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Predator – Ultimate Hunter Edition (1987/Fox Blu-ray)


Picture: B+     Sound: B+     Extras: B+     Film: B+



Predator like First Blood is a film that epitomizes the macho, blow-em’-up films of the 1980’s.  That is not to say that Predator had no depth or creativity, because it certainly did, but it also embodied the heart of a popcorn chomping, all out fun film.



Otherwise I feel the film has been adequately discussed multiple times on this site and the main focus for this review should be on the Blu-ray upgrade as compared to the 2008 release.


Both the 2008 Predator Blu-ray and the 2004 DVD release reviews can be found at the links below:


Predator (Blu-ray)



Predator (2004 DVD)




The technical features for this new 2010 release are a bit odd to breakdown, but I will do my best.  It seems that Fox truly listened to fans when they complained about the dirt, debris and grain found on the previous Blu-ray release; maybe even listening too hard.  The 1080p 1.85 X 1 AVC Encoded @ 33 MBPS 50GB Dual Layered disc suffers from too much digital noise reduction.  Whereas the film looked somewhat nasty before, with high amounts of grit and grime flying across the screen; now you can hardly tell Predator was every made on film.  The image is crisp, clean and clear; normally things I would applaud, but now I think Fox traded out bad for a different kind of bad.  Some of the cinematic depth is stripped from Predator with this edition; which for all intents and purposes is a dirty, bloody, jungle, action film.  Now I must say I will take this release over the previous as the grittiness of the last film was too much, but this image is still problematic.  There is color, there is detail and an overall crispness; but the detexturizing with DNR was too much.  The sound is a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio that has been ported over from the previous release and sounds just as good.  This films sound is all about power and this Blu-ray truly delivers with brilliant BOOMS and solid directionality that puts you in the heat of the battle.  The musical scores (created by Alan Silvestri) for the film project with ease and bring life to the production.  Overall, a great sound production even if the picture quality did have its own issues.


The extras include a plethora of material to hut through.  The extras are as follows Predator: Evolution of a Species-Hunters of Extreme Perfection; Audio Commentary by Director John McTiernan; Text Commentary by Film Historian Eric Lichtenfeld; If it Bleeds, We can Kill It: The Making of Predator; Inside the Predator Featurettes; Special Effects Featurettes; Short Takes with the Filmmakers; Deleted Scenes and Outtakes; Photo Gallery and Predator Profile; Sneak Peak at the New Predators film. WOW! That is a ton of extras to get through, but sadly mostly all the extras are ported over from the 2004 DVD and are quite dry at that.  The audio commentary with director John McTiernan is boring as heck and I wish Arnold stampeded in the room just for a moment to wake me up.  The only new extra is Predator: Evolution of a Species that essential chronicles the impact Predator has had on fans and the industry, nice but not wonderful.  All the rest has been released before and is ‘blah’ at that.


I can not whole heartedly recommend this Blu-ray for those who already own the previous release. Yes, it is SOMEWHAT better than the 2008 Blu-ray, but for those who jump out windows when studios overuse DNR, stay away from this release.  Aronold at times looks more like a greased up, shiny Mr. Universe than military covert specialist Dutch.



-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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