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

| October 10, 2017

The original Home Alone (1990) was a cultural phenomenon, grossing a jaw-dropping $285 million on an $18 million budget. With that kind of cash pouring into box offices, it was truly only a matter of time before a sequel was put into production. That sequel, 1992’s Home Alone 2: Lost in New York brought the original cast and crew back together with Macaulay Culkin reprising his role as Kevin McCallister opposite his criminal adversaries Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. And Chris Columbus returned to direct from a script by John Hughes.

So all the pieces were in place for another huge success, and that it was. Though it pulled in $100 million less than its predecessor, those are still impressive numbers. They were at least impressive enough that the franchise continued thereafter through another three sequels. That’s right, there are five Home Alone movies now, if you hadn’t heard. And I, being the franchise junkie I am, own them all—multiple versions of some of them in fact.

Even if you haven’t sat yourself down through the 3rd through 5th entries in the series, I’d wager most of you are familiar with the initial adventures of Kevin McCallister, left home all alone when his family goes on vacation and then, in the sequel, getting lost in New York as the title so blatantly suggests. And in both installments he faces off against the self-titled Wet Bandits/Sticky Bandits who first seek to rob Kevin’s home while family is away and then plot to rob a toy store in New York City on Christmas Eve. And in cartoonishly comic fashion, Kevin dispatches the robbers in ways that would leave any normal human beings dead 19 times over (watch this video for a medical professional’s confirmation of this claim!), hitting them in the head with bricks, lighting them on fire, and generally doing them grievous bodily harm as they question the decisions that led them to be so horribly disgraced by a small child.

Despite, or perhaps because of, the insane amounts of cartoony violence comprising the climax of each film, the original Home Alone films have become mandatory holiday viewing for many including myself. Though the first film may be little more than a retreading of the original’s premise, it at least does so on a grander scale with the same, intermittently family-positive messages, and also introduces actors Tim Curry, Eddie Bracken and Rob Schneider into the mix for good measure.  Plus, the urban setting of the sequel has honestly always appealed a little bit more to me as someone who is far more citified than suburban, so it’s got that going for it too. And not a Christmas goes by that I don’t watch at least the first two films, if not the entire franchise.

So to my mind, you can’t own a copy of Home Alone without also owning at least a copy of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. So if you’ve a copy of the Home Alone: Lost in New York 25th Anniversary Collection around your place but not its sequel, then you’ve waited just long enough to buy Home Alone 2 for it to get its own 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray / DVD / Digital HD combo pack release from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. The only special features included on the 25th Anniversary release are the trailers for the first three films in the Home Alone franchise, but it does notably include copies of the film in all three formats.

Also, if you own a previous release of Home Alone 2, note that the Blu-ray here boasts the same transfer as the previous Blu-ray release of the film housed in the 2015 double feature Blu-ray release of Home Alone and Home Alone 2, which I bought upon its initial release. The same goes for the DVD copy included, which is also marked 2015 and contains the same muddy transfer as the last couple DVD releases (yes, I have bought this movie that many times already, because… Christmas?). So really, the only reasons you’d need to pick up this 25th Anniversary release are if you want to film on Blu-ray but don’t own the previous version, or if you already have the film on Blu-ray or DVD and would also like to have it on Digital HD and the other physical format just in case.

About the Author:

Jef is a writer and educator in Chicago, Illinois. He holds a degree in Media & Cinema Studies from DePaul University, but sometimes he drops it and picks it back up again. He's also the Editor-in-Chief of FilmMonthly.com and is fueled entirely by coffee (as if you couldn't tell).
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