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'Johnson Family Vacation' Coming To Blu-Ray, For The First Time, In March

by Sergio
March 13, 2014 8:41 PM
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I’ll bet right now, you’re thinking the same thing I’m thinking.

Johnson Family Vacation? Did I see that? I don’t seem to remember.

I know. Just like you, I think I saw it when it came out, but I honestly can’t remember. I mean it, come out literally a decade ago in April 2004, but you would think that, if it was that great, we still would remember something from it, or at least, have watched it a few times since it came out.

Well, to get to the point, for those fans of the film out there, Fox Home Entertainment announced today that the film, which stars Cedric The Entertainer, Vanessa Williams, Bow Wow (who is definitely old enough to be going to his real adult name Shad Gregory Moss by now) and Steve Harvey, will be coming out, for the first time, on blu-ray on March 4.

Wait a minute…

That was LAST WEEK. but Fox Home Entertainment announced that in a press release TODAY? Guess they forgot about the film too. 

But the film is out on blu-ray as part of Fox Home Entertainment’s celebration of Fox Searchlight’s 20th Anniversary, which will see the release of several never-before-released films on blu-ray, throughout the year, like Notes on a Scandal and The Full Monty. There will also be new anniversary editions of Searchlight films previously released on blu-ray, such as Sideways, Napoleon Dynamite and Crazy Heart.

In case you’re wondering (and I had to admit, I had to look it up), Johnson Family Vacation was directed by Christopher Erskin, a music video director whose has yet to make another feature film since then, and one assumes went back in the music video and TV commercial world.

Here’s the trailer to refresh your memory:

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  • @MsWilliamsWorld | March 17, 2014 11:26 AMReply

    This one was a sho-nuff stinker. I had to watch it with my then 7-year-old nephew and I swear, it made me glad I don't have kids, just so I wouldn't have to be subjected to this kind of cinematic fare on a regular basis...

  • gustavo ramalho | March 14, 2014 3:03 AMReply

    i can't imagine that you, the person who writes this "material", calls yourself a journalist... why are you covering the release of a shitty Griswold family ripoff? Just because it's made by black folks? does it legitimize it? the copy? the shitty factor? this whole shadow and act section of indiewire is something i never really understood, doesn't it just exploys the void much more? nevertheless it's a place that holds dear to the spike lee's, the ones that celebrate the ghettos... not the steve mcqueen's that celebrate our cosmopolitan side... hail to the stupidity... way to go... let's cover the next johnson's family vacation....

  • CareyCarey | March 16, 2014 6:45 AM

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  • sergio | March 14, 2014 8:32 AM

    Obviously you're not a regular reader. We cover EVERYTHING. And yes especially if it's black film made my black folks. That's what we do here because believe it or not there is someone on this planet who is actually interested in a blu-ray of Johnson family vacation. But since "this whole shadow and act section of indiewire is something i never really understood" bothers you I ask you do you read us then? Leave us alone. And once again get it through your thick skull that I'm not not a journalist and never claimed to be one. You want journalism read the N.Y. Times

  • Carl | March 13, 2014 10:08 PMReply

    Cedric is to movies as what Blair Underwood is to network television.

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