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THE definitive Predator Collection (Region 2 Review)
on 20 August 2005
**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!
Predator - FILM:10/10 - DVD:10/10
Predator 2 - FILM:8/10 - DVD:10/10