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Home Alone 2: Lost in New York - 25th Anniversary Edition

by Derek Deskins
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday Nov 21, 2017
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York - 25th Anniversary Edition

I have a penchant to find enjoyment from even the dregs of the yuletide season, often disappearing down Freeform (nee ABC Family, nee Fox Family) "25 Days of Christmas" holes (although my adoration stops before we get to whatever is The Hallmark Channel). "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York" fits comfortably within these boundaries, so my love for the film itself should be no surprise. However, I find little to love about this Blu-ray release.

It's been a year since Kevin McAllister was first abandoned by his family for Christmas. Now, a year older and with his attempted murder of the Wet Bandits long ignored, Kevin is gearing up for yet another holiday trip with the family. This time they are staying domestic, trekking to sunny Florida for the holiday season. But this is a McAllister vacation, and despite at least getting to the airport, Kevin ends up separated from the group and winds up in New York City instead.

When you watch a ton of movies, you get hip to certain structures and expectations. "Home Alone 2" is a sequel in every way that you expect it to be. It brings back the people that you enjoyed most the first time around, ups its game in both scope and budget, and -- most of all -- finds new and fun ways to merchandise and make more money. In this way, "Home Alone 2" should annoy. It exists as a way for a studio to make more money by peddling the same stuff that sold before. But when a formula works, it just works. So even with "Home Alone 2" filling the pockets of wealthy executives, I just can't help but enjoy it.

It may all work because of just how devoted to the original "Home Alone 2" is. Outside of the core cast, "Home Alone 2" also keeps John Hughes with the pen and Chris Columbus in the director's chair. The film walks this thin line between complete rehash and freshness. Things like having Harry and Marv redub themselves "the Sticky Bandits," because it needs to be slightly different from the original, works because Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern are great in the parts. That inherent sense of nostalgia inevitably carries it the rest of the way.

For as much as I enjoy "Home Alone 2," this Blu-ray release leaves a whole lot to be desired. It comes with Blu-ray, DVD, and digital copies of the film, which is nice for those that need to have three different options for consumption. The picture quality is fantastic, and the sound is there to match. But despite having a fancy "25th Anniversary Edition" sticker, this Blu-ray comes with almost nothing else. The special features are made up of trailers for "Home Alone" 1-3. Seriously...that's it. Not a commentary, not a blooper reel, no deleted scenes, just the movie itself and handful of trailers. It's baffling, and nearly offensive, in its scarcity of perks. If you still need to add "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York" to your collection, you should jump for the better picture quality -- but just know that that is all you're getting.

"Home Alone 2: Lost in New York"
25th Anniversary Edition


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