I was eager to get the Special Edition of "National Lampoon's\nChristmas Vacation" because it is one of my favorite holiday films.\nSo I went to the store when it came out and paid my money for what I\nhoped would be a better presentation and a few bonus extras, even\nthough I already owned the "full screen" version of the film.\n\nHere's what I got for my money:\n\n1. A matted picture that cuts off the top and the bottom of the\npicture. I thought a few things were missing when I was watching the\nfilm. One scene in particular caught my attention. Clark and Cousin\nEddie are walking in the toy store with the list of toys for the kids.\nCousin Eddie's tight pants clearly show his large "manhood" hanging in\nhis trouser pants. This is part of the joke of who Cousin Eddie is.\nCompletely cut out and missing on the "Special Edition".\n\n2. A commentary in which Beverly D'Angelo add these insights: "Doesn't\nmy hair look nice in this scene?" And again later. "They changed my\nhair for this scene, I think it looks nice," There is no talk about\nthe actual making of the film. No Director, No Chevy Chase.\n\nWe clamor for "Widescreen" presentations and this is what we get.\nWhat a bunch of crap.