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Home Alone

4K Ultra HD

Blu Ray

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  • 30th Anniversary Home Alone 4K UHD release delights, retaining its classic charm and nostalgia.

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  • Video
  • Home Alone's 4K UHD dazzles with vivid HDR colors, sharp details, and deeper contrasts, elevating its visual appeal despite minor grain issues.

  • Audio
  • Disney reuses the DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix for Home Alone, delivering clear sound with decent effects and LFE presence, though it underutilizes the soundstage and lacks immersive audio tech upgrades like Atmos.

  • Extra
  • The UHD Home Alone disc lacks extras, but its Blu-ray bundle features a substantial bonus content collection, including a director's commentary, making-of, stunts guide, and deleted scenes, with no new additions for this release.

  • Movie
  • Disney's re-release of 'Home Alone' in UHD format brings a visually enhanced classic with no new extras, while capturing the film's blend of holiday chaos, ingenious defense against bumbling burglars, and heartwarming moments.

    Video: 84

    The 4K UHD Blu-Ray presentation of "Home Alone" marks a substantial leap in visual fidelity over its Blu-ray counterpart, showcasing a vibrant color palette and a clarity that breathes new life into this beloved holiday classic. From the outset, the HDR highlights and the white opening titles demonstrate the disc's capacity for high luminance and crispness, setting the tone for an experience rich in depth and color clarity. The movie's palette benefits immensely, especially evident in scenes like the family's departure to Paris, where the blues of the sky and the reds of the brickwork display a marked improvement in contrast and nuance. Moreover, the HDR application enhances both brightly lit day scenes and warm indoor settings with superior black levels, presenting an image with fine-tuned depth and detail that far exceeds previous releases.

    On the texture front, the film has never looked better. The 2160p resolution delivers a sharp, filmic quality across the board—from character close-ups to the intricacies of the McCallister home's décor—maintaining a light, organic grain structure that is more pronounced than in past remasters without becoming obtrusive. However, some inconsistencies with grain behavior and the occasional visual anomaly, such as stray speckles and minor shaking in certain shots, preclude a perfect score in this area. Despite these few hitches in grain management and digital processing, the overall presentation remains remarkably true to its filmic origin, offering a natural and immersive viewing experience.

    Disney's handling of this release demonstrates a keen attention to detail and a commitment to preserving the film's original charm while enhancing its visual appeal. The HDR technology not only amplifies the vibrancy of holiday decorations and lighting but also ensures that colors are employed with precision to create a warm, inviting atmosphere appropriate for a holiday movie. Skin tones appear natural, and the dynamic range allows for a more nuanced exploration of light and shadow. While there are moments of softness and minor banding in complex patterns, these are overshadowed by the sheer improvement in image quality, with black levels and whites being particularly noteworthy for their depth and brightness. The visual presentation of "Home Alone" on 4K UHD Blu-Ray offers a definitive viewing experience that stands as a testament to the film's enduring appeal and the potential of modern home cinema technology.

    Audio: 79

    The 4K UHD Blu-ray release of "Home Alone" retains its original audio charm by sticking with the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless soundtrack, foregoing a remix into the more contemporary Dolby Atmos or DTS:X formats. This decision preserves the essence of the film's auditory experience, which, while not aggressively utilizing the potential of a modern surround soundstage, still delivers a satisfactory aural fidelity. The mix capitalizes on the film’s memorable score and clear dialogue, ensuring that the core auditory elements that fans appreciate are front and center. Notably, the use of DTS Neural:X can add a bit more depth to this classic mix, enhancing the experience slightly beyond its original incarnation.

    While "Home Alone’s" audio design might not aggressively push the boundaries of your home theater system, its execution within the confines of a 5.1 setup has its moments of brilliance, particularly through its scoring and certain effect-laden scenes. The soundstage effectively carries the lighter footsteps of children running, albeit without significant discrete channel usage, maintaining a front-heavy focus that occasionally misses opportunities for immersive environmental effects. Despite this, specific traps and scenes, including the iconic blowtorch moment and excerpts from Kevin's favored gangster movie, provide brief flourishes of LFE, though these moments are few and measured.

    On examination, the decision to persist with the established DTS-HD MA 5.1 track, despite its limitations in creating a densely layered sound field, pays off by catering to the original's clarity and balance between dialogue, effects, and John Williams’ captivating score. The mix does not venture far into dynamic range or low-frequency effects but maintains an admirable fidelity to its source material. This restraint results in an audio experience that leans heavily on nostalgia and clarity rather than pushing the envelope with new technology—a choice that may sit comfortably with purists and fans of the original cinematic release.

