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Home Alone [DVD] [1990]

Macaulay Culkin , Joe Pesci , Chris Columbus    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard, Roberts Blossom
  • Directors: Chris Columbus
  • Writers: John Hughes
  • Producers: John Hughes, Mark Levinson, Mark Radcliffe, Scott M. Rosenfelt, Tarquin Gotch
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Portuguese, Swedish, Danish, Hungarian, Polish, Icelandic, Finnish, Czech
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Nov 2000
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005216Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,292 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Now and forever a favourite among kids, this 1990 comedy written by John Hughes (The Breakfast Club) and directed by Chris Columbus (Mrs. Doubtfire) ushered Macaulay Culkin onto the screen as a troubled 8-year-old who doesn't comfortably mesh with his large family. He's forced to grow a little after being accidentally left behind when his folks and siblings fly off to Paris. A good-looking boy, Culkin lights up the screen during several funny sequences, the most famous of which finds him screaming for joy when he realizes he's unsupervised in his own house. A bit wooden with dialogue, the then-little star's voice could grate on the nerves (especially in long, wise-child passages of pure bromide), but he unquestionably carries the film. Billie Bird and John Candy show up as two of the interesting strangers Culkin's character meets. Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern are entertainingly cartoonish as thieves, but the ensuing violence once the little hero decides to keep them out of his house is over-the-top. --Tom Keogh

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars christmas in 2 hours! 16 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
If you're sat at home on a gloomy October afternoon with nothing to do, and it's raining outside and you just can't wait any longer for christmas to come around, then this is the film for you!
Macauly Culkin plays the cutest little boy who finds himself 'home alone' at christmas, and does all the things any normal kid would only ever dream of!
This film puts you into full-on christmas mode and can lift any negative feeling that christmas is still miles off!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars K-E-V-I-N-! 3 Jan 2001
This is a must for any family, what a great film. Join Kevin after he is left home alone and see how he defends his home against two great would be burglars. But this time they have definately met more than their match.
Loads of action and loads of fun.
Oh and next time you leave the house, make sure you've got everything!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Merry Xmas Ya Filthy Animal 15 Dec 2010
By Inspector Gadget VINE VOICE
In the Eighties, John Hughes churned out a handful of movies and scored many, many hits. Quite rightly, as most of them were seriously funny - I'm DEFINITELY not referring to Curly Sue, so relax! In one particular scene from Uncle Buck, Macaulay Culkin interrogates a babysitter through the letterbox to make sure she's not a baddie. This inspired Hughes to write a whole new movie. Who would have known that this and its sequel would go on to become two of the biggest hits of all time? Both Hughes and Chris Columbus seem to prefer setting their movies during the holiday season (Gremlins, Young Sherlock Holmes, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Christmas Vacation) and manage to pull them off without too much sentiment, or sickening amounts of gooey love.

There are two reasons why Home Alone was such a big success. The first is that it's about a kid who outsmarts grown-ups, something that happens every day, only there's a worldwide conspiracy of silence. This movie yells it out loud and clear. The second is John Williams's magical score, which elevates the movie way above slapstick family fare to something more serious and regarded. It was nominated for an Academy Award, along with the Christmas carol Somewhere In My Memory, but lost to John Barry's Dances with Wolves. Damn! In a mad rush to the airport one morning, the McCallister family forget one little thing...Kevin (Culkin). He is an eight-year-old kid who wants nothing better than a peaceful Christmas and some time to himself. It's hard for him to get this when living in a house with seven other people(the exact same house from Planes, Trains And Automobiles, don't you know. With the rest of the McCallisters in Paris, Kevin runs wild doing whatever he wants, eating whatever he wants and watching whatever TV show he wants.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The biggest laugh I've had in ages 15 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
If you havn't seen this film I strongley reccommend you do. It's full of laughs and fun from start to finish. Brilliant acting from Culkin,Pesci and Stern. An excellent way to spend a Saturday night in December. On the sofa watching this film and you can't get through Christmas without seeing it at least once.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Film. Very Good Blu Ray 4 Dec 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Home Alone on Blu Ray. I am only relatively new to the concept of Blu Ray and if there was any Christmas film I was going to buy on Blu Ray, it was this!

I'm not going to review the plot of the film - a well constructed review on the internet can do that for you. I shall review the overall Blu Ray product. So, without further ado...

Picture Quality: 9/10. The picture quality gets a solid 9 from me. I had read some reviews of this film on Blu Ray that said the picture quality was very good. Essentially, I agree with the reviews. The picture quality is very good; colours and textures look stunning and backgrounds look really well in Home Alone. For a film as old as Home Alone is, the picture quality is a real improvement over any DVD counterpart.

Sound Quality: 9/10. The sound of this Blu Ray is amazing, one of the best I've ever consulted, in fact. Dialogue is crystal clear and it gave me great pleasure to hear John Williams' masterful score with such clarity. Top drawer stuff!

Overall, Home Alone is a real bargain on Blu Ray. Considering its age, it looks very well now in HD! The sound is also top drawer. Finally, the special features are quite fun and are well worth checking out.

Buy this. Money well spent.

Thanks for reading this. I hope it helps.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Home Alone - Bluray 14 Dec 2011
By Mapoo
Ok now we have all seen Home Alone, Who hasn't? I don't think anyone hasn't, its on the Tv every year at Christmas. I have Dvd's but I decided I wanted to try the Bluray and I was expecting bad quality just like a Dvd look or something. I was Amazed at the Sound Quality and the Picture was so Hi-Defination not as Hi-Def as newer films, but they have made a Fantastic Bluray version of this. So anyone wanting to watch this and remember the wonderful Home Alone, Watch it in Hi-Def its fantastic, Well worth the money!

Just want Home Alone - Lost In New York (Bluray) Whens it Released in UK????
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The film is very good and in my opinion, the best one out of the lot. As you may know, it is about an eight-year-old boy, Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) who is accidentally left home alone when his family rush off to France for Christmas. He has to defend his house when two cat burglars, Harry and Marv (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern, respectively) try to break in and hilarity ensues as Kevin sets a ton of booby traps around the house.
The picture quality is wonderful, a real step up from the DVD release. The film on Blu-Ray is 1080p HD and 1.85:1 aspect ratio (16:9).
The special features are excellent and not just a trailer or three, as with the DVD releases. There is the `Angels with Filthy Souls' featurette from the film but as a proper clip. This appears to be slightly different from the version shown in the film but good nonetheless. The deleted scenes are also very good and some of them should have, in my opinion, been left in the film as they are that good. There is also a `Making of Home Alone' feature which is very interesting and gives a real insight into the production of the movie. There are many more special features, all of which are very well done.
My only complaint is none of the special features are in HD, not even the aforementioned deleted scenes but you can't blame them really as many of them weren't made that way, such as the making of the film and a press featurette from 1990.

So, all in all, it is a great release, the movie is good and there are plenty of good special features to keep you occupied. A worthwhile buy and plenty of value for money.
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