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Chris Hicks: 2 new DVDs have yule themes

Christmas is on the mind of DVD distributors; here are a couple of holiday movies released last week:

"Christmas in Connecticut" (Warner, 1992, not rated, $19.97). This TV remake starring Dyan Cannon and Kris Kristofferson is a pale imitation of the 1945 original that starred Barbara Stanwyck — so why not release that one, too? (It's on VHS but not DVD.)

The story has Cannon as a TV chef who can't cook. So when she hosts a park ranger (Kristofferson) for Christmas dinner, she tries to fake it. Frantic but not funny.

This was, for good reason, the first and last full-length film directed by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Extras: Full frame, trailers, language options (English, French), subtitle options (English, French, Spanish), chapters.

"National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure" (Warner, 2004, not rated, $19.97). I couldn't stand Randy Quaid's Cousin Eddie character when he appeared in three of the four earlier "National Lampoon's Vacation" movies. (Does anyone remember there were hints in the first film that he was a child molester?) And in those, he was only a supporting character.

Here, he's the lead character in another pointless sequel (the first without Chevy Chase), with Eddie (Quaid) being fired at Christmas, but to keep him from suing (don't ask), he receives a tropical island family vacation. Miriam Flynn also repeats her role as Eddie's long-suffering wife, and Dana Barron appears as Audrey Griswold (a role she played in the first "Vacation"). Ed Asner, as a grumpy uncle, and Eric Idle, who is knocked about by Eddie in the airport sequence, are slumming.

Extras: Widescreen, outtakes, trailers, subtitle options (English, French, Spanish), chapters.