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4.0 out of 5 stars Predator 2
Predator 2 is a bit of an underrated sequel. It's vastly different to the first Predator film but offers so many new things. The film takes place in LA where drug lords are being killed and chaos has overrun the city. A Predator, drawn by heat and conflict, finds its way there and starts killing people. The film offers plenty of insight into the predator's background and...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hunter and hunted
When you have any movie as awesome as "Predator," a sequel is bound to be a disappointment. This is doubly true if you set it in Los Angeles, with a side helping of "shadowy government agency."

So it's fairly obvious what is wrong from the start with "Predator 2," which takes the primal hunter-and-hunted struggle out of the primal...
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Predator 2, 1 April 2006
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Predator 2 is a bit of an underrated sequel. It's vastly different to the first Predator film but offers so many new things. The film takes place in LA where drug lords are being killed and chaos has overrun the city. A Predator, drawn by heat and conflict, finds its way there and starts killing people. The film offers plenty of insight into the predator's background and shows off its new weaponry and vision modes. We also get to look at a Predator ship and how can anybody forget the infamous Alien skull in the ship. Danny Glover plays the lead role and he plays it excellently. It's a far better film than AvP in every aspect but I am glad a special edition of this film was released. I guess that was thanks to AvP.
Special features are plentiful in this set. There's plenty of featurettes, and other extras. There's also a couple of commentary tracks. I listened to the Director's one and I found it quite interesting. One thing I did note is that he said Predator 2 was originally rated NC17 in the US and they had to cut quite a few gory shots out of it. It's a shame this footage never made it to the DVD and I suspect this will be the only special edition we'll ever get of this film.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the Urban Jungle, 24 May 2010
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This review is from: Predator 2 [Blu-ray] [1990] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Predator 2 see's the location change from the steamy jungle in Pred 1 to the Urban Jungle. Danny Glover of Lethal Weapon fame takes the lead role a lieutenant in the LA PD caught up in a drug war between two rival gangs in LA. Throw into the mix a "government" group who seem to be taking over the investigation and a Predator who is on the roaming the city and you have the backdrop for this film.

The Blu ray transfer of this film is very good. Its a clean, sharp and clear copy and unlike its predecessor shows little to no grainyness. The audio track is also HD and a real joy. Unlike so many older films that find there way to blu-ray there are extras on the disk although they are SD they are a welcome addition. My theory is SD Extra's are better than none.

So if the price is right for you, then at the moment there isn't a better vesrion of this movie and to be honest this version is pretty darn fine.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This time ..Predator is more noticeable than the lead actor, 23 Dec. 2007
What is wrong with people? Predator-1 had more Arnie than Predator. This movie simply has more Predator. It also greatly expanded the Predator universe and franchise. It introduced a whole new bunch of Pred weapons, tactics and behavior which never ever seemed out of place and were perfect fits. It explored their race further. The urban (steel jungle?) setting contrasts against the previous jungle setting and is a major plus for this movie. This movie was also extremely realistic and gory. All in all, this movie is fantastic and a few ignorant critics just want to bring it down by comparing it with the uniqueness of the original.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very undervalued sequel suffering because of the first films success., 6 Sept. 2014
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Los Angeles is imploding with mayhem as gang wars fill the streets, an under pressure police force try to restore order, but both parties have another foe to worry about, a Predator is in town, and he's about to up the ante.

Gone is Arnold Schwarzenegger, gone is John McTiernan, and gone is the jungle setting, so following in the foot steps of the ultimate beefcake movie that was Preadtor 1987 was an unenviable task it seems. Yet I personally feel that Predator 2 stands up to scrutiny as a fine entry into the sci-fi/action genre, locating it amongst the urban decay of L.A. works real well, and pitting the Predator against a tough grizzled (but hardly giganticus beefcakeus) cop (Danny Glover) gives us a smart brains against brawn story. Also cutely is that director Stephen Hopkins and writers Jim & John Thomas have actually got the Predator cleaning up the streets of L.A., in fact another two hours of Predator hunt and kill tactics and crime in L.A. would have been completely eradicated! There is plenty of bloody snotty gore to appease fans of that persuasion, and it's nice to report that the characters on show do actually impact as part of the story.

It has a fine cast that reads like a who's who of action films, Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon), Bill Paxton (Aliens), Robert Davi (Die Hard), Gary Busey (Under Siege), Rubén Blades (Once Upon a Time in Mexico) & Maria Conchita Alonso (The Running Man0, whilst Kevin Peter Hall dons the Preadtor suit and suitably kicks arse again. It's not genius, it's not even ground breaking, but Predator 2 is a fine and entertaining genre piece that sadly seems to forever be undervalued on internet sites.

