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Review by Marc Girdler | posted January 14, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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Movie: The McAllister family is on the brink of their holiday vacation. The night before, young Kevin (Macauley Culkin) has a fight with his family, because they ate all the cheese pizza. He is sentenced to sleeping in the attic, all alone. After a mishap with the alarm clock, everyone oversleeps, and in the hurried rush, Kevin is left behind. Due to a turn of strange cirumstances, the family does not notice until they arrive, and Kevin is missing. Kevin wakes up, realizes his family is gone, and starts to celebrate. But the party will be short lived, as two burglars, Harry and Marv (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) are scoping out the neighborhood, and select the McAllisters home as their next bounty. Kevin overhears the two discussing the robbery, and readies his home for a fight to the finish. Kevin's mother is racing home, but she won't be able to make it in time to scare away the burglars. Kevin has his BB gun in hand, the traps are set, and he's ready to defend his home. But will the veteran Wet Bandits be too much for young Kevin?

Video: Home Alone is shown on this disc in a 1.85:1 non anamorphic widescreen transfer. The transfer looks pretty good, with a mark down for not being 16X9 enhanced. Black levels are solid, but a little bright in a few scenes, and color is bright and vivid. Very few compression errors were noticed, and all in all, this is a very good transfer.

Audio: Home Alone is not an audio driven movie, so don't expect it to rock your home theater. It sounds very good though, and the track fits the material quite well. The effects are usually low key, but some larger ones will spark some activity in your system. Music also sounds very good, and the dialogue is always crisp and clean, no intereference from the music or effects.

Extras: As usual, Fox scrimped on the extras. The only bonus is the thearical trailer, but at least it's there. After hearing his great commentary on Mrs. Doubtfire, I'd love to hear director Chris Columbus talk about Home Alone.

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