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Predators (2010/Fox Blu-ray)

 

Picture: A-†††† Sound: A-†††† Extras: B-†††† Film: B-

 

 

Whereas the recent additions or Alien vs. Predator have been a far cry from the quality fans expect from an Alien or Predator film, Predators somewhat redeems the floundering franchise.Whereas the aforementioned Alien vs. Predators catered more to action fans with total disregard for continuity and substance, Predators uses elements from the original Predator (which was never as deep/interesting as Alien to start with). Predators gives modern action fans what they want, but uses great acting talent and a solid (enough) script to do the franchise justice.

 

The story kicks off with a crew of earthís biggest baddies being dropped on a distant planet somewhere in the galaxy.It seems that a group of three Predator creatures are looking for an extreme challenge, kidnapping these men to hunt down.The objective is for the men to escape the planet before the Predators can take them down one by one.The earthly bad asses are composed of a US Black Ops Agent played by Adrien Brody, Alice Brager as an Israeli Sniper, Danny Trejo as a Drug Cartel Enforcer, Walter Goggins as a Serial Killer, Louis Ozawa Changchein as a Yakuza Hit Man, and finally Topher Grace as a Dentist (not everything is as it appears).So essentially these people are in for the fight of their life, but there is a twist.The group is so deeply psychotic that not only must they dodge the Predators, but each other as well; hence the films clever title of Predators.

 

The film didnít have much success in theaters and was gone in the blink of an eye; which is sad because it is cleverly filmed and the script is extremely entertaining.Granted it is more of a popcorn film than an Oscar winner, but nevertheless it is leaps and bounds above the atrocious Alien vs. Predator film.

 

The technical features for this Blu-ray are surprisingly astounding, as the dark/shadowy film is rendered wonderfully for home theater entertainment; perhaps even being demo quality.The picture is a 1080p AVC encoded MPEG-4 that is perfectly balanced with (surprisingly) no light/dark issues, beautiful colors, great shadows, and solid blacks.The level of detail is jaw dropping as the jungle seems to explode with life.The fast paced action sequences demonstrate no motion blur and the transfer to Blu-ray here has the right amount of depth with both enough grit and sharpness.The sound is a fantastic 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio that booms with bass from beginning to end and like the picture is total demo quality.The feature is well prioritized and nothing gets lost in the mix, the film requires a fair bit of panning effects and the directionality is spot on.

 

Extras include an Audio Commentary with Robert Rodriguez and Nimrod Antal that is both entertaining and full of details that you could get no where else; all in all being a must hear.Also included are Motion Comic Prequels; Deleted/Extended Scenes; Trailer; The Chosen featurette; Evolution of the Species Featurette; Fox Movie Channel Presents: Making a Scene.Outside of the commentary the other features were merely adequate, but worth a look.

 

An underrated film that I hope gets a second chance on Blu-ray.

 

 

-†† Michael P. Dougherty II


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