8/10 "who's next"?
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An underrated sequel that actually improves on the original, 10 Oct. 2010
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This review is from: Predator 2 [Blu-ray] [1990] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
'Silent, Invisible, Invincible. He's in town with a few days to kill.' Has there ever a tagline cooler than this? I'm telling you there hasn't. Long, long, long underrated Predator 2 seems to be finally getting the recognition and respect it deserves. Why all of a sudden? Because when standing next to the extremely crap AvP, it looks like pure gold to those miserable cynics who disregarded it when it first came out because Arnie was not in it. Fair enough, a Terminator, Conan or even Commando film without Arnie just wouldn't work. But the 7-foot tall, Rastafarian, otherworldly hunter is the star of this film and this time round he gets much, much more screen time. We all know what the Predator is so Stephen Hopkins shows off this ace instead of hiding it up his sleeve.

The year is 1997 and the City of Angels is boiling under a 109-degree heatwave. Columbian and Jamaican drug lords have turned the streets into a war-zone. The police are out-manned and out gunned and incompetent. The last thing they need to deal with is the Predator.

The titular hunter has returned with an increased arsenal of weapons and is keen on slicing and dicing the aforementioned druggies for fun. During a brutal gun-battle on the streets he watches Lieutenant Mike Harrigan (Danny Glover), a slightly-crazed renegade cop, blow away half a dozen Columbian scumbags and chooses him as his ultimate prey. Naturally, Harrigan and his ethnically diverse team of cops have enough problems without having to worry about their skulls ending up in the Pred's intergalactic trophy cabinet.

Making matters worse is faux-DEA Agent Peter Keyes (Gary Busey) who pretends to be after the druggies but is really more interested in swiping the Pred's advanced technology. Yeah, good luck with that! From start to finish Predator 2 is brash, unsubtle, in-your-face wall-to-wall action. A hectic, breathtaking succession of non-stop, increasingly exciting set-pieces. The final 45 minutes will you wetting yourself with excitement I kid you not. While Hopkins (fresh from his Nightmare on Elm Street 5 debut) has remained constantly employed he's never really become a star director, which is a shame since he has a slick, cartoonish style and is far more talented than most other anonymous directors. Like John McTiernan did in the first, he provokes a dusty, sweaty and overbearingly hot atmosphere in the daytime scenes and an alien, Gothic feel to night (pun intended). The way he captures LA on film just makes you NEVER want to go there.

Fans of Alan Silvestri's score of the first film can take comfort in the fact that all of his cool themes are back (they were rudely ditched for the awful AvP movies) and more evolved. It's probably the most engaging score he's done. His Latin drums, sinister, shrieking, Hermann-esquire strings, yawning, haunting urban sound effects and occultist voodoo chants dominate every scene and give each one its own unique voice.

But it ain't just that. Everything from set-design and cinematography to sound-design and film editing is nothing short of brilliant. If you think I'm overreacting just watch the film and see for yourself. There's nothing mass-produced or conveyor-belt about Predator 2. Twentieth Century Fox chucked loads of money at it to make it the most sophisticated sequel it could be. Everyone involved seems to have made a huge effort and done their absolute best.

It's sad that action films like this are not made anymore. Predator 2 is a classic, the kind of movie that feels torn straight from the pages of a 1950's pulp detective novel and crossed with a Twilight Zone episode. 5/5, no doubt.

This Blu Ray looks and sounds brilliant.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He's in town, with a few days to kill..., 29 July 2006
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The two Predator movies are my all time favourite films. They just work beautifully together, both films have the same feel to them, the same style. I really enjoy watching them and Predator 2 would have to be my favourite.

Predator 2, while not having the same sense of fun as the original, has a much more interesting plot than the first film and reveals more about the Predator himself. It's more of a mystery story than a full blown action movie. The suspense is really well done, Predator 2 having beautiful cinematography combined with impressive visual effects and Alan Silvestri's wonderful musical score. It's a good film and has been really under-rated. I had always wanted to buy this on DVD but it really never had a good release up until now.

This "Special Edition" is a really well designed set, with nice cover and disc art and cool interactive menus. There's two audio commentaries for the film, one by the writers and another by the director, that go into some depth about the making of the movie. Quite entertaining stuff. On the second disc there is a featurette about how the movie was made, detailing aspects such as why they decided to set it in the city and how difficult it was to get the film finished because of all the optical effects. The featurette has interviews from people such as Gary Busey and the Predator himself, Kevin Peter Hall. Also thrown in are some segments about the Pred's weapons and how the camouflage effects were achieved alongside some old previews for the movie and a large photo archive.

