Think of this John Hughes script as the logical conclusion to the Home Alone phenomenon.
Baby Bink lives in pampered luxury, cared for by his nanny while his two twitty parents carry on with their twitty upper class lives. Three bumbling crooks kidnap Baby Bink and take him downtown. It’s not long, however, before he escapes, and blithely crawls around the city. Our crooks chase after him and into one catastrophe after another.
The music is good,…and there are definite rear sound effects, though they could be a bit stronger. Big point deduction, however, for some of the dialogue transfer. One scene in particular stands out: while the three crooks discuss how to get Baby Bink to take a nap, their voices buzz very noticeably. This is a film from 1994, and I’ve heard soundtracks sixty years older that don’t have this problem.
The picture is in both the original 1.85:1 and the cropped 1.33:1 ratios. While the colours are true and there aren’t any glaring transfer problems, the picture is frequently a bit soft. It is still better than the harsh grain visible in the trailer (which, while claiming to be “Theatrical,” is in full screen).
For the most part, there isn’t anything too interesting here: your basic menu, your trailer, your standard featurette. The commentary, though, by director Patrick Read Johnson, is the highlight of the disc. It is very, very technical, but articulate and interesting, and makes the movie considerably more fascinating than it is on its own.
Younger viewers might get a kick out of some of the obvious pratfalls, but most viewers will probably want to give this a pass. Nice commentary, though.
Special Features List
- Director’s Commentary
- Theatrical Trailer