Also available in the Home Alone DVD set (Catalog number 4112760, $79.98)
Macaulay Culkin became a household name for starring as the boy who was left Home Alone accidentally, while his family frantically rushes off for Christmas vacation. After the initial shock, young Kevin McAllister excitedly takes charge of the usual duties as the man of the house: sledding down the staircase, devouring junk food in front of the TV, and chasing off burglars. Chasing off burglars?!? That
The 1.75:1 DVD is not anamorphically enhanced, and image quality is only marginally improved over the LaserDisc. Images are very soft, though detail can be nicely rendered at times. Colors are nicely balanced, with natural fleshtones, and deep, undefined blacks., There is also an apparent loss of detail possibly caused by noise reduction. This disc offers one of the worst cases of edge enhancement. Its distraction is relentless. Source element artifacts and scratches are apparent, as well as occasional film grain. Aliasing problems are occasionally noticed. (Suzanne Hodges)
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