All in all, a great DVD for an excellent film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Predator 2 - One of the few sequels to live up to, if not exceed, the original, 21 Sept. 2012
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This review is from: Predator 2 [Blu-ray] [1990] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
I have always been a big fan of the Predator film, and approached Predator 2 with some caution when it first came out, aware that sequels rarely match the original movie. But I was very pleasantly surprised. In a brave move they did away with Arnie and the jungle setting, so this film has a completely different back drop. Set in a dystopic near future, where the streets of America ar riven by violent drug wars, the Predator has a new Jungle - the city, and a new lion to hunt - tough cop Danny Glover. The action is just as good, the script still taut, the ideas still work well. It manages to build on and add to the last movie, while almost never referencing it directly. This is another great action film that should be in a movie lover's collection. 5 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NEW HUNT - DIFFERENT PLAYGROUND, 8 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: Predator 2 [Blu-ray] [1990] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
THE MOVIE

PREDATOR 2: New director, new cast, new style, completely new playground. More or less the same story.
Danny Glover makes a great substitute for Arnold Schwarzenegger - a very different character - a superb choice. Rubén Blades and Maria Conchita Alonso can be seen as fellow cops, also appearances by several familiar faces: Gary Busey, Bill Paxton, Robert Davi and some from TV shows Adam Baldwin and Kent McCord all deliver good performances.
Behind the camera John McTiernan was replaced by Stephen Hopkins whose best work up to now is PREDATOR 2.
The scenery is changed from the jungle to Downtown L.A. during a heat wave (we get a little global warming propaganda courtesy of your concerned Hollycrap leftists).
The Special Effects are very good - although notably tamed down by the MPAA. Don't bother looking for the Unrated version - there is none. The movie still is pretty bloody, it sure is no PG-13.
A very good sci-fi/action movie with some humorous scenes, criminally underrated.

THE BLU-RAY

Reviewed version: 2011 Warner Bros. UK Blu-ray
Feature running time: 107 mins. (cut by the MPAA - uncut not available)
Rating: R (MPAA) / 18 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 / 16x9
Audio: English DTS 5.1, French 5.1, German 5.1
Subtitles: English for the Hearing Impaired, Norwegian, Swedish, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, French, German
Extras: Commentaries, Featurettes, Gallery
Region: A, B, C

Picture quality: 4/5
Audio quality: 4/5
Extras: 3/5
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Danny Glover? Why?, 12 May 2011
This review is from: Predator 2 [DVD] [1991] (DVD)
Obviously this is nowhere near as good as the original, but still quite a good effort none the less. This one is set in 1997 Los Angeles where the Predator lands in the middle of a battle between the rozzers and Colombian and Jamaican drug dealers. Cue lots of blood and gore as the Predator with his new array of weapons and gadgets dispatches the baddies with relative ease. Cue copper Harrigan (Glover) who has a go at stopping him, ably assisted by such stars as Bill Paxton and Robert Davi and the genius that is Gary Busey (legend). Like I said, not as good as Predator 1 but still definitely worth a look. This probably wouldn't have been any better had Arnie been in this, I think Danny Glover's sweaty charisma just about wins the day.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hunter and hunted, 22 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: Predator 2 [DVD] [1991] (DVD)
When you have any movie as awesome as "Predator," a sequel is bound to be a disappointment. This is doubly true if you set it in Los Angeles, with a side helping of "shadowy government agency."

So it's fairly obvious what is wrong from the start with "Predator 2," which takes the primal hunter-and-hunted struggle out of the primal jungle, and sticks it right in the middle of a late-80s city. It's not a horrible film -- especially since it has Danny Glover -- but it doesn't have the viscerally fascinating quality of the first movie.

The Colombian and Jamaican drug gangs are currently in a massive war for Los Angeles, and the police seem to be helpless to stop them. But when several Jamaicans are brutally killed when they are murdering the Colombian drug lord, Lieutenant Michael Harrigan (Danny Glover) sees a rippling, invisible shape -- and finds a mysterious weapon made out of an unknown element.

It turns out that an extraterrestrial Predator is hunting the gangs of L.A. -- and occasionally the cops too. And in turn, the Predator is being hunted by a covert government agency who want the scientific secrets that his technology may give them. But naturally, the conflict boils down to a battle between the deadly alien and the never-say-die Harrigan.

One of the best things about "Predator" is that it was a visceral, primal movie -- sweaty desperate people in the jungle, trying to escape/fight an unknown foe who can skin you alive. It's also very timeless, since the conflict could be easily transferred anywhere in the world, with any gang of hardened warriors.

"Predator 2"... does not have this feeling. It's very urban, very 80s/90s, very cop-movie. Now, it's not a terrible movie -- it has some nice gritty action scenes, and director Stephen Hopkins slips in some truly awesome horror moments (like the Predator carrying off the Jamaican drug-lord's head). However, it's a little too... civilized at times, with too much police politics and too big a cast.

And while the shadowy government agency seeking to capture the Predator is a realistic twist, it feels a little too X-Filesian. It would have been awesome if there had been a real fight between the Predators and the government slime, but the agency just doesn't really factor in very much.

BUT... Danny Glover is staggeringly awesome as Harrigan. He's a normal cop who is fiery, uncompromising, tough and he never gives up no matter what -- he feels very much like a real guy. Glover's performance alone raises this movie above mediocrity, and María Conchita Alonso gives a good performance -- although Morton Downey Jr. and Bill Paxton are intensely annoying.

"Predator 2" doesn't live up to the primal jungle suspense of the first movie, but it's worth watching for some nice gory moments and Danny Glover.
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