Home Alone: Family Fun Edition

DVD Reviews | Nov 19th, 2006

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Starring John Heard, Catherine O’Hara, Daniel Stern, Macaulay Culkin, John Candy, Joe Pesci
Written By: John Hughes
Directed By: Chris Columbus
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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Home Alone, the 90’s Holiday classic now available in a special Family Fun Edition, is a very fun and silly Christmas comedy about a little snot nose kid who is left home alone while his just-as-dumb parents go to France and realize their kid is missing. Dummies. While the premise of the movie is kind of stupid, it still provides laughs and a great cast too. Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern shine as the thugs who are out robbing homes while Families are away for the holidays. Serves them right for leaving during Christmas. Home Alone is now amongst the Christmas Classics that are on TV every year, even though parents all over the world are terrified at the fact that their demon seeds would be left home alone.

Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin, the youngest brat of the McAllister’s who always seems to end up on the short end of the stick amongst his giant family, but will soon have to grow up and be king of the house soon enough. Much to his dismay, Kevin is pissed off that his family is going away for the Holidays, to France of all places. After acting up in front of his family and relatives, Kevin is banished to the 3rd floor and somehow with the power going out, everyone oversleeps and are about to miss their flight. In the midst of all of this, both the parents and Kevin forget about what they were doing. The parents should be locked up for forgetting about their kid. I’m surprised Home Alone 2 doesn’t start off with Kevin in therapy. It’s amazing how a kid that is 8 years old is so helpless and dumb around his parents but now can take care of himself in this big house, all alone. To top of it off, how does such a little dumb ass figure out all these torturous ways to harm the robbers. The kid has potential to work for the CIA. Hell, you don’t need any family attachments working for them. Anyway everyone pretty much has seen the movie at this point, and its fun to see Pesci and Stern getting attacked by this little monster. Of course, to make it a nice cozy Holiday movie, there’s always the happy ending.

What makes this a family fun edition is that there are other features besides the movie, like feature length commentary from Director Chris Columbus and Macaulay Culkin, deleted scenes, a gag reel, set top games like Battle Plan, Trivia Quiz, and Head Count. Plus plenty of featurettes to boot. If you haven’t picked up the movie yet, and love Holiday films, than this edition is worth picking up.

-Feature Audio Commentary by Director Chris Columbus and Macaulay Culkin
-1990 Press Featurette
-The Making Of Home Alone
-Mac Cam: Behind The Scenes With Macaulay Culkin
-How To Burglar Proof Your Home: The Stunts Of Home Alone
-Home Alone Around The World
-Where’s The Buzz Now?
-Angels With Filthy Souls
-Deleted Scenes
-Blooper Reel
-3 Trailers
-Set Top Games:
-Battle Plan
-Trivia Game
-Head Count

-ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
-SPANISH: Dolby Digital Surround
-FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround

-Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)

English, Spanish

Favorite Scenes: Look What you did you little jerk, Does this Van get good gas mileage? Pizza Man Delivers, Attack on the McAllister’s Residence
Rating: PG
Running Time: 105 minutes
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