DVD Review

A Christmas Story: 20th Anniversary Two-Disc Special Edition (2003)

Peter Billingsley, A Christmas Story | NICK OF CRIME Billingsley has a guilty conscience
Image credit: A Christmas Story: TBS

A Christmas Story (24-hour marathon-TBS)

NICK OF CRIME Billingsley has a guilty conscience
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Oct 07, 2003; DVD Release Date: Oct 07, 2003; Movie Rated: PG; Genres: Comedy, Holiday; With: Peter Billingsley; Distributor: MGM

Whether it's the etiquette of the Triple Dog Dare or the science of marrying wet tongues to frozen poles, A Christmas Story is the most educational film many of us saw as kids. Mostly we learned from Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley) how to bag a Daisy Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle without pissing off the Old Man. Think of it as It's a Wonderful Life for post-Reagan generations as it morphs from cult to classic 20 years down the road.

EXTRAS And where are the Parkers? Billingsley is the only one present in the DVD extras. Also missing: a nifty-sounding deleted Flash Gordon sequence he mentions on the commentary track.

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Originally posted Oct 10, 2003 Published in issue #732 Oct 10, 2003 Order article reprints
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