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Home Alone

Genre: Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 55 (Dec 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard Roberts Blossom & Catherine O

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 2.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Includes a trailer.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 4112753
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $29.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): No
(Running Time In Minutes): 103
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1990
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 10/05/99
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Chris Columbus
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Special Notes:
Also available in the Home Alone DVD set (Catalog number 4112760, $79.98)

Story Synopsis:
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

DVD Picture:
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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