like a complete clown when in fact, Clark Griswold was perhaps Chase’s best career performance: he really got into the role as an oblivious suburban dad doing anything and everything possible to make a hellish trip wonderful and failing at every turn… And this new Blu Ray cover ruins everything, plain and simple. If only Vacation were a Warner Archive: the plastic cases may smell awful, but the real artwork is used.

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