The well-loved Christmas comedy, "HOME ALONE," is now available on blu-ray from FOX. Macaulay Culkin made his debut as Kevin McCallister, the young boy, When his extended family visits before their planned vacation to France, Kevin is punished and sent to the attic. The next morning, during a necessary headcount before taking off to the airport, Kevin is still asleep upstairs, and is overlooked, mistaken for a neighbor. Although, it takes a huge suspension of belief to accept his parents don't realize he's not along, for as long as they do, there's enough payoff throughout the film to make up for this huge problem. It's impossible to think any child viewer won't be thoroughly captivated by Kevin's awe at the prospect of taking charge of the house throughout the holiday, with complete domain and the freedom to do as he chooses. Of course, thrown in for a large portion of slapstick, two burglars, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern, plan to rob the "presumably" vacant house, and have no idea what they're up against. "HOME ALONE" has its undeniable magic moments for adults as well as children. And, even though this reviewer feels its manipulative "syrupy" moments just don't work, the film has enough charm to make it great viewing for the entire family, if just to see the glee in all of the children viewers, alone!
FOX has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray. The image varies greatly at times. Some scenes offer stunning depth, and others fall flat. Colors are solid, but contrast is only average for blu-ray, especially when one compares it to a film like "JINGLE ALL THE WAY," as blacks aren't discernible enough to offer necessary detail in darker scenes. Still, there are many scenes wherein the image jumps off the screen with fine detail, and it's notably better in every way to the previous dvd versions.
FOX has provided a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. The nix is surprisingly aggressive for a comedy, and effects can be as loud and rambunctious as the film's star! Discrete effects, more subtle ambient effects, the wonderful score and dialogue are perfectly balanced and utilized through all speakers throughout with remarkable fidelity. The mix, with the exception of extreme loudness(at times) is close to flawless!
FOX has included a great deal of extras. The deleted scenes, featurettes and more are all presented in standard resolution. The commentary track with the director, unfortunately, is pretty dull. Only the film's trailer is presented in full HD.