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  • National Lampoon’s Holiday Reunion

    Posted in: Disc Reviews by David Annandale on November 24th, 2004

    Overall
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    (out of 5)

    

    Synopsis

    Anaesthesiologist Judge Reinhold, dreaming of a traditional Thanksgiving holiday with long-lost cousins, packs up his resentful, upper-crust family and heads off to Idaho. The relatives turnout to be a group of hippies with a yard that would horrify the family in The Texas ChainsawMassacre. Cue the culture clash.

    But don’t cue the laughs. This is sad, sad stuff, as only a made-for-TV (TBS in this case)version of National Lampoon can be. The gags are old, and …eren’t good when they were new.This was dismal when it was called National Lampoon’s Thanksgiving Family Reunion,and it still is.

    Audio

    The sound is 5.1, but is hugely unexciting. The music (irritating in the extreme) isomnipresent, but its mix isn’t anything to write home about. There are some surround effects, butthey are very low key. The audio is, in a word, boring.

    Video

    Should you care, the picture comes in both fullscreen and 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreenversions. The colours are fine, as are the blacks and flesh tones. There is very minor grain, andthere is no visible edge enhancement. Something odd does happen every few cuts, however: aswe shift from one shot to another, there is a moment where the picture appears to break up intohorizontal lines. The effect is just for a fraction of a second, but is noticeable.

    Special Features

    Nothing but a promo for Arrested Development.

    Closing Thoughts

    Trust me, this will not become a holiday tradition in your home. It just won’t.

    Special Features List

    • Arrested Development Promo
    Posted In: 1.33:1 Fullscreen, 1.78:1 Widescreen, Comedy, Disc Reviews, Dolby Digital 5.1 (English), DVD, Fox

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