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JEAN SHEPHERD’S PARKER FAMILY SAGA

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 9 DVD-R - 7 MOVIES - 4 DOCUMENTARIES

One of America's greatest humorists, Shep's semi-autobiographical tales of the Parker family probably appeals to most because of something he actually claimed to be against, nostalgia. Set in the 1940's and high on Norman Rockwell/Walt Disney type Americana, I don't doubt that many of us Jean Shepherd fans are the same folks who have a devoted love for Mama's Family, the Carousel of Progress, apple pie, and Ernest movies. Whether you grew up in such an all-American setting and lifestyle as the Parkers or just wish you had, there's a charm to it all even when presented with Shep's scoffing reality checks. And that realism and our mix of nostalgic feelings for both the good and bad of growing up are what make all the Ralphie films must-sees if not must-owns. This collection presents all the Parker’s family saga 7 films in Ralph’s age chronological order. So, to break it down for the many folks who consider themselves major "A Christmas Story" fans but don't even know about the other films, here are some descriptions of them, all narrated by Jean Shepherd (for the exception of Christmas Story 2) though with other cast members frequently changing:

A Christmas Story 1983 - (THIS IS A REGULAR RETAIL DVD IN LIKE NEW CONDITION) For sure you know this one. Ralph,10 years old and played to perfection by a bespectacled Peter Billingsley, is on a holiday quest to insure him the gift of a Red Ryder BB gun.

It Runs in the Family (My Summer Story) 1994 - From his following summer comes "My Summer Story", the tale of Ralph's search for the ultimate killer top to defeat the new head bully, Lug Ditka, the Old Man's war with their hillbilly neighbors, the Bumpuses, Mom's gravy boat incident at the Orpheum Theater, a trip to the World Exposition, and that all-important first summer of fishing with the Old Man and his buddies.

Ollie Hopnoodle’s Haven of Bliss (1988) - The Parker family returned to TV in this one, as we see a barely teenage Ralph, played well by a young Jerry O'Connell of "Sliders" fame, getting his working papers and his miserable first job. In addition, the dog, little Fuzzhead, runs away.

A Christmas Story 2 (2012) - (THIS IS A REGULAR RETAIL DVD IN LIKE NEW CONDITION)  The movie takes place in 1946, six years after the events in the first movie, showing Ralphie as a teenager, almost 16, who only wants a used 1939 Mercury convertible for Christmas. He accidentally causes the car to roll back out of the used car lot and gently tap a light pole causing a plastic reindeer on the pole to loosen and fall through the convertible top, so he bands together with Flick and Schwartz to raise enough money to fix it before Christmas so that the car dealer won't tell The Old Man.

The Great American Fourth of July and Other Disasters (1982) - Matt Dillon plays Ralph in this one!  In it, Ralph goes on a disastrous blind date, marches in the 4th of July parade with his school band, and gets tangled up with Schwartz in a picnic race against their weasely buddy, Flick. Meanwhile, Mom takes up a washrag chain-letter, neighborhood drunk Ludlow Kissel surprises everyone with a firework from hell, and the Old Man puts on a fireworks display to thrill the masses.

The Phantom of the Open Hearth (1976) - Ralph is attending the prom. This one also gives us the original film versions of the leg lamp story and the Orpheum dish-night fiasco, and the amusing build-it-yourself house story.

The Star-Crossed Romance of Josephine Cosnowski (1985) - Another delightful one here. Teenage Ralph finds his first serious love in his new Polish neighbor, Josephine, but at her family's big Thanksgiving celebration he learns how serious a few dates can be with some families, and it's escape now or wind-up like his pal, the former high-school basketball star thrust too soon into adulthood. This one also explores the Old Man's bad habit of buying used cars and Randy's turn at playing a turkey in a school play.

CONTENT LIST:

Movies:
A Christmas Story (1983)
It Runs in the Family (1994)
Ollie Hopnoodle’s Haven of Bliss (1988)
A Christmas Story 2 (2012)
The Great American Fourth of July and Other Disasters (1982)
The Phantom of the Open Hearth (1976)
The Star-Crossed Romance of Josephine Cosnowski (1985)
Documentaries:
A Christmas Story 20th Anniversary Extras (2003)
A Christmas Story Cast Interviews (2008)
Greenwich Village Sunday, narrated by Jean Shepherd (1960)
An Answer, narrated by Jean Shepherd (1962)

These films were originally produced long before the advent of High Definition TV, therefore they are best viewed on a small screen. HD TVs tend to stretch and skew the picture. Set your HD TV on 4:3 aspect ratio. (That was the old TV format). Please do not expect DVD or Commercial level DVDs from these films. Email us for any additional info.

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This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 16 March, 2014.

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