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Predator / Predator 2: Special Edition Collection (2005) [1987] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Elpidia Carrillo, Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura
  • Directors: John McTiernan, Stephen Hopkins
  • Producers: Lawrence Gordon, Joel Silver, John Davis
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 18 April 2005
  • Run Time: 209 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007Q6S1C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,876 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Action double bill. In 'Predator', Major Alan 'Dutch' Schaefer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and a band of mercenaries head into the Central American jungle to rescue some Americans from guerillas. However, there is an additional evil force at work in the jungle, something not human. The mercenaries are picked off one by one and soon Schaefer must face the alien predator alone. In 'Predator 2', crime-riddled futuristic Los Angeles becomes the target of an alien predator, killing drug lords and police alike. A maverick cop (Danny Glover) and a federal agent (Gary Busey) set out to capture the creature.

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In the original Predator, Rambo meets Alien in a terrific science fiction thriller directed by John McTiernan just a year before Die Hard made him Hollywood's most sought-after director of action-packed blockbusters. Arnold Schwarzenegger leads an elite squad of US Army commandos to a remote region of South American jungle, where they've been assigned to search for South American officials who've been kidnapped by terrorists. Instead they find a load of skinned corpses hanging from the trees and realise that they're now facing a mysterious and much deadlier threat. As the squad is picked off one by one, Arnold finds himself pitted against a hideous alien creature that's heavily armed and wearing a spacesuit enabling the creature to render itself invisible. The title says it all in describing the relentless, escalating action that follows, maintained by McTiernan with an abundance of visual flair. The film's special effects are still impressive, and stunning locations in the Mexican jungles create a combined atmosphere of verdant beauty and imminent danger.

The sequel, Predator 2, suffers from the lack of both original star Schwarzenegger and director McTiernan. Danny Glover does serviceable work as the hard-bitten city cop tracking the near-invisible Predator, who this time has chosen to do a bit of hunting on the streets of LA instead of the jungle. Look out for an Alien skull in the creature's trophy room --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Jun. 2001
Format: DVD
Predator 1 is one of the most enjoyable action movies I have ever seen. For me it reminds me of a time when Arnie was at his peak and nothing could stand in his way whether it be 7ft tall monsters from outer space or indestructible cyborgs from the furure. Predator displays some neat suspense, mega violence and such a cool monster. It can see the heat of our bodies and hunts us down for sport, for his amusement; what a great creation. Predator 2 is just as good a movie as the 1st, less on the suspense, more mindless violence, and the Predator displays an even more awe inspiring weapons arsenal! However, what lets the movie down is inevitably the lack of Arnie. However Danny Glover does some pretty credible work as the tough as '20ft thick hardened steel' cop going up against an almost indestructible foe! I have a gripe though. I've seen Predator 1 many times on VHS and I've noticed some cutting of some scenes of the attack on the camp at the beginning and an edited death scene for one of the main characters 3/4 way through. And why are there little or no extra features!!! God I hate it with DVD and film studios do that!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By "sham82uk" on 20 Aug. 2005
Format: DVD
**WARNING: POSSIBLE FILM SPOILERS AHEAD**
This boxset contains the 2 disc special edition versions of both films in their individual cases, in a very nice box sleeve(4 discs in total).
The first Predator movie is an action classic, with it's then pioneering in-your-face, first-person action sequences, setting a standard for action movies of the late 80's. This is also one of Arnie's best movies after the Terminator films(bar number 3), with some great "dialogue" between Arnie's character Dutch and Dillon, played by Carl Weathers - not forgetting Arnie's one-liners like "knock, knock" and "stick around".
The DVD itself is faultless, with a direct digital transfer from the original negatives and 5.1 and DTS sound options. Features wise, on the first disc you have an audio commentary from the director, and on the second disc there's a great collection of behind the scenes featurettes(including some great interviews with the cast - trust me their on-set stories are priceless!), deleted scenes and outtakes.
Now, Predator 2 is not really a sequal, but a different story invloving the Predator, set in Los Angeles in the then future 1997. The film stands up on its own as a solid action movie, with a great performance from Danny Glover in the lead. It has that infamous scene with the "Alien" skull in the trophy room of the Predator ship, which spawned the Alien Vs Predator comics, and ofcourse the inevitable movie.
Again the DVD is faultless, great picture quality, 5.1 and DTS sound. Two commentary tracks, one from the director and the other from the writers. Second disc features an all-new documentary with new interviews, various behind the scenes featurettes, including special effects.
This boxset is an excellent additon to the collection any action movie fan and/or DVD collector. Two big thumbs up!

RATINGS
Predator - FILM:10/10 - DVD:10/10
Predator 2 - FILM:8/10 - DVD:10/10
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr Skalez on 19 July 2005
Format: DVD
If you like plenty of action, gore, violence and creatures then you just cannot fault these movies.
Predator alone is a great film blending espionage, action, gore, horror and suspense in a full on man vs alien encounter. Yeah, there isn't really a big story but would you really want one. You get all the action you can handle and you really start to feel for Arnie when he just can't get rid of the thing.
Predator 2 was very under-rated and provides a great alternative in surroundings from the jungle to the big city. This is also full or gore, action and suspense and is also a worthy edition to any DVD stack in your front room.
Definately not for the squemish, to get these two films in a bundle pack is worth every penny and I demand that you invest in this DVD very quickly.
Those looking for drama, romance or a bit of a thriller, stay well away, you won't find that here.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By W.C. Bishop on 23 April 2005
Format: DVD
I knew if I waited long enough that 20th Century Fox would release these movies that the DVD age could be proud of. 'Predator' is one of the best sci-fi thriller flicks around, better then The Matrix Trilogy! 'Predator' is packed full of special features that where long overdue. Theres an Easter Egg feature on the second DVD in this set but i wont ruin it for you. One of Arnies best films, next to 'T2' and 'Commando'. 'Predator 2' which i nickmaned 'Urban Jungle' doesnt deliver as well as the original did but its still a good film to watch. This is also packed with special features on 2-discs. 4 DVDs in total, its worth a buy!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Don Pepperoni on 21 Jun. 2001
Format: DVD
These two films are in my top 10 favourite list and i've watched them endlessly on VHS. I was praying that one day they would come to DVD so I could add them to my collection. At last they did, but my, what a disappointment. There are no real extras on the Discs, and essentially all you are getting are the films. While not a bad thing, because the films are what you buy DVDs for, in this case even the films haven't escaped punishment. There are one or two scenes in the original film which have been cut. Most noticeably, the famous scene where Arnie impales one of the enemy soldiers with his 12inch combat knife and tells him to "Stick around". These cuts will undoubtedly go unoticed by anyone who hasn't seen the films, or has only seen them once or twice, but for a true Predator fan, its a disappointment. Lastly, the digital process itself has resulted in showing the age and limitations of the films special fx. The famous Predator camoflauge being the main culprit.
All in all, these are still two of my all time favourite films, but I won't be buying them on the DVD format because it simply isn't worth it. I have them both on VHS, and if anyone else does, then you really don't need to buy them on DVD. But, if you don't have them, and better still, if you've never seen the films, then this is a great purchase and you won't be disappointed. The 4 stars I give are simply for the films, nothing else.
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