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180 of 194 people found the following review helpful
on October 16, 2007
On November 21st, 2006, 20th Century Fox released Home Alone - Family Fun Edition. This DVD edition is the long awaited special edition to one of cinemas most adored Christmas films. This edition offers a hefty amount of extra goodies...such as over 30 minutes of deleted scenes, on the set featurettes, new interviews, and a brand new commentary track featuring director Chris Columbus & Macaulay Culkin. I have to say unlike most commentary tracks, this one is actully very informative and very fun. Macaulay and Chris seem to have so much fun watching the film. This edition like the first one is presented in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. I read somewhere that the video and audio is updated too, I cannot confirm if it is or not but I read that. If you own the previous edition of this film, it is definately worth your money to update to this. The special features alone warrant a double dip. Also for the hold outs not wanting to buy the film til it got a special edition, well here it is. I would recommend this edition to anyone wanting to own this classic film on DVD.
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69 of 79 people found the following review helpful
on September 1, 2006
Finally Fox studios came to their senses to re-release a childhood classic. Now this re-release does have a substanial amount of bonus features including 4 behind the scenes feature, deleted scenes, 3 trailers, and some trivia games but the icing on the cake is the Christopher Columbus and Macaulay Culkin Commentary. Its good to know that Macaulay Culkin being the highest paid child star back then in the early 90's and still to this date, he is humble enough to go back to his childhood memories. Deff worth the upgrade if you own the previous release..a true classic...
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60 of 73 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2005
This movie was a favorite amongst many when it first came out in 1990, and more than a decade later, this movie *still* remains a classic, and will continue to be a classic for many more years to come.

The story is simple, really: young Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) is the underdog of the family; always getting picked on by his older siblings, and feeling like an outcast. One day, he gets into it with his older brother, and Kevin ends up being punished. During his punishment, he wishes that he could spend a christmas by himself without any of his family members. Wouldn't you know it - due to his family's carelessness, they accidently leave Kevin home on their way to the airport (to fly to Paris for Christmas vacation.)

And from there, the fun begins. While Kevin is home by himself, two bumbling, nincompoop burglars (played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) known as the "Wet Bandits," set their sites on Kevin's house. When Kevin figures this out, he sets the house up with all sorts of tricks and traps, to out-maneuver these two clowns. And it's *hilarious* (listening to Daniel Stern's agonized wails -- as if he were castrated -- leaves me gasping for breath!) Anytime I watch this movie, these scenes in general have a way of bringing out the devilishly-maniacal, mischievous kid in me (and no doubt, many other viewers as well.) Of course, the movie isn't all about brash, goofy slapstick; there are some moving moments scattered throughout the film (particularly when Kevin befriends an old man - who is feared throughout the neighborhood - who teaches Kevin a few things about life, as well as receiving a little bit of advice from young Kevin along the way.)

Home Alone, Home Alone 2, and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation are the Christmas comedies I find myself coming back to most. Indeed, all three of these films are classics that should be watched around the holidays, or *any* time of the year, for some non-stop entertainment & laughs, as well as some heartwarming sentiment beneath it all.
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2007
The first edition of this dvd was ok but lacked in the special features area and dvd quality. Thankfully the Family Fun edition has been released and the quality is excellent. This new edition has 5.1 sound and the picture quality is so much more crisper. This dvd is loaded with special features. It's hard to believe that Home Alone came out more than 16 years ago and has stood the test of time and is destined to be a holiday classic. Great fun movie...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2005
HOME ALONE was very successful in its theatrical run and its popularity has proven to be enduring. Small wonder. This is a very funny and entertaining movie. Kevin, the youngest member of his family, goes to bed wishing his family would disappear. The following morning finds his family in a rush to get to the airport to catch their flight to Paris, where they are going to spend the Christmas holiday, and running very late. In the hubbub, Kevin gets left behind. He awakens to find that his wish seems to have been granted; he's been left home alone. His elation at finding he's the "man of the house" is only one of many great scenes in this movie. Macaulay Culkin shines as Kevin. Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern are also very funny as a pair of burglars working the neighborhood.

The editorial reviewer here comments that the "violence" in the later stages of HOME ALONE is "over the top". Over the top of what? There are no knives or machine guns in evidence here. Some broken christmas tree ornaments, a red hot doorknob, a couple of paint cans, some icy stairs, a b-b gun ... this is the kind of violence we're talking about here. Realistically, yeah, these burglars are ridiculously inept and somebody could get seriously hurt on slippery concrete steps, but as theatrical violence goes this is pretty harmless stuff. Pretty funny stuff, too.

