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Two Great Films: Only ONE Great Transfer
on January 12, 2011
What can be said about the first two "Home Alone" films that hasn't already been said? I don't want to spend this whole review talking about the greatness of these two films, so I'll keep it brief. Are these cinematic masterpieces? No. But are they fun films that you can watch with your entire family, sharing the joy of the feeling of the holiday and creating magical memories of your own? Absolutely! These films aren't long on logic or realism, but they're full of the "John Hughes spirit" of fun, and anyone who has seen and loves these films knows they're an absolute must-watch during the holiday season. 'Nuff said.
Now, about these Blu Rays: these were a long-awaited release for me. And, as crazy as it sounds to some, as I prefer it to the first, I was even more excited about the second film. But, since I watched the BluRays with my family, we of course watched them chronologically. The first film looks absolutely MAGNIFICENT. Seriously, it's difficult to believe this is a twenty-year-old film when you see this BR transfer: sharp picture, depth of color, gorgeous contrasts...it's everything you'd expect from a great BR transfer. And it is LOADED with Special Features. Unfortunately, the same can't be said about the sequel, which REALLY disappointed me. From the moment I put the DVD in, I was shocked: pixellation, digital noise, excessive grain, blech. The lack of quality transfer for the film really upset me because the cinematography in the second film is absolutely fabulous: the vistas of New York, the rich colors in the brownstone, not to mention the gorgeous tree in the finale. And as for special features...they're at a bare-bones minimum.
But...the one thing I wasn't disappointed by on either BR was the sound quality: crisp, clear, deep when it needs to be, simply wonderful. Williams' scores have NEVER sounded better in these films!
I recommend the set, but only if you can get it cheap (I got it through the Lightning Deal offer on Black Friday): because while you're going to love the look of the first film, if you're a fan of the second (which I very much am), most likely you're going to be disappointed by your Blu Ray "upgrade". Cheers...and Happy Holidays!