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Could have been so much more!,
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This review is from: Predator - Limited Edition (Exclusive to Amazon.co.uk) [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray]  (Blu-ray)
This is a review of the "Ultimate Hunting Trophy" edition that included the awesome predator bust. I'll start with the positive...This bust is fantastic! Anyone who considers themselves a Predator fan needs to have this in their collection...The detail and quality of the piece is great, each one of his dreadlocks is moveable and individual, and the paint apps etc., are VERY good. Sure, this quite expensive, but the quality of this piece, it's not a rip-off trust me.
Now, to the negative...while the bust is not a rip-off, I'll tell you what is...the ACTUAL movie/bluray itself...as some have already stated here, it appears to be a rehash of the ultimate hunter edition..no new revised/upgraded transfer here, sorry to say. While the bit-rate is high, the film suffers from WAY too much DNR....and as for the 3D?? Well, at times it looks quite decent, such as when they attack the guerilla compound...but, as this was an automated 3D conversion, and not given much TLC, it shows throughout..on most scenes it is clear how the computer has roto-scoped out the fore/backgrounds, and what you are left with is a half-assed job where the person in the foreground may be 'in-front' of the background, but they themselves lack any dimension or depth...they all look like cardboard cut-outs..
So, most of you out there may probably already have the Blu Ray.. if you do, then buying this SOLELY thinking the picture has been re-mastered, and better than previous editions will be sorely disappointed...Also, if you want it to experience it in 3D... as an older movie, NOT natively shot in 3D, combined with an AUTOMATED conversion...don't expect AVATAR or TITANIC quality of 3D...you have been warned. :-)
But, I believe the quality of the bust alone, makes this a worthwhile purchase...It sounds strange saying it, but that's how I feel. That's why the 3 stars...as an OVERALL package, the bust gets 4...the film included (due to poor quality) gets 2...so, split the difference and 3 stars. If only FOX could have given this fantastic, action classic the time and care it deserves, and went back to properly master the film, then this could have been the definitive Predator release we've all been hoping for...unfortunately, that's not the case here.