This is a classically funny movie and one the whole family can enjoy. If you haven't seen it, give yourself a treat. If you're like me, you'll want your own copy so you can watch it whenever the mood hits. With Christmas a central part of the plot, HOME ALONE works especially well during the holiday season. Five stars and strongly recommended.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2001
Remember the first time you laughed your head off the first time you saw a little boy scream from the burn off aftershave in the morning? Or when you heard the clank of paint cans hitting the heads of two rotten villains? Relive all those wonderful moments in this hilarious gift set! From Kevin's offensive on two house burglars to his dastard adventures through the Big Apple, you won't want to miss this collection of over-the-top, slapstick humor. These tapes make great gifts for the kiddies, or any nostalgic fan. I recommend this five-star collection for anyone wanting a good time watching a set of genuinely fun movies.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
When ever I was teaching any sort of class (in an actual classroom) that involved a look at movies I would do a class discussion where the students were challenged to come up with the Top 25 money making movies of all time (usually without the adjustment for inflation that would put "Gone With the Wind" back on top). Just about every time I did this little exercise in class we would get to the point where there was one spot left open (it used to be in the top ten), and I would tell them it was the biggest money making comedy of all-time and they would keep throwing out names and not getting anywhere and then I would say, okay, I have a clue: but you are going to hate yourselves. At that point I would slap my hands to my face and scream, at which point the entire classroom would literally groan.
But you cannot be the biggest money making comedy of all time (it is now down to #19 in this era of Harry Potter, Frodo, lost fish and Carribean pirates) if nobody enjoyed you, so you have to remember there is actually something funny behind the "Home Alone" backlash (or perhaps it should more properly be called the Macaulay Culkin backlash). The reason people hate to admit they like this film is because writer-director John Hughes tries to have it three ways. First, he wants to indulge in the childish fantasy of a kid having the run of the house and being able to do anything he wants. This is because young Kevin (Culkin) accidentally gets left home behind by his family and is convinced it was because he wished such a thing. Second, Kevin gets to play the superhero in the end as he turns a normal suburban home into a virtual death trap for the pair of inept burglars who want to make a holiday score. Third, the story play on the heartstrings not only with the goal of reuniting a little boy with his mother, but through a story involving the nasty old man who lives next door and who Kevin is assured by his older brother is the Snow Shovel Murderer.
Those last scenes are important, because Hughes intends to redeem the indulgence of childish dreams and the comic violence with those scenes in which Kevin sends a message to the real Santa Claus through one of his helpers and meets somebody at church. This touch of heart felt realism at the center of the film's implausibility explains why it is difficult to dismiss "Home Alone." At the very least, you have to grant that Hughes was ambitious, and while you are at it you might as well admit that Caulkin was cute. Hollywood milked that cuteness to death, and the kid has grown up to be another one of those former child actor walking tragedies you hear about all the time, but he is able to play in all three of the ballparks Hughes arranges, which is not bad work for a kid.
I have to admit that for the most part I was suckered in by the schmaltz. When I think fondly about this movie it is about Kevin with his mom (Catherine O'Hara) and Old Man Marley (Roberts Blossom) rather than the over the top antics of the "Wet Bandits" (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern). Still, the Rube Goldberg devices Kevin uses to defend his home and take out the bad guys is part of a grand tradition that goes back to all those Road Runner cartoons that are clearly the main inspiration for the fun.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 21, 2002
Even a cynical show like "Seinfield" recognized the warm-hearted charms of "Home Alone."
In November 1990, "Home Alone" entered movie theaters with little fanfare. Most movie critics dismissed it as just another John Hughes' produced lightweight comedy, which would be quickly forgotten. However, when "Home Alone" finally left theaters months later it was as one of the all time box office champs. How did this happen? Intitially, audience good word of mouth kept the box office receipts rising. Eventually, the studio, realizing it had monster hit on its hands, finally threw its promotional weight behind the movie. As a result, "Home Alone" was the #1 movie for an unbelievable 12 weeks!
Eight year old Kevin McAllister (Macauley Culkin) is fed up with being picked on by his older siblings and then being either ignored or scolded by his parents. Things really get out of hand when his home is overrun by his Uncle Frank's family in prepartion of a joint family trip to Paris for the Christmas holidays. Kevin, sick of being ignored by everyone, finally loses his temper, throws a fit, and, as a punishment, is sent to the attic to sleep by himself. Angered by the injustice of his punishment, Kevin tells his mother (Catherine O'Hara) that he hoped that he would never see his family again! Later, he sullenly wishes that his family would just "disappear."
The next morning Kevin awakes to discover that his family has disappeared and he is alone in his family's big house. Of course, Kevin's family really didn't really disappear, but due to a number of chaotic circumstances they forget about him until they are already on the flight to Paris. With the phone lines down and all the neighbors out of town, Kevin's family has no way of contacting him. Thus, Kevin is convinced that he has wished away his family and initially he revels in his independence. However, as time passes he starts to realize that he really does miss his family. But as he pines for their return (his frantic mother is doing everything to get home), he takes care of himself, befriends a mysterious, elderly neighbor (Roberts Blossom), and protects his home from the "Wet Bandits."
The Wet Bandits are a pair of bumbling, not-too-bright house burglars (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) who have targetted Kevin's neighborhood and Kevin's home in particular for their heists. Unfortunately, for the Wet Bandits they've picked the wrong eight year old to mess around with.
"Home Alone" is best remembered for the slapstick comedy which results when the Wet Bandits attempt to overcome Kevin's house of booby traps. But it's remarkable box office success had alot to do with the film's genuine warm-heartedness. The touching scenes of Kevin with his elderly neighbor are very well done as are O'Hara's scenes with her ex-SCTV co-star John Candy, who makes an extended cameo as the leader of a polka band. And the ending shot is sure to tug at the most cynical heartstring- just ask George Costanza. "Home Alone's" comedic scenes are hysterically funny, but by themselves don't explain why this movie became such a sensation. It was the combination of a winning performance by Culkin, the comic timing of Pesci and Stern, and the entire movie's aura as a warm-hearted, feel good, Christmas picture that helped make this film a box office dynamo.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2006
I think that this movie is the greatist. I watch it all of the time. It is so funny. Well keep up the great work.

