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Home Alone

Region 2 (UK) - 20th Century Fox
vs. Region 1 (USA) Family Fun Edition - 20th Century Fox

 

Details

 

 

DVD

R2 UK
 

 

 

DVD

R1 USA
Family Fun Edition

 

Disc(s)

 

1x single-sided single layer (DVD5)

 

1x single-sided dual layer (DVD9)

Running Time

 

Approx. 99 mins (PAL)

 

Approx. 103 mins (NTSC)

Video

 

1.78:1 anamorphic (packaging: 1.85:1)
Average bit rate: 5.30 Mbps
PAL 720x576 at 25 fps

 

1.85:1 anamorphic
Average bit rate: 6.61 Mbps
NTSC 720x480 at 24 fps

Audio

 

English:
Dolby Surround 2.0, 192 Kbps

 

English:
Dolby Digital 5.1, 448 Kbps

English, Spanish, French:
Dolby Surround 2.0, 192 Kbps

Subtitles

 

English, English HoH, Danish, Czech, Finnish, Hebrew, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Hungarian

 

English, Spanish

Extras

 

- Theatrical trailers for all three Home Alone films

 

- Audio commentary by director Chris Columbus and actor Macaulay Culkin
- Mac Cam: behind the scenes with Macaulay Culkin
- 1990 press featurette
- How to Burglar-Proof Your Home: the stunts of Home Alone
- The making of Home Alone
- Home Alone around the world
- Where's Buzz Now?
- Blooper reel
- "Angels with Filthy Souls"
- Trailers (3)
- Deleted scenes/alternate takes (15)
- Games (3)

 

Bit Rate

R2 UK

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R1 USA

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Screen Captures

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Comments

Released in 2000, the original bare-bones version of Home Alone is one of the most obnoxiously bad commercially available DVDs of a mainstream film. Mastered from what looks like a LaserDisc source and heavily (and I mean really heavily) noise reduced, it features virtually no fine detail at all and renders the entire image as a mess of smearing, artefacting and edge enhancement. Meanwhile, the only extras Fox were able to dig out for such a major title were trailers for each of the three Home Alone films.

To say that the 2006 "Family Fun Edition" improves considerably on its predecessor would be the understatement of the year. The new transfer, unlike its predecessor, actually passes muster, looking pleasingly filmlike despite some temporal noise reduction. It also reveals that the earlier release was missing a substantial amount of picture, especially from the top and left-hand side. Interestingly, the overall difference in appearance is very similar to that of The Omen, another Fox release given the special edition treatment this year (comparison here): the new release is somewhat soft, but smooth and filmic, while showing a slightly bluer colour tint than its predecessor. One flaw that should be noted with this new release, though, is that some of the highlights appear to be being clipped (see Example 2).

Extras: no contest. The Family Fun Edition has a vast array of materials to offer, some new, some archival. It also fares better in terms of audio, offering two dubs and a 5.1 remix, although purists will no doubt go straight for the original 2.0 surround track.

 

Summary

 

 

UK

 

USA

Video

 

2/10

 

7/10

Audio

 

8/10

 

8/10

Extras

 

1/10

 

8/10