Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Review

One year after Kevin was left home alone and had to defeat a pair of bumbling burglars, he accidentally finds himself in New York City, and the same criminals are not far behind.

The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )



Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )



Studio and Year: 20th Century Fox – 1992
MPAA Rating: PG
Feature running time: 120 minutes
Genre: Comedy

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, English/French Dolby Surround, Spanish Stereo
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard, Katherine O’Hara, Tim Curry, Brenda Fricker
Directed by: Chris Columbus
Music by: John Williams
Written by: John Hughes
Region Code: A

Release Date: October 3, 2017

“The Greatest Holiday Adventure Continues…!”

My Take:

Great news – Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) is spending the holidays in New York City! Bad news – his parents are spending them in Florida! Separated once again from his family, Kevin manages to find food, lodging and fun using his dad’s credit card. But his big-spending solo act takes a dangerous turn when the Wet Bandits, Harry and Marv (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern), escape prison and also land in the Big Apple. Now, Kevin must outrun and out prank them again in this high-flying adventure with twice the ingenuity, twice the kid power and twice the laughs as the original!

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York and its predecessor Home Alone made their young star Macaulay Culkin, a household name, and is among the favorites of those that grew up during their popularity. Written by the incomparable John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus it captures the essence of the very popular first film, bringing back members of the cast, along with some new faces that add to the over the top premise, and situational humor, that pushes the envelope to zany levels. I wouldn’t say that I am a big fan of either, but they are light, easy to watch, and have a fun holiday flavor.

Replay Value:

Parental Guide: 

The rating is for comic action and mild language.

AUDIO/VIDEO – By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**

Audio: 80
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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  • DSU/DTS Neural:X Rating * (non-rated element): NA

Video: 86
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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Home Alone 2: Lost in New York comes to Blu-ray Disc from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 20 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 2.8 Mbps.

This appears to be a re-release of the 2015 Blu-ray, offering colors that are vivid with subtle tonal variation and clean rendering. The range of colors are reproduced naturally, and appear pleasing. Facial textures and complexions are nicely delineated with warmth and lifelike tonality. Images are well detailed over the course of the film. This isn’t going to exhibit the type of razor sharp high gloss definition that we see from films today however the level of detail is complimentary. There are minor fluctuations in sharpness and detail that appear related to the original photography. Blacks are stable with consistent contrast levels that draw out plenty of visible detail during light and dark segments. I found little to complain about and thoroughly enjoyed this high definition rendering.

The DTS-HD Master Audio mix presents this soundtrack’s elements quite naturally. There is lots of spoken dialog in the film but it contains a variety of sounds and music that benefit from the high resolution afforded by lossless sound. There are moments where there is no dialog, and the only auditory used to propel the story, is the music and/or a series of sounds. The front soundstage is narrow but opens up nicely during several sequences. There isn’t much in the way of active surround sound or deep low frequency effects but the application of supportive rear channel ambience and upper level bass adds an enriching element that enhances the presentation.

Bonus Features:

  • Bonus DVD
  • Digital HD Copy

Final Thoughts:

Written by the incomparable John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is a successful follow-up that captures the essence of its predecessor. It comes to Blu-ray from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment featuring gratifying high definition audio/video, a bonus DVD, and a Digital copy. If you already own this release’s 2015 version, then you’re all set. Otherwise this 25th Anniversary Edition, being the latest, would be the one to pick up.

Ralph Potts
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