Love, Sarah Miller
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2003
In 1990, another Christmas movie classic was made. This movie, "Home Alone" is a holiday classic that you can't find anywhere else. The cast is great, the scenes are hilarious, and it's wonderful family movie. Macaulay Culkin starts his fame as the family icon for parents and thier children.
The movie starts out in Chicago, IL at the McCillister house. Here we meet Kevin's family that is running all over the house preparing for their Christmas trip to Paris. Also in the house scoping out the place is Harry (Joe Pesci), a crook posed a cop that is planning on robbing the house after they leave. Now here is where the problems start. When the whole family is eating pizza for dinner, Kevin (Culkin) is looking around for his plain cheese pizza because that's all he eats. So his older brother Buzz (Devin Ratray) eats it on purpose. Then Kevin attacks him and the place becomes a mess and soda is spilled and the passports are soaked, etc. Kevin's mother Kate (Caterine O'Hara) sends him to his room. In Kevin's state of anger he says to his mother that he doesn't want to see his family again. Now while in bed Kevin says, "I wish they would all dissapear." During the night the power goes out and the alarm clocks goes out. The next moring they are rushing left and right to get to the airport. Here's the problem: THEY FORGOT KEVIN!
Now kevin wakes up an sees nobody is home. He actually thinks that his wish came true. Now at first Kevin loves this. He jumps on the bed, shoots his brother Buzz's BB gun, takes his brother's life savings, and eats all the junk food in the world and watches "R" rated films. While the family is on the plane, Kevin's mother gets the feeling they forgot something. Kevin's father Peter (John Heard) asks her, "What could we have forgotten?" Then Kate screams: KEVIN! Now while Kevin still is having fun back at home, the family is in Paris trying to get a flight back home. and calling the police, etc.
One day, Kevin goes out shopping and spots a misterious van in the neighbor's driveway. It's the crooks. Marv (Daniel Stern) and Harry (Pesci), The Wet Bandits. Now after Kevin actually goes out shopping to get food and milk, he notices the guys in the van. Now he realizes they are after his house. Sorry Christmas Eve night he plans his battle against the crooks.
The gadgets and the tricks he pulls on the crooks are undoubtably hilarious. First, when the crooks starts talking to Kevin through the back door pretending to be Santa Claus and an Elf, Kevin takes his borther's BB gun and sticks it through the cathole and shoots Harry is the lower region. Then Marv sticks his heasd through the cathole and he gets shot in the head. Now there is ice on all the stairways, the front door knob is burning hot and when Hary touches the knob, the knob's inprinted "M" is impronted into Harry's hand. Lol! Then in the basement there is tar paper on the stairs and eventually there is a nail sticking up which Marv steps on with his bare foot. See what other tricks Kevin has got up his sleeve.
This movie, "Home Alone" is the perfect holiday movie that the entire family can enjoy. It's another Christmas classic. One thing this movie does for me is it gets me into the holiday spirit. In the beginning when Kevin said he didn't want to see his family again, throughout the movie, you realize how important family is, especially around the holidays. Buy this movie for you and your kids and you will love it as much as I do. Merry Christmas! Ho, Ho, Ho!
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