"You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!"

Anticipating a big holiday demand for high definition DVD product, Warner Home Video has announced the December 5th new format debut of two hit family favorites. A Christmas Story and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation will be making their simultaneous debut on HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc while The Polar Express, the dazzling classic and one of Warner Home Video's all-time best-selling family DVDs, continues to be available on HD DVD.

All HD DVD and Blu-ray titles will be available for $28.99 SRP. All bonus materials on the Standard Definition version of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation will be included on the high definition versions.

"The hot holiday items this year will be all things high definition," said Stephen Nickerson, WHV's Senior Vice President, Market Management. "Whether consumers purchase Xbox 360 HD DVD players or Sony Playstation BD; Toshiba or RCA's HD DVD player or Panasonic BD player, those giving and those receiving gifts will be thrilled to discover our great hit family titles available in both high definition formats."

About the Movies:

The Polar Express is based on the beloved Caldecott Medal children's book by Chris Van Allsburg about a doubting young boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. He embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

A Christmas Story -- Humorist Jean Shepherd's nostalgic view of Christmastime in Indiana during the 1940s stars Peter Billingsley as a nine-year-old named Ralphie who has only one thing on his Christmas list: a Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Air Rifle. With his parents unwilling to buy him the gun because he might "shoot his eye out," Ralphie decides to mount a full-scale, hint-dropping, Santa-begging campaign. He also endures a slew of calamities from snowsuit paralysis to the dreaded tongue-on-a-frozen-flagpole gambit. The New York Times calls A Christmas Story "maybe the best Christmas movie ever."

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation -- Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) attempts to create a picture perfect, old-fashioned Christmas for his family and invites his extended family to celebrate the holidays at his home. But a festive supporting cast including Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Juliette Lewis and Doris Roberts, 25,000 lights on the roof, an exploding turkey on the dining room table and a SWAT team taking siege outside soon help Clark realize that more does not always mean merrier. "Chevy Chase is at his best!" John Hughes wrote and was a producer on National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation; Jeremiah S. Chechik directs.

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