    Extra: 74

    The 4K UHD Blu-Ray release of "Home Alone" intriguingly offers no new supplements directly on its 4K disc, instead opting to include a separate Blu-ray disc packed with the familiar array of special features that replicate the 2015 20th Century Fox release. This blending of nostalgia with cutting-edge format falls short for enthusiasts craving UHD-specific extras but delivers a comprehensive nostalgia trip via its bundled Blu-ray. Noteworthy is the detailed audio commentary by director Chris Columbus and Macaulay Culkin, providing insightful behind-the-scenes viewpoints. The compilation ranges from detailed making-of documentaries, engaging stunt explanations, to quaint deleted scenes and bloopers, enriched further by a glimpse into the international impact of the film and a curious look at what happened to Buzz. This package ensures a full behind-the-curtain experience for "Home Alone" aficionados, albeit not utilizing the 4K disc’s potential for enhancements.

    Extras included in this disc:

    • Audio Commentary: Director Chris Columbus and Macaulay Culkin share insights.
    • 1990 Press Featurette: A brief throwback to the film's original promotion.
    • The Making of Home Alone: An extensive look into the film's production.
    • MAC CAM: Behind The Scenes With Macaulay Culkin: Personal footage from the lead actor.
    • How To Burglar Proof Your Home: The Stunts of Home Alone: An exploration of the film's iconic booby traps.
    • Home Alone Around The World: A look at the film's global reach.
    • Where's Buzz Now?: Speculation on the character's fate.
    • Angels With Filthy Souls: A snippet of the movie-within-a-movie.
    • Deleted Scenes / Alternate Takes: Additional content not in the theatrical release.
    • Blooper Reel: Light-hearted mistakes and outtakes.
    • Theatrical Trailers: Promotional material for the film.

    Movie: 76

    Disney's re-release of the 1990 beloved Christmas classic "Home Alone" in the 4K UHD format brings a fresh coat of visual paint to a film that has enchanted audiences for decades. The new 2160p/HDR video presentation is a significant upgrade, offering vivid details and a brighter color palette that accentuates the holiday spirit within the McCallister household and beyond. Unfortunately, while the picture quality has seen a commendable improvement, the audio experience remains unchanged. The UHD disc carries over the existing DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless soundtrack, missing an opportunity to enhance the auditory experience to match the visual fidelity.

    "Home Alone" tells the story of young Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin), who, through a series of unfortunate events, ends up forgotten by his family as they jet off to France for the Christmas holidays. Left to his own devices, Kevin transforms from being an inadvertent nuisance into a cunning and resourceful guardian of his home. When two bumbling burglars (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) target his home, Kevin's ingenious traps turn their criminal endeavor into a painful ordeal. The film balances the frenetic energy of these slapstick confrontations with quieter moments of introspection and heart, making it more than just a comedy but a story that explores themes of family, responsibility, and redemption during the hectic holiday season.

    This re-release also includes the original Blu-ray disc with several extras, offering fans a dose of nostalgia with bonus content despite the main attraction being the movie itself on 4K UHD. As we delve back into Kevin's misadventures in defending his home, it's clear that "Home Alone" remains a captivating mix of humor, action, and heartwarming moments. However, the lack of updated audio quality and new special features on the UHD disc may leave some wanting. Despite these shortcomings, the movie's transition to 4K is a welcomed enhancement that breathes new life into this holiday favorite, ensuring it remains a cherished selection for seasonal viewing.

    Total: 74

    The 4K UHD Blu-ray release of "Home Alone" has been much anticipated, and it does not disappoint, serving up a visual feast that enhances the film's timeless charm and humor. This release celebrates over three decades of the film's status as a beloved holiday classic, maintaining its power to entertain audiences of all ages. The transfer to 2160p/HDR picture quality nears perfection, presenting a clear, vivid picture that outshines previous versions, making it an essential update for fans and collectors alike. While Disney may not have added new content in terms of audio or bonus features, the existing lineup remains satisfying, complemented by the option of a special SteelBook packaging variant for collectors.

    "Home Alone" is more than just a succession of slapstick and comedic violence; it offers a clever critique of the holiday season's frenzy, wrapped in the adventures of a young boy's wish fulfillment. The performances by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern, alongside the ingenuity of Kevin McCallister’s antics, continue to captivate. This film is not only a piece of nostalgia for those who grew up with it, but also a connection point for new generations, bridging past and present viewers with its universal themes and holiday cheer.

    In conclusion, whether you’re revisiting "Home Alone" for a dose of nostalgia or introducing it to the next generation, the 4K UHD Blu-ray release from Disney provides the best viewing experience yet. Though it may be a hard sell for those with multiple copies already, the enhanced visual clarity alone makes this version highly recommended. It preserves the film’s original magic while delivering it with a modern touch, ensuring that Kevin McCallister's iconic holiday adventure continues to resonate with viewers young and old.