Warner Bros. Home Entertainment relives the feel of the open road and family-bonding with the Nov. 3 DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack (with UltraViolet) release of the writing and direction team of John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein’s Vacation.
The ARR is 95 days and the box office take during its summer multiplex run tallied $57.8 million.
The next generation of Griswold’s take to the road as Ed Helms, who knows all about road trips from hell as Stu in the three Hangover movies, plays Rusty (the adult version of Anthony Michael Hall), with Christina Applegate drawing the short straw as his wife Debbie. Skyler Gisondo (Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, The Amazing Spider-Man, etc.) and Steele Stebbins (A Haunted House 2) play sons James and Kevin respectively.
There is trouble in the Griswold clan, Ed and Debbie’s marriage is in on the rocks and to add that — which is to be expected when you put Griswold’s in a car for an extended period — everything that can possibly go wrong, goes wrong on this return trip to Wally World. In the end, such calamities prove to be a marriage-saver, but it is the getting there that proved to be the most fun.
In a nice touch, Leslie Mann, Beverly D’Angelo and Chevy Chase reprise their roles from the original Vacation, but sadly Cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid) is a no-show.
Bonus goodies include a gag reel, deleted scenes and a trio of featurettes — “Return to Wally World,” “The Griswold Odyssey” and “Georgia.”