Monday, October 19, 2009

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Blu-ray Review

Disc Size: 21.2 GB
Film Size: 20.5 GB
Film Rating: PG
Region: A

Video
Home Alone 2 comes to Blu-ray with a sharp 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The film looks quite good, particularly when compared to the DVD. The level of detail is quite strong, despite it being a grain heavy experience. There is dirt and specks throughout, keeping this from being impressive at all times, but I can understand why a remaster for the film was not done prior to the high-def release.

There are times where the film looked a bit too sharp, sporting at least a light use of edge enhancement at times. It almost gave a rough gritty look to the film at times, I would describe it like paper compared to sand paper, definitely differences throughout. Overall though the use was light, and far from the worst edge enhancement tampered releases. I actually expected the film to look slightly weaker than it actually did, so that's definitely saying something. 7/10.

Audio
A 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is included and sounds very good, it's not demo material by any means but we are given a very active and very engaging track. Dialogue was of course very crisp and clear, staying generally front and center but expands at times. The film's music is a nice treat on this release as well, it's very lively and comes through clearly in the surround area.

The effects thrown into the film are actually very dynamic and have great direction to them, nothing felt out of place during the film. It's not going to be up there with Transformers and Drag Me To Hell, and other recent demo audio mixes, and who would ever expect it to? As a catalog comedy release, I definitely found the track surprisingly impressive. 8/10.

Extras

Home Alone Theatrical Trailer (2:13) (SD)

Home Alone 2: Lost In New York Theatrical Trailer (1:09) (SD)

Home Alone 3 Theatrical Trailer (1:38) (SD)

Trailers for the first film, second film, and terrible third film are included. Yep, that's it. 2/10.

Blu-news Summary
Home Alone 2 is still a very fun film, and most fans of the first will definitely want to own both for their collection. The film does have some flaws, some that come with age. Culkin lacks the overall appeal that he had in the first film, he isn't as cute, funny or witty, and that's one of the reasons people love the first film so much.

Don't get me wrong, I still enjoy Home Alone 2 very much, but it's quality decrease is definitely clear throughout. The film is still a lot of fun though, and one that families can enjoy together. If you have seen the original, you have basically seen the second film, despite a few good and bad addition. 6/10.

The Blu-ray release is actually quite good overall. The video presentation looks a bit rough at times but overall better than I anticipated. Audio was equally surprising overall, featuring a very engaging mix. Extras are weak, but at least we get a theatrical trailer, something many studios still can't seem to include on releases. Overall this Blu-ray release is 'Recommended' for fans.

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