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Blu-ray Importing: December 2009 Buying Guide

By: Ben Gourlay | Australian Import Guides in HT & Movies | Posted: Nov 29, 2009 5:32 am

Home Alone 2




Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


Country of Origin: United States


Purchase: DVD Pacific


Region: A, B, C


Every Christmas, there's one film I generally like to watch and that's Home Alone. The 1991 comedy classic, starring Macaulay Culkin as the forgotten child Kevin McCallister, made a boatload of money for Fox, so a sequel was a certainty.


Home Alone 2 changes the scenery, but not the formula; this second outing finds Kevin left behind in New York city, where once again the Wet Bandits (Joe Pesi and Daniel Stern) try to punish Kevin, but end up hurting only themselves. Meanwhile, Kevins parents look to be reunited with their progeny, but he may have time to help someone more in need than himself.


This Blu-ray is bereft of new extra features (or any at all, bar a trailer for that matter), despite the first movie benefitting from the Blu-ray treatment. But the video and audio transfers have received a bit of digital restoration, in addition to an all important bargain basement price. Plus it's always nice to see a childhood classic on gone, VHS copy!


The Sopranos: Season One




Studio: LionsGate Home Entertainment


Country of Origin: United States




Region: A, B, C


Thank goodness that the makers of one of the best TV series of all time had the wise forethought to film the series on more expensive film stock, as opposed to the cheaper option of standard definition video, thus making a higher quality Blu-ray release a possibility.


The Sopranos takes the Mafiosa formula as set out by Hollywood in books and films such as The Godfather and Goodfellas and embellishing it with a family orientation and all the entrapments that follow; relationship issues with his wife, problems with his children, stubborn Mother, and personal issues. Dealing with these would be no mean feat in isolation, but in addition to his additional job of Mafia boss, an interesting set of events transpires.


The Blu-ray release spans five discs and despite missing a few extras from the DVD release, this version is vastly superior to the Australian DVD release, which was mastered in butchered 4:3 video and Dolby Stereo sound; a far cry from the presentation on these new discs. The Sopranos lasted for 6 seasons on TV screens, so hopefully sales of Season one will justify a release of all. Get